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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480174823
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480174825
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,364,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great read for October.
Melissa Lee
All the stories are well written, with some beautiful descriptive work.
Clare Davidson
I could NOT stop reading these stories!!
MaryP

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Janalyn Voigt on October 25, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Normally horror is not my thing, but these stories are creative, gritty, and thought-provoking. Each of the authors has a style that contrasts well with the others. Be sure and settle in with a hot cuppa and a comforter by the fire when you read these tales. It wouldn't hurt if it were a stormy night as well.

Reviewed by Janalyn Voigt, author of DawnSinger (Tales of Faeraven)

*My thanks to the authors for a complimentary review copy of this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Garrett on November 11, 2012
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Sometimes anthologies hinge on one title story, with the rest of the entries playing backup around a vague theme. This anthology is different. These nine stories, while set it different milieus and drawing on the themes and props of different genres, all explore the same common premise. Not in the abstract, but in a concrete sense--the titular Clockwork Dragon actually shows up and plays a central role in each story.

The fact that the stories aren't sequential is definitely not a weakness of this collection. If the origin story were told right up front, the collection would have lost a bit of its mystery and punch. As organized, the reader gets the pleasure of piecing together the particular rules of the game, and looks forward to seeing how the next story and the next after that handle those rules.

As a whole, these stories work well to weave a common pattern of creepiness and inevitable, lurking evil. In fact, my only reservation is that--unlike an author exploring the same premise in a novel--there remains no overall resolution to this particular evil, and the various protagonists get to go along for the ride without ever evolving to know better. However, that is probably one of the points of the collection--evil survives and thrives in the world.

I found myself enjoying the fantastical and swashbuckling elements of the collection the most (The Vow, A Mermaid's Desire, Lost at Sea), but that's not to say some of the other "real-world" stories aren't clever and well-told. In fact, Death Without Shoes takes the prize for the best story title in this collection, not to mention containing the odd notion that Jack Black is only palatable to the demonically possessed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Lee on October 28, 2012
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So very interesting. This music box like dragon offers much but delivers more than anyone can handle. The story reminds me of The Monkey's Paw. Not really a 3 wish thing but certainly like in what happens when people put their hopes in it. I love all the different stories. Great read for October.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Diane Adams on June 12, 2013
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When I read a book about dragons and magic, I don't expect to find Jesus within its pages. The Clockwork Dragon is filled with surprises! Some are horrifying and made me cringe and worry about nightmares. Others made my eyes fill with tears and my heart fill with hope. A very unique book that I will keep to read again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lynn hagen on November 7, 2012
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These short stories are wonderful reading and I don't normally read this gendre so that's something for me to say. Each one stands on its own but thread easily into the next allowing the read to step from one to the next. A great read for all ages. I'm giving a copy to my 15 yr old granddaughter for Christmas.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TheresaB on November 12, 2012
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Really enjoyed the book. I liked how all the authors connected the dragon throughout time and place in the stories. Would have liked to have more to some of the stories, but overall great read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sondra Lambert on November 10, 2012
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I never imagined such a book as this would keep my interest at 63, but this one did. Maybe I do have a few surprises to come yet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Clare Davidson on October 29, 2012
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I received a preview copy of this anthology in return for an honest review.

All of the short stories in The Clockwork Dragon are linked by a common backstory, however each story stands alone in its own right. The order of the stories could have been considered more thoughtfully, so that the arc story came out in a logical order. That said, this is generally a very entertaining set of stories.

As with all anthologies, you're likely to find stories you love and those that you don't enjoy quite as much. All the stories are well written, with some beautiful descriptive work. In some cases the characters felt lacking, which meant they didn't always generate empathy.

My personal favourites were The Precious Hour, Lost At Sea and A Mermaid's Desire. In the latter, I was especially impressed with the author's handling of describing merfolk. The descriptions were sharp, detailed and above all believable.

There's a strong message to be learned from this collection of stories, but I'll leave you to discover that for yourself.

Overall I enjoyed The Clockwork Dragon and I would definitely recommend it.
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