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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

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Published (first published December 2010)
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Imagine - if you will - a fantastical world where artificial beings made out of inanimate objects have taken the place of humans...

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
This was my first steampunk book and I didn't know what to expect. I chose this book to be my introduction to this genre for two reasons: the author (I'm familiar with Ms. Dee's writing and I liked what I've already read by her) and the length (If I didn't like the genre, I wouldn't have to struggle to finish a full-length book). I also liked the premise, but that goes without saying.

The Prologue came as a complete and nice surprise: it was creepy and violent, setting a dark tone to the story. T
♡Karlyn P♡
LIKE CLOCKWORK tells the story of Victoria, an upper-class scientist who helped invent the technology being used to build automatons (android like people), and Dash, a leader of the underground Brotherhood group made up of the working class poor who have all lost their jobs and livelihood after being replaced by automatons.

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
Nov 18, 2010 Cyna rated it liked it
Perhaps I should start paying more attention to these books' stats, because again, I was surprised by the page count. Like Clockwork is a scant 95 pages, and...well, fuck, you know what 95 pages means in a romance novel, right? Ding ding ding, you're correct: Instant and Inexplicable Attraction! Our primary couple's initial meeting involves the hero knocking out the heroine so that he can kidnap her, and almost immediately getting a stiffy as he makes off with her unconscious body. No lie. She's ...more
Dec 09, 2010 Ruby rated it did not like it
Review first posted on[return][return]I got this book from NetGalley and so I was able to read it for free, so I am determined not to complain too much. Steampunk Romance is a subgenre I am happy to get behind, so I jumped at this title when I found it on NetGalley. I hadn t heard a peep about it on the blogosphere and had no idea what to expect. One thing I found was that Like Clockwork is more novella than book. I read it on my spanking new Kindle so I can t tell you the ...more
Jess the Romanceaholic
What worked for me:
* 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
Jun 03, 2011 Celine rated it really liked it
This is the first book I have read on my shiny new Kindle! Yay!

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
Dec 23, 2010 Kelly rated it really liked it
I do enjoy a good steampunk novel. I like the intricacy of a well-thought out world powered by steam and cogs. I find the idea of mechanical men and Victorian society to be fascinating and fun.

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
I liked this book a lot, but sometimes I couldn't help but wonder if the author had a checklist of what to write in a steampunk novella. An automaton, check. Gaslights, check. Steam rail, check. A dirigible, check. Of course, these are elements that often make steampunk, but that's how I felt.
Jan 04, 2011 Nicole rated it it was ok
Publisher: Carina Press
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.
Feb 03, 2011 Becky rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2011
I was really psyched to read this one. I read another one of Dee's Carina titles last summer, Jungle Heat, and enjoyed it quite a bit. Throw in some steampunk, and I'm there! I was a little disappointed when I found out that this was a novella, because they generally aren't my favorite. But I decided to give this one a go.

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
May 25, 2011 Jessica rated it liked it
In my search for a short and interesting read, I happened upon Like Clockwork on NetGalley. Of course you know that as soon as I saw the words "Steampunk" and "Romance" I was in. This is a subgenre I truly feel love for, and so I dove right in.

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
May 06, 2011 Bookworm1858 rated it liked it
Like Clockwork by Bonnie Dee
Carina Press, 2010
94 pages
Romance; Steampunk
3.5/5 stars

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
Feb 26, 2011 April rated it it was amazing
LIKE CLOCKWORK by Bonnie Dee is an interesting historical romance set in 1898,London. It is written with details and depth. It has automatons, romance,love,trust, social unrest, mild violence,murder, The Brotherhood,murder,a killer that will sup rise you,sweet sensuality at the end,friendships and surpassing social class to find true love and happiness.This is an interesting story of automatons that I did not know even existed in 1898,London,however,it makes for an exciting storyline.What ifs ...more
Victoria is a young scientist who contributed to the invention of the automatons, a great innovation that quickly expanded to the industrial area, causing the dismissal of hundreds of people. Being a woman doesn't help in the scientific department but she's ready to fight to defend her opinions.

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
Jan 21, 2011 Tara rated it liked it
I have to admit that this was another case of my becoming intrigued by a book because of the cover. When I read the description and confirmed it was a steampunk romance, I became even more intrigued. That said, I feel that this novel was 'steampunk light'. That's not a criticism, as I think this novel would be a great introduction to the genre if you're not sure where to start.

I really enjoyed the main characters, especially Victoria. She's a no-nonsense scientist who works on the automatons who
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Jan 24, 2011 Jo (Mixed Book Bag) rated it liked it
As Like Clockwork starts London is filling up with automatons that are taking over many of the jobs that people used to do. Victoria Waters is one member of a group of scientists who helped develop the automatons. She is very concerned about the many uses these untested units are being put to. On her way to voice her concerns to the Commission for Animatronic Affairs she is kidnapped by Dash, a member of a group that opposes the wide spread use of the automatons. The two are from totally ...more
Cid Tyer
Dec 14, 2010 Cid Tyer rated it really liked it
I’m a sucker for steampunk. What can I say?

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
Dec 20, 2010 Nina rated it really liked it
I want more! Bonnie Dee, please write more steampunk novella’s.

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
holly quigley
Mar 26, 2011 holly quigley rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, short, steampunk
Blah. I always have to remind myself that being less than 100 pages is no excuse for a subpar story. I've read shorter stories that had better developed romances.

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
Dec 16, 2010 Shannon rated it liked it
Warning: This book is very, very short. Not even 100 pages.

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
Dec 22, 2010 Laura rated it liked it
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L (Sniffly Kitty)
I liked the premise of the story a lot. I was pretty excited about automatons and civil unrest being part of this story. The story though didn't really live up to its promise.

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
Dec 09, 2010 Anaiz rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed-on-blog
When I first started reading this I didn't realize it was a short story. That explains the rush through the ending, everything is "resolved" with a few snaps. I liked the characters though, Victoria has a good head on her shoulders and she is a scientist (kudos). Dash is a "streetrat" but he still has morals and works towards what he believes in, he also has a cute dream for his future. The attraction between them is instant (too instant for my taste, but I have to remind myself again that this ...more
Lynn Spencer
Jan 08, 2013 Lynn Spencer rated it liked it
Shelves: steampunk
This novella was hard for me to rate. On the one hand, the worldbuilding and the plot revolving around the role of automatons in daily life was really interesting and I thought it well done. The ideas that robots may replace too many human functions or that they may end up having too much control over human masters definitely kept me reading. I really liked the non-romance aspects of this story.

However, the romantic plot in this novella just didn't do it for me. Everything was based on instant a
Feb 21, 2011 Minh rated it it was ok
Shelves: steampunk
Like Clockwork is a streampunk novella featuring a plucky heroine who has defied the social norms and has become a renowned scientist who has had no small part in creating autonatroms, human like robots who have overtaken the lower workforce.

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
Linda Baker
Jan 10, 2011 Linda Baker rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I too, received this book through netgalley and was very surprised to find that it was a novella (not my usual choice in reading length). That being said, I thought it was very competently written and covered all the necessary bases. The characters of Victoria and Dash are very well defined and likeable and a world in which automatons are replacing laborers and servants well described. The length necessitates a fast pace and an instant attraction between the two main characters. To be truthful, ...more
Feb 28, 2011 Carol rated it liked it
It's a good story but short. There's a lot going on in the world Dee's created but it's not explores very much. Events happen quickly and there's not much depth. The end is too quick too. We find out who the slasher is. I will say that I found his motive interesting. It went quite well with the rest of the story. Then fast forward five months to an epilogue when most of the issues seem to have been resolved to some degree and there's the obligatory sex scene. It's like she skipped the wrap-up. ...more
Nov 19, 2010 Christine rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, galley
I LOVE Steampunk, so this was a great short story for me. Victoria was part of the group that invented automatons, human-like machines that are replacing low-level workers. Dash is part of the group trying to stop automatons from taking all the jobs folks like him used to do.

Victoria and Dash's interactions were cute. I had no idea where the 'mystery' part was going until everything was revealed, so that was nice. Usually I figure it out right away.

I wish this had been longer because it was so g
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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This was a quick, fun read. There are obvious similarities to Jack the Ripper, but sometimes, for me, it's all in how the story is written, and Bonnie Dees' style is easy to read and enjoyable. She keeps the pace brisk and the steampunk elements added a bit of fun and color to the story. I couldn't help picturing scenes from "I, Robot" while reading this, and I liked the little twist at the end. Nothing new here
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