Mechanique by Genevieve Valentine
A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti

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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 trapped in a secret standoff that threatens to tear the Circus apart, just as the war lands on their doorstep. Now they must fight a war on two fronts: one from the outside, and a more dangerous one from within . . .
 

About Genevieve Valentine

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Genevieve Valentine is the author of the critically acclaimed debut novel Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti, which won the Crawford Award for Best Novel, as well as a nomination for the Nebula Award and the Romantic Times Best Fantasy of the Year. Her short fiction has been nominated for a World Fantasy Award and the Shirley Jackson Award. She lives in New York City.
 
Published April 23, 2011 by Prime Books. 320 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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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.

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Fans of Geek Love should appreciate this elaborate debut novel about an unusual circus.

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Fantasy Literature

It’s an oblique way of telling story, a mix of impressionism and expressionism the way it’s atmospheric and emotional, the way it coalesces into a larger picture via smaller swirling points of story.

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Fantasy Literature

It was that after Elena had made the trapeze (out of length of old pipe and two ropes that she hung on a tree) she stood on top of the branch and took off her coat, her boots, her socks, her scavenged sweaters, the belt with the knife strapped to it… In days like those, the first fever of war, El...

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Strange Horizons

Large portions of The Night Circus are taken up with the Cirque des Rêves's various acts, and Morgenstern clearly delights in inventing ever more fantastical examples of these: Celia's performances as the circus's illusionist, the clock which greets visitors to the circus, whose shape and color c...

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Escape Pod

In a time of thousand-page fantasy epics, a little book like Genevieve Valentine’s Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti is easy to overlook.

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Dawn.com

THE first time Genevieve Valentine described what was to become her debut novel to an agent, she said it was “10,000 words of a mechanical circus book that I think is too weird for anyone to ever publish.” Not just did Valentine go on to sell the book, she was also nominated for multiple awards a...

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Upcoming4.Me

Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti by Genevieve Valentine stood on my shelf for quite some time and I'm not really sure why I haven't read it until now.

May 07 2012 | Read Full Review of Mechanique: A Tale of the Cir...

Troll in the Corner

This is the second recent novel I’ve read that’s set in a magical circus, the other being The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (which I’ve also reviewed HERE).

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