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Clockwork Angels: The Novel | [Kevin J. Anderson]

Clockwork Angels: The Novel

For more than two centuries, the land of Albion has been ruled by the supposedly benevolent Watchmaker, who imposes precision on every aspect of life. Young Owen Hardy from the village of Barrel Arbor dreams of seeing the big city and the breathtaking Clockwork Angels that dispense wisdom to the people, maybe even catching a glimpse of the Watchmaker himself. He watches the steamliners drift by, powered by alchemical energy, as they head toward Crown City....
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Package Design, 2014

I can’t stop thinking big....

International best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson teams up with Rush lyricist and drummer Neil Peart to expand the story set out in Clockwork Angels, the 20th studio album by the legendary rock band.

All the journeys of this great adventure -

It didn’t always feel that way

For more than two centuries, the land of Albion has been ruled by the supposedly benevolent Watchmaker, who imposes precision on every aspect of life. Young Owen Hardy from the village of Barrel Arbor dreams of seeing the big city and the breathtaking Clockwork Angels that dispense wisdom to the people, maybe even catching a glimpse of the Watchmaker himself.

I was brought up to believe....

He watches the steamliners drift by, powered by alchemical energy, as they head toward Crown City - never dreaming that he is already caught between the grandiose forces of order and chaos, between the Watchmaker and his nemesis, the Anarchist. Owen’s journeys begin at a fabulous carnival with clockwork wonders beyond his imagination, and take him aboard airships, far into the Redrock Desert to seek lost cities, through storms at sea to encounters with pirates...and give him a chance at love.

Clockwork Angels: The Novel is a remarkable, innovative story unlike any other.

The basis for this novel, Clockwork Angels: The Album by Rush, is available now at rush.com.

©2012 Kevin J. Anderson (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Jose United States 11-28-12
    Jose United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Great story and ties the songs in their album"
    What made the experience of listening to Clockwork Angels the most enjoyable?

    Great story with an ending that I can relate to. I also liked the author's reference to lyrics in older Rush songs.


    Any additional comments?

    Very satisfying read and also enjoyed the reading by Neil Peart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Australia 11-07-12
    Amazon Customer Australia 11-07-12
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    "Clockwork Clichés - "Suitable for 10 to 15yo""
    Would you consider the audio edition of Clockwork Angels to be better than the print version?

    Yes. But only because I prefer that format.


    Have you listened to any of Neil Peart’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not aware of any other Neil Peart narratives.


    Any additional comments?

    As a 47yo long time Rush fan, I felt compelled to read this. I had listened to the album, & wanted more insight into the storyline & characters of the first concept album from Rush in decades. The book answered all of my questions &, although it helped me appreciate the album more, it made me appreciate the book less.

    Neils narration is OK, although at times a little mono-tonal. The book is excessively littered with unnecessary references to Rushes extensive repertoire of song titles & lyrics (almost every page). The standard of writing is more appropriate for a 10yo. In my opinion, Neil would have done a better job on his own.

    It should have a label "Suitable for 10 to 15yo". Maybe it could made into an interesting "Manga" style animation.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lee United States 11-05-12
    Lee United States 11-05-12
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    "Could Have Been Better"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I only recommend this book if you are wanted a deeper look into the story behind the lyrics for the Clockwork Angels project. It is difficult to tell which came first - the lyrics or the story.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kevin J. Anderson? Why or why not?

    NO. I felt like I was being read to by my elementary school teacher. Other reviews of this author have also impacted that decision.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Neil Peart?

    Yep - like his style. Wrong book for him to read, but I bet would be great on an "adult" reading-level performance.


    Could you see Clockwork Angels being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Too shallow of a story to hold water. Visually, it could look great, and has potential if modified. I am a huge fan of RUSH, and would go see it no matter how it came out. However, I would hope that this idea is not pursued to avoid tarnishing the band's name or reputation.


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    Dan Richardson Canada 10-29-12
    Dan Richardson Canada 10-29-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Clock Works Angles"
    Would you try another book from Kevin J. Anderson and/or Neil Peart?

    Yes. I have read books from both authors and wouldn't hesitate to do so again.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Neil Peart’s performances?

    Yes


    Was Clockwork Angels worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    First, I would like to give credit to the authors and ECW Publishing for offering a complimentary e book to all readers who purchased the hardcover. Not only was it effortless to download but the customer service was excellent.

    The whole idea of supporting an album (Rush: Clockwork Angels) with a novel is not only unique but extremely creative. The partnership of Anderson/Peart/Syme makes the entire package a great experience for the reader and fan.

    The storyline was reminiscent of Ayn Rand's "Anthem" and Rush's "2112" with the individual facing deciding between individualism and collectivism. The surprise though was that our main protaganist, Owen Hardy, was able to persevere and accept his fate and manage through it without having to change the world or set the world on fire.

    I did find that the continuous use of Rush lines/lyrics a tad disruptive and somewhat cheesie for this reader as it distracted from the overall flow of the story. Instead of reading on, the reader stopped to pause and reflect on the many great songs Rush has recorded over the years. With that said, the use of the CA lyrics at the start of each chapter was extremely helpful in setting up each stage(s).

    The books' ending was very well thought out and introspective ts to why Owen Hardy did what he did. And, to that end, the authors tended to their readers very well.

    The CA package is extremely well done; with a good story line (Peart/Anderson), beautiful drawings (Hugh Syme), lyrics for each track of the album (Peart) and a great afterword from Peart to provide the backdrop for this working concept.

    It is a story that young and old will enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jon Bolland Bergen NY 10-08-12
    Jon Bolland Bergen NY 10-08-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Good story Good Narration by Neal Peart"

    This book was a pleasant surprise. The weaving of Rush Lyrics was fun, I enjoyed it very much.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Minneapolis, MN, USA 02-25-13
    Anthony Minneapolis, MN, USA 02-25-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Disappointing even for a fanboy"
    What would have made Clockwork Angels better?

    This is essentially a story of self-discovery but there really isn't any sense of urgency, purpose or drama. A naive teenager impulsively sets out and story after story occur. None of them interesting. None of them particularly revealing nor suspenseful nor rewarding. It is interesting that the society in the story is very regulated, structured and bland (by intention) and, as a result, so is the "adventure" we experience. In listening, I must admit I was bored by this story; drifted my attention to other thoughts; came back and really didn't miss anything. I am at a point of just hearing through the end just to finish it.


    What could Kevin J. Anderson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The biggest problem is that there is no suspense aspect at all. I can't tell what is really driving this character besides curiosity and idle choice. There is no drive here, Owen just does things and he doesn't know why and neither do you...and after a while you don't care.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Neil Peart?

    Here I have to bury my fanboy bias for Rush. Neil isn't a good narrator. He reads the story as a father would read a bedtime story to a young child or a baby he's trying to lull to sleep. Very few sentence inflections (and I mean like three or four) and they don't particularly match the story action. He has limited character 'voices' and they all sound fairytale-ish. He voices the main character, who is a naive 17 year old, with such innocence that I equate it with a naive 10 year old.

    Also, sad to say, Neil has a slight lateral lisp and his 'ess' sound come across as 'esh.' Now that's no big deal, and many people speak that way...just not professional narrators. There is a reason why people with hangnails aren't professional hand models, if you catch my drift.

    All that said, the story doesn't help either.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Clockwork Angels?

    It's not a matter of scene or scenes to cut. The story just needs more purpose, and either drama or humor or adventure or love or anything really.


    Any additional comments?

    It does make for a good, if super-prolonged, drinking game. Take a drink every time you hear a Rush lyric or song title!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dorothy Escondido, CA, United States 01-01-13
    Dorothy Escondido, CA, United States 01-01-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Fans of Rush will like this book..."

    The story was actually pretty good, my husband enjoyed it and I enjoyed it as well. It just wasn't the type of story that I normally prefer...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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