Or, rather, of magic and Mechanique, because I want to tell you about Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti by Genevieve Valentine, which is a book you really should read if you haven’t already.
The spoiler-free recap is: it’s about a mechanical circus. But you could guess that from the title already, couldn’t you? It’s about so much more, though. It’s about loyalty and obsession and pain and bravery and growing up and saying goodbye. It’s about music and war and a pair of wings. The novel is a puzzle. Not in the sense that it’s a mystery to be solved, but in that you are given one shining, sharp-edged piece at a time, and those pieces fit together bit by bit to make something that is more. I was lucky enough to hear Genevieve read an excerpt at the Steampunk World’s Fair. The excerpt hooked me, and I moved the book to the top of my to-read pile. I was not disappointed. You won’t be either. Promise.
And now, for something completely different, self-pimpage! In an Iron Cage: The Magic of Steampunk, which contains my short story The Trans-Siberian is currently available for the Kindle, and you can find it right here. If, like me, you prefer trees to suffer for your reading pleasure, fear not, an ink and paper version is on the way, and it’s available for pre-order here. In celebration of the anthology, there will be a reading/launch party at Between Books on July 23rd, and another at Dorian’s Parlor on September 10th. I plan to be there, and you should, too. More details to come.