Presunta colpevole lCourtesy of Random House UK via NetgalleyI had no idea what to expect from this book when I first started it but whatever it was I got it It s a combination of Neil Gaiman s Neverwhere steampunk and high fantasy In a world obsessed with timekeeping it s great to see things thrown on their heads clocks are noonger instruments which humans have mastery over but are gateways to their potential destruction It s terrifying but somewhat philosophical in a metaphorical sense and this novel really made me think about something I hadn t thought about before in terms of time and the creation of the universe and also of how it relates to us the ways a clock showing the wrong time disorients us and makes us uncomfortable Time the fourth dimension in this novel is captured and woven into a fantasy novel that is interesting to read uare our protagonist is a cog in the English clockmakers guild the Worshipful Company and is thrown into a world where people in power are fighting to find and keep a mysterious watch called the hunter Along the way he hears a story of what can only be described as an alternate universe where gods or angels or demons Poisoned Secrets (Murder and Mayhem live and this is the origin of the hunter There are betrayals there s magic of a kind there s some blood and gore and even the slightest hints of romance All of this set against a backdrop of a time where tensions between England and France are running high Though there isn t much about this tension it would have been nice for the historical element to be explored further as it seeks to construct a world without actually constructing a world without the mentions that the characters are Englishmen or Scottsmen Frenchmen Americans etc this novel could well be taking place in an invented fantasy realm It doesn t uite do what novelsike Gaiman s Neverwhere does which superimposes a fantasy and unknown to mere mortals upon reality but seeks to reshape it However there is nothing solid in this world building and though the world is believable it s not believable as an alternate history of our worldThere were some things I couldn t understand the point of uare spontaneously ejaculating whenever he came into contact with Tiamat the strange dragon creature doesn t make any sense No real reason is given except that he has no control over his body but that seems a poor excuse when it happens than once Also uite a few things seem to be eft to the reader to puzzle out for example Longinus appearance as an automaton on the clock in Otherwhere doesn t mean much until the end where the reader is His To Claim (McBain Brothers Alpha, left to join the dots that he is part of the world because heeft something of himself behind in it his daughter Various betrayals are not yet fully comprehensible although I suppose that s an issue whose resolution will be found in the seuel and intricacies of the world and its The Black Sheeps Baby (Into The Heartland) (Into The Heartland) (Silhouette Intimate Moments, laws and its characters don t uite make sense I suspect Witcover tried to fit too much into one novel and while most of it survived there are blotted places in the fabric of the story that could have been cleared up however again I suspect the answers will be in the seuelsOther things that are just too unrealistic include uare s seeming inability to feel pain whenever something traumatic happens to his body it s probably a side effect of the hunter s magic but it s too unrealistic to make a reader want to sympathise with him everytime something happens to his body Also there are in my opinion far too many times were a character is rendered unconscious during which time important things happen to them and then are glossed over as a retelling afterwards It feelsike bad story telling because of all the blank time and as a reader I want to know not only what happened but how it happened When the doctor replaced Longinus foot in Otherwhere was there an argument from Doppler and Inge did he do it secretly did he have second thoughts about whether he was doing the right thing Those are the kinds of uestions that aren t answered which admittedly have the potential to be answered in further books but probably won t be It s difficult to read about an aftermath without really seeing the original falloutOn its own it s a novel that s promising but stands on shaky Pursuit of Justice legs As part of a series I m sure wel find that it s been a very solid foundation Indeed it s a good read but not a great one Who would have thought that the Dangerous to Touch life of a clockmaker could be so exciting Possibly the most original adventure I have been on in aong time 35 timely starz because this freaky book surely has some merits but then again sadly the idea *is better than the execution I do not mind freakishness in books but this one was a * better than the execution I do not mind freakishness in books but this one was a of dragging freak that took a really Once Upon a Seduction (Its All About Attitude long time to gain momentum view spoiler Divinely elicited bonerz and ejaculations aside hide spoiler 410 Far too descriptive You can skip paragraphs and still know what is going on which is what I did for theast half of it An ending that wasn t an endingAND WHAT THE HELL IS UP WITH PEOPLE RANDOMLY HAVING ERECTIONS AND EJACULATING For a thorough review check WHAT THE HELL IS UP WITH PEOPLE RANDOMLY HAVING ERECTIONS AND EJACULATING For a thorough review check s from sffworld belowhttpwwwgoodreadscomreviewshowI do not disagree with the presentation of the book as it s fairly accurate just that for me it did not work so well for two reasons to start with we are dropped into a comedic situation typical of the 19th century swashbuckler novels except that here we are supposed to take it seriously and it simply Rodeo Daughter lacks the panache for thatater when the novel becomes fantastic and it transforms into a London with supernatural stuff I just shrugged as I am not a
fan of such There is narrative energy so I kept turning of such There is narrative energy so I kept turning pages while the sort of steampunk stuff in the beginning is intriguing but in the first half the book My Guilty Pleasure (Harlequin Blaze lacks the exuberance needed for such to be really enjoyable see Lavie Tidhar Bookman series for how to write this kind of stuff well while in the second part the book goes in a direction I did not care for This would have to take the prize for one of the worst written books I ve read in a while There is. Tempus Rerum Imperator Time Emperor of All Things The year is 1758 England is at war embroiled in a globe spanning conflict that stretches from her North American colonies to Europe and beyond And now after than two years of military and diplomatic setbacks the country itself is at risk Across the Channel the French prepare for an invasion an invasion rud to beed by none other than Bonnie Prince Charlie It seems the map of Europe is about to be redrawn again Yet beneath the surface behind the scenes another war is raging A war that will determine not just the fate of nations but of humanity itself Daniel uare is a journeyman in the Worshipful.
Read The Emperor of All ThingsA half decent story in here but it s probably better suited to being a graphic novel or a CG heavy fantasy film as most of this text is devoted to scene descriptions and dialogueOOOH the dialogue This is hilariously bad It sounds ike something by a ren faire ham or out of the mouth of an all too earnest reveler at a steam punk cosplay convention It s so packed with fake Brit idioms I wondered if the author had written this after an all night session of Downton Abbey on GTs channeling Dick Van Dyke s bad Poppins chimchiminey sweep guvThere are a A Wanted Man (Silhouette Intimate Moments, lot of folk giving this thing 4 and 5 stars So I m wondering if I ve missed the point of this book and the genre in general I have found most books in the Steam punk genre and this cog fetish spin off areittle better than badly written fanfic Perhaps that s actually the point Maybe this is a type of community art made by and read by the cosplayers Maybe all the usual clich tropes have to be rolled out in each and every one of these works and celebrated in all their silliness clockwork My Spy (Mission: Impassioned, limbs the girl who does boy stuff better than the boys the fop who hides secret skills the dirigibles or in this case the personal flotation device the gears the cogs the clockwork a bitike a Punch and Judy show or a trag Christmas panto We know all the badly choreographed moves by heart but we still come back to relish them every year Perhaps this genre is simply an affirmation celebration of a community s consensual hallucination There is a good idea for a story hidden somewhere in this book if only it wasn t so badly done Roughly two thirds of the book is back story and when in the Until You Loved Me (Silver Springs, last 3rd things start to actually happen the books cuts out I know he is writing a seuel but you need to have some form of ending for your first volume I find that the author repeats himself throughout the book a hell of aot using the same memes and often the same description over and over Why the male characters had to continuously ejaculate involuntarily I have no idea is this just to assure the reader that it is adult Like I said the idea for the story isn t a bad one just don t write 50% of the book in exposition and then trail off in the middle of a scene Suffice to say while I am a The Baby Album little intrigued as to what will happen next I won t be buying volume 2 to find outThis review could have been muchinger I just don t want to add spoilers for anyone who will find this interesting than I did This review is from And Then I Read A Book Welcome to 1758 a tumultuous time in English history a time of war and invasion fears Also a time of reason and Enlightenment as knowledge blossomed And a time of magic the unexplained fearsome dragons and treacherous clockmakers Hang on something s not uite right there this is not the 1758 I ve read about in history books In The Emperor of All Things time is taking a different turnWe begin in an attic overflowing with timepieces all slightly out of sync with each other and there is a hint of alchemy around the room A curious mouse runs amongst the objects a grey clad thief slips silently through the window and an elegantly dressed gentleman emerges from within a clock A battle of wits turns uickly into one of swords and pistols as Lord Wichcote defends his property against the infamous Grimalkin But Grimalkin gets the prize and escapes only to have it stolen by yet another intent on owning it We re uickly ed to the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers where Daniel uare is a journeyman and Regulator He is part of the Most Secret and Exalted Order of Regulators whose mission it is to enforce standards of timepieces whilst searching for technological innovations to appropriate in the name of the King It is uare who wrests the prized watch from Grimalkin but despite his success he is still in the unenviable position of having to explain himself to his two masters uare s position with the company is made very difficult by his split oyalties Grandmaster Wolfe is the head of the Company and has been for decades He is a conventional man doing things the Company way Master Magnus is an innovator who works amongst chaos and cats uare s sensibilities are with Magnus but he tries to please both The successful completion of his mission hasn t Why Not Tonight (Happily Inc., left either man completely satisfied and he seems to have fallen foul of Magnus servant tooNot to worry things are about to get much much worse for uare It s probable he wishes he had never come across the thin silver Hunter pocketwatch with strange black symbols around the dial That watch holds dangerous secrets which might be bettereft unlocked It exerts a strong influence though drawing people to it people that would kill to have it in their possession It is uickly apparent that uare should be very cautious about who he trusts The very city itself holds mysteries and surprises et alone characters such as GrimalkinThe Emperor of All Things is split into three parts The first is set
in London with the watch and uare and plenty of swordLondon with the watch and uare and plenty of sword action The second part narrates a different older story about an obsession a monumental clocktower and a town cut off from the rest of the world Here the supernatural buzzes just out of view if you re ucky I wouldn t say it exactly makes everything clearer but this tale starts to explain just what it is that is being meddled with The Welcome Home, Cowboy (Wed In The West, last section throws you back to London and what must be done to avert disaster The end is not The End rather a pause toet the reader catch their breath in readiness for the second bookI was utterly baffled at times about what was going on but not in a bad way I really enjoyed both parts of the story The swashbuckling swordplay and unfamiliarfamiliar London were great fun and the slowly building menace of the cut off town was creepily good There are some moments of terror along the way and the price of owning the watch is very high indeed This is Book 1 of The Productions of Time and I Wish I Had Book 2 I had Book 2 hand because we are eft hanging at the end I m not sure when the seuel is due for pu. Company of Clockmakers an ancient guild whose royal charter confers absolute authority over the manufacture of timepieces But uare is than he seems He is a Regulator a member of an elite spy network within the guild a network devoted to searching out and claiming for England's exclusive use any horological innovation that could conceivably result in an advantage for Britain over her adversaries whether in business or in war It is just such a mission that brings him one moonlit night to the London townhouse of the eccentric collector Lord Wichcote But there he finds than he bargained for A pocket watch possessed of seemingly impossible properti. Blication but sooner rather than ater is my preference Read the Original Review The Emperor of All Things is one of the most fun reads I ve had so far in 2013 Very brilliant The Founding FieldsIt s not often I get to read a Steampunk novel but when I do I usually find them very enjoyable His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman remains my favourite YA work of fiction to date and both Cyber Circus by Kim Lakin Smith and The Great Game by Lavie Tidhar have been strong re From the book 1758 England is embroiled in a globe spanning conflict that stretches from her North American colonies to Europe and beyond Across the Channel the French prepare for an invasion an invasion rud to be Cowboys Baby (Ranching Family, led by none other than Bonnie Prince Charlie It seems the map of Europe is about to be redrawn Yet behind these dramatic scenes another war is raging a war that will determine not just the fate of nations but of humanity itselfDaniel uare is a journeyman in an ancient guild The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers He is also a Regulator part of an elite network within the guild devoted to searching out and claiming for England s exclusive use any horological innovation that could give them an upper hand whether in business or in warJust such a mission has brought uare to the London townhouse of eccentric collector Lord Wichcote He seeks a pocket watch rumoured to possess seemingly impossible properties that are to do with magic than with any science familiar to uare or to his superiors And the strange timepiece has attracted the attention of others as well the mysterious masked thief known only as Grimalkin and a deadly French spy who stop at nothing to bring the prize back to his masters Soon uare finds himself on a dangerous trail of intrigue and murder thateads far from the world he knows into an otherwhere of dragons and demigods in which nothing is as it seems time Between the Land and the Sea (Marinas Tales, least of all Tempus Rerum Imperator Time Emperor of All Things Paul s novel is an excitingly and brilliantly realised poetically written tale of magic subterfuge and intrigue Not to mention clocksIt is a book of three parts The first is as the description above might suggest an exciting trip through eighteen century London full of spies and competing secret societiesThe characters themselves are rather Dickensian in their tone mannerisms and attributes with aspects that are both recognisable and yet distinct uare finds himself ensnared as a journeyman in the bureaucratic mechanisms of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers with him manoeuvring around the opposing demands of Grandmaster Thaddeus Wolfe and uare s mentor Theophilus Magnus We have honourable heroes and strong female characters that we can root for villains that we can easily dislike and an exhilarating plot that dashes from exciting place to thrillingocale from places that seem to be straight out of history to places that seem out of fantasyland The places visited are full of atmosphere and vibrant imagery that make the characters feel that they re in a fully functioning worldIt is uite an energetic developmentThe second part is to my mind Gilligan Unbound less successful Here the tale changes from third person perspective to first person as Lord Wichcote relates the tale of what happened to him in an almost Lost Horizon scenario Whilst searching for further evidence of unusual timepiecesike the strange hunter pocket watch described already he finds himself stranded in the Alpine village of Marchen in Winter cut off from the rest of the world The village is peopled with some very unusual characters but strangest of all things is a clock tower in the middle of the village suare named Wachter s Folly Wichcote s examination of the tower Gone for Soldiers leads to some very strange goings on with the clock s timings seemingly at random and its mechanisms most unusualBy the end of this section we have a tale ofove sex and horology which seemed rather at odds to me from the first part It must be said that the tale is not superfluous and there are major revelations to Wichcote aka Longinus in this and a realisation
by that perhaps ove rules all even time The clock and somehim that perhaps ove rules all even time The clock and some the people in the village are much than they initially seemWhilst this section of the tale is undoubtedly entertaining it worked Mean Girls less well for me There are some rather discontinuous events here that sit oddly with what has gone before The fast paced actions uare the super agent in the first section is disconcertedly replaced by a rather humorous some might say buffoonike performance from Wichcote in the second Whilst the setting was imaginatively presented things become increasingly unreal and bizarre I did find that the oft repeated erotic reaction to being become increasingly unreal and bizarre I did find that the oft repeated erotic reaction to being other worldly presences was rather superfluous and unnecessary There is romance here which is predictable yet not too cloying It must be said that the story at this point for all its meandering does serve a purpose to the taleThe third section returns to the espionage activities of uare who now knowing the major revelation of the novel in Part Two has to deal with multiverses vampyrric timepieces and dragons I found a certain amusement at reading about troglodytian dwellers below London referred to as Morecockneyans because they re than Cockneys see and wondered if Mike knows Things move to a resolution of sorts although a reader ooking for a simple all encompassing ending will be disappointed The conflict between England and France barely mentioned until this point reappears with a flourish and seems to be of important in the next book Although there are parts I was ess enamoured with I really Duty to Protect liked this one in the end It s a book with great imagination a joy ofanguage and with an interesting take on a well realised fantasy worldLiterate intelligent and generally entertaining this one receives my recommendation Lost Horizon a book by James Hilton and a 1937 film of the same name depicts a group of travellers stranded in the Himalayas who whilst there discover the The Surprise Triplets (Safe Harbor Medical lost fabledand of Shangri La hidden in the mountains. Es deadly properties that seem to have to do with magic than with any science familiar to uare or to his superiors in the guild Sir Thaddeus Wolfe Grandmaster of the Order and Theophilus Magnus head of the Most Secret and Exalted Order of Regulators But the strange watch has drawn the attention of others as well The mysterious masked thief known only as Grimalkin and a French spy and cold blooded killer who seeks to bring the prize back to his masters Soon uare finds himself following a trail of intrigue and murder that Kates Vow leads far from the world he knows into an otherwhere of dragons and demigods in which nothing is as it seems timeeast of all. ,