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Waking (Clockwork Twist) Paperback – March 20, 2013
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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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The supporting cast are vibrant and alive, the world is detailed, and the mythos has that layered feel of robust world-building.
My two complaints: One, the typos are quite numerous starting somewhere in the middle. Some are funny. Others made the sentence difficult to understand, which is rough on immersion. Two, Twist drives me mad with his utter lack of self-awareness. I'd like to throw something at his head.
Anyone interested in steampunk but not put off by fantastical elements such as ghosts, kitsune, and supernatural sight, will enjoy this book. It's appropriate for ages ~15+, as it has no sex or graphic violence, but does have some semi-mature themes and was clearly written for adults. I recommend this especially for LGBT teens.
Plus, the unique play of a kind of coded sexual tension between Twist and Jonas was a real delight. Sure the princess was a personal focus for Twist but there was another dimension for the two young men. One not being able touch the other and one not being able to look at the other made for an allegorical set of situations that can play out in real life. Society says you can't look at the same gender certain ways or touch them yet there is a power compelling you.
I enjoyed this book so much and can't wait to download the next one. I recommend reading this to glimpse a world different from ours yet strangely similar in many ways.
Twist has a very particular ability that forbid him human contact but allow him to know what is broken and how to fix it, hence he became a clock maker and hide in his workshop in the center of London. He had never left the city and doesn't intend to either, thank you very much just leave him alone.
Except that there is this one fairy tale about a clockwork princess and she might exist, at least that's what Twist saw.
This book is about adventure and discovery in a world totally unknown to the main character who discovers the truth about the planet and the world around him but also about human beings and himself.
This book was very good for the most part. My regrets are that the pirates were not enough of bloody pirates, being a bit ridiculous at time, the solution at the end of the book was a bit too easy and that the action scenes were cut a bit short when Twist fainted. I would hate love to have a glimpse of the battles.
Except that, the world building was very entertaining and the fact that there are no two identical characters with the same sort of Sight or genetic was pretty cool.
One teensy, tiny little thing though, please go through and correct shuttered to shuddered. Here's what I mean: "Twists slight frame shuttered at the sound." That should be shuddered because shutters are something you put on the exterior of your house. It is a consistent error at which I shuddered every time it came up.
Also, the only other error I found was "Twist blinked against the intense light of day, even though the tinted..." that really needs to be through the tinted. Sorry, it actually hurts my head when I see errors, and the story was so good, you deserve to know these few were missed. Thank you for finding an excellent editor.
So, thank you for giving the world such a fun character to read about. I look forward to reading more of your excellent works.
The story centers around Twist, a small, timid clock shop keeper with a Sight that forces him to see the damage in anything he touches, be it a clock or a human. Works well working on clocks, not so well for getting on with other people. But events are set in motion and another person with her own Sight walks into Twist's shop offer him a chance to see his own personal grail. Twist is on a collision coarse with the rest of the world, with flying ships, a floating Venice and Asia with an encroaching British empire.
I loved going on a trip with a character that wasn't your traditional intrepid hero. Twist has his own personal view on the world. I'll be back for the next book.
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Twist is Sighted, which in his case means he can't see with his eyes. He Sees with his sense of touch, Sees damage and how to fix it.Read more