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Preview — Like Clockwork by Bonnie Dee
Victoria's work with automatons has gained her renown and changed the face of London. But her concern that the clockworks are taking too many jobs away from humans, creating social unrest, is ignored. Given the ugly mood of the underclass, she fears more outbreaks of violence similar to the murder spree of the notorious Southwark Slasher.
Dash, unemployed thanks to the cloc...more
Cogworth and Lumiere:
NOOO! Not again! Oh, the animated-inanimate-objectivity!
In Like Clockwork, these beings called automatons, built with pistons and gears, look just like us and have begun filling most job positions, leaving living humans to fend for themselves in unemployment. Unfortunately, this idea isn't to far off base. It's all too familiar a theme for many...more
The Prologue came as a complete and nice surprise: it was creepy and violent, setting a dark tone to the story. T...more
Victoria and Dash appear to be on opposite sides of the social issue involving the new clockwork industry of automatons, but when Victoria discovers her mentor dead and corru...more
* I love a hero who has clawed himself up from the dregs, and Dash is no exception.
* I liked that Victoria was a spinster who was more than ready to experience physicality, and I admit the anecdote about her wanting to marry her mentor greatly endeared me to her
*I also liked the overall story arc of automatons who were created to help with dangerous jobs like mining and factory work, only to have the technology taken over by the government and misused. This could so easily be...more
Okay, on topic now. I picked this novella up because it was available for free for a while, and I quite liked the cover. I'm still new to the steampunk genre, but so far the steampunk books I read were pretty awesome, so I started this book full of good hope.
In Like Clockwork, the automatons are taking over the jobs of the lower classes, resulting in massive unemployment. Victoria, the inventor of the synthetic skin that makes the au...more
I liked this book quite a lot. I do wish the mystery of the Slasher had been played up a bit more. We're put into the Slasher's mind in the first scene and then we're not put back into it until the big reveal. Even then, we're not put into it so much as given the reveal. I really liked the relationship bet...more
Carina Press, 2010
Source: Received a free e-copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This was a pretty enjoyable novella. Victoria Waters helped invent automatons but has since regretted the rapidity with which they have spread through society, taking on roles far beyond the scope she had imagined. Dash is part of the Brotherhood, a group of concerned citizens who may take radical action to raise awareness about the plig...more
Victoria is a 28 year old woman who is strong, feisty and very smart. Living in the Victorian Era as an intelligent woman who wants to change the world is very though, but she stands her ground.
The other main character is Dash. He has grown up on the streets of London, is intelligent and stands up for the workers who lost their jobs because of the robots.
I like this character a lot and love to know more about him and his troubled pas...more
That said, this wasn't a wall-banger. It wasn't the worst-written thing I've read. But, for being published under a better-known name like Carina Press, I guess I expect certain things. Like cleaner editing. A clean sense of the difference between past and perfect past tense. Smoother writing in general, without repeated words within t...more
This was a very crowded story. We've got steampunk, we've got civil unrest, we've got a kidnapping, we've got a nefarious government agency, and a Jack the Ripper-like serial k...more
Like Clockwork is set in Victorian England during a time when automatons have begun to replace the lower cogs of the workforce, displacing them into poverty and creating a new set of problems. It’s happened time and time again in history, and while some people might call that a cliche in a story, I think it gives credibility to the idea; a sense of this-could-really-happen.
I was surprised from the beginning how exciting this book was. Like Clockwork is...more
Now I probably should have noted at the beginning that I didn't realize the page count was so low. I'm not complaining, as I wanted a short read anyway, but that means this story has to wrap up quickly. Barbara Dee packs a punch into these 95 pages for sur...more
Dash is one of the leaders of the Brotherhood, a group of unemployed people forced to live underground and eager to take revenge.
From their first meeting, when Dash kidnaps Victoria in the hope that the B...more
I really enjoyed the main characters, especially Victoria. She's a no-nonsense scientist who works on the automatons who...more
Publish Date: 12/13/10
How I got this book: NetGalley
I was super excited to get this book from NetGalley, as most Steampunk Romance I’ve read as of late has been super awesome, but this one just fell short for me. The story itself was only novella length, and those who do not like short stories should probably steer clear of this one.
For me, the story line itself was really interesting: robots or “automatons” have been developed to work for humans in high-risk settings (i....more
The book is actually pretty good and would have been a solid 4 stars for me if not for the epilogue. It felt very tacked on. Almost as if the whole story had been written and someone said "Wait! You forgot to include a sex scene!". Thus 5 months later they have sex and it's good.
It was just handled weird.
Not much else to say about it. I liked it more then I didn't, it's super short, and it's free (for this month) so definitely worth a...more
However, the romantic plot in this novella just didn't do it for me. Everything was based on instant a...more
The pacing of the story can best be described as hurried as the author attempted to cram a lot of plot points into a small book. This led to a feeling of shallowness to the events which occurred.
I enjoyed reading about Dash and Victoria, but their romance and dialogues often left a flat taste in my mouth. Love at first sigh...more
Its this plotline that starts us off before serial killers, kidnappings and mass plotting by the government all come tumbling down in this rather short story. It's an interesting concept which ultimately suffers because of it's length, it just wasn't believ...more
Writing childish stories for my own pleasure led to majoring in English at college. Like most English majors, I dreamed of writing a novel, but at that time in my life didn't have the...more