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The Witch Watch [Kindle Edition]

Shamus Young , Heather Young
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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Gilbert has two problems. The first is that he died. The second is that he didn't stay dead. Now he's hunted by the Church, the cult that revived him, and Her Majesty's Department of Ethereal Affairs. Gilbert must keep his head long enough to save London, the Queen, and his brassy and opinionated mother from the forces of evil and good alike.

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Gilbert has two problems. The first is that he died. The second is that he didn't stay dead. Now he's hunted by the Church, the cult that revived him, and Her Majesty's Department of Ethereal Affairs. Gilbert must keep his head long enough to save London, the Queen, and his brassy and opinionated mother from the forces of evil and good alike. 

About the Author

Shamus Young is a programmer specializing in old-school graphics techniques. He's the author of the blog Twenty Sided. He's the creator of the webcomics DM of the Rings and Stolen Pixels. He's one of the hosts of the videogame commentary series Spoiler Warning. He's tired of writing about himself in the third person.

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  • File Size: 1460 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007AKDFM8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #432,903 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best addition to my library in years February 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
"The Witch Watch" is a book I've been waiting for a long time to read. It features a strong, opinionated yet undeniably feminine female protagonist. She's perhaps the most *real* female I've seen written by a man in a lot of years. The content is surprisingly family-friendly for a book featuring a walking corpse. On top of all that, you've got a bit of mystery, a lot of adventure, a smattering of Steampunk, and a dash of low fantasy. The elements combine to create an atmosphere of by-the-seat-of-your-pants action approached with wry dark humour. The pacing is superb, making this a real page-turner. And unlike Christie, the author unfolds a satisfying mystery without needing to pull any rabbits from his hat.

"The Witch Watch" is set in an alternate England that satisfied the historical purist in me. Details from the royal family to the engineering of ocean liners made this world as real as the one I live in. But what fantasy would be complete without magic? And magic of the blackest sort, at that.

So what happens when a lackey sorcerer accidentally reanimates the wrong corpse in the midst of a dark globe-spanning plot? Who'll put the beast down first? The evil order that summoned him or Her Majesty's illustrious anti-magical squad, commonly known as 'The Witch Watch'? And just what does the lich in question have to say about the matter? Can a motley assortment of real good guys manage to come to terms in time to save jolly old England?
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun. Addiciting. A Great Read. February 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I don't usually write reviews, but I want to sacrifice a few electrons promoting The Witch Watch.

A novel hasn't grabbed me this forcefully since Jim Butcher's "Dresden Files" series. The pacing is simply perfect and within a few pages I simply NEEDED to know what happens next. I only wish that every book I spent money on rewarded me with this level of sophistication combined with such a good story.

Take a chance, you won't be disappointed.

Strangeite
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witch Watch is one to Watch March 2, 2012
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I have followed the Author on his Blog for a while, and when I heard he had a book out, I had to buy it. I have to say I am a discriminating reader, If I don't like a book I don't get past page 60 or so.... I am well past that here (done in fact) and have to say it was a very enjoyable read and I have suggested it to my Wife... Buy the book, or the kindle version. You will not regret it (I didn't so I hope you won't)...
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Witch Watch = WOW! February 26, 2012
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I picked this book up on a recommendation by a friend. I figured that it was a pretty easy price to give it a shot. If I didn't like it I was out a coffee and doughnut or two.

You know most indy writers are indy for a reason, either niche market appeal or simply bad writing. For a few bucks though I figured it was worth a laugh, it's B movie night on my Kindle!

I could not have been more wrong, and I honestly feel I could not have spent that money more wisely. I read it front to back the day I got it, then I started to read it immediately again. I find it hard to believe that this is his first work of fiction, Shamus you need to keep this up.

Engaging characters, plausible plot, and meaningful story. I feel I should probably buy another copy, I think I might have ripped him off!

Excellent read and an amazing book, I strongly suggest everyone get a copy of The Witch Watch
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Witch Watch Review February 25, 2012
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I picked this up because I am a long-time reader of the author's blog. Like the blog, this book has direct, logical prose that concisely describes action and scene. But the best part is there is no Chekov's Gun left unfired! It was nice to see everything wrapped up so well at the end of the book. And in the middle, the characters have charming foibles, and the alternate history steampunk setting is intriguing. And at the beginning, where you should start reading now, interesting mysteries are introduced that slowly unfold throughout the book. I recommend this book to fans of adventure stories, steampunk fans, and fans of interesting female characters.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! February 28, 2012
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I love finding new authors. The best part of the internet is that it gives authors like Shamus Young a voice. The traditional media may not have given him a chance, and that would have been everyones loss. If you like Shamus's blog or are just looking for a fresh point of view, you owe it to yourself to buy this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't put it down! February 28, 2012
By Wooji
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I have been waiting a long time for this book and now that i finaly have it i can't put it down.
While i so far have only red the first 4 chapters, atleast for me it's the greatest book in a long time.

If you like Terry Pratchett you will probably like this and i hope that there will be more of it comming from Mr. Young.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read February 29, 2012
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I've been reading the author's blog for a while and very much enjoyed his work. However I was blown away at how well this book turned out. For his first novel Shamus Young has hit the ground running. Its both engaging and suspenseful and I found it difficult to put down. I would recommend this book to any fan of Fantasy and Historical fiction and go as far to say a fan of fiction in general would enjoy this book. I am eagerly awaiting future novels from Shamus as this book captured my interest in a way I've never felt from an author's first novel before.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and funny read
I've been a fan of Shamus' blog for years and enjoyed his Static Shock online novel a great deal as well so I had pretty high expectations from this novel. I wasn't disappointed. Read more
Published 4 months ago by BogeyWebDesign
4.0 out of 5 stars A very entertaining fantasy story set in the Victorian age, waiting...
"The Witch Watch" is very nicely written, reminds me of Pratchett's first few books. The pacing and storytelling felt just a little off, considering the author's previous work on... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Satuaho Jussi
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff
Bought and read this awhile ago, shortly after it was released. I've followed Shamus Young on his blog for a few years, so I already knew I liked his writing style. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cuthalion
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Wonderful
Loved every second of it and would definitely recommend it to anyone willing to listen. I found the ending both wonderful and surprising.
Published 8 months ago by Mic Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars a walking corpse make an unlikely hero
This novel was something quite out of the ordinary. The leading character, a revived corpse with nothing to lose but a life he does not value, lives with abandon. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sharon Noullet
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun.
The Witch Watch is a great example of a creative take on classic fantasy tropes. The story is interesting, the characters likable and engaging (except for the villains, who are... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Hermantis the Sage
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading, with a few flaws
The Witch Watch is a fun read from cover to cover. It's got swords and sorcery, explosions and gunfights, and one of the most interesting magic systems I've seen in a book in a... Read more
Published 14 months ago by ulrichomega
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it, loved it.
As a middle-long-time follower of Mr. Young's blog, I was expecting good quality writing: story, character, setting. This book delivered and left me wanting more. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Simon Kim
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun and Well-Crafted Romp
I bought this book because the author created one of the funniest web comics I've read: DM of the Rings... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Pamela M. Onnen
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book
Good Victorian era fantasy story. Got to love a story that starts with the main character waking up in a tomb, and then finding out he is actually still dead. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Griffin
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Shamus Young is a programmer specializing in old-school graphics techniques. He's the author of the blog Twenty Sided. He's the creator of the webcomics DM of the Rings and Stolen Pixels. He's one of the hosts of the videogame commentary series Spoiler Warning. He's tired of writing about himself in the third person.

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The DMing of the Ring
If you've read all of that and are still hungry for more, I must recommend the story that starts here:

http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=2

It is a tale of a band of heroes trying to stop a plot devised by an all-powerful evil sorceror, in a low magic, plot-driven,... Read more
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