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The Clockwork God (Aboard the Great Iron Horse Book 1) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B00HEX4VJ2
- Publisher : Timber Hill Press (December 18, 2013)
- Publication date : December 18, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 1912 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 139 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #22,457 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I was disappointed during and after reading this book. For me, it lacked depth. I understand tying a series together from the first book to the last, but to suggest I need to read a previous series before reading this one takes tie-ins too far. I feel every series needs to stand alone. To stand alone means creating characters, filling in prior history, and building on that information. Those elements need to be in the first book of a new series. I felt as if I were dropped into a landscape with people I should understand, but did not because of this lack. If this book depends on knowledge from a prior series, it should be in that series.
The writing seems simplistic, as if it aimed at a younger audience, yet I cannot not recommend it to anyone other than an adult due the content, i.e. gambling, drinking, and sexual innuendo. The zombies, too, are out-of-place in what I thought was a steampunk offering. Yes, steampunk is fantasy, but I had to look hard for it.
I do want to commend Jamie Sedgwick for incorporating life lessons into this book. Due to an aversion to wring spoilers, I will not list them here. They are examples that are applicable at any age, but have to be teased out from the action as one reads.
Does this result in a recommendation to avoid the book? Not at all; I recommend it for those who enjoyed the previous series by the author. I have no doubt those persons will enjoy it. For myself, I cannot give a blanket recommendation to young readers or those who may share my viewpoint. Bear in mind, this is my opinion; it is honest and written to elucidate my thoughts only. The choice, as always, is up to the individual seeking reading material.
Because of this the first two-thirds of the book is a little slower, but once the action gets rolling it sweeps you right into the adventure and will keep you reading well past your bedtime to finish it.
Any author that can make me lose track of time is a keeper and I'm looking forward to finishing this series, and his Tinker's Daughter books, as well.
Notice, I say characters. Socrates is not human physically. But he is a truly wonderful character. No spoilers.
He does remind me a bit of Jean Luc Picard. :)
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The zombies are my least favourite part of any book, but here we get a creative explanation of how they are animated. Zombie-infested forests are keeping a miserable town of people within walls; the folk are getting hungrier and poorer, reliant upon pronouncements from a clockwork idol. The characters we meet are not very deep but in steampunk they seldom are, and they are chiefly written to provide a contrast to the clockwork ape leading the venture.
Read and enjoy. I did spot errors in the text but not so many as to spoil my enjoyment. This is an unbiased review.
I was also really kinda aggravated by River nearly throwing herself at someone who happened to be locked in a cell next to her for a few hours but with whom she had no meaningful conversation of any kind. The strong, independent woman thing was working pretty well until then, but that's just subjective.
It probably sounds like I hated it. I didn't. It was fine. It beats trying to sleep on a train, but that's about it. Having read a lot of Sci Fi/Fantasy then this is firmly middle of the road stuff. I'd sling it about 45-55%. Would probably suit a teen reader more?