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Having sold more than 300,000 copies in a series of five comic books, The Clockwork Girl is now a luscious graphic novel. It’s a tale unlike any other, a journey into a faraway land where the Clockwork Girl lives—a ticking robot girl with mechanical limbs and a voice of her own.

Against all odds, she finds companionship in Huxley, the amazing mutant circus boy who risks his life to be with her. Together they tackle questions like what man can feel that a machine or mutant can’t, what loneliness is, and what love is.

But can a robot girl feel true love? Will this futuristic Romeo and Juliet survive the threats of their warring families?

About the Author

Soon to be a three-dimensional major motion picture, The Clockwork Girl love story is inspired by the romantic pursuits of its lovesick authors, colleagues Sean O’Reilly and Kevin Hanna.

Sean O’Reilly is the founder and C.E.O. of Arcana Studio, an award-winning publisher of comic books and graphic novels. He is the author of a number of graphic novels, including The Gwaii, Mighty Mighty Monsters, Pixies, Kade, and The Hope Virus, as well as the producer and writer of two films for Lions Gate Entertainment.

Kevin Hanna is the founder of Frogchildren Studios, a multimedia entertainment company. He has worked as an art director for Disney, Microsoft, Sony, and Google. The Clockwork Girl is his first graphic novel.


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Product Details

  • Series: The Clockwork Girl
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design; Reissue edition (July 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062080393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062080394
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,023,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reason for Reading: I've enjoyed other books by Sean O'Reilly and this one sounded wonderful, plus I wanted to read the book before seeing the movie (which doesn't have a release date as of yet).

First of all, an absolutely beautiful book. Illustrations are gorgeous and the book is just pleasure for the eyes to read. It's book like this I'd never trade for an ereader. The story centres around two scientists who live next door to each other, one who is a technical scientist building robots and automatons, whilst the other works with biological science creating new forms of life. They are enemies. Last year Dendrus won the annual fair with his "mutant boy" named Huxley. This year he has come with Huxley and to watch his students' presentations but without an entry himself. But The Tinkerer has finally created his masterpiece "The Clockwork Girl" who later names herself Tesla. Tesla and Huxley meet at the Fair and develop a friendship later secretly meeting between their respective castles, though their fathers are warring with each other, ala Romeo & Juliet.

The robot and the mutant like each other but it isn't anything more than platonic, there is a third child involved who it is unclear but I think is either Dendrus' assistant or own son. I'm glad the story doesn't enter into a romance as I'm not fond of that sort of thing, though the plot does enter the dramatic and intensiveness of a life and death situation such as is found in Romeo & Juliet. The plot actually has quite a few Shakespearean elements and is honestly, just a wonderful story to read. The characters are all quirky and fun, from the children to the adults to the creatures. The fair is a wonderful chapter with all sorts of weird and wacky inventions being displayed and causing trouble.
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The Clockwork Girl and Huxley live in two different worlds and have fathers who hate each other. Huxley's father, Dendrus the Grafter, made a castle "as an ode to the beauty and power of nature." The Clockwork Girl's father, Wilhelm the Tinkerer, made a castle "narrow and precise...as a tribute to technology."

Huxley is a mutant circus boy with one horn, fangs, and two hearts. The Clockwork Girl is her father's own scientific creation, born of his need to be a respected man of science. He creates her in order to win an award and gain respect, but he doesn't anticipate that Huxley, whom he hates, will fall in love with her. Huxley meets up with the Clockwork Girl and teaches her some independence since she was only just created and still doesn't know about the world.

The Clockwork Girl is called a "futuristic Romeo and Juliet." It isn't exactly the same, and it doesn't have the sad ending, but there are definite similarities. On one hand, this graphic novel is covering well-known, archetypical ground, with aspects reminiscent of Beauty and the Beast and other beloved tales. On the other hand, it's been made unique with its sci-fi atmosphere and the fact that the characters are a mutant and a robot. It asks the question science fiction books have asked for years: Can a robot love?

There's a flashback that shows why Wilhelm hates Huxley, and in the main story Huxley comes to believe--erroneously--that the Clockwork Girl is going to hurt him because of who her father is. The opposite is true, and the misunderstanding that occurs revs up the plot.

The fact that the two main characters are each outsiders in their own way adds to the appeal, because everyone has felt like an outsider at some point.
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The Clockwork Girl is a story of star crossed lovers from two different houses. Sounds familiar? One of the two fantastic castles is built by the grafter as a monument to the science of nature and the other is built by the tinker as a tribute to the science of technology and machines. The tinker creates a clockwork girl named Tesla. You will even find two quotes of Nikola Tesla within the story. "I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success . . . Such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything."-and-"Let the future tell the truth, and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine. There are several images of the little clockwork girl and the monster boy that though different are reminiscent of scenes from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. As the Clockwork Girl is an obvious nod to and inspired by William Shakespeare, Nikola Tesla, and Mary Shelley it has to be good, and it is.

I fell in love with the characters, Tesla, the clockwork girl and Huxley, the monster boy and I imagine everyone who reads this will do the same. It's a heartwarming story that is brilliant in its simplicity and it is actually suited not only for adults but children as young as grade school, say seven years old on up.

The dedication in the front of the book sums The Clockwork Girl up best, "To love and those who purse it relentlessly." It's a fun, fast, fulfilling read, I highly recommend.
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