No mundo do jovem Owen Hardy, tudo tem sua hora para acontecer. Ele vive em uma sociedade aparentemente perfeita, graças à administração precisa do Relojoeiro. A vida segue um roteiro cuidadosamente planejado para que nada afete a estabilidade conquistada depois de anos de guerras. Até o dia em que, pela primeira vez, um imprevisto acontece e Owen se vê abandonando sua ter...more
However, if you are expecting complex plotting and multi-layered characters, you will ...more
This 315 page relatively slim volume tells the story and wraps it up and was fun to read.
In an afterward by the late Rush drummer, we learn that the collaboration between the two began even before lyrics for Clockwork Angels wa ...more
A novella that fleshed out the story of Clockwork Angels, the album, would have been fine. By making it a full-length novel we end up with the author spoon-feeding us way more than we need of the protagonist's mental state, along with clumsy Rush lyrics thrown into just about every c ...more
To be clear, there is absolutely a certain level of bias feeding my opinions. From the moment I heard Fly by Night as a kid, I'd been won over by the musicianship, lyrics, and imagination of Rush. I've thrilled at the darkly wondrous "2112" and "Cygnus X-1," the epic fantasies of "Xa ...more
The book is a collection of Young Adult adventure tropes, stitched together over Peart's frame. I remembered Mieville's Railsea, and a whole bunch of other "young man talks his way onto a ship" books.
I've started thinking of Anderson as more of a carpenter than a ...more
From the first sentence I was hooked. It's a classic coming of age adventure filled with all the excitement and terror one would expect from the minds of Kevin J Anderson and Neil Peart.
I love the latest Rush album, Clockwork Angels. So was more than pleased when I heard they were ...more
When I first heard Neil Peart would collaborate with author Kevin J. Anderson on a fiction project connected to the latest Rush album, I was intrigued. For about two years, since the release of the band's single "Caravan," we waited for something - anything - resembling a larger project that might necessitate a tour for support. The hardcore fan base saw that wish realized with the release of Clockwork Angels the album (which I do enjoy) and the corresponding novel of the same time, w ...more
Kevin J. Anderson, Neil Peart Review
The only reason I ever had any profound interest in this book was because I am a loyal Rush fan, and following the release of the album, Clockwork Angels, the main thing I was drawn to was the story, and the lyrics that illustrated it. It told of the story of a young boy, his yearning for adventure, how he met his true love, and other generalities. But the story was incomplete and many questions arose, such as what was the story be ...more
A novelization of the band Rush's latest album (with the same title), it expands on the songs of that album, but is a flatly rendered and weak story with little depth to the characters or the world they inhabit.
Disclosure #1: I've been a fan of Rush since the late 1970s.
Disclosure #2: I've listened to Clockwork Angels four times now and it still hasn't grabbed me, though the latest time was at the halfway point in this book, and the context provided b ...more
There’s been quite a bit of excitement in the fact that their latest album, their twentieth, is a full-blown concept album. Their most f ...more
In this straight-jacketed world is Owen Hardy, an assistant orchard manager, who isn't sure he wants to live his life out in the small village ...more
To anyone familiar with Candide the parall ...more
Sadly, he hooked up with Kevin Anderson instead of a good author... the epilogue tells me they live close to each other, so I guess it was fate or something.
The story itself presents a world that is completely ordered by a leader named the Watchmaker, and a rebelliou ...more
A superb story, philosophical musings, nurturing gardens and Rush - what more could a girl ask for?!
And because I can't resist - I will choose Freewill! ;) ...more
"Sprawling on the fringes of the city" (45)
"'Justice against the Hanged Man,' she said, then ... 'Knight of Wands against the Hour' ... 'Hermit against the Lovers'" (61)
" ... mystic rhythms of ... " (69)
"Wheels within wheels in a spiral array ... " (76)
" ... decided that he had to stick it out. The universe had a plan ... " (82)
"'Roll the bones' ... " (85)
"' ... why are you here . ...more
First of all, I am a tremendous Rush fan, and I believe the album Clockwork Angels represents their finest effort. If it were to be their last, they would leave on the highest note possible.
Unfortunately, they set the bar so high, that a writer as poor as Kevin Anderson couldn't possibly hope to even approach it, much less reach it. His writing style grates, with his immature voice and formulaic structures. Every character, for example, is int ...more
I had an argument in the summer about Kevin Anderson's credentials as an author. I think he's technically a pretty good writer, but I'm still not sure he's any good at ideas - after all, a lot of his best selling stuff is actually Frank Herbert's ideas. So, anyway, I expected this should be pretty good, as the ideas are Neil Peart's.
And Neil Peart is one-third of the last of the great prog-rock bands, "Rush" (are there any prog-rock bands left in their original lineups ...more
Without delving into the plot details, I found it a roller coaster adventure exposing he perils of too much order on one hand, and too much chaos ...more