Clockwork Angels: The Novel
To be clear, there is absolutely a certain level of bias feeding my opinions. From the moment I heard Fly by Night as a kid, I'd been won over by the musicianship, lyrics, and imagination of Rush. I've thrilled at the darkly wondrous "2112" and "Cygnus X-1," the epic fantasies of "Xa...more
A novelization of the band Rush's latest album (with the same title), it expands on the songs of that album, but is a flatly rendered and weak story with little depth to the characters or the world they inhabit.
Disclosure #1: I've been a fan of Rush since the late 1970s.
Disclosure #2: I've listened to Clockwork Angels four times now and it still hasn't grabbed me, though the latest time was at the halfway point in this book, and the context provided b...more
The book is a collection of Young Adult adventure tropes, stitched together over Peart's frame. I remembered Mieville's Railsea, and a whole bunch of other "young man talks his way onto a ship" books.
I've started thinking of Anderson as more of a carpenter than a...more
Many surprises and turn-arounds in this one! It also bears the emotions and certain vibes that of real life, since events like this do somewhat occur in the real world.
"In a world where I feel so small, I can't stop thinking big" - a line well followed, in this story. The songs start to make so much more...more
Kevin J. Anderson, Neil Peart Review
The only reason I ever had any profound interest in this book was because I am a loyal Rush fan, and following the release of the album, Clockwork Angels, the main thing I was drawn to was the story, and the lyrics that illustrated it. It told of the story of a young boy, his yearning for adventure, how he met his true love, and other generalities. But the story was incomplete and many questions arose, such as what was the story beh...more
The Canadian band Rush have not made much impact out here in Australia. I must admit that I did look them up after Kevin mentioned them to me, and now I must say I am a proud owner of some of their albums with...more
Owen Hardy has lived a full and orderly life, but has always dreamed of what worlds lay just beyond. He decides to tell the story of the adventures of his youth near the end of his days. It is of a magical “steampunk” world that includes the precision of Watchmakers and the maelstrom of Anarchists, pirates and fantastic carnivals.
I honestly loved the way this book was written. The poetic prose leads the reader along in such a way that you actually visualize t...more
However, if you are expecting complex plotting and multi-layered characters, you will...more
There’s been quite a bit of excitement in the fact that their latest album, their twentieth, is a full-blown concept album. Their most f...more
The slow start comes from a pretty bland opening, with a naive, good-hearted dreamer named Owen Hardy as our protagonist. Having grown up in the sleepy rural village of Barrel Arbor, under the absurdly rigid rule of the Watchmaker, he longs for a bit of adventure and excitement before he gets married and his life becomes entirely predictable from there on out.
Aside from the in...more
A lot of reviews point out how jarring Anderson's use of countless Rush references were and that they were kind of a big weakness of the book. To an extent I...more
The book is set in a steam punk, near future universe presided over by the order-obsessed but benevolent Watchmaker and follows a young man named Owen Hardy on the cusp of becoming an adult as he ventures beyond the village he has lived in all his life.
Though it is more or less a generic coming of age story, the book manages to stay interesting due...more
Ok, they didn’t say it exactly like that, but that was the jist.
So, since it was...more
Owen Hardy's adventures are fun intriguing and involving enough, even if in parts you can see what will probably occur before it actually does.
Also for me a long-time Rush fan, it was great fun to encounter a...more
A novella that fleshed out the story of Clockwork Angels, the album, would have been fine. By making it a full-length novel we end up with the author spoon-feeding us way more than we need of the protagonist's mental state, along with clumsy Rush lyrics thrown into just about every c...more
I saw this book at my local bookstore, it was if in fantasy section. It was the cover that drew me in and than the title. I read the description and I new I had to have this book. So I went home and bought an ebooks version. Another reason that for getting this book, it falls into steampunk category and I have recently started to enjoy the genera.
Owen Hardy was a seventeen year old boy when he set out on his unplanned adventure. It was never planned but he still dreamed about it. Ow...more
An absolutely fantastic expansion of the universe of Clockwork Angels. The album itself is a masterpiece, but delving deeper into the world created in collaboration by Neil Peart and Kevin J. Anderson is, well... Frankly, I have no words.
The world is detailed, rich, inviting, vivid. Owen Hardy's adventures, his discoveries and development will echo in the reader's mind and heart, for sure. Much like many of Rush's albums, the novel provides an opportunity to delve deeper into oneself and look...more
From the first sentence I was hooked. It's a classic coming of age adventure filled with all the excitement and terror one would expect from the minds of Kevin J Anderson and Neil Peart.
I love the latest Rush album, Clockwork Angels. So was more than pleased when I heard they were...more
The audiobook was good because Neil Peart is the narrator and I wish fervently he were my dad so he could have read me bedtime stories at night when I was a kid. He has a magnificent, soothing voice... which actually didn't suit the parts of the book you could classify as "action" because he read it all the same.
The story itself didn't grab me. I don't think it had anything to do with the writing, I thi...more
I'm not an avid reader of new fantasy and/or new science fiction, and so my opinion is not based on any reference point to those genres. I'm just a fan of the...more
The story here is a pretty classic coming of age story and everyone reading it will find something that mirrors their own experiences growing up in the world. The loss of our created illusions is clearly exposed by Owen Hardy's journey across his steampunk world, one world of many worlds. And the battle between anarchy and order should be familiar enough to everyone; a clear unmasking of the dangers that come from extreme ideologies. But though the concepts are not new, the way the story is told...more
I enjoyed the book just fine, much more so from "the Wreckers" Climax on ( not a spoiler since its the chapter and coinciding song's name) but I wasn't overwhelmed by it the way I had hoped going in. I think my expectations based on the...more
He has written spin-off novels for Star Wars, StarCraft, Titan A.E., and The X-Files, and is the co-author of the Dune prequels. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series and the Nebula Award-nominated Assemblers of Infinity. He has also written several comic books including the Dark Horse Star Wars collection Tales of the Jedi written in coll...more