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It's set to be a busy autumn in New London and beyond With the ripples of the revolt still running through the European Administration Val Toreth is slowly settling into the new flat he shares with Keir Warrick But on orders from the very highest levels of the Administration Toreth finds himself leaving his regular beat far behind and heading over the Atlantic to Washington DC Without his usual team or his authority as a Para investigator to back him up Toreth is caught up in a world of politics diplomacy and religion far outside his experience Worst of all he's stuck with an unexpected and very unwanted companion on his trip Can he keep his cool and win through when international reputations are on the line?Back in New London Investigator Barret Connor is called on to deal with a case that lies outside the traditional areas of interest of the Investigation and Interrogation Division the unexpectedly dangerous world of Europe's music corporations With dark secrets hidden behind the PR groomed public façade both his professional skills and conscience will be testedThe eighth book in the Administration series contains the novellas Innocent Blood and For Your Entertainment and continues the lives of now partially domesticated Para investigator Val Toreth and somewhat harried corporate director Keir Warrick

10 thoughts on “Blood Circuses The Administration #8

  1. says:

    fulfilling book riot's 2018 read harder challenge task #20 a book with a cover you hateextra points given to me by me for choosing a book that i have owned for than a year extra extra points for having posting an excited look i got this book photo review in 2015 and STILL not reading it until now yes i give myself points for sucking LGM and the characters in this seriesi feel good and bad about choosing this book for this particular challenge good because it made me finally pick up a book i’ve been looking forward to reading for ages and bad because it feels mean i love manna francis but her covers are always so unappealing and sludgy which makes them difficult to hand sell especially since Mind Fuck is a rather provocatively titled book to hand to a stranger no matter how much fun the series usually ishowever this 289 page book took me eight days to read usually i tumble into her books with ease and a sense of coming home to beloved characters but this was not my favorite of the series plus it’s been difficult for me to concentrate lately because of things and stuff so two strikes were keeping this book at arm’s length from my heart still it’s an easy three and a half and there were some high pointsi’m not going to summarize the seven previous books so if you’re not into the series whatever happens next in this review might be confusing but hopefully also intriguingInnocent Bloodthis is the first novella in the book and it sends toreth across the pond from new london to america in order to investigate a delicate matter; doctor rebekah campion is working out of the european administration’s embassy in america when she is accused of assisting a senator’s daughter with the termination of her pregnancy this is considered to be murder in francis’ ultra fundamental vision of future america but not even slightly criminal in europe something happened during the procedure that caused the woman to go into a coma so she’s not able to explain the circumstances or exonerate doctor campion who swears she had nothing to do with the woman’s predicament and despite her diplomatic immunity she might be facing some serious conseuences if found guilty and so our favorite complicated hero val toreth reluctantly teams up with a socioanalyst with the memorably inappropriate name of Darcy Grimm to get to the bottom of it coming up against the obstacles of a less than helpful police force limited resources and methods of interrogation because of pesky american laws plus the culture shock of a whole new set of social cues political pressures and a family with many secrets first things first is toreth really the one you want handling your delicatebusiness? unless you’re warrick? second things second there are some really wonderful moments here that help round out the world beyond what we’ve seen thus far in the series america is a very rigid and repressed land that is much less kind to its women and homosexuals than new london but much kinder to its criminals and its suspected criminals it’s interesting to see the world through his eyes as he tiptoes through the minefield of do’s and don’ts trying not to cause an international incident between two great nations already a little wary of each other again has toreth ever been the best tiptoer? and yet he does he tiptoes like a pro and it’s a little confusing because he’s not naughty either sexually OR professionally so it’s like some alt world well behaved toreth that’s been in a vault somewhere all this timeplus for nearly the entire duration of this 130 plus page story he and warrick are in different countries and what’s fun about that? i’ve said a million times that sexxytimes in books don’t do anything for me but i’ve loved watching this relationship evolve over the course of the series and the absence of this dynamic was deeply disappointing considering there were 4 years in between the publication of book 7 and book 8 it feels doubly cruel and withholding to keep them apart after not giving fans anything new for so long even though this novella is the one that took me the longest to get into and get through in retrospect it’s a tidy little mystery with some important culture shock moments and some fun exchanges between toreth and agent ruiz who returns here to the series which mostly involve the perception of “deviant behavior” II and especially toreth doesn’t often get involved with what consenting adults do in their own bedrooms but things are different in america where ruiz helpfully explains ”Well you can get a long way if you keep in mind that the Founding Fathers Amendment to the Constitution guaranteed this is a Christian country established on Christian principles and that’s how our laws are framed” Unfortunate that Toreth’s knowledge of Christianity was or less limited to expressing feelings like “Jesus fucking Christ this case is a pain in the arse”i didn’t say he was a saint just a tiptoer and the torethgrimm antler locking is eually entertaining; confrontational begrudging occasionally collegiate but peppered throughout with toreth’s helpful professional observations”Do you know the basic principle of coercive interrogation?” Toreth asked “Hurting people?” Grimm suggestedToreth laughed “No that’s just an option Interrogation is about changing priorities Making people value the things that you control When someone will swap the information you want for five minutes’ rest or a sip of water then you win”this one is pretty much just an investigation eventually there are blowies but they’re like the end credit scenes of a marvel movie in that you gotta wait for them they in no way involve stan leeWeekend Plansthis one is the best of the bunch but it’s only thirty pages long boooo i’m in the minority of really liking sara so i’m happy she gets a chunk of the story there’s also a furthering of the continuing story arc involving the resisters and the revolution and warrick’s family involvement and on top of all that is a third storyline showcasing the very best of warrick and toreth it’s funny and winky and playful and then very serious indeed and she does all of this in only thirty pages it was outstandingi love warrick and i missed him so much in that first story Better to be early then late but early was still an annoying scheduling inefficiencyi swoon Constellation of Falling Starsthis third part is just an under ten page teaser intro to the second novella in the bookFor Your Entertainment in which there is zero warrick and barely any toreth and the whole thing is helmed by barret friggin’ connor because WHY? seriously the biggest problem with this book is how little warrick is in it who reuested that we see barret connor? not one person the story itself is fine it’s another investigation that widens the scope of the series focused here on the entertainment industry and its chilling commodification of the boy band in which young boys are raised up like tender veal calves and given many surgeries to keep them young and profitable and it is a very ghoulish business model indeed”Investigator 343 is an enormously profitable brand We have lifestyle strategies in place for all our product and that includes their closedown Ideally we shift fanbase to another product within our stable at least until they move out of our demographic 343 had good long term projections but even another year or two would let us complete their cycle in a controlled way with better fan retention”the story itself is good but in a volume with very little of what has been the draw of the series i wouldn’t have minded one thirty pager to close out the bookand if the internet would see fit to GIF me a photo of julian sands making out with hugo weaving i would insert it hereDANA DANA DANA LOOK LOOK LOOK now i can finally read book seven without fear of being left with nothing to look forward tocome to my blog

  2. says:

    It didn't take me three months to read it but it did take me three months to decide how to review itFirstly and most importantly this was a gift from my lovely friend KatieMc; THANK YOU KATIE hugsSecondly I couldn't put this down I read it all day and through the night until I realized the birds were singing It was a struggle to stay awake for the last ten pages My eyes burned with fatigue but still I had to keep goingThirdly it's beautifully written as you'd expect from Manna Francis Wonderful world building; two worlds this time; the US as well as Europe The dialogue rings trueOk down to the meat now Fourthly this book isn't really part of the Administration series It's set in the same universe but to me The Administration is about Toreth and Warrick and these guys get hardly any page time together or even one undertaking covert surveillance on the other while apartInstead the stories are about the socio political world; the world in which the Toreth we know and love thrives as a para investigator for II In the first story Toreth investigates a crime in America while Warwick stays in New London In the last two interlinked stories secondary character Investigator Barrett Connor finally gets his own narrative in 1st person pov The second story while giving us some page time with Toreth and Warrick together is about the fallout in Warrick's family after the events of the last book So in this aspect the book was really disappointing There's practically no sex no power games because there's no TorethWarwick Like I say I don't count this as a book from the Administration series But as a stand alone speculative fiction short story collection related but separate to the others I loved it The stories are wonderful examples of classic spec fic Just go in with your eyes open and not waiting for dangerous hot sexytimesOMG IT'S HERE IT'S HERE#%^#SKIPS AND TWIRLSSo happpppppppy

  3. says:

    To address that big fat elephant in the room; yes this is probably the lowest rating I've given a TA book No I don't think I rated any of them less than 5 stars before And Blood Circuses is very very good indeed Much better than dare I say it 99% of what's published in the MM genre But then again this book transcends genres most obviously in For Your Entertainment which is also the main reason why I didn’t rate higher As it is I can't ignore my feeling of disappointment over exactly that story that features the first person narrative of BC True to character as unremarkable as BC is in the former books so bland does his POV manages to stay here Knowing what Manna can do with her characters Toreth Warrick Carnac even Sara are all fascinating in their own ways – I’m disgruntled that such a big chunk of this book is dedicated to a bland forgettable character like BC whose story is only rescued by an investigation that’s set in the juicy world of boy bands and corporate antics I feel that Manna's talent is utterly wasted on BC who is neither witty unintentionally amusing highly intelligent an evil devil or otherwise uirky I might have been favorably disposed towards his POV if it had offered valuable insights into The Administration as a whole and the other characters but there’s so little of that too I can't help but hope that BC rubs Toreth the wrong way somehow so he will be disposed of in whatever manner Toreth considers appropriate pThankfully Weekend Plans is a rich banuet of Toreth and Warrick dynamics and Manna channeling her awesome self into her characters once again Great to catch up with the boys’ impressively successful attempt at cohabitation Sara’s love life and Warrick’s family members – there’s a new plot brewing thereThe first novella another II investigation is good too As intricately plotted as the BC one but thankfully Toreth is the star of the show here It’s a bit uncomfortable to see the course America has taken in TA particularly because when taking the current world events into account I have an eerie feeling that Manna might not be far off Luckily Toreth gives zero fucks and shows once again why he’s a para though what was the deal with Grimm tagging along? Extra kudos for Toreth checking up on Warrick ha I wish there were a few moments like that throughout this book Earlier ramblingsLet me just get this off my chest what a miserable failure of a pub Casperian books is for not making an ebook version of this book available for at least another 6 months And thus making it impossible for fans to all rave and suee together if they don't want to obtain the paperback too What a lousy way to run a business in 2000 friggin 15 July 1 Here we go Anyone up for a massive buddy read for this one? ; Interview with Manna Francis in which she mentions book 8 AND BOOK 9 OMGFAINTSDIES hereFeel free to join The Administration Zone to discuss

  4. says:

    This is the first new Manna Francis book in nearly 5 years being a big fan I was hungry for this Andhunger satisfied The book is mostly made up of two I I investigative novellas so if you like that sort of thing you're in luck If you want purely TW domestic shenanigans you might be left less than completely satisfiedInnocent Blood This is the novella where Toreth visits America on a case where a European Administration embassy based doctor is accused of performing an abortion This America is the puritanical dystopian ying to the Administration's godless bureaucratic yang They are both oppressive places each having their own special brand of tyranny As we all know Toreth is a survivor who takes his environment as a given and figures out how to work within its parameters What gives this story its charm is that Toreth is taken out of his environment and finds himself a bit gobsmacked by it all In this one Toreth is unwillingly paired with a new socioanalyst named Grimm who poses as Toreth's investigator I suspect we will meet her again IMO watching Toreth work is a thing of beauty an Innocent Blood gives the reader a front row seat to that show5Weekend Plans This is a 'meanwhile back at the ranch' type of story where we get caught up with Toreth Warrick and Sara There is some new business and some old business and a very special moment between TW4Constellation of Falling Stars I almost think it could have been an editing error that this made it as a standalone story Technically it served as a prologue to the next novella For Your Entertainment and featured all new characters It was fewer than 10 pages Of course it's possible that I totally missed something importantno ratingFor Your Entertainment This was another II procedural that featured B C with Toreth and Sara making cameo appearances I mentioned in my updates that it might have been inspired by 1D fanfics I really don't know much about 1D other than they are a popular boy band and that shipping the various band mates is a global pastime Let me be clear I don't think this is 1D fanfic but I do think the idea of an uber popular boy band group makes a fertile plot bunny I can only imagine how these bands have handlers and minders and endure a good bit of exploitation all for their art fame and fortune Now imagine such a group controlled by corporates in the bureaucratic Administration add in some futurology and you have some interesting reading 45 stars Some general thoughts not really spoilers but you may want to save till after you readOverall this book seemed to have world building than all of the previous 7 TA books combined I don't know about you but it took me a few books to figure out the corporates and administration and their delicate balancing act for power and control Manna Francis has always been a show don't tell type of writer so it never bothered me that I didn't get it off the bat Setting the first novella in America made it easy to include descriptive information via comparisons of the two cultures It also gave a small kernel of insight into how this fictional world order came to be The second novella illustrated some of the absurdities relating to celebrity culture in a futuristic society and again the visual of what life is like in New London became a bit clearer One last note this is the first physical book that I have read in a few years Boy oh boy did I miss the ability to jack up the typeface size Reading this was a humbling experience to my old lady eyes Lastly please stop by The Administration Zone for general discussions or the book discussion thread Blood Circuses spoilers

  5. says:

    Positive the beloved Manna Francis CS Pacat have retired to the same mother f'ing island wno mother f'ing cell service

  6. says:

    The first novella Toreth is sent to America Future America is pretty fundie so he is on his best behavior Francis does a really good job portraying the future culture of the US from the point of view of someone whose nation has headed in a very different direction and these future changes and cultural contrasts are both relevant to the mystery plot rather than merely color So kudos for that good story However as part of the overall series it was kind of disappointing to have so little Warrick banter or crazy misbehavior The second novella was also interesting told from the point of view of Toreth's adjutant B C and exploring the extremes to which people will go for fame and how the industry exploits them uite a different feel from most of the series B C is nice but not that interesting as narrator Again good but not what I expectedThat really sums up this installment in the Administration good but not what I wanted No significant criticism it just didn't fill my need for of what I love about the series

  7. says:

    Edit 12215 Is this damned thing ever being released in ebook format? It's been over 6 months This publisher sucks assThe ebook version won't be out until next year sometime which I think is ridiculous in this day and age and a poor business model I refuse to buy the paperback because then I'll never get around to reading itHopefully I don't forget to buy it when it does finally come out Edited to add scrolled down through some reviews and noticed that there are only a few legit reviews and some of them are outraged at the ebook situation because they live out of the US and don't even have the option to buy the paperback I'm even annoyed now seeing as as someone mentioned this series gained a huge following online and the only reason this author is able to publish this book and make money off of it is because of these online followers Don't get me wrong I don't mind paying for it at all I'm just annoyed at the situation I wonder how many people even bought the paperback? I feel as if I would be seeing a lot reviews if it had been released in the usual way

  8. says:

    Re read 042017As always I loved being in Manna's world She continues to intrigue me with her new plot linesThe only drawback was that I wanted Warrick I missed him I know I'm being greedy but I want it all Innocent Blood 45 Stars This was Toreth at his best Once again he's put into an impossible situation where he has to find a way out Add in the possibility of a mysterious new plot direction and you get one hell of a story Weekend Plans 4 Stars Fun fun fun We get to see what everyone's been doing since the last book Constellation of Falling Stars 25 30 Stars This threw me off because I didn't know what was going on at first There should have been some link to the next story For Your Entertainment 4 Stars I was worried about reading this because I always thought B C was kind of flat but I was pleasantly surprised to see the many different facets of his personality come out I enjoyed being inside his head There's this boyish charm about him that you can't help but like He's sensitive and is constantly uestioning himself I kept comparing his decisions to what Toreth would do and how he'd react to what B C was thinking This made it all the fun D

  9. says:

    Whaaaaat?The book isn't available in ebook form? Maybe in 2016?And even if I would buy the paperback it I live in Italy say that for now they haven't it?This is a very sad day for me First the procrastination of the release date for Captive prince 3 and now this?I was expecting a great start for my July and now I'm feeling like a kicked puppy

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    I'm going to have to reread this at a later date The America written here made me very very uncomfortable It was as bad as church but also blindingly white which ofc makes it worse I kept wondering where are the PoC in this America? Where are the immigrant PoC who are not black or Latin? As an Asian I feel keenly that Americans' idea of racial representation is looking beyond white to black and sometimes brown HispanicLatin but generally no further In short it seemed like a veritable Republican wet dream which often translates to hell for anyone who is not a white cisgender heterosexual maleIt as I said in a status update does not help that I've had a surfeit of church flavored heteronormativity these past few daysweeks being as I'm home from school now I suppose in a way this view of a hyper religious America as opposed to the way the European Administration works is interesting but I kept taking everything too personally It was like watching every worst nightmare unfold in front my eyes A lot of what I learned of American society was especially hard in the face of the Supreme Court's decision recently And also personal things were happening in my life these past two days that had been exacerbating my resentment of female gender roles and the way being female socialized informs the way I tend to react to things as opposed to how my brother does because he wasn't socialized to remain uiet and keep it in and fade into the woodworks Plus I hadn't read Coming from America before and found out the plot when I got curious and looked it up and saw that one review on its GR entry What really gave me the nudge to take a mental step back was paramorin on Tumblr's overview of how America became the way it did It was that they approached it as purely theoreticalfictional that made me consider the purpose of these dynamics beyond personal affrontThe above described impression unfortunately colored my reading I also have developed a fondness for Carnac in my rereading and all of the references to him but no actual appearance compounded with my personal resentment of this Republican wet dream America seemed especially cruel Warrick also does not feature in this volume He does appear in Weekend Plans thoughI have not yet read the shorts given that I do not give a shit about the characters and as Grimm so helpfully pointed out humans are predisposed to make snap decisions and blow them out of proportion and first impressions may or may not happen to coincide with reality but they're rarely helpful Francis' America in Innocent Blood unfortunately made a poor first impression with me and the rest of the story became guilty by association and never uite recovered from that I'd need distance and time to process before I feel like I can even begin to actually read the story for the story