If you've been following this blog for any great length of time, you've probably read at least a little of my high praise for The Electrical Menagerie by Mollie E. Reeder. Because it is AWESOME, and I insist that you read it, whoever you are. If you've already read it, you understand what I mean. We're talking about a book with a delightful steampunk aesthetic, a world of floating islands in the sky, snarky and hilarious main characters, and a mechanical elephant.
Remember the mechanical elephant. We'll be coming back to him in a moment.
It is my pleasure today to be one of the lucky people who gets to reveal the brand-new cover for The Electrical Menagerie, designed by the wizard of graphical magnificence himself, Kirk DuPonce. I recommend that you sit down for this, and stop whatever you're doing beforehand. I can't be held responsible if you're idly scrolling through this on your phone while piloting an experimental spacecraft, and end up colliding with a radioactive meteor because you were too busy gasping in amazement to pay attention. Don't come crying to me if you end up with weird superpowers or something.
While you are steering around the meteors and safely returning your spaceship to Earth, here is the synopsis for The Electrical Menagerie.
“Delightful.” Publisher's Weekly/Booklife Starred Review
The Electrical Menagerie, one-of-a-kind robotic roadshow, is bankrupt.
Sylvester Carthage, illusionist and engineer, has the eccentric imagination the Menagerie needs to succeed creatively — but none of the people skills. Fast-talking Arbrook Huxley, meanwhile, has all the savvy the Menagerie needs to succeed commercially — but none of the scruples.
To save their show, Carthage & Huxley risk everything in a royal talent competition, vying for the once-in-a-lifetime chance to perform for the Future Celestial Queen. In this stardust-and-spark-powered empire of floating islands and flying trains, The Electrical Menagerie's bid at fame and fortune means weathering the glamorous and cutthroat world of critics, high society, and rival magicians — but with real conspiracy lurking beneath tabloid controversy, there's more at stake in this contest than the prize.
Behind the glittery haze of flash paper and mirrors, every competitor has something to hide… and it's the lies Carthage & Huxley tell each other that may cost them everything.
“The Greatest Showman meets steampunk in this creative story filled with unforgettable characters, mystery, and amazing inventions. This book needs to be on every steampunk reader's list.” Morgan L. Busse, award-winning steampunk author of The Soul Chronicles
“A tale of true imagination, wonder, humor, and heart […] this beautifully written science fantasy is sure to delight.” Lindsay Franklin, author of The Story Peddler
“Dazzles from start to finish. In Carthage & Huxley, Sherlock & Watson fans will find another dynamic duo whose ready wit and sizzling banter (and inevitable personality clashes) never fail to delight. You'll be calling for an encore performance.” Gillian Bronte Adams, author of The Songkeeper Chronicles
“The stuff that fandoms are built on.” Some Random Guy who wrote some random book series called Beaumont and Beasley
If you'd like to read my full review of the novel, you can check it out here.
All good? Spacecraft safely landed? Got the same number of limbs as you had before? Good. Let's get to the reveal, then. Hold on to your socks.
See? I told you the elephant would be important.
Are you all right? Do you need me to slap you out of a stupor of amazement? Too bad; I haven't figured out how to slap people across an Internet connection. Yet.
But wait! There's more. The Electrical Menagerie is now also available as an audiobook, narrated by Travis Baldree. Time to put those Audible credits you've been banking up to good use–download your copy today!
You should probably go lie down for a while. And then start reading or listening to this book; whichever you prefer. I guarantee you're in for a treat.