“Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti” by Genevieve Valentine and Kiri Moth (Prime Books, 2011)


The sub genre of “steam punk” is growing in popularity, giving zombies and vampires, and the concept of the end of the world a run for their money.  With a very favorable quote from Cherie Priest, author of the great bestselling steam punk novel “Boneshaker,” on the front cover; “Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti” from debut author Genevieve Valentine is a great starting point for anyone looking to get into this genre of zeppelins, steam, and cool outfits featuring oversized goggles; and an automatic must read for any fan of the genre.

The Circus Tresaulti is unique; think Cirque du Soleil on acid but with people of a mechanical nature; it is the show to end all shows.  These mechanical men and women – who have suffered accidents and falls throughout their careers and had their human body parts replaced with strong, metal ones – spin, flip, balance and seem to defy gravity on their trapezes, as they fly through the air like human birds.  But these mechanical performers are still people, with complex lives and varied histories – some filled with happiness and joy, other dark and filled with pain; this is their story.

“Mechanique” is a special story, told with and short and precise writing style that hooks you right in, along with short chapters that allow you to learn a lot about this war-torn world and its varied people fast.  Illustrations from Kiri Moth help to bring described images and scenes to life.  Genevieve Valentine takes the reader on a journey they won’t soon forget.

Originally written on May 21, 2011 ©Alex C. Telander.

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