I stayed up way too late reading last night and I greatly resent work for keeping me from this book.
There are actually threeish cats in the picture. Panda's tail in between Ginger and the book.
Want this paperback? I found this extra copy. Let me know and I'll figure out a way to get it to you. It's one of my favorite pieces of fiction ever.
"The Home Office telegraphy department always smelled of tea. The source was one packet of Lipton‘s at the back of Nathaniel Steepleton‘s desk drawer. Before the widespread use of the electric telegraph, the office had been a broom cupboard..."
Thaniel receives an anonymous gift of a beautiful pocket watch, or maybe someone left it by mistake. The watch ends up saving his life, so he goes on a search to find out who left it for him. The answer changes everything for the better.
The story is unexpected, sweet, mysterious, scientific, and ultimately romantic. There were parts that were too technical for me, which led to my lower rating, but the ending saved the story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
I‘ve had a longing today to read. A true longing. I‘ve been thinking about books all day. Hoping that I can rip off this bandaid and get back to my old self. Yet, as I sit here with this book on my lap, my chest begins to ache. I just don‘t understand the block with reading, but at least today I can try. That‘s a step in the right direction.
Up next...This is a book club book & we meet on Friday. Wish me luck... ❤️📚
1) loved London, miss going there, wrong side of the Atlantic these days.
2) warmer than expected, a little over 70. No rain. Cloudy.
3) I haven't been on very many bad dates, but the dude I had a crush on in upper secondary made for a pretty awkward one once. Just sandwiches, coffee, and slow conversation.
4) two cats who are both babey despite being tennish years old
Thanks for the tag @RowReads1 🤗
These are my all time favorite covers both by the same author. They have cutouts in the cover. Very ingenious.
I am late to the game. If you want to play consider yourself tagged!
1) I've recommended Watchmaker to more people than I have any other book. Most have loved it. If you haven't read it, you should.
2) avengers endgame? It was a while ago, but I've been laid up for a month now.
3) watermelon, lime and mint salad. Or peach, farro & kidney bean salad if it needs to be real food.
4) 2 biological. 5 total. They're all much older than I am.
5) how tho? I'm unfamiliar with these here customs.
I honestly don't know how I feel. One part of me loved it. The world building, the London setting, Gilbert and Sullivan, Katsu, the science. One part of me found simplistic the choice of the villain, Grace reduced to a plot object and not a fully fledged character she started as, the ending is... well.. rosy and I don't know, I usually catch on, but the Mori/Thaniel, I missed. So 3.5 ⭐️ #booked2019 #summer #bookgiftedtoyou
No sunshine today but I'm hoping it will be back soon. Appropriate bookmark for this book, the creation of a fellow Litten a few secret 🎅 ago. So far, i'm intrigued by the plot. Lots of telling which slows down the narrative, still i'm gonna keep going.
Today is the end of 10 day Japanese national holiday week (the Heisei emperor abdicated and the Crown Prince has ascended the throne.) So nice surprise to find the watchmaker is Japanese in this wondrous mashup of historical fiction and fantasy set in Victorian London! All I will say is I need the clockwork octopus, and there is a very sweet gay romance as well. Enjoy!
1- I read it sometimes (once I start I can't seem to stop!)
2- Tagged! (Rumor has it there's one in the works 🤞)
3- rarely but print when I do
4- sure, sometimes
5- I've never seen one in the wild 😭
Hello and consider yourself tagged!
I‘m ready for a lovely Spring day! I'm going to read outside for awhile! 💜📚💜
Part 7/9 of the home-library tour continues. ☺️
Do you own any of these? Have you read any?
Today in Kansas we‘re having some California weather! And a little bit of Spring is peeping through the ground!!
So excited about my Book Fairy box!! It was a present I bought myself since I haven't participated in a Litsy book exchange in a long time!
#IBelieveInBooksFairies #BookFairyBox #BookishGifts #BookishBox
2. Nope. Just working!
3. Beige because it has no pizzazz and looks horrible on me.
4. No clue!
5. Tagging some new Littens! @Anomis02 @teebe @Hannah8 @Gooders @S_Roy @megnews @cokersam
Happy Friday everyone! Hope your weekend is all book!💜💜💜💜📚📚
5 out of 5
I loved this book. It had such a lovely charm and I loved the characters of Mori and Thaniel
Everything was described so perfectly without being too much and the story when along at a perfect pace, very exciting but still easy to follow
I found Grace's character to be selfish and horrid but the ending felt right
Such a fun book! I really loved the creativity of the static luminiferous aether and the effects it has on the world. The characters were really fun and I just wanted them to be happy.
Sunny after a week of rain, but it's definitely fall now 🍂. Stopped by the cafe but didn't have my heavy bowie book, so rereading Watchmaker on my phone because it's my fucking favourite, that's why.
A quirky little genre-defying tale. Is it historical fiction? Mystery? Fantasy? A love story? Yes. A bit of all of those, but not entirely any one of them. The characters are well-developed and interesting, although I didn‘t find any of them particularly likable. The plot is as intricate as clockwork.
Steampunk, Victorian London, Japan, politics, class, love, friendship, clairvoyance, even kind of time travel of a sort, are all crammed into this story. I loved parts and was utterly confused by others. It is well written and I liked the friendship between main characters Thaniel and Mori. Other elements not so much. I didn‘t love this but suspect I will be thinking about it for a while. I also want a clockwork octopus now 🐙!
Starting this next but I‘ve read mixed reviews. Have you read and enjoyed this?
Such a pretty cover. Has anyone read this book? Is it good?
I enjoyed this story overall. It‘s a pick, with a few caveats: the ending doesn‘t quite deliver, swapping some of the carefully described pseudo-science for unnecessary & unexplained ‘magical‘ devices; and I‘m not sure about the handling of racism & racial stereotyping (sometimes felt like there was weird blurring between character inner monologues and the authorial voice). Curious to know what others think...
Another book that I absolutely loved! Set in Victorian England, the main character receives a pocket watch under mysterious circumstances and later has his life saved when the watch alarms just before an explosion. This leads him to search out the watchmaker, who's rather mysterious himself, and what follows is a fabulous story that I won't spoil at all. I can definitely see myself reading this book again, though & that's the mark of a good read.
It‘s like someone has looked into my soul 😄 “Grace rubbed her hair and felt like a Philistine for wanting rain. Throughout the winter she always believed that she was a summery sort of person. Unfortunately, this was not true... she was sick of being too hot. The sky showed no sign of greying, so she had resolved to spend the day in the cool of the library”.
This was just the literary fix I needed. It scored 3s on GR but was a 4.5 for me. Put me in Victorian London with beautiful clockwork creations & an earnestly loveable protagonist, the plot can be as slow as thick custard but I‘m still delighted 🤗 This is a very wistful fantasy. A mystery slowly develops, the unravelling of it in the final chapters is a little Inception-ish. If you like Dickens plus Inception this could be for you.
Spent my Saturday morning finishing up this read for #LMPBC. I'm a little conflicted after finishing it despite it being a very well-crafted novel. Magical realism in Victorian England ✔️ Elegant, dark prose ✔️ Witty, well-constructed characters ✔️ Historial fiction ✔️ Plot...❌ It didn't flow for me and felt a bit forced, it lost me.. overall, 3/5 ⭐
Will be sending this out to you @Dulcinella so it gets to you for June! 🙏 Thanks @oOArankaOo 💕