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Clockwork Angels by [Anderson, Kevin J., Peart, Neil]
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Whether you are a fan of the band and their music or not you will enjoy the adventure, mystery and creative plot of this novel. However if you are a fan of the band and its music you will find this novel clarifies and amplifies your enjoyment of the overall experience. --The Lofty Oaks

[Peart] chose to flesh out the plot of a novelization of the band's 2012 Clockwork Angels album by climbing the 14,265-foot Mount Evans with his co-author, Kevin J. Anderson. --The New York Times

Dazzling locales, memorable characters and high adventure that will make you think long after you're done. What more can you ask from a book? Overall grade: A+. --SciFiPulse.net

About the Author

Kevin J. Anderson is the bestselling science fiction author of more than 100 novels. He has written spin-off novels for "Star Wars," DC Comics, StarCraft, and "The X-Files" and, with Brian Herbert, is the coauthor of 12 novels in the Dune universe. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series; "Terra Incognita"; "Resurrection, Inc."; "Hopscotch"; and many others. He lives in Colorado. Neil Peart is the drummer and lyricist of the legendary rock band Rush and the author of "Far and Away," "Ghost Rider," "The Masked Rider," "Roadshow," and "Traveling Music."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8015 KB
  • Print Length: 347 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1770411569
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WordFire Press (2 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FM46UOO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #333,666 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I love the Clockwork Angels album and was hoping this book would expand on the story. It does do this and the story in itself is a good enough adventure story, with, as has been pointed out already, plenty of Rush lyrics and song titles sprinkled throughout. However, the style of writing was IMO a complete let down. It felt to me that it was written by someone who has never written before, attempting to write an adventure story aimed at 10 year olds. The simple vocabulary and descriptions were almost embarassing at times and the book lacked any real pace/excitement/danger etc. - almost as if the author had no experience of ever writing an adventure before. I've not read any other work by Anderson so can't say if this is how he always writes and have no desire to find out. I'm convinced that the same story in another authors hands could have been a 5 star cracker.
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As an accompaniment to the album, it's ok, but as a stand alone novel this is mediocre at best. If you want to play 'spot the Rush lyric/song title' you're on to a winner, but don't expect this book to be up there with works by Raymond E. Feist or Terry Brooks.
Given the pedigree of the author and collaborator I am extremely disappointed in the quality of writing I encountered. I paid full book price for a work of a quality that would barely qualify as an album insert by Spinal Tap.
As a lifelong Rush fan I feel this does not merit being marketed under the Rush logo.
Buy it at your peril!
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Clockwork Angels: The Novel is the novelization of Canadian rock band Rush's 20th studio album, Clockwork Angels. The album itself is of a concept that made the band famous on "2112": excellent musicianship twinned with story-led lyrics, producing a wholly satisfying and engaging musical experience that I thoroughly recommend. And while the book here presents itself as a competent side to the main dish that is the album, as a standalone product it is found wanting.

Owen Hardy, and indeed most of the other characters (with the exception of the Watchmaker and the Anarchist) are gravely underdeveloped, and in truth it is hard to care what happens to any but the aforementioned exceptions. That both of these characters are then left in a disappointing cliffhanger of uncertainty over their fates means that the overall ending of the book also left me dripping with apathy.

The story itself also seems to have been rushed through, and although the author is restricted by the parameters of the album, the parts of the story that stray from Peart's vision and plug the gaps feel like a wasted opportunity. The story jumps from point-to-point, and while each destination is eagerly anticipated, upon arrival you are left very much to feel as though the words on the page really only need one thing; to be replaced by the song that inspired them.

However, I would like to say that I did enjoy the book. Upon reflection, it may not have been as accomplished but it was certainly worth a read. The book is rarely challenging, and presents a getaway into the pages that is easy to follow.
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As a Rushian (Rush fan) I was intrigued by this. A fantastic idea but worried it would be cheesy and staid.
At first the tone is cheesy and staid BUT perservere, which as a Rush fan I obviously would, and it opens up and grows.
The album this is written from is awesome, in their top three works and that is an amazing feat for old rockers. It is a good source to use for this book.
You don't need to know anything at all about Rush to enjoy this. The book and the album never need to be connected but it is an amazing bonus for fans.
Some of the thoughts I had of the album story were not right. As the book fleshes it all out much more the the depth is great.
Highly recommended for steampunk, science fiction, fantasy fans.
It is very polished and the wording is carefully chosen and contains many lines from Rush songs through the ages.
When I come across the lines from songs I can hear Geddy reading the book in my head for a while which is odd. :)
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Clockwork Angels is the companion book to the new Rush album of the same name. It's a steampunk fantasy describing a young man's dissatisfaction with his safe, ordered life in the Watchmaker's precisely ordered realm (even the rain arrives on time) and his embarkation on an impulsive adventure that rapidly spirals out of control. Through the book, the hero - Owen Hardy - changes from a naive boy to a young man.

However, if you are expecting complex plotting and multi-layered characters, you will not find them. Clockwork Angels is an allegory; Owen's physical journey represents his (and everyone's) journey to maturity, with the inevitable disillusionments and discoveries along the way. As you travel with him, you get to think about the virtue of balance, and the fact that extremes of either order or chaos can be equally undesirable; the nature of life and death; the purpose of imagination; and freedom - the freedom to choose, and the freedom to fail; and more. Some of these concepts occur as themes throughout the book (such as freedom) and others as vignettes covered only in one scene or part of a scene.

Anyone with an interest in philosophy or French literature will recognise a strong resemblance to Voltaire's Candide; in some ways, Clockwork Angels might be regarded as a retelling of Candide for a modern audience; the authors - for I include Neil Peart, Rush's drummer - say in an afterword that Candide 'was an early model for the story arc'. For Rush fans, there are also plenty of references to Rush's previous work.

So in conclusion, you can read this just as a steampunk fantasy and enjoy it, but by doing so I think you would miss out on the best bits. Read it slowly, and allocate it the brain space and time for some good thinking. You'll be glad you did.
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