Ask Genevieve Valentine anything about Mechanique

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In July, the io9 Book Club read Genevieve Valentine's Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti. Now Valentine is coming to answer your questions about the book tomorrow, July 29.

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She'll be popping into the comment thread on this very post July 29 between 1:00 and 2:00 PM Pacific Time. Start posting your questions for her now, and she'll answer as many as she can. She might even be tempted into talking about her short stories and upcoming book projects, too!

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Please be polite!

NOTE: If you're wondering what this whole io9 Book Club thing is all about, you can read about our past meetings here. We meet once per month to discuss a book, and then the author joins us for a chat. In August, we're meeting on the 23rd to discuss The Dervish House by Ian McDonald.

Photo by Ellen Datlow.

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DISCUSSION

Dr Emilio Lizardo

Thanks for joining us, I really enjoyed Mechanique very much. it kind of snuck up on me and beat me up - in a good way!

I'd like to ask about the mood you set. I described it in the other post as sad, somber and mournful. Again, in a really good way. Did you set out to do that from the start or did the story just demand it of you?

A circus is usually a happy place and you opened with it as an escape for the people of this world. You set a circus as a contrast to a ruined world. But even the circus wasn't really a happy place. It was an escape, but almost more of a hiding place for the performers. Always on the run from town to town. One step ahead of the local government. It was very well done.

Even the twists (SPOILERS) - Alec didn't fall, he jumped. Bird didn't miss the catch, Elena dropped her - to save her. Boss has to defeat the man who could bring back the arts she loved to save the people she cared about. They all made my heart catch once I understood them.

I don't think this book was for everybody. When I started it I wasn't sure it was for me. But the farther I get away from it the more I think about it. It will stay with me for a while. Thank you for writing it.