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Agatha H and the Clockwork Princess (Girl Genius Novels #2)

4.22  ·  Rating Details  ·  932 Ratings  ·  124 Reviews
Intrigue! Subterfuge! Circus Folk!

In a time when the Industrial Revolution has escalated into all-out warfare, mad science rules the world... with mixed success.

With the help of Krosp, Emperor of All Cats, Agatha has escaped from the massive airship known as Castle Wulfenbach. After crashing their escape dirigible, Agatha and Krosp fall in with Master Payne's Circus of Adv
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Kindle Edition, 481 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Night Shade Books (first published March 27th 2012)
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Patrick
Jun 23, 2013 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book and it's prequel are kinda unique in my experience. I don't know if I've ever read a novelization of a comic before.

What's more, I'm actually listening to the audiobook before reading the paper copy.

That said, I'm very much enjoying it. The novel actually brings to light things that aren't mentioned in the comic, giving more bacground and history about the world. Giving more hints to the many mysteries that are part of why I love girl Genius.

***Dave Hill
Jun 04, 2012 ***Dave Hill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Serious Girl Genius fans, or for lovers of steampunk fantasy who wouldn't think of reading a comic.
Shelves: text
Wow. Do I feel conflicted about this book.

On the one hand, "Girl Genius" is one of my favorite webcomics, and Phil Foglio one of my favorite artists. I have various editions, soft- and hard-cover of the comic collections, etc. And this novel (covering vol. 4-6 of the comic) covers the story very, very well, complete with lots of added backstory, and loads of footnotes, and, for that matter, inner monologues (as well as the maniacal outer ones). Indeed, having quickly gone back and read vol. 4, I
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Sam Reader
Aug 28, 2012 Sam Reader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"It is here, with great reluctance, and a full awareness of how a chronicler should report a story without being the story itself, that one of your professors enters the narrative. Surely the tedious whys and wherefores of how he came to find himself in this particular prison at this particular time have no significant relevance to the greater story and shall thus be ignored."
- Professor Philip Foglio


So, to get the basics out of the way, Agatha H. and the Clockwork Princess is the second novel
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Marla
Feb 16, 2014 Marla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always like when I get a book and it's nice and thick. There was a lot going on in this book, especially at the end with the double-crosses, fake double-crosses, triple-crosses, what-have-you that it was kind of hard to figure out what was going on, and who was on what side.

As I read I couldn't help but think that the plot and main characters would really shine, and make for a really good story, if the background clutter was cleaned up and didn't overwhelm them.

High points: Krosp, Emperor of A
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Kat  Hooper
May 30, 2015 Kat Hooper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
3.5
Cedar Sanderson
Mar 13, 2015 Cedar Sanderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Foglios have taken their brilliant webcomic and successfully translated it to a rollicking-good-fun novel. Three of them, and more coming. Agatha, the young Spark who discovers her true identity in the first novel, appears in the Clockwork Princess as a damsel on the run, but not distressed in the slightest. When she falls in with a traveling circus, she loses herself in her work, repairing the elderly machinery they use for transport and other tasks. Along the way she bonds with the strang ...more
Salimbol
The novelisation of volumes 4-6 in the Girl Genius webcomic series, in which Agatha, having been revealed as the long-lost heir to the (in)famous Heterodyne family, is on the run from Baron Wulfenbach and takes refuge with a travelling circus. Slower-moving than the first novel, Agatha H and the Airship City, and without quite the same tight focus, this is nevertheless a very enjoyable book, with all the delightful wit and magic you expect from the Foglios. The authors use the much greater lengt ...more
Robert
Aug 26, 2015 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Girl Genius is one of my favourite web comics; the Victorian Steampunk/Mad Science format is extremely compelling, and the strong protagonists (especially the main one, Agatha Heterodyne) are well crafted and interesting.

This is the second novelisation of the comic; the first covered Volumes 1-3, and this covers 4-6. It covers Agatha's escape from the Castle Wulfenbach, and her growing acceptance of her heritage as a Spark (mad scientist) and Heterodyne (an infamous family of particularly powerf
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Fantasy Literature
Jan 14, 2016 Fantasy Literature rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kat
GIRL GENIUS is one of my favorite webcomics. I love both the art and the story. It’s about Agatha Heterodyne, the orphaned genius daughter of two famous “Sparks” who disappeared years ago. After they left, the peace and stability of Europa disintegrated after numerous mad Sparks built and let loose various mechanical constructs that tend to terrorize all the normal people. Many of these Sparks have been vying for power since the Heterodyne Boys (one is Agatha’s father and the other is her uncle) ...more
Alexis DeSousa
Apr 19, 2015 Alexis DeSousa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Now on the run, Agatha and her talking cat friend, Krosp, must navigate the Wastelands in order to escape from the notice of the Baron. They come across a traveling troupe of actors who put on Heterodyne Adventures plays in various towns, and the people there agree to let her travel with them until they reach the Heterodyne home of Mechanicsburg. Unfortunately, with so many people looking for the Heterodyne heir, Agatha surely has a bumpy ride.

I enjoyed the second installment of the Girl Genius
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Fiona
The second novelisation of the Girl Genius webcomic, this is equally as entertaining as the first. While they naturally follow the same plot as the webcomic, the novels bring more character insights, along with added details and backstory. Great fun, and a highly enjoyable read. If you like your steampunk (or gaslamp fantasy, if you prefer) with lots of adventure, strange creatures and mad science, then this is for you. And there's a circus, too!
Audrey Jane
Jul 04, 2014 Audrey Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this instalment the reader follows Agatha's adventures in the Wastelands with a travelling show/circus group.

I'm having so much fun with this series. The vivid writing style, the eccentric characters, the humour and lots of adventure makes me want to come back for more. I realized that one of the parts I enjoyed the most is when the Jägermonsters make their appearance. The Jägermonsters talk with, what I think, some sort of heavily German accent. It's downright hilarious. Still despite the hu
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K.M. Carroll
As a longtime fan of the Girl Genius comic, I've often wished that it was just a big fat novel that I could read. When I spotted this book on sale, I thought I'd give it a try. After all, by the end of the Sturmhalten story arc, there had been so many backstabbings and reversals, I was totally confused.

This book lays it all out nicely. The narrative provides delicious tidbits that a comic has to supply visually--such as exactly when Lucrezia is talking.

The writing isn't perfect, but the voice is
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pdarnold
Review of audiobook.

I liked this better than the first. Yet again, I had to adjust to Angela Dawe's narration. I'm not sure what it is about her voice or her timing, it is somewhat staccato like. However, here voices for the different characters are quite good. A lot more adventure here. A circus/carnival, more insanity, more gizmos and gadgets and machinery. A very strange brother, sister act along with the adorably funny and dangerous Jagermonsters, and last but not least one wet Krosp. A wild
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Jennifer
If you've seen the movie Hairspray there's the line of "You're joinin' this program already in progress!" And for me this truly was the case, this was the first of the books I'd read, and I'm totally unfamiliar with graphic novels.

That said, I was a little confused with things at first, like what are "Sparks" and "Constructs" and "Clanks" and "the Other" but if you read it long enough you definitely figure it out.

I totally enjoyed this book. The world building was really different then any other
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Derek
Aug 21, 2015 Derek rated it liked it
Shelves: steampunk
The language and wit flows better and more naturally compared to the previous book, but still has a tendency toward wordiness that impedes the relentless momentum found in the graphic novel version. Fortunately the author has adopted Pratchett-esque footnotes, which flesh out the corners of this entertainingly macabre version of Europe.

It is a book of narrow escapes, chases, pitched battles, and a near-continuous sense of crisis, all in a political landscape whose brutality would make even GRRM
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Katie
Apr 03, 2015 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved the first 85% of this book. Once your mind is set in this world that is a bit steampunk and all fantasy, you can't escape the grip of Agatha's quest through this strange land among these fascinating creatures. It's an intriguing combination of men and machines, with a heavy dose of science and technology and perhaps a bit of magic beneath the surface.

However, something happened near the end of the book. It made this sudden transition into the dark, where they damaged the hero
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Anoush Emrazian
Jul 19, 2015 Anoush Emrazian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, adult, series
What a fun ride! Again, the narrator is fantastic (I'm always so impressed when one person can convey many characters so well that I can tell who is speaking just from hearing the vocal style). This book is extremely complex and so wound about that often I felt like I had no idea what was going on. In the end, with some paths finally decided (I think?), I still wonder what will come of certain story lines.

(view spoiler)
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Caitlin
Mar 03, 2013 Caitlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More reviews avalable on my blog.

I’m a big fan of the Girl Genius comic, so when I saw this in my local Oxfam, I had to pick it up.Novelisations are weird beasts. Because they add more internal thoughts and more background action to a work, they can change it in subtle ways. This is certainly the truth with Agatha H. The comic is a riotous fun thing with a great deal of colour and life. It has dark moments, but they are always lightened by the art.

Girl Genius is a lot creepier and darker in nove
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Alexandra
Jun 15, 2012 Alexandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
*Some spoilers for the first Agatha Heterodyne novel/some of the graphic novels*

Yes I am a fangirl. Let's move on, and firstly talk about the look of this lovely book. I don't mind the cover - I think it's appropriate and quite pretty - but when I was reading I took the dust jacket off and oh my, I don't think I can put it back on again. The hardcover itself is beautiful, with gorgeous gold embossing and little swirls and... it's just wonderful.

So, the story. This covers, I think, volumes 4-6 o
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Lauren
Jul 13, 2012 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Girl Genius is easily my favorite webcomic, but reading it is a different experience altogether. This is what I really wanted from a Girl Genius novel. Like the first book, Clockwork Princess is a reiteration of the Girl Genius comics (this time, chapters 4-6); you won't be getting a review of just the book from me, but a comparison.
While the comics are beautiful, the book is more informative. You get more background, and the characters thoughts and emotions are described to you, stuff you could
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Kelli
Apr 08, 2012 Kelli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Story: B-
Narration: A-

Quick Review:

A fun audio although a surprisingly slow build-up to the climax and an overly large cast of characters sharing page time with Agatha made this book, while still entertaining and worth the listen, a bit of a letdown in comparison to the first audiobook in this series. The narration continues to shine, conveying the colorful and inventive world and strong, often amusing, characterizations with assurance and energy without sliding into caricature.

The Plot:

Book two
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Daniel Stone
Jun 20, 2012 Daniel Stone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel I ought to open by saying, I'm a huge fan of Girl Genius, and of the Foglio's work in general. As such, I am (very) familiar with the story. In fact, most of the dialogue was directly carried over in translation. Which is really what makes the book as great as it is. Not the dialogue and the story, although both are superior in quality and enjoyable in nature, but the translated nature of the story.
You see, reading a story that I'm accustomed to encountering in one, rather more graphic,
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Kat
Oh my. I was not expecting to enjoy this one as much as I did, but it was truly such an original and brilliant novel, that I couldn't help but be swept along with.

We enter right where the first one left off, but where as Agatha H and the Airship took half the book to really get going, this one steamed ahead from the first page. I feared for maybe a slight dip in the narrative, as it is about twice the size of it's predecessor, but it didn't. It kept up it's relentlessly enjoyable pace through-ou
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Kendra
Jul 03, 2012 Kendra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(I had typed up a whole review of this on Goodreads, and then fatally hit the backspace key while I was apparently clicked out of the text box. Apologies if this seems disjointed; I never was very good at trying to piece back together things I’ve written from memory. There was a lot that I wanted to say about this book, but I know some of it has already slipped away, only to be remembered in a rush at 3 in the morning two months from now when it is no longer useful to me.)

I was going back and fo
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Donna BookWorm
Jul 12, 2012 Donna BookWorm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now, I managed to get my hands on an advanced uncorrected copy of this (I love my job!) and jump right into it with out even realizing that there was already a history and story line and all that jazz. And to be honest I’m pretty happy about that. But more on that later.

Basic Plot: This is the story of Agatha Clay, who is actually Agatha Heterodryne, the lost daughter of Bill Heterodyne and Lucrezia Mongfish. When the Baron realizes this Agatha and Krosp, her faithful talking cat, escape for the
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Leons1701
May 28, 2012 Leons1701 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, steampunk
I love adaptations, at least good ones. Getting to see something familiar through a different lens can be quite fun. Considering that the Foglio's Girl Genius is one of my favorite webcomics and that they also produced the adaptation, there was almost no chance I wouldn't like this. Clockwork Princess is the second adaptation from GG and it shows. While Agatha H and the Airship City is a perfectly fine read, it's somewhat barebones. Clockwork Princess adds footnotes, which are almost required fo ...more
Corrina
Mar 21, 2013 Corrina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent continuation of Agatha H and the Airship City. Finally, the mystery of the evil Other who terrorized the lands is revealed. Even worse than being the daughter of heroes is being the daughter of a hero and a villain. And as everyone knows, the really good villains never die-they just escape to work on their next plot to take over the world. Lucrezia Mongfish is a first-rate villainess, manipulative, commanding, brilliant, insane, beautiful, and deadly, and with loyal minions ...more
Psychophant
This book continues the adventures of Agatha Heterodyne and an increasing entourage of great secondary characters. It presents in an exuberant prose the tales from the webcomic Girl Genius (http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic...) so none of the events presented were new, as the book follows quite faithfully the comic. However what this book offers is a look inside the characters, as well as the opportunity to flesh out and explain many of the aspects and ideas that are only sketched or hinted ...more
Rachel
May 13, 2015 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read some of the webcomic this is based off of, and this is a pretty good novelization of it. The novel begins at about volume 4 of the comic, so I'd recommend reading the comic up to that point before trying this so you don't miss any of the backstory. There's some cute footnotes and plenty of funny moments. The one bone I have to pick is with the poor editing. There are several typos. My boyfriend caught one just looking over my shoulder. Overall, entertaining. I'll keep on reading the se ...more
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A popular science fiction fan artist in the 1970s, Phil Foglio began writing and drawing cartoons and comics professionally in the 1980s. His work includes "Magic: The Gathering," "Buck Godot," and the popular series of comics and novels, "Girl Genius," co-written with his wife, Kaja Foglio.

Awards:
Hugo Award for Best Fan Artist (1977 and 1978)
Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story (2009, 2010, 2011)
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“Marie clasped her hands together and looked vulnerable. Payne flinched. “The only time you don’t tell me something is when you think it’s dangerous, because being a fragile, sheltered noblewoman, I might faint at the thought of experiencing physical harm like a common person.”

She sighed, and seemingly from nowhere, produced an enormous cast-iron frying pan easily one hundred centimeters in diameter. “And then,” she said sadly, “I have to damage one of the good pans by smacking it against your thick, common skull until you tell me—”
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