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Of Magics and Mechanics

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.

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Steampunk World’s Fair

Last Saturday, I spent a lovely day at the Steampunk World’s Fair with my illustrious co-editor, Bernie Mojzes, and event-blogger and photographer extraordinaire, Steve Schultz. We arrived shortly before noon, and were greeted by none other than Jesus himself (aka Gil Cnaan), who informed us the Rapture would take place promptly at 6pm.  It didn’t, but we still had a wonderful time.

As one might expect a steampunk fair to be, the event was a chaos of things – incredible and elaborate costumes, cane fighting demonstrations, belly dancers, vendors, musicians, fashion shows, author readings, and, of course, absinthe. Being too dazzled by the oohprettyshiny, I didn’t think to take many pictures. I did however follow Steve around with a light on a stick and assist in his photographic efforts for a while. Some highlights of the experience below the cut.

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