Pantomime

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2014 Bisexual Book Award Winner for Speculative Fiction
2014 Rainbow List Selection

R.H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic is the greatest circus of Ellada. Nestled among the glowing blue Penglass – remnants of a mysterious civilisation long gone – are wonders beyond the wildest imagination. It’s a place where anything seems possible, where if you close your eyes you can believe that the magic and knowledge of the ...

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Overview

2014 Bisexual Book Award Winner for Speculative Fiction
2014 Rainbow List Selection

R.H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic is the greatest circus of Ellada. Nestled among the glowing blue Penglass – remnants of a mysterious civilisation long gone – are wonders beyond the wildest imagination. It’s a place where anything seems possible, where if you close your eyes you can believe that the magic and knowledge of the vanished Chimeras is still there. It’s a place where anyone can hide.

Iphigenia Laurus, or Gene, the daughter of a noble family, is uncomfortable in corsets and crinoline, and prefers climbing trees to debutante balls. Micah Grey, a runaway living on the streets, joins the circus as an aerialist’s apprentice and soon becomes the circus’s rising star. But Gene and Micah have balancing acts of their own to perform, and a secret in their blood that could unlock the mysteries of Ellada.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Pantomime by Laura Lam took me to an exotic and detailed world, peopled by characters that I'd love to be friends with...and some I'd never want to cross paths with."
-Robin Hobb, author of the Farseer Trilogy

“Set in a vividly imagined world with wonderful steampunk touches, Pantomimeis a fable-like story as beautifully unique as its main character.”
Malinda Lo, author of Ash, Huntress, and Adaptation

“Micah is the most wonderful, complex, brave and contemporary teenage hero I’ve read, facing issues of identity and responsibility that will resound with any reader who has felt like an outsider. Pantomime is loving in its detail but hints at so much scope to come, it feels like the set up for an epic sequel. I raced through this book, desperate to know what happens next. ‘Look out behind you’ Robin Hobb…”
- Bryony Pearce, author of Angel’s Fury and winner of the 2012 Leeds Book Award

“Welcome to a world of shills and showmen, fading tech and circus freaks, where nothing and no-one is what it appears. An absorbing, accomplished debut.”
- Elspeth Cooper, author of the Wild Hunt series

“Who hasn’t dreamed off running off and joining the circus? Laura Lam’s Micah does just that, discovering a world of clowns and acrobats, con men and tricksters, corruption and incompetent doctors, and maybe more about himself. I look forward to more from this author.”
- Brian Katcher, author of Almost Perfect and winner of the 2011 Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award

“In PANTOMIME, Laura Lam has created a world which will take your breath away, and characters you will never want to leave. Enchanting.”
 - Lou Morgan, author of Blood and Feathers

“A lyrical, stunningly written debut novel, which set my heart racing with every lift of the trapeze. In Micah we have one of the most original – and likeable – protagonists I’ve read in a long time. An author to watch, without a doubt.”
Amy McCulloch, author of The Oathbreaker’s Shadow 

Nominated for the 2014 ALA Rainbow list.

From the Publisher

"Pantomime by Laura Lam took me to an exotic and detailed world, peopled by characters that I'd love to be friends with...and some I'd never want to cross paths with."
-Robin Hobb, author of the Farseer Trilogy

“Set in a vividly imagined world with wonderful steampunk touches, Pantomimeis a fable-like story as beautifully unique as its main character.”
Malinda Lo, author of Ash, Huntress, and Adaptation

“Micah is the most wonderful, complex, brave and contemporary teenage hero I’ve read, facing issues of identity and responsibility that will resound with any reader who has felt like an outsider. Pantomime is loving in its detail but hints at so much scope to come, it feels like the set up for an epic sequel. I raced through this book, desperate to know what happens next. ‘Look out behind you’ Robin Hobb…”
- Bryony Pearce, author of Angel’s Fury and winner of the 2012 Leeds Book Award

“Welcome to a world of shills and showmen, fading tech and circus freaks, where nothing and no-one is what it appears. An absorbing, accomplished debut.”
- Elspeth Cooper, author of the Wild Hunt series

“Who hasn’t dreamed off running off and joining the circus? Laura Lam’s Micah does just that, discovering a world of clowns and acrobats, con men and tricksters, corruption and incompetent doctors, and maybe more about himself. I look forward to more from this author.”
- Brian Katcher, author of Almost Perfect and winner of the 2011 Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award

“In PANTOMIME, Laura Lam has created a world which will take your breath away, and characters you will never want to leave. Enchanting.”
 - Lou Morgan, author of Blood and Feathers

“A lyrical, stunningly written debut novel, which set my heart racing with every lift of the trapeze. In Micah we have one of the most original – and likeable – protagonists I’ve read in a long time. An author to watch, without a doubt.”
Amy McCulloch, author of The Oathbreaker’s Shadow 

Nominated for the 2014 ALA Rainbow list.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781908844378
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/5/2013
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 244,306
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 7.58 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Lam was raised near San Francisco, CA by two former Haight-Ashbury hippies. Both of them encouraged her to finger-paint to her heart's desire, color outside of the lines, and consider the library a second home. This led to an overabundance of daydreams.

She relocated to Scotland to be with her husband, whom she met on the internet when he insulted her taste in books. She almost blocked him but is glad she didn't. At times she misses the sunshine. The author lives in Scotland, UK.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Pantomime is an exquisite novel. I thoroughly enjoying reading a

    Pantomime is an exquisite novel. I thoroughly enjoying reading about Micah's life and by the end of it, I was so mentally and emotionally attached to the characters that I had to keeping reminding myself  the characters are fictional. It was beautifully written overall and I can't wait to join Micah and Drystan in their adventures this January.. 

    -G

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2014

    This book was absolutely brilliant. It¿s so original and refresh

    This book was absolutely brilliant. It’s so original and refreshing! The characters are great, the writing is fantastic, and the plot twists are totally unexpected. Amazing! I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2014

    Wonderful

    A captivating and mysterious fantasy realm with a protaganist worth caring about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2014

    Captivating

    I am in love with the concept of Micah. You need both an open mind and heart to read this book, and it is well worth it. Micah is a genderfluid bisexual who wants nothing more than to be himself. He is the first heroine of his kind. Can't wait for more books by Laura Lam!!!

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  • Posted August 14, 2013

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    Escape to the Circus! Many moons ago, when I was a small wee on

    Escape to the Circus!

    Many moons ago, when I was a small wee one at 6 years of age, for a short time I had a best friend that was unlike any other person I had ever met. She was tall for her age, and had hair down past her waist which she kept in a single braid. Her and I hit if off almost the second we met in school. She also had the most interesting job I had ever known. She was a circus acrobat and aerialist. Though she was not in town for very long, as she moved with the circus, I loved each of her stories of her circus life, and even got to watch her and her family perform. I was sad when she left, and have never forgotten her.

    The circus being at the center of this plot is what initially drew me to this novel. Reading it, I could not help think of her again, and that added to the magic of this novel. It is not surprising how much I enjoyed Aenea's character.

    It is impossible to review this with details without giving away a crucial element of this story. The synopsis doesn't reveal a key twist that is pretty obvious in the very beginning of this novel, and I certainly don't want to be the one to do it.

    I will leave you with this:

    Once in a while, I come across a novel that surprises me to no end. Pantomime lived up to the hype of my reader friends with its surprising character and plot originality. I can honestly state that I have read nothing like this story in the past. It was a mystical novel withing a world that is familiar, and yet the fantasy elements of the story made it very unknown as well, with tons of surprises and discoveries around the corner. The pace is fairly mellow with action bursts. Far from boring or slow, I was riveted from the beginning and sad that it came to an end. Knowing now that it is part of a series, I am relieved, as the ending was unappealing by leaving too much unsaid, with no real 'end' to this story. I will wait for the second novel with a lot of anticipation.

    * Thank you Netgalley/Publisher for a copy of this novel for an honest review. *

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2013

    I was completely captivated by this book!  Lam creates an intrig

    I was completely captivated by this book!  Lam creates an intriguing world with characters that I got intimately engaged with immediately.  She is also a master at creating suspense.  This is a page-turner!  I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next to these characters.  And Lam has described the setting so well that one can smell the sweat of the circus performers and the musty odor of the animals.  Her book also deals with some very interesting and controversial issues about gender and sexuality that need to be put out in the open and are especially salient in light of recent discussions in politics.  Along with the provocative issues in the book that Lam deals with in a sensitive manner, the book also explores the themes of discovering one’s identity, coming to terms with one’s self, finding one’s place in the world -- and the consequences of harboring secrets -- which are not only relevant to young adults but also to readers of all ages.   And her prose is absolutely delicious!    Sequel please!

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  • Posted February 17, 2013

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    Pantomime by Laura Lam wasn¿t anything that I expected it to be.

    Pantomime by Laura Lam wasn’t anything that I expected it to be.  Even after having read the synopsis, the story found within the pages of this book was not at all what I thought it was going to be.

    I was expecting more of a story with a very strong element of magic, where main character, Iphigenia Laurus, aka Gene learns that she’s part of this long forgotten magical bloodline that will open all these magical opportunities and adventures.  Alas, not really the case here.

    Pantomime follows the struggles that Gene goes through with the life that was handed to her.  For the duration of her life, she has been seeing a multitude of doctors hoping against all hope that a cure can be found to help her with her situation.  Not quite comfortable in the body she has been born in, Gene longs to feel like she belongs…somewhere.

    With her mother breathing down her neck that her time to be betrothed is fast approaching, Gene’s parents have decided to have Gene undergo an unbelievable procedure that will change her life forever.  With the fear of losing a part of herself that she may not want to, Gene flees her privileged life and chances upon R. H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic.

    After witnessing the different kinds of people found at this circus, Gene has decided to join the circus and start her life anew.  But the life of a circus performer is not an easy one, and soon secrets that Gene has been hoping to hide forever surface, and her old life and new life come crashing down upon her.

    Author, Laura Lam’s descriptions of the life that Gene has been living is one that had me feeling so sad for this girl.  I can completely understand why Gene has these very conflicting thoughts and can feel the pain of rejection and of not being accepted.

    The characters found in Pantomime are ones that readers won’t soon forget.  With a wide variety of characters to get to know, it won’t be long until you find one that keeps you guessing and has you wondering what exactly their past held for them.  For me, my favorite character had to be Drystan…one of the clowns at the circus.  He always had me guessing as to whether or not his actions had alterior motives, and whether or not any of his feelings were genuine.

    What I really enjoyed was the constant “to look over your shoulder” feel of the book.  With Gene needing to keep her identity hidden from the circus folk as well as from the police, it had me questioning the people around her, and if any of them would turn her in all for a quick buck.

    Like I said earlier, the story in Pantomime was absolutely nothing like I thought it was going to be.  And I suppose it’s because of this let down that I couldn’t thoroughly enjoy this book.  Although, the end of the book was actually pretty fantastic.  I only wish that the pace and action found near the end was something that was there in the beginning.  And of course, the end is where we see just how different Gene is, and then it ended!  I was left wondering….Where’s my magic?  What exactly is supposed to happen with Gene?  What does Drystan have to do with all of this?  So many questions left unanswered.  I understand that a majority of this story is about the events that transpire before Gene joins the circus, it left not enough of the exciting story that I wish it was going to be.

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  • Posted February 6, 2013

    DISCLAIMER: I received Pantomime as a publisher ARC through NetG

    DISCLAIMER: I received Pantomime as a publisher ARC through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.


    Rating: 5 Stars

    When books end in a way that makes me hate myself for being alive... I normally hate them in return. I hate the writing, I hate the author, I hate the plot, the characters, the dialogue. Basically, I wish the book had never been written and in that, I had never read it.

    I simply cannot bring myself to hate this book. In fact, I can't do anything but love it. It is simply amazing, and I don't think I've ever read such an original, creative, lovely piece of work.

    Pantomime has a little bit of magic, a little bit of steampunk, a little bit of kick-ass, and a whole lot of secrets.

    The book follows both Micah Grey, a runaway in search of a new life in the circus, and Gene Laurus, a noble young girl who has yet to find her place in the world. The two come together in the most unexpected of ways, and must hide the fact that they are not what they appear.
    The novel is set in Ellada, an alternate society in which magical things can and have happened. Traces of magic are left behind in the cities in the form of Artifacts and giant domes of Penglass, a mysterious material that cannot be removed nor broken.

    The world building in this novel is, in the simplest of words, perfect. There is not an overwhelming amount of time spent on describing the setting, but not a lax enough description that we are left completely to our own imaginations. Lam has captured the world that was created in her imagination and presented it to us with such descreet detail and vigor that we do not even notice that we have been transported to another world until we are there entirely.

    Micah and Gene's story's are intertwined in a way that you would never expect. The author is brave and original in the way this secret is revealed to us. I never would have guessed when I began reading that something like that would unveil so seamlessly in the novel.

    Once you really become a part of the book, it is difficult to put it down. I got to the last few chapters right when I ran out of time to read, and I couldn't properly focus on anything the rest of the night and into the next morning until I was able to pick the book up once more and let it engulf me.

    The way the novel is written is completely original and invigorating. It inspires you to think outside of the box, and come up with creative new ways to tell your own stories.

    Yet, throughout the entire novel, we are nagged with reminders that all of this is part of something bigger yet to come. By the end of the book, plot lines are left open to be elaborated on in the future of the series. There is so much left open and, while you have a small inkling of where this story may be headed, there is a plethora of ways it could be taken. I eagerly await the upcoming sequels and strongly urge new readers to take on this book. You'll learn so much about yourself and open bits of your imagination that you never even knew you had.

    I applaud Laura Lam for such an amazing debut novel.

    I recommend this book for: People who enjoy any or all of the following: Steampunk, science fiction, mystery, circus's, great novels.
    Favorite character: Aenea and Micah
    Least favorite character: Bil

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  • Posted February 5, 2013

    A secret wrapped in a mystery, wrapped in a love story, wrapped

    A secret wrapped in a mystery, wrapped in a love story, wrapped in circus magic. Now wrap all of that up into a beautifully written story and you have Pantomime. 




    I admit, I was blown away by this book. I absolutely loved it. All of it. The summary does exactly what it is supposed to do, describe the story. And it does that well. But when you begin reading Pantomime, you are pleasantly shocked with a pretty big secret that you would never guess from reading that summary. I honestly don't know to write up a good review without giving anything away!




    The world slightly confuses me. It never actually gives you a date for when all of this takes place. It seems to be a mixture of historical (think nobles, big dresses & Lords and Ladies) and the future. There is magic and tales of ancient people who vanished. An odd combination, but it works! The descriptions of the world painted a lovely picture inside my mind. 




    This was my first "circus" book. I've never read about anything that had to do with circus acts. I loved it. You could picture the acts in your head like you were really there watching them. I can't wait to dive into more circus themes now!




    I'm not sure if there is plans for a second, but I hope and pray there will be. Pantomime leaves you wanting more. It ends with a cliffhanger! I can't wait to find out what happens next. The anticipation just may be to much to handle..




    If you love the circus, magic and unfolding mysteries, then this is the book for you! I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone!




    *I received a digital copy from NetGalley and Strange Chemistry in exchange for an honest review.

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