Clockwork Angels Hardcover – 20 Sep 2012
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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
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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. :)
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. With a small application of imagination and empathy, it was possible to bring the story to life and surprisingly, I found my enjoyment of the album was greatly increased as the imagery the book paints comes to the fore when listening. In conclusion: The album is a must-have for rock fans, one of Rush's best in many years, perhaps since Moving Pictures. The book is an easy, entertaining read, but if you are looking for Tolkien-esque story-telling, you will be disappointed.
This is more for fans of rush and the said album. I can't imagine someone reading this book and not listening to it's source material, however if you are a fan of the music this enhances the experience but isn't essential. It is worth it though. This is the first book I've read by Kevin Anderson, I'll definitely dig deeper into his work.
One aspect I didn't always enjoy was the liberal sprinkling of quotes from Rush lyrics; sometimes they worked and made me smile, sometimes they jarred.
Overall, if you like the band, you need this book. If you don't you'll like it a lot.