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Angelmaker [Kindle Edition]

Nick Harkaway
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)

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"Angelmaker is another cracking book from Nick Harkaway. It’s a mix of sci-fi, steampunk, adventure and romance and the mix of genres work really well together … Harkaway’s Angelmaker is a brilliant piece of escapism. It’s a wonderful example of how an irreverent approach to much loved genres can lead to a truly great story." (Nudge)

"Nick Harkaway's joyfully reckless invention is as intricate as clockwork ... Edie has a tangled history, the uncovering of which is one of the chief pleasures of Nick Harkaway's novel ... is one of the most enjoyable books I've read in ages ... brilliantly entertaining, and the last hundred pages are pure, unhinged delight. What a splendid ride." (Patrick Ness Guardian)

"What kind of a mind dreams up Angelmaker … It could only be Nick Harkaway: bonkers, brilliant and hilariousclever and entirely fantastic." (Sunday Times)

"An entertaining tour-de-force that demands to be adored." (Independent on Sunday)

"A puzzle box of a novel as fascinating as the clockwork bees it contains." (Erin Morgenstern, author of The Night Circus)

"Wildly imaginative novel is enough to tie the brain in knots; it's a comedy, a thriller, a crazy fantasy ... Harkaway has created a wonderfully entertaining, unguessable kaleidoscope of a novel." (Kate Saunders The Times)

"This brilliant, boundless mad genius of a book runs on its own frenetic energy, and bursts with infinite wit, inventive ambition and damn fine storytelling. You finish reading it in gape-mouthed awe and breathless admiration, having experienced something very special indeed." (Matt Haig, author of The Radleys)

"Another fizzingly imaginative melodrama…A wildly, irrepressibly exuberant new-weird/ fantasy/ thriller /comedy." (Daily Mail)

"It's an ambitious, crowded, restless caper, cleverly told and utterly immune to precis...[Makes] Don Quixote look sedentary ... a very timely novel about belatedness...Joe is in one sense a 21st-century everyman, indebted to a previous generation, disenfranchised by a conspiratorial state... Angelmaker turns out to be a solid work of modern fantasy fiction, coupling credit-crunch anxiety with an understandable nostalgia for the mythical days of "good, wholesome, old-fashioned British crime"." (James Purdon Observer)

"A story of technology and morality. It's a wonderfully strange, rich piece of work - extremely entertaining and exciting - and has a wonderfully comic aspect to it as well." (William Gibson New York Times)

"[a] dazzling story..a witty and wonderfully sprawling fantastical thriller." (Irish Times)

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From the acclaimed author of The Gone-Away World - an adventure story, a war story, and a love story, all wound into one brilliant narrative that runs like clockwork.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 883 KB
  • Print Length: 498 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0307743624
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (2 Feb 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006VTPC16
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,246 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

What? What can I possibly tell you? I was born in Cornwall. I live in London. I have the best wife imaginable, wonderful kids. My life is presently devoid of those meaningful traumas we're all supposed to believe are the seat of creative energy. I like Italian wine, Swiss skiing, English cheese and Belgian beer, deckled edges, Asian food, and writing. I don't like shellfish. They are yuck. A friend of mine recently told me she can't eat squid any more because squid are sort of charming and friendly, and now I feel guilty about calamari.

I care about things. Random things, unlikely things.

I'm a messy person.

I write on a variety of digital devices of varying antiquity. I like pens and paper, too.

I read widely, not in a very focused way. I retain knowledge in patterns rather than lists.

I really like spa hotels.

I'm not a fan of movies whose central theme is the lack of availability of root crops. This is a surprisingly large genre.

I once accidentally ate my breakfast next to a live tiger.

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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 31 Jan 2012
Joshua Joseph Spork is a name that will be with me for a long time, if not the rest of my life. He is an antique dealer, expert repairer of things clockwork, son of a submachine toting crook, and the main character in Nick Harkaway's spy adventure novel, "Angelmaker".

When I reviewed Nick's previous novel, "The Gone-Away World", I described it as "a fast paced tale that covers a lot of ground and doesn't let you rest for a minute". Well, he's done it again. The same pace; subtle, and not so subtle humour; intricate plot, and breadth of scope are all present. "The Gone-Away World" convinced me I should read anything Nick writes. "Angelmaker" reinforced this conviction.

Without being specific I can tell you that Joe Spork, like any central character in a spy novel, finds himself in a troublesome situation with different elements of his life falling asunder. For someone who just wants a quiet life this is rather troubling. In addition, he is surrounded by characters who may be on his side, or possibly the other. For that matter, he doesn't know what or who the other side is.

We also meet Edie Banister and her pet dog. Don't be fooled by Edie Banister's outward appearance. She may be a little old lady in her eighties, but in her heart she is something very different.

Nick's characters are impeccably drawn, his language artful, and his plot intriguing. This was one of those books that I was sorry to finish and that, I have to admit, had me with a lump in my throat at the end.

"Angelmaker" is much more than a spy novel. It is a tale of struggle and loyalty; a story of family and righteousness; and a narrative of how a legacy of former years can visit havoc on the present day world. It also poses the questions, "Who is really in control?", "What are they really trying to do?" and "Do they have a clue what they're doing?"
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Long-winded but okayish in the end 20 July 2012
By Skippy
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I did change my mind very slightly by the end but this is still a very long-winded, loosely edited book that could have been a third of the length and much tighter. The story meanders around like an engineered culvert built by a millionare madman, it just feels laboured. The violence (even the torture) has no reality and no humanity - it just seems like Violence Lite. I keep thinking.. Phillip Pullman on a very bad day when he kept writing despite the fact that he couldn't think of anything to write about.
I you like this you'll probably like Lord of the Rings, and maybe Wild Wild West (film).
If you like your atmospheric London fiction a little better crafted you'll prefer Rivers of London (Ben Aaronovitch).
Nice cover though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not an Angel Delight 15 Aug 2014
I quite like and respect this book for its ambition and wordy attention to detail however it was the latter that caused me to get bogged down and almost half way through made me call it a day. You know something’s wrong when you keep checking how many pages you’ve read and how many are left - at 550+ pages this ain’t short. With it’s too-clever-by-half writing style this was a real plodder for me and I started to resent the time invested for dubious reward. I think if I was retired and could give it more time during the day and not just battle through half a dozen pages at bed time things may have been different but I’m not so sure. The author tries way too hard to make everybody a “character” with a fanciful name and shady past or present but it became a bit tiresome and also confusing with jumps between different eras and characters. It’s a bit sixth form in parts and whilst Harkaway definitely has a good imagination, he also laboriously subscribes to the “why use 10 words when 100 will do?” school of thought and it’s for that reason “I’m oot”.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A frustrating mixed bag 22 Jan 2013
By January
There are some wonderful, inventive ideas in here. The Ruskinites are a great creation, and rather touching with it; the effect of the Doomsday machine is frightening and original.

On the other hand, there's also a lot of annoying whimsy and juvenilia. It's trying far too hard to be cool.The main characters are cyphers, spouting identikit 'snappy' Tarantino-style dialogue, and it's very difficult to feel anything for any of them, or care about their fates. The silly names don't help. The female characters are particularly one-dimensional and unconvincing, consisting almost entirely of lithe bisexual women who get turned on by absolutely everything (in one section, one of them is turned on by the sight of her own forearm. Sigh.) As a female reader it can feel quite alienating - these are women created by male fantasy. The sheer amount of over-the-top, cringeworthy sex scenes is exasperating. It reads, at times, like something written by a hyperventilating teenage boy. You wish he'd pull himself together and focus on the plot, which can be gripping, but you'll be lucky if the action's not interrupted by pages of interminable stuff about the nature of causality or a long description of something that isn't as interesting as the author thinks it is. When you do get the action, it's often over-egged with hyper-violence and gratuitous nastiness which in the end becomes more tiresome than shocking. As others have said, also, it needs a really good edit. I've found myself skipping whole sections of superfluous stuff. You would have thought the issue might have been resolved post-Gone Away World, but Angelmaker is almost as verbose.

But then, I'm still reading it. It's gripping. Just prepare to be frustrated.
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Superb. Harder to put down than The History of Glue".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
I enjoyed this book and would buy more from this author. There seems to be a trend for very little editing on new books, maybe this is the world of digital publishing. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Clockwork bees!!
Published 1 month ago by Matthew McNulty
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent novel. very imaginative story
excellent novel. very imaginative story, very well written, characters that make you want to know more about them the more you turn the pages. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chris Blight
2.0 out of 5 stars I Wanted to Like This Book (maybe I still will, but not today)
I'm about half way through and I am seriously struggling with it. Some parts are good, other parts just didn't flow for me, and I am questioning why am I still reading this. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Vogun52
5.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre and Brilliant.
Utterly brilliant. Bizarre, funny and intricate like Joe Spork's clocks. Beautifully written and chock full of great characters. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Julia Manning
5.0 out of 5 stars NH is simply wonderful - techy
Why did it take me so long to find this writer? NH is simply wonderful - techy, but not too much, fabulous characters and an insight to more worlds within worlds. Read more
Published 4 months ago by onlysize3feet
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and gripping
For anyone that misses the kinds of stories that Michael Marshall Smith used to write (Only Forward, Spares etc). Read more
Published 5 months ago by AmazonMonster
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Loved this book, original and engaging Thoroughly enjoyed diving into the world Harkaway creates: was disappointed to finish. Read it!!
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