Pantomime In a land of lost wonders the past is stirring once Gene s life resembles a debutante s dream Yet she hides a secret that would see her shunned by the nobility Gene is both male and female Then she d

In a land of lost wonders, the past is stirring once Gene s life resembles a debutante s dream Yet she hides a secret that would see her shunned by the nobility Gene is both male and female Then she displays unwanted magical abilities last seen in mysterious beings from an almost forgotten age Matters escalate further when her parents plan a devastating betrayal,In a land of lost wonders, the past is stirring once Gene s life resembles a debutante s dream Yet she hides a secret that would see her shunned by the nobility Gene is both male and female Then she displays unwanted magical abilities last seen in mysterious beings from an almost forgotten age Matters escalate further when her parents plan a devastating betrayal, so she flees home, dressed as a boy.The city beyond contains glowing glass relics from a lost civilization They call to her, but she wants freedom not mysteries So, reinvented as Micah Grey , Gene joins the circus As an aerialist, she discovers the joy of flight but the circus has a dark side She s also plagued by visions foretelling danger A storm is howling in from the past, but will she heed its roar

  • Pantomime Best Read || [Laura Lam]
    153 Laura Lam

  1. Please contact me via the contact page on my website as opposed to GR mail.Laura Lam was born in the late eighties and raised near San Francisco, California, by two former Haight Ashbury hippies Both of them encouraged her to finger paint to her heart s desire, colour outside the lines, and consider the library a second home This led to an overabundance of daydreams After studying literature and creative writing at university, she relocated to Scotland to be with her husband, a boy she met online when they were teenagers and he insulted her taste in books and she insulted his right back She almost blocked him but is glad she didn t She is now a dual citizen, but at times she misses the sunshine While working a variety of jobs from filing and photocopying endlessly at a law firm to library assistant to corporate librarian, she began writing in earnest Her first book, Pantomime, the first book in the Micah Grey series, was released in 2013, which was a Scottish Book Trust Teen Book of the Month, won the Bisexual Book Award, was listed a Top Ten Title for the American Library Association List, and was nominated for several other awards Robin Hobb says Pantomime by Laura Lam took me into a detailed and exotic world, peopled by characters that I d love to be friends with and some I d never want to cross paths with The sequel, Shadowplay, followed in 2014, as well as several the Vestigial Tales, self published short stories and novellas set in the same world Her newest book is False Hearts, a near future thriller released in January 2016 by Tor Macmillan and in three other languages Peter F Hamilton calls False Hearts a strong debut from someone who s clearly got what it takes She is still hiding from sunshine in Scotland and writing stories.

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  1. Hello This is my book I m pretty fond of it and stuff.It s got an official blurb up above, but I thought I would add a informal one here with pictures Credit where credit is due totally got this idea from Elizabeth May s review of her book The Falconer, though I have decidedly less animated gifs and wit, alas.Pantomime has a girl, named Gene, who isn t completely content with her lot in life.A boy named Micah becomes an aerialist Gene Micah have a secret.Most of the book is set in a circus Ther [...]

  2. Comments on this thread are heavily moderated, meaning I am trigger happy with the delete and block buttons For a similar but less ranty viewpoint, check out this review by The Book Smugglers UPDATE I am not only the who took issue with the book description Shoutout to book bloggers The Book Smugglers and LGBT author Malinda Lo.UPDATE 2 The book has been re released with a new book description So half of this review doesn t apply any, but I ll just leave it up as it is for record s sake And no, [...]

  3. Man alive, this book was just as wonderful as when I had first devoured it.I just cannot stress how incredibly unique this book is I ve literally never read anything like it, and possibly never will The writing was beautiful, the world was enchanting, the characters were lovable, and I adored how the story was told in a non linear fashion But I think the thing I love the most above all is that I have no idea what to expect in the future of this series I m starting Shadowplay in just a moment and [...]

  4. Original review posted on The Book SmugglersAna s Take I will start by simply saying Pantomime s cover copy is supremely misleading One would think that this is a run of the mill PNR YA featuring two protagonists that seem to be about to fall in love with each other whilst a secre zzzz, BORING I would never had picked up this book based on this blurb had I not known from the get go what it is really about.Allow me to rephrase the blurb slightly R H Ragona s Circus of Magic is the greatest circus [...]

  5. 4.75 StarsThis Book is seriously underrated and people need to read it It is honestly one of the best Young Adult books I have ever read Anyone who knows me, knows that I love circuses and I think this book does an excellent representation of showing the magic and mystery surrounding a fantasy circus I mean what s not to love about bearded women, creepy clowns and contortionists However, what really set this book apart from a few other circus books I have read, is that there are Chimaera I just [...]

  6. OH MY GOD When you get this book, you must follow my instructions.exactly First SIT DOWN IN A CHAIR it doesn t matter where.Second OPEN THE BOOKTHIRD Optional Smell the scent of dark, edgy sucess Four Strap on your seat beltBecause this is an emotional roller coaster ride, BABY I don t read many books that don t have sex in it This book doesn t have sex And I LOOOOOOVVVVVEEEEDDD this book You won t read a book that is this amazing again To describe the main character is to give the spoiler awayd [...]

  7. 5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum 201Okay, can I first just say how misleading the description of Pantomime is and how blatantly it underrates the value and extent of its content Honestly, it does not do this book justice One look at it gives the unsuspecting reader the impression of a Young Adult paranormal romance, featuring a story of star crossed love between a daughter from a noble family and a low born circus scalawag, perhaps But no, no, no, that s just all wrong That s the [...]

  8. 3 1 2 stars, but rounded down because of the pacing I am not sure what I can say about this book without giving away the central twist And on the one hand, that twist is so unusual that it deserves to come as a surprise rather than given away in reviews and most of the reviews for this book do give it away, so avoid them if you want to read the story unspoiled DO NOT read the GR blurb, either But on the other hand, keeping the twist secret gives the marketing of this book a troublesome identity [...]

  9. A runaway youth, fleeing the comfort and constrictions of a wealthy home A circus, with its own society and rules A peculiar city, with an underlay of an ancient, not fully understood magic prevailing And the classic adolescent question, Who am I, really There is obviously to come in this story, but there is still a satisfying arc, and promise for much of the world to unfold.

  10. Byssian music played brass and nickel instruments, large drums, and twanging strings It made me think of sunsets and yellow eyes and deep growls in dark jungles Ah, such a cruel way to end a book But PantominePANTOMINEe, I m at lost for words Nope, I m not just throwing a random picture from the internet This picture gave me the same effect as Pantomine did it messes with my head in the most wonderful way I could ever imagine.This is an art Takes a deep breath I don t know I really don t know wh [...]

  11. I don t really know where to start when it comes to reviewing this little gem apart from saying it s flawless and just WOW This review will be short deliberately as I don t really have the words to do it justice and I don t want to spoil the secret of this wonderful for anyone because it is jaw dropping Believe me when I say this is one of the most unique stories for young adults I have read in a long long while and this comes from a girl who has currently read about 250 so far this year It s ma [...]

  12. 1st Read February 20132nd Read March 2017Original ReviewIt is really difficult to know where to start with this review, I m going to have to be incredibly careful about what I tell you because there is no way I want to spoil the shocking twist in Pantomime Honestly, this has to be one of the most unusual YA books I ve ever read and it is an incredible debut from Laura Lam I want to go out and start placing copies of Pantomime in people s hands because I think everyone should be reading this book [...]

  13. Um where do I start Brilliant Magical Unique Shocking These are the words that come to mind when I think about this utterly gripping and deliciously bizarre novel There is not a lot I can say here without giving away the twist and trust me your jaw will DROP , but I will say that Laura Lam handles a complex and emotional issue in a mature and accessible way.The love story is endearing as are the motley band of characters circus freaks and performers, and the bourgeoisie You will love both Gene a [...]

  14. Edit 12 23 14 I m going through some of my previous reads and adjusting ratings I felt were too generous This is one I m dropping this down to 2.5 stars I lost interest in this series shortly after finishing this book, and won t be continuing them any further A three star read for me Any spoilers will be clearly marked WellI can honestly say that this book was very different than anything I ve ever read before We follow two main characters with a whole slew of side characters I thoroughly enjoye [...]

  15. One of the most disappointing things a reader can come across is a book they thought for sure that they would enjoy And then didn t.I am disappointed As if the two stars didn t already say that It had such potential A character who is both male and female awesome who has magical abilities from a long lost race of beings magic who is betrayed by her parents mysterious and runs away from home dressed as a boy to join a circus The description also said that the circus has a dark side, which I guess [...]

  16. Originally posted on Once Upon a Bookcase.First off, this review isn t going to be a full review There is a big secret within the pages of Pantomime a very big secret and both Laura Lam and the publishers, Strange Chemistry, want the secret to stay well under wraps until Pantomime is released To talk about it would be to spoil a major part of this book, but it s something I want to talk about So, with Strange Chemistry s permission, I am writing a mini esque review now it might not be that mini [...]

  17. 3.5 starsI had my eyes on Pantomime for quite a while before I got the chance to read it Just by looking at it and reading the synopsis, it s easy to see that this is not something you come across very often a story against the backdrop of a circus A world that seems almost beyond time itself, where you will find references to the Alder and the Vestige and Penglass, and a specific setting in the city of Ellada While Pantomime was by no means perfect, it was enjoyable nonetheless.It is difficult [...]

  18. To pantomime is to tell a story with your body and facial expressions, and what a story this Pantomime is.I m struggling to write a review and not spoil the story It s not at all what I expected I was just imagining a simple tale about a teen running off to the circus in a fantasy world setting It is so much It s a study in differences, male and female, colorful and dark, normal and abnormal, safe and daring It s a fascinating and at times uncomfortable commentary on expectations and identity L [...]

  19. I picked up this book by chance The cover and the synopsis really intrigued me and for once, going with my gut, that was enough And I m so glad of taking that impulsive choice, because it made me discover a very talented writer and a beautiful, stunningly original story.I loved the magical, delicate athmosphere created by the Author, the plot full of secrets and twists and how the parallel stories of Gene and Micah entertwined.I must admit that the description is quite misleading because you sta [...]

  20. ohhh this was so cool i love books set in circuses and this was just another level of uniqueness i loved how this book made allusions to the greek mythology it didn t refer to demi gods as you would expect, but this book treated the mythology of hermaphroditus in a interesting, creative way especially because i currently have a class on body image this book was very intriguing to me i would have found it better if the book was set in our world, in a historical setting, because this book feels ve [...]

  21. I was surprised by what this book was actually about, and it is a much original novel than I originally thought it would be This book is full of emotion, and both the characters and the plot are well written This is definitely not a book for everyone, but I will give too much away if I explain why I would recommend this book to anyone who is adventurous and open minded, and also anyone who loves stories about misfits and coming of age stories with a twist.This is definitely not a romance novel, [...]

  22. I actively seek out YA that I think will be not just original but weird The YA I read, the I get jaded of its cliches, and the desperate I get for something new to shake things up I want books that expand the boundaries of what YA can be, and what it s capable of And when I find books that are weird in this way, even when they don t work, I tend to give the author at least a little credit, because at least I share their values At least I want something new and different as much as they do.I b [...]

  23. I know, I know It s taken me far too long to get round to reading Pantomime, and I deserve a kicking I really do, because now I ve finally read it, I wish I hadn t taken so long It s pretty unique in that it has an intersex protagonist and a queer love story, but it s not just about that I m fascinated by the world, too the different species, the magic, the Vestiges, what the mysterious glass is And by the end of the book, I very much wanted to know about Drystan, too.I did have one disappointm [...]

  24. Fantasy Review BarnCan we get one thing out of the way The main character, described as two people on the cover blurb, is actually an intergender teen called Iphigenia by her family and taking the name Micah when he goes out on his own This is not a plot twist, nor some cheap trick to fool the reader It is not a gimmick, nor an incidental fact that has no bearing on the story This is Micah s story, his gender I will use he as the pronoun due to Micah choosing to present as male for most of the s [...]

  25. Global warning This is going to be a rant.Alright This is IT I m so done with this book If I can t stand one thing, it s logical fallacies And these 67% of this book have plenty Actually, so many, I m going to drop out for the time being.Set in another world, in a land called Ellada, we get forest elves Listen up here not elves, but forest elves Distinguished elves Tolkien elves Yes, thank you very much.We also get otters, elephants and other earthly animals But out of the blue, we get a cyrinx [...]

  26. A slow paced but promising series starter There s lots to like about Pantomime, but I especially loved Lam s protagonist, a bisexual intersex teenager whose story is told in two parts that of Gene, raised as a girl, forced to endure humiliating medical examinations and to hide their condition from the elite society their parents belong to and Micah, the boy who finally flees their abusive home and joins the circus I ve read a lot of diverse contemporary realistic novels this year, but as a whole [...]

  27. I really have to apologize for the lateness of my pretty long overdue review and a huge thanks to and Strange Chemistry for an ARC copy of Pantomime which I won in a GR giveaway image error The circus had been unlike anything I could ever imagine and I could not walk away I wanted to be a part of the magic, create it and wield it with such skill that it looked effortless I wanted to fly.This quote perfectly describes how I felt when I was reading Pantomime To be honest, I have never read a book [...]

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