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Product Details

  • Series: Clockwork Twist (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (March 20, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482766507
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482766509
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,648,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Emily Thompson is an author and artist, from northern California. Although she adores Steampunk and all things Victoriana, she also writes occasional Sci-fi and fantasy. After studying film and animation in university, she changed to a Japanese language focus and studied abroad in Tokyo for a year. She received a degree in Japanese and later spent nearly another two years in Japan, teaching English and writing. She now lives in Silicon Valley and spends most of her time writing in coffee shops, painting, and playing far too many video games.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Watasin on August 7, 2013
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Is it wrong to say 'escapist'? Considering that's what book reading is, I think Emily Thompson's Clockwork Twist: Waking completely fulfills that goal. I haven't read fantasy since I was a wee human, but having recently broken my foot, escaping into the world of Twist was an ideal remedy and wonderful return to fantasy adventure.

'Steampunk' in all the right places with airships, steam technology, some old world attitudes, and of course, clockwork technology. But there's magic, mysticism, and what we know as mythological beings appearing in this world too. Settings, outfits, and food are given in technicolour detail, practically like MGM movie settings. We are whisked to several world locales and cultures in rich and meaty detail. Twist himself is an interesting (and dare I say it, 'Gothic'), character, whose sheltered existence and narrowly British attitude does reflect how we view the suddenly bewildering and exotic settings and situations he often literally falls into. Otherwise, he's a character who will grow, especially with the cast of peculiar and unique characters (air pirates, mythological figures, clockwork beings, and gifted humans), who fall in with him, and these developments have us looking forward to his further adventures beyond Waking.

Quibbles? One, because I know those readers who like words used correctly will see them. A bit of copy-editing would help to polish Twist up to 'perfect'. But the story is solid, lovingly given, and is an excellent tale for taking you away into wondrous happenings. Recommended for all ages.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Denise Z on July 14, 2013
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Clockwork Twist is in my mind what good steampunk is all about. It is a fantastical adventure with airships, submarines, pirates, slavery, poverty and wealth, as well as characters I will remember with joy for quite some time. The synopsis / description provides a good overview of the storyline and I cannot improve on it and will not even try. I will say that the writing was excellent and clean with wonderful world building that allowed my imagination to see into Twist's world and feel like I was along for the ride. There are wonderful good guys and baddies and some you never know what line they fall in, but there is never a dull moment. This was one of those stories where at times I would look up and find myself saying, I can't believe this happened to him, then grinning returned to find out what happens next. The ending was very satisfying and left me with a smile on my face. I would definitely recommend this read to steampunk fans and to those who have wondered what the genre is about, as this is a fine example of great steampunk fun. I am eagerly awaiting the next installment in Twist's journey. I received this book from the author with a request for my honest review without any compensation whatsoever, other than the joy of reading a new book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MissezMathis on August 1, 2013
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I just love a book that tantalizes the senses. I also love how this book read in my head. I felt very at home while reading this story. I love Steampunk reads & this book sated my craving. It was very magical & the details were so vivid in my mind that I could very well see this as a movie. It would be nice. I was surprised how the story unfolded. I really had no idea what to expect when I went in. When I finished I had a smile on my face and now I'm wanting to see what adventures lay ahead for the new trio.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Cozy on April 27, 2013
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Emily Thompson's steampunk novel takes the reader - and the book's protagonist - on a fun and fascinating quest. It's 1878 London and Twist is a clockmaker and repairer, living in self-imposed isolation. We soon learn why Twist shuns people in general, and physical contact with people in particular. Like many people in this world, he has a magical gift. Twist's gift allows him to see the mechanical damage of the clocks he repairs - however, it also forces him to see the psychological scars and damage of other people, with unbearable intensity.

When an offer to find a clockwork princess long thought to be mere legend is made, Twist must venture out into the world. It's not a world that's always to his liking, with pirates (friendly and otherwise), slavers, djinns, vampires, seers, and plain old eccentrics. But it's very much to the reader's liking, and sets up a series of books quite nicely. Recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Treg on May 21, 2013
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Although this is Steampunk, it really does appeal to just about anyone. It is well written with diverse characters and rich settings that really takes your imagination on an adventure. Ignore the labels or else you will be missing out. If you simply want an enjoyable read, this is the book to get. (We all know how difficult it is to find a decent novel nowadays. :P) I definitely will be looking forward to the future additions. Just as a side note though, there are a few grammatical errors, but do not let this deter you from getting this book. You really will lose out on a fantastic story. I was willing to overlook it because the story simply swept me away.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda Ulleseit on November 9, 2013
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Steampunk is a fairly new addition to my reading list, and this one is excellent. I love the character of Twist and look forward to reading absoutely everything he appears in. The world in this book is detailed and elegant, full of machinery and magic, but it's the characters who really shine. With two full airship crews it might be easy to confuse that many characters, but the author makes each one so unique that they are immediately empathetic (even the 'bad guys') and likeable. They are complex characters in an action-packed story. I read it in one long sitting!
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More About the Author

Emily Thompson is an author and artist, from northern California. Although she adores Steampunk and all things Victoriana, she also writes occasional Sci-fi and fantasy.

After studying film and animation in university, she changed to a Japanese language focus and studied abroad in Tokyo for a year. She received a degree in Japanese and later spent nearly another two years in Japan, teaching English and writing.

She now lives in Silicon Valley and spends most of her time writing in coffee shops, painting, and playing far too many video games.

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