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Clockwork Twist : Trick
Clockwork Twist : Trick
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5.0 out of 5 stars The continuing adventures of Twist & co., 14 Dec. 2014
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The second novel in Emily Thompson's Clockwork Twist series sees Twist, Jonas and Myra embark on further adventures picking up where the previous book left off. Again visiting countries not so often featured in steampunk (though given the focus on clockwork, might this technically be termed cogpunk?), this second book further widens the scope of Twist's world introducing some new allies and antagonists, most notably the debonair Jefferey Simian, Esq., in addition to the return of some old faces from the first volume. The nature of Twist and Jonas's Sight is explored and enough threads are teased out to have me eagerly awaiting the next volume. Recommended for all those looking to explore the more whimsical side of the genre.


Until The Quiet Comes
Until The Quiet Comes
Price: £11.52

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I should have known better, 22 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Until The Quiet Comes (Audio CD)
I was a little put-off by some lukewarm reviews for this album, thinking maybe it was that inevitable point where a great artist starts to coast or something. When I finally picked it up, a year late, I was pleasantly surprised to find it was a great listen beginning to end. Well, that'll teach me. It is perhaps a bit more listenable than his previous albums, in that the sounds are a bit clearer and sharper in the mix and mastering. Does that matter? It's not a bad thing. I won't compare it to his previous albums though, just take it as it comes and it's a great modern day mutant hip-hop album, pulling in strains of all kinds of music from dub to jazz and spinning them back out over some great beats.


The Ghost Box Sampler
The Ghost Box Sampler
Price: £5.59

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sampler for unique label, 10 Aug. 2013
The Ghost Box label is one of the more unique British labels currently existent, putting out records that as a collected body of work evoke a particular strain of somewhat lost British culture, one largely informed by the science fiction, children's programming and safety films of the 60s, 70s and 80s. Much of these influences were soundtracked by music and special effects produced or inspired by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, a major influence for most if not all the artists here. On top of that there's often a layer of haze which itself evokes the distance that time has erected between this music and its influences, a kind of aural representation of the memory process. The subject of Hauntology often comes up in discussions of these and similar artists, being very generally the effects of experiencing the past through the lens of the present. There's a lot been said about that by some very clever people, so if it sounds interesting to you I recommend a quick search to find out more.

To my ears the music here sounds most akin to the aforementioned Radiophonic Workshop or Boards of Canada, themselves no stranger to exploring the haziness of memory with spooky analog synths. If that sounds like your kind of thing then why not give it a go? It could be a gateway into the interesting and rewarding catalogue of music surrounding this label.


Clockwork Twist : Waking
Clockwork Twist : Waking
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent steampunk-fantasy debut, 25 April 2013
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Clockwork Twist, the debut novel from American writer Emily Thompson, is the picaresque tale of Twist, a rather fragile watch repairer unceremoniously whisked away from his quiet existence in rainy Victorian London by a gang of miscreants who may or may not be pirates. Travelling on their steam-powered airship, Twist uses his special power to aid in their quest to find and repair the legendary Clockwork Princess.

Refreshingly for a book in the steampunk genre, very little of the action takes place in Victorian London. Twist leaves his home in the first couple of chapters, heading across Europe into Asia, where most of the action takes place. In that way it has much more to do with the fantasy travel aspect of the likes of Gulliver's Travels or Candide, with the action moving from one location to the next, which serves both to give the story a nice momentum and to introduce the wider world in which Clockwork Twist takes place.

Indeed, Twist's world is populated with colourful characters, many of whom have their own powers. Twist's interaction with this disparate gallery of rogues provides a nice complement to the location hopping and consequently the action fairly zips by. I often found myself drawn in to reading the next chapter just to find out what came next.

A very promising debut, then, and it's supposed to be the first of a series so I look forward to reading what comes next.


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