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Clockwork Sky Volume 1

(The Clockwork Sky #1)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  84 ratings  ·  18 reviews
From the award-winning creator of Hollow Fields comes the start of an all new, steampunk adventure trilogy! London, 1895: Riots in the streets! Erasmus Croach’s miraculous factory, Ember, has flooded London with steampowered automatons. The already suffering working class take to the streets to protest the jobs lost to these machines, and to quell the riot, Captain Thorn o ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Tor Books
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Elizabeth (Elzburg)
This was a charming little steampunk graphic novel about a world slowly converting to an all automaton workforce. I never read or watch steampunk stories so everything was pretty new for me, and it was interesting. I'd be interested in picking up the next volume should it cross my path.

From the first page the art is standout, and it's one of the things I liked best.
Nov 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I noticed it in our library only because I really like her "Rise from Ashes".
It's ok, but I recommend you see her other work:
This is a great book set in Victorian London circa 1895 where the Ember company produces steam driven robots that have replaced most London's working class. Children from the lower class have been disappearing at a high rate the adults of the lower class believe they are running away however since the police refuse to investigate knowing that lower class children often go missing. Now enter our lead female protagonist Sally Peppers the niece to Erasmus Croach founder and chairmen of the Ember co ...more
Bruce Gargoyle
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Teenaged Sally Peppers is sent to stay with her Uncle, London’s foremost provider of steampowered automatons, after some anti-social behaviour at her school. After managing to escape from the clutches of her odious governess, Sally reluctantly teams up with steampowered police-bot Sky and uncovers some sinister facts about her Uncle’s business

If you enjoy steampunk, you’ll enjoy the rich world that Rosca has created here. Steambots aside, the story itself is fast-paced
Zoe Kennedy
Mar 28, 2013 rated it liked it
When the Plot of this manga becomes clear, this has a lot of potential. Unfortunately, this does not happen until the end of the manga… Nothing really gripped me until the end. Sky, and Sally were both okay as characters but they felt a little stale… The cover art is … well it’s better than Vampire High, but the way their mouth are open looks ridiculous, I was worried about whether the art work on the inside would look just as silly. Luckily, I really enjoyed the art work, both the characters gr ...more
Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Entertaining and fast-paced, with plenty of gigantic clockwork and steam-powered machines (and no small number of clanking robots) to keep things exciting. I had a little trouble following some of the action scenes, and the characters aren't terribly complex at this stage, but it was totally worth pre-ordering a copy. The protagonist is just shy of being a brat, but at her age, that's still endearing rather than annoying; and Sky, the robotic policeman (police boy?), is absolutely adorable in hi ...more
Magenta  Cooly
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga-shelf
This was alright. The mystery part of it is horrifying to be sure, it's just that steampunk is more of a type of style for me than it is reading material, and the book was 93% of that story wise. Hollow Fields is steampunk in a way, but is set in more of the Hogwarts genre and, hello, had a Maleficent-like villain in the mix!
The characters are cute, but barely two-dimensional, and I paid way too much for the reluctant amount of mass I received!
The cliffhanger was interesting enough so that
Norman Cook
Jan 06, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a promising beginning. It's a bit slow in spots, but establishes an interesting world and characters. I'll have to wait and see if future volumes deliver on this promise. The drawing style is quite professional, but some of the panels are a bit muddled as to what is going on. The lettering is sometimes a little too small to comfortably read. If you like Agatha Heterodyne, Girl Genius, by Phil and Kaja Foglio, you'll probably like The Clockwork Sky.
Jessica Lower
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This was a lot of fun!
It is a steampunk story in manga form following a young headstrong girl named Sally Peppers. She is trying to escape from her uncle who has kept her locked in his house in an agreement with her father, and quickly learns things at his factory aren't as they seem.
Considering how short this is, the plot was surprisingly well done. Though, it did leave on a cliffhanger just as things were starting to get really interesting.
I will have to pick up the nxt volume soo
Holly Letson
This one started really slow, but picked up right about the middle of the book. I almost gave up on it during the slowness, but I'm really glad I didn't, as I ended up really enjoying it. Would love to read the next volume.
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s, comics
Concept is interesting but the drawing is a bit messy. Not sure yet if I like it.
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
it was cute and interesting
Zach Sparks
Aug 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I didn't really enjoy this as much as I liked the Hollow Fields series, but I'm willing to get the next volume to see if it picks up the pace.
great story. cant wait for the next one.

**full review to come**
May 21, 2013 rated it liked it
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I liked it, it isn't as good a as hollow fields but its only the first book so my opinion might change, but like hollow fields, very creepy!!!!!!!!!
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
international steampunk manga with a heston-worthy twist (that you probably will figure out before all of the characters)
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Madeleine Rosca is an Australian based manga creator who is well known for her award winning, completed, series Hollow Fields. She has a 37 page short story titled Haunted Housecall that can be found on YenPlus and is currently working on her next project.

You can keep up to date with the mangaka through her twitter, livejournal, and DeviantArt journal updates.

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