Theatre of Curious Acts
by Cate Gardner
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"Gardner (Strange Men in Pinstripe Suits), a rising purveyor of high literary
strangeness, offers a fresh slice of phantasmagoria densely packed with striking
images . . . Gardner skillfully combines a tight narrative with lush prose to create
a difficult but rewarding tale."
- Publishers Weekly

"The Theater of Curious Acts will alarm, disturb, delight, and always entertain as
the reader follows protagonist Daniel Cole through unknown exits and across
ghost-ridden stages, trying to save humanity from itself."
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Cat Rambo, Author, Editor Fantasy Magazine

Daniel Cole wants the world to end.

Returned home from the Great War, his parents and brother in
their graves, Daniel walks a ghost world. When players in a theatre show
lure Daniel and his friends, fellow soldiers, into a surreal otherworld
they find themselves trapped on an apocalyptic path. A pirate ship
waits to ferry some of them to the end of the world, helmed by Death.

Already broken by war, these men are now the world’s only hope in
the greatest battle of all.
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Title: Theatre of Curious Acts
Author: Cate Gardner
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Released December 2011

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