- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: Fiery Studios (October 26, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0974311006
- ISBN-13: 978-0974311005
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 7.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #949,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Vogelein: Clockwork Faerie Paperback – October 26, 2003
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Gr. 5-up. Clockwork Faerie collects the first five issues of Vogelein into a wonderfully creative graphic novel about Vogelein, a beautiful mechanical fairy created in the seventeenth century. Although she is immortal, she must be wound every 36 hours. After her old friend and caretaker dies, she must find someone new to take care of her. Her search introduces her to a sheltered college student, a wise street cleaner, and the bitter fairy Midhir, who has been transformed by the industrial world of Man. Through these relationships and her cherished memories, Vogelein discovers her own humanity in a modern world that often ignores the possibility of magic. This modern fable is a rare treasure that weaves fanciful imagination into themes of individuality, diversity, and independence. The art is beautifully shaded black and white, and it carries the narrative impeccably, bringing across both the emotions of the characters and the depth of their world. Great for middle readers who like graphic novels or for younger children to share with an adult. Tina Coleman
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The heroine's longevity and other unusual characteristics provide an unique perspective as we view our everyday world through her eyes. It's also very interesting to observe her coming to understand herself and her double nature as a creature of both clockwork and Faerie. I can't wait to read the next one--and hope there are many more!
Like Smith, Irwin manages to mix a sweetness that recalls the power and simplicity of one's earliest exposure to fairy tales with a deeper, darker and more mature story that will grip the adult audience on an entirely different level while still being completely suitable for children. It is the kind of story that one can grow up with, taking new bits and pieces from each reading and from the time and place occupied in life.
Irwin also mines some of the same territory as Neil Gaiman, reworking selective bits of a wide variety of old myths into her own modern cosmology. Her hard work and genuine desire to create a unique world that lives and breathes is evident in the small touches. The subjects she has worked into her story range from mythology to horology (the study of time pieces).
This first effort from Irwin shows great promise. Through its distinctive artwork and tightly woven story telling, she has crafted a wonderful introduction to her creation. With her dedication to quality and wide appeal to readers of all ages let us hope that the next issues become available soon.
It is a beautiful story, with bittersweet dark overtones as the main character learns to live with the changes and difficulties she faces as a Clockwork Faerie who needs to be wound every day. Her life has been long, and wrought with tragedies. She has met and been dependant on people, good and bad. And she meets a fae, bitter with what the world has done to him. I for one, can not wait for more!
If you want to try it for yourself, you can read the first chapter on the author's website:
((Apparently I'm not allowed to put the website, but if you do a search, you'll find it))
This story belongs on any bookshelf next to Gaiman's Neverwhere, Sandman, De Lint's Newford, or a Changeling: The Dreaming collection. This is one for the dreamers.
Vogelein is wonderful in every way -- expressive art, grippingly well-paced storytelling ... it's a treat to read, and I can't wait for the next volume to come out.