Synopses & Reviews
Some lives can be summed up in a sentence or two. Other lives are epics.
In Clockwork Angels, #1 bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson and legendary Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart created a fabulous, adventurous steampunk world in a novel to accompany the smash Rush concept album of the same name. It was a world of airships and alchemy, clockwork carnivals, pirates, lost cities, a rigid Watchmaker who controlled every aspect of life, and his nemesis, the ruthless and violent Anarchist who wanted to destroy it all.
Anderson and Peart have returned to their colourful creation to explore the places and the characters that still have a hold on their imagination. Marinda Peake is a woman with a quiet, perfect life in a small village; she long ago gave up on her dreams and ambitions to take care of her ailing father, an alchemist and an inventor. When he dies, he gives Marinda a mysterious inheritance: a blank book that she must fill with other peopleand#8217;s stories and#151; and ultimately her own.
Clockwork Lives is a steampunk Canterbury Tales, and much more, as Marinda strives to change her life from a mere and#147;sentence or twoand#8221; to a true epic.
"After the success of Anderson and Peart's diverting first fantasy novel, Clockwork Angels, they return to expand the mythology of their steampunk world. Forgoing a recap of the previous novel, this book instead introduces Marinda Peake, a woman unwillingly charged by her late father, an inventor, with seeking out 'the true gift of life.' Forced to collect the life stories of others via a magical journal, Peake embarks on wide-ranging adventures that become interspersed with these new tales in a panorama of stories, Ã la Canterbury Tales. As Peake travels the shores of Albion and beyond, reading the lives of a pickpocket, a bookseller, and a fisherman, she learns that her own life, like the lives she collects, is quickly becoming 'a novel no one else has read.' This concept that all lives share the capacity to become epics is an especially fine idea for a fantasy, but this book is not up to the challenge. The many stories become repetitious, each narrated in the same flat voice. The prose is mundane where it should take flight. The book may preach the importance of storytelling, but it's held back by the limits of its own style. Agent: John Silbersack, Trident Media Group. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
is wonderful. It's an inspirational adventure. You are never set in one life. You can always start again and live a new dream." and#151; 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.and#8221; and#151; The Arched Doorway
"A scintillating, steampunky novel . . . Very highly recommended." and#151; Tales from Auction Front Lines
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.