This book is actually a trilogy of books (duh, hence the title) and I had to bargain with myself to stick with it until I had at least finished the first book. I didn't even get that far. This book has everything I love in a book like magical realism, circus people, slightly secretive academic institutions and crazy people and yet none of it was interesting. It felt dated and I didn't like the way the first person narrative was written. I don't know. Disappointed with this one.