The Troupe

by Robert Jackson Bennett

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Book 211 of 445 in the Best Fantasy Books
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Vaudeville: mad, mercenary, dreamy, and absurd, a world of clashing cultures and ferocious showmanship and wickedly delightful deceptions.

But sixteen-year-old pianist George Carole has joined vaudeville for one reason only: to find the man he suspects to be his father, the great Heironomo Silenus. Yet as he chases down his father's troupe, he begins to understand that their performances are strange even for vaudeville: for wherever they happen to tour, the very nature of the world seems to change.

Because there is a secret within Silenus's show so ancient and dangerous that it has won him many powerful enemies. And it's not until after he joins them that George realizes the troupe is not simply touring: they are running for their lives.

And soon...he is as well.

(2011)

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4 comments
Anonymous | 2013-02-01 07:31:38
an awesome novel that's genre blending
Dan | 2013-02-02 10:43:51
Picked this from the top fantasy books list and it did not disappoint.
Anonymous | 2013-09-21 05:55:08
Novel idea, mediocre execution. Without giving anything away lets say i was very intrigued by world Bennett built. I wasn't however thrilled by the vessel he used to explore it. The book is 90% pov of a kid. Think shinji from neon genesis evangelion. So much of the book is explained (to the kid) rather then introduced natural, or left unexplored. It would have been better to just create the universe and give us a chapter and made the development more natural rather then go from whiny kid to [spoiler]. anyway, still worth the read.
Jenny | 2014-09-14 03:42:17
I really wanted to like this book, but nothing really worked for me. The setting of a vaudeville troupe seemed exciting, but the author treated it all blandly. The magic/fantasy aspects were poorly explained and lacked any real interest for me as a reader. After waiting most of the book for action to pick up, I ended up just finishing the book for the sake of finishing it. As anonymous says, the pov of the kid makes the read a real drag. This book really did not work for me. I was very disappointed, to say the least.
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