Sunday, 1 January 2017

January 2017 Monthly Motif Challenge - Pantomime Laura Lam

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Pantomime by Laura Lam is a unique read. I love the mythology of the world, and the way the Keli, who were much like Micah, were considered the complete ones and the ones revered as Gods. Micah however was seen as disgusting and something to be fixed. An eerily similar representation of what I suspect our society might treat her as. This has definitely diversified my reading (the intention of this months reading theme) and made me consider what life is like for a person who ticks both the boxes. An interesting read, with an amazing MC who must navigate the hard work of the circus, the feelings they have for the other characters and their respective genders as well as running away from a family that would change what they are. I love that Micah doesn't want to change to tick either box and accepts that they were always supposed to be the way they are.

February's theme:
Undercover Thriller - Read a book involving spies, detectives, private investigators, or a character in disguise.

I'm going to be reading Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch.

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My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly valuable, and that brought me to the attention of Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England.

Now I'm a Detective Constable and a trainee wizard, the first apprentice in fifty years, and my world has become somewhat more complicated: nests of vampires in Purley, negotiating a truce between the warring god and goddess of the Thames, and digging up graves in Covent Garden ... and there's something festering at the heart of the city I love, a malicious vengeful spirit that takes ordinary Londoners and twists them into grotesque mannequins to act out its drama of violence and despair.

The spirit of riot and rebellion has awakened in the city, and it's falling to me to bring order out of chaos - or die trying.


  1. It does sound interesting, and outside my normal sort of read as well.

    1. Yeah! It was a really good book. The second in the series has made it onto my to-read pile :)

  2. You picked some awesome sounding reads! I've put both on my reading list. And thanks for participating in the Monthly Motif Reading Challenge for January!

    Tanya Patrice

    1. My pleasure! I'm thinking of reading the next in the series for one of the months of the diverse reading challenge. That list of reading challenges this month on your blog was really helpful and I loved the variety of things to do.