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Come inside and take a seat; the show is about to begin... Outside any city still standing, the Mechanical Circus Tresaulti sets up its tents. Crowds pack the benches to gawk at the brass-and-copper troupe and their impossible feats: Ayar the Strong Man, the acrobatic Grimaldi Brothers, fearless Elena and her aerialists who perform on living trapezes. War is everywhere, but while the Circus is performing, the world is magic. That magic is no accident: Boss builds her circus from the bones out, molding a mechanical company that will survive the unforgiving landscape. But even a careful ringmaster can make mistakes. Two of Tresaulti's performers are entangled in a secret standoff that threatens to tear the circus apart just as the war lands on their doorstep. Now the Circus must fight a war on two fronts: one from the outside, and a more dangerous one from within.

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"This steampunk-flavored circus story begins with a disturbing undertone, like an out-of-tune calliope, and develops in hints and shadows. Touring a drained postwar world, the Mechanical Circus Tresaulti rarely visits a city twice in anyone's lifetime; borders are lax, and lives are short. The circus's performers have no time for training, instead undergoing terrible trials in the ringmaster's workshop to gain their skills. Enter the 'government man,' who dreams of bringing back the order and security of the old world and wants the ringmaster to help him. She shares many of his dreams but mistrusts his offers of alliance. The drama and climax come not from the rivalry between the two but their similarities as they decide how to use their powers and who will suffer the consequences. Fans of grim fantasy will love this menacing and fascinating debut. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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The Mechanical Circus Tresaulti travels the landscape of a ruined country under the spectre of war, but when two of its performers become locked in a battle of wills, the circus's own past may be the biggest threat of all

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How2BU, June 7, 2013 (view all comments by How2BU)
I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the story of a circus in a post-apocalyptic-style future. A genre-buster: Sci-fi? There are robotics. Fantasy? (Who even knows what that means anymore, with wizard-gumshoes like Harry Dresden and Peter Grant.)
I've enjoyed the circuses of three recent books: Valentine's_Mechanique_, Morgenstern's _Night Circus_, and the one in Howard's _Johannes Cabal: Necromancer)_. With these books, a kind of mini-genre is emerging. Call it "carny futurist" or "imaginative freak shows," (or "bildungsromantic barkers"), but none of those quite capture how well each book, in totally a different way, portrays the humanity of those involved. Anyway, I would recommend reading all three. They are all funny, poignant, and compelling, and use magic as a way to talk about the human condition. (Whatever _that_ is!)
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Courtney Quinn, March 8, 2013 (view all comments by Courtney Quinn)
There has always been magic in the circus. "Mechanique" pushes that idea to the extreme, exploring it from the point of view of a boy who grew up surrounded by, and thus blind to, the magic running beneath the surface. (When you think you know the trick, you let the jester fool you twice.) As the tale unfolds, the layers peel away, revealing in bits and pieces both the incredible forces at work and the terrible consequences of the same. A beautiful debut from Genevieve Valentine that left me on my feet crying, "Encore!" (Figuratively, of course. In truth, I simply closed my eyes and held the book close to my chest, unwilling to let go just yet.)
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ISBN:
9781607012535
Author:
Valentine, Genevieve
Publisher:
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Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Publication Date:
20110531
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Language:
English

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This steampunk-flavored circus story begins with a disturbing undertone, like an out-of-tune calliope, and develops in hints and shadows. Touring a drained postwar world, the Mechanical Circus Tresaulti rarely visits a city twice in anyone's lifetime; borders are lax, and lives are short. The circus's performers have no time for training, instead undergoing terrible trials in the ringmaster's workshop to gain their skills. Enter the 'government man,' who dreams of bringing back the order and security of the old world and wants the ringmaster to help him. She shares many of his dreams but mistrusts his offers of alliance. The drama and climax come not from the rivalry between the two but their similarities as they decide how to use their powers and who will suffer the consequences. Fans of grim fantasy will love this menacing and fascinating debut. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , The Mechanical Circus Tresaulti travels the landscape of a ruined country under the spectre of war, but when two of its performers become locked in a battle of wills, the circus's own past may be the biggest threat of all
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