- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: ECW Press (September 15, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1770412948
- ISBN-13: 978-1770412941
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 52 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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With captivating illustrations by [Nick] Robles, it is easy to imagine the backdrop of the lives Miranda (and the reader) collects. Fantasy fans will be captivated by this steampunk version of The Canterbury Tales.” Library Journal, starred
Clockwork Lives is an exploration and an embracing of [life's] adventure, complete with the twists and turns, the love and heartbreak, and the successes and tragedies that ultimately make life the compelling story that it is. And always made all the more beautiful in the sharing.” Book Reporter
Clockwork Lives is a highly satisfying assortment of stories of characters marked by a common theme: unique lives lived on a grand scale.” Popdose
A rollercoaster of a tale that makes for a wonderfully entertaining read. Whether you enjoy the whimsical steam-powered world of steampunk or not, you’ll certainly find [Clockwork Lives] an intriguing and wonderful story.” Starburst Magazine
Clockwork Lives is wonderful. It’s an inspirational adventure. You are never set in one life. You can always start again and live a new dream.” Steampunk Canada
Clockwork Lives is an amazing collection of stories that brings the world to life. It paints a picture of an orderly world but with almost limitless wonder hiding beneath the surface. Each story produces its own unique draw, and the framing story, that of Marinda Peake, shows a young woman learning what it truly means to live. This is a fantastic book.” The Arched Doorway
A scintillating, steampunky novel . . . Very highly recommended.” Tales from Auction Front Lines
[Clockwork Lives] truly is a work of art and is a must-have for anyone Rush fan’s library.” Power Windows
Kevin J. Anderson writes smooth, flowing prose, and I am always swept along by the tales he tells. . . . Clockwork Lives came along when I really needed to connect with some great stories, and the timing couldn’t have been better. Marinda’s quest becomes an epic unto itself, and I guarantee you won’t be able to put this book down. Kudos!” Dispatches from the Last Outlaw
Reading the first book is not necessary to enjoy this novel; it is in a completely different format than the previous book and is equally satisfying. Anderson and Peart have created a magnificent journey for Marinda and I’m glad they returned to this universe. In fact, after the pleasure this book brought to me, I would be disappointed if they did not return for further tales. Recommended.” SciFiPulse.net
There’s intrigue, terrorism, personal redemption, death, betrayal, revenge, inter-dimension travel even a spelunking story added to the mix. Each story is fascinating and as varied and colorful as the characters themselves.” Scotty Watty Doodle All the Day
About the Author
Kevin J. Anderson is the bestselling science fiction author of over 120 novels. He has written spin-off novels for Star Wars, DC Comics, and The X-Files and, with Brian Herbert, is the co-author of 14 novels in the Dune universe. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series; Terra Incognita; Resurrection, Inc.; Hopscotch; and the Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. series. He lives in Colorado. Neil Peart is the drummer and lyricist of the legendary rock band Rush and the author of Ghost Rider, The Masked Rider, Traveling Music, Roadshow, Far and Away, and Far and Near.
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Christie, CARFU Admin and Proud Rushanista
I picked up this book on the recommendation of a friend. I was playing with the idea of how you take short stories and link them together with an overall narrative. That’s what you get here and it is amazing.
Marinda Peake gave up everything in order to take care of her aging father. During those long years, she sets up a strict schedule and adheres to it with tenacity. She prefers logic to flights of fancy. She has everything she needs in the small home she shares with her father and has absolutely no desire to go anywhere else. When her father passes away, her entire world is turned upside down.
Her only inheritance is a large book. It contains alchemically treated pages that can distill a person’s life story with only a single drop of blood. In order to receive the rest of her inheritance, her father stipulated she needed to head out into the world and collect enough stories to fill her book. The first story she is given is her father’s. This is the first short story contained within the whole and provides the blueprint for the rest of the book.
As Marinda travels in the search of stories, she quickly comes to realize that most people’s lives can be distilled to a few sentences. As time goes by, she decides she wants the book filled with epic tales.
The stories themselves are amazing. Each one mingles with another in some small way. Whether it’s a mention of a person from another story or a spinoff from something Marinda has experienced herself, they’re all wonderfully written. Every epic tale is also accompanied by a drawing that gives the reader insight into the story to come. I will admit I didn’t pay close attention to them. I have an overly active imagination and couldn’t wait to read the story and watch it come to life in my mind by the excellent writing skills of Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart.
By the end of the book, you can’t help but wonder. If Marinda were to take a drop of blood from you, would your story be only a few sentences, or would it spin out an epic tale?
The binding of this book is something to experience as well. It is art in itself. Each story is accompanied with a full page illustration of the character you are about to journey with. The cover is accented with gold foil and texture - no cheap sleeve here! I am glad I went with the print version so that this great cover art can be in my collection.