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Clockwork, Or, All Wound Up

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,139 Ratings  ·  453 Reviews
Tick, tock, tick, tock! Some stories are like that. Once you've wend them up, nothing will stop them ...

A tormented apprentice clock-maker, a deadly mechanical knight in armour - and the sinister Dr Kalmenius, who some say is the devil ... Wind up these characters, fit them into a story on a cold winter's evening, with the snow swirling down, and suddenly life and the st
Paperback, 92 pages
Published 2004 by Corgi Yearling Books (first published 1996)
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Jan 24, 2011 Nikki rated it it was amazing
A few days ago, I suddenly had the urge to reread this. On discovering it was 3 on Amazon, I couldn't resist... I was a little less than pleased at not being able to get the edition of this I remember, but it's alright: only the cover is different. The illustrations, the layout, even the font is all the same, so that's alright.

The story has stayed in my mind for at least ten years, now: clockwork hearts and the relentless tick of machinery driving the story on. The prologue used to chill me -- t
pro-cras-ti-nate (verb)
delay or postpone action; put off doing something.
ORIGIN late 16th cent.:
from latin procrastinat- 'deffered until tomorrow,' from the verb procrastinare , from pro- 'forward' + crastinus 'belonging to tomorrow' .

Clockwork merupakan buku terbaik dari buku-buku Philip Pullman yang sudah gue baca. Lebih singkat daripada I was a rat! dan lebih simpel dari The fireworks maker's daughter.

Buku ini menyentil gue banget. Yeah, I am Karl. The lazy bastard. A frikkin procrast
Mia Prasetya
Pinjaman dari Hilda, saya suka buku ini. Semakin kagum dengan Philip Pullman, kali ini seakan saya diajak baca bareng dengan beliau berkat bantuan kolom berisi gambar dan ucapan yang ditujukan kepada kita. Top banget deh!

Pelajaran yang bisa kita ambil kali ini dari buku peraih silver medal :

- jangan jadi orang yang pesimis! nanti bakalan mati ketebas pedang!
- tidak ada seniman yang bertemperamen kasar, itu murni karena orangnya saja yang dodol.
- jangan takut gagal karena kalau kita takut gagal k
Ivonne Rovira
Mar 21, 2015 Ivonne Rovira rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fable lovers and diehard Pullman
Don’t go into the novella-length fable Clockwork expecting something of the inestimable caliber of the His Dark Materials trilogy. I enjoyed this tale of a story told by a tavern’s fireside that comes eerily to life. However, while worth reading, it’s not up to Bill Pullman’s usual high standard.
Steve Rogers
Jul 29, 2012 Steve Rogers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pgce
Clockwork, Or All Wound Up

‘Tick, tock, tick, tock! Some stories are like that. Once you have wound them up, nothing will stop them; they move on forward till they reach their destined end’….

This is unquestionably one of those books that you just can’t put down. With a cliff-hanger on every page, the suspense is tangible throughout and, at times, almost unbearable. The author alludes to a series of tragic events from the offset with his ominous announcement that, ‘no matter how much the character
ijul (yuliyono)
WOW de BEST dah... LOVE it SO MUCH

Serius, speechless aku mau ngomentarin nih buku, AMAZING. Dua plot yang seolah nggak nyambung kok bisa jadi satu? Ini buku fantasy, jadi lupakan beberapa kejanggalan. Ini buku anak-anak, jadi temani putra-putri-ponakan Anda ketika kebetulan membaca novel ini. Terangkan hal-hal yang perlu diterangkan, meskipun secara khusus Philip Pullman telah memberikan wejangan-wejangan-nya dalam kotak yang ada di beberapa halamannya. Beberapa terkesan menggurui, terkesan se
Feb 17, 2015 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: clockwork princes, infernal devices, nefarious clockmakers
I downloaded this from Audible this morning and listened to it while shoveling snow, wishing I had a clockwork automaton to do that for me.

Philip Pullman's Clockwork is a fairy tale set in Germany in (presumably) the 19th century, in a world where clockwork devices can be made so intricately precise that they can, if constructed by a particularly ingenious clockmaker, pass for little boys. There are elements of Pinocchio, Faust, and any number of Hans Christian Andersen fables in this story that
I picked this book up on a whim at the thrift store today. I'd never read any of Pullman's 'other' stories, meaning the ones that are not part of the His Dark Materials trilogy, so I wanted to see what this would be like.

From the description, it sounded very different than what it actually was. It was OK, but I had expected better. HDM isn't a favorite of mine, but it would be a lie to say that it didn't affect me. The characters in that book, and their connections with each other, really left
Mike Grosso
Jun 02, 2008 Mike Grosso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
YA Horror that has some very cool, creepy pictures and some great imagery. As a result, there are probably some parents who thought it was a middle grade story and got this for their kids only to get upset by the horror aspect.

You could easily read it in one afternoon, as this is pretty much a short story with slick presentation. If I had paid for this I might be upset at its short short short legnth, but I got it from the library and enjoyed it during the afternoon it took to read.

As far as Pul
تیک تاک، تیک تاک! بعضی داستانها این جوریاند. وقتی کوکشان کنی دیگر هیچچیز نمیتواند جلوشان را بگیرد…

هنرمند واقعی سرگرم کارش می شود و جنجال به پا نمی کند.

ما می توانیم آینده را در دست بگیریم همان طور که یک ساعت را کوک می کنیم. به خودت بگو: من در این رقابت برنده خواهم ش- اول خواهم شد- و مثل ساعت آیندهات را کوک کن. دنیا جز اطاعت چاره ای ندارد! آیا عقربه های آن ساعت قدیمی گوشه ی تالار می توانند از حرکت بایستند؟ آیا فنرهای داخل ساعت مچی ات می توانند خود را جمع و باز کنند؟ نه.

برام تداعی ترکیبی از ادوارد
Oct 30, 2009 Fbooks75 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Fbooks75 by: Mr.Thompson
Shelves: 7th-read
Clockwork is about two storys. The story that Fritz writes and the story that Karl is living. Fritz is a writer. The story that he writes is about a prince and his strugle with life. Karl's life is being pulled this way and that. One day he is depressed and the next he is almost evil. So a lot is going on. Then the stories are blending and that is when things start to get a little crazy. You have this and that happing and then one of the "fictional" chaters from Fritz's story appears in Karl's ...more
Harun Harahap
pesannya adalah:

Jangan cuma duduk diam dan mengeluh bahwa pekerjaan tak kunjung selesai. Berusahalah agar otak dan tubuhmu bergerak dan bekerja. Berikan yang terbaik tanpa terlalu peduli dengan hasilnya. Karena hasil akan berbanding lurus dengan usahamu. Semoga Sukses!
I liked this short story. The characters were definitely unique and the "story within a story" concept worked in this case. I also liked how the two stories converged at the end.

The narration was very good. I recommend this in audio format; the narrator did a good job conveying the eerie appearance of the doctor in the middle of the story telling scene.
Nov 25, 2014 Coralie rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Clockwork could be a Christmas read as well as an Halloween one. It's both a fairytale and ghost story, with references to classics like Faust or Pinocchio, and once again with a really decent female character (and another one who is the shallowest ever). It's also a story about storytelling, craft in general, and responsibility. It's quite a moral tale but not a moralistic one, and it's still a really fun, quick read.
May 01, 2015 Kara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My review is based on the audio version, but I am confident I would feel the same if I had read this book as well. I have honestly NEVER been so enthralled with a book like I was with Clockwork. Literally from the very first sentence I was hooked, wide eyed, on pins and needles, and barely breathing so I could hear ever word. As another reviewer stated - Brothers Grimm would be proud. In fact, I feel this story should be added to the famous fairy tales. It was SO good that I will for sure be lis ...more
JackAndrew Harford
As a firm fan of horror stories, I thought this was a fantastic book that could be used as part of an introduction to horror for primary school children. I have used Frankenstein by Mary Shelley with a year 6 class in the past and they loved looking at the features of horror literature. Whilst I was reading Clockwork my mind was constantly drawn back to Frankenstein and how it fits into aspects of a classic horror story. The use of the weather to describe settings really pulled me in to read thi ...more
Harriet Jane Norfolk
I wasn't expecting this book to knit together as cleverly as it does. The idea of it being a horror book also put me off for a while as this is not a genre I typically enjoy. I decided to at least give the book a chance as I'm such a huge fan of Pullman's other works.
I have not been disappointed.
Bethany North
Jan 13, 2016 Bethany North rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book from start to finish in one evening due to the gripping story line and Pullman's use of cliffhangers. I haven't read a horror story before but I feel this book would be a perfect example to use in the classroom when introducing children to the genre. Whilst being somewhat chilling, the story also contains moments of humour and happiness which will prevent young readers being too overwhelmed by the horror. I feel the ending of the book is a bit rushed and some aspects of the plot ...more
Feb 26, 2015 Dem rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Apr 26, 2011 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairy-tales
Today I read about the Beverly Clock, Running since 1864, this clock has yet to be wound, possibly the longest running science experiment known . . .

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In Clockwork the characters vie against two disparate mechanical personalities. One is a mechanical being so life-like that he is mortal, more or less every five years when he needs a new heart. The other when activated is ruthless and doesn't wind down from his fatal task unless his "off song" is sung.

Add to this the image of a (view s
Nov 11, 2008 Endah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ini adalah buku kedua karya Philip Pullman yang saya baca setelah Putri Si Pembuat Kembang Api. Ada yang terasa khas pada kedua dongeng Pullman ini: ia bercerita seperti tengah ngobrol dengan pembacanya. Contohnya begini : "Beberapa kisah berjalan seperti itu. Begitu kau memutarnya, takkan ada yang bisa menghentikan….." (hlm.7)

Kata "kau" yang dipakainya untuk "berdialog" dengan pembacanya, menimbulkan rasa keakraban yang hangat; seolah-olah ia melibatkan kita dalam dongeng-dongengnya. Saya suka
Kathleen Whelan
May 26, 2012 Kathleen Whelan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an amazing book which included mystery and a Gothic element. The story is about a young apprentice clock maker who must reveal his masterpiece on the town clock tower the next day. However, as is normal, the town gather in the local pub to hear the exciting new tale written by a young novelist called Fritz.

His story recalls how Prince Otto and his young son, Florian went hunting in the woods and when they got back, Prince Otto was dead and a mechanical structure was placed in his arm t
Oct 10, 2009 Tri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
direkomendasiin sm mba vera..
g nyangka isinya serem jg ya.. untuk kelompok novel anak kyknya agak 'terlalu seram'.
ceritanya unik, dimulai dari cerita mr. Fritz di sebuah cafe yang ternyata di tengah2 jd kenyataan. sang tokoh 'seram' datang ke tengah cafe nan dingin. orang2 ketakutan dn memilih aman dengan menembus gempuran hujan salju.

cerita yang belum selesai itu tak jelas hujungnya.. Fritz -yang terlalu takut- tidak mau bertanggung jawab, ia terbirit meninggalkan kota..

sang monster besi, Mr.I
Tuyet Truong
Oct 06, 2011 Tuyet Truong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the fascinating world of stories, anything is possible. If wonderful or magical things happen, we sometimes wish that we could be part of the story; if terrible or scary things happen, we sit in comfort knowing that we are safe in our own reality. Or are we? What if the characters from a terrifying story were to walk through our front door? What would we do then?

Fritz is a talented storyteller whose stories bring fear and excitement to all his listeners. On the eve of the clock-maker's appren
Annotation: On a snowy night in little German town pub a story is told by the young novelist Fritz. Fritz story becomes a reality when one of the characters suddenly appears.

Review: On a snowy night in a little German town, the clock maker, Herr Ringelmann, and his young apprentice Karl enter the local pub. This particular town in Germany is famous for clockwork. Like most German towns, this town also has many traditions and stories. On the night before Karl's final clockwork is revealed to the
Jun 07, 2012 Joanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review for Clockwork by Phillip Pullman

This is a short but challenging book to read. I believe that it is aimed at key stage two and most likely year 6 children. The story contains a story within it which maybe more difficult for younger readers to comprehend. The author introduces the story by setting the scene in an old German town which is run by clockwork. It is a cold winters evening and the characters are based in the old inn with the landlord and the landlords daughter. A man called Fritz
Ed Fincham
May 17, 2012 Ed Fincham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pullman’s tale of clockwork, inevitability, and suspense is as wound up and complex as the clockwork figures which drive the narrative and meta-narratives. For KS2 readers whom are able to access the story clockwork will be both a challenging read, and excellent introduction to more complex literature.

Clockwork revolves around two interconnected stories which eventually spiral together into one conclusion. Firstly there is the ‘present’ set principally in a late night tavern, the second narrati
Sep 16, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
Set in Glockenhiem, Germany, Clockwork contains three stories in one: The story of Karl who is the apprentice of a prestigious clockmaker, Herr Ringelmann; The story written by Karl, a tortured creative writer and the actual book itself, tying the two other stories together to create suspense and terror but ending in true love.

Karl does not believe in his ability as a clockmaker and has not completed his final project of making a piece for the town clock tower, so he sits gloomily in the local
May 06, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book while working with a Year 5 class during Placement B. I asked one of the boys in the class to recommend a book from the bookshelf and they gave this to me saying that it was very "exciting". I would say that children of all ages could enjoy this book and that those who are confident enough could read this themselves from 8 upwards. Its a relatively short book but full of suspense and horror. Each page ends on a cliffhanger and as suggested by the name Pullman winds up his story ...more
Ordinary Dahlia
Mar 22, 2009 Ordinary Dahlia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lagi-lagi Pak Pullman menyuguhkan kisah unik. Kali ini masih dengan gaya sederhananya dia bercerita tentang kisah yang mengerikan. Tokoh-tokoh yang tiba-tiba keluar dari cerita sehingga tokoh nyata dan rekaan menjadi bias, misteri tangan yang terus bergerak walau yang empunya tangan sudah meninggal dan sebagainya dan sebagainya.
Weit, Tunggu!!!
Jangan dulu takut, di sini kita akan ditemani langsung oleh Pak Pullman! Dia terus memberikan semangat pada para pembaca agar meneruskan baca dan kadang-
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In 1946, acclaimed author Philip Pullman was born in Norwich, England, into a Protestant family. Although his beloved grandfather was an Anglican priest, Pullman became an atheist in his teenage years. He graduated from Exeter College in Oxford with a degree in English, and spent 23 years as a teacher while working on publishing 13 books and numerous short stories. Pullman has received many awards ...more
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