The Watchmaker of Filigree Street
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and the author lost me with the chase through the train tunnels. it seemed like she was trying to just END IT and threw everything together all at once, after the first 2/3 of the book was SO SLOOOOOW. (hide spoiler)]
And the business in the train tunnels was meant to be illogical and confusing - if it had been any other way Mori would have been able to predict Grace's actions and stop her. I have to disagree with you, the final third of the book moved much faster than the rest of the book. Breakneck speed in my opinion!(less) (hide spoiler)]
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The hardback itself is a lovely creation, with a keyhole cover, and a lovely font used throughout. The cover feels like suede. I mention this because it harmonizes so well with the atmosphere of the book. It feels as if I've picked up a book from another time and place.
Where I tend to start losing the thread and incur cramping of the cerebellum (which is only slightly less painful than a calf cramp in the middle of the night) is when time travel gets involved. Now, there’s not time tr ...more
What would you think of a version where “Sherlock” is a petite clairvoyant Japanese samurai/watchmaker with a Lincolnshire accent? And what if his “Watson” is a twenty-five year old Whitehall telegraph clerk who gave up his musical aspirations due to an acute case of synesthesia? And “Mary Watson” is an Oxford educated scientist with a butch haircut, a penchant for dressing in menswear and a Japanese dandy for a best friend? Thin ...more
What’s Morse Code for “Boring”?
With its interesting premise and V.C. Andrewslike hole-in-the-cover gimmick, I thought I would be really into this book. Spoiler Alert: I wasn’t.
I searched for a plot between the pretentious overdescriptive details of random objects, but sadly there still didn’t seem to be anything actually going on. At 40 pages in, you’d expect to at least be able to remember characters but I couldn’42What’s ...more
I think this book has so much potential. It follows Nathaniel ("Thaniel") Steepleton who works in the Home Office in London after he mysteriously receives a pocket watch that ends up saving his life. He meets the watchmaker, Mori, as well as precocious, intellectual woman named Grace, and all of their stories come together to *sort of* solve a mystery.
I say "/>2.5 ...more
I tried to plod through the book, eventually resorting to reading one chapter a day, then one chapter a week, but it was a grueling business. Often, I fini ...more
Then the story progressed and the author seemed to gather confidence and it all became very enjoyable, but mostly by the reader who enjoys magic and /or steampunk in their books. I like both so I knew I was in for a good time!
Just occasionally the author rambled a bit but all things e ...more
I received a free ARC via NetGalley
ARC Review: The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
I did not enter this book expecting a gorgeous love story.
But I got one.
And damn is it good.
Thaniel works as a telegraphist in the Home Office and there've been a series of threats made by Irish nationalists - bomb threats. One night, Thaniel finds a strange watch has been left in his home. A watch that he cannot get to open./>I ...more
The story takes place in Victorian England where Thaniel, ...more
An intricate maze of clockwork that spirals out with easy charm until you see the greater picture.
Characters are complex, charming yet flawed. And there's a clockwork octopus! (that might have been what convinced me to buy!)
Grace who would be the heroine of another book, so clever, held back by her gender, yet she has a Sherlockian disregard of people and lacks romance in her mathamatical soul.
Matsumoto, sharp beneath his pretty veneer.
Quiet Mor(that ...more
The setting: Victorian London, and Japan.
The characters: a young telegrapher called Thaniel, a Japanese watchmaker called Mo ...more
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street follows Thaniel, a local clerk who finds a watch on his person. When this watch alerts him of a bomb about to go off, his suspicions lead him to Mori, a Japanese clockmaker who is strangely kind to him.
Pretty cool setup, right? We don’t get a strong sense of Thaniel right off the bat; Mori, meanwhile, comes off as ambiguous but always strangely likeable. There is al ...more
I had assumed this to be a straight-forward historical mystery but was pleasantly surprised to also find this a whimsical cross-cultural tale with a hefty dose of magical realism and murky steampunk tones, thro ...more
A lot of mechanic refinery and Japanese culture mixed up with politics and a bachelor clerk.
I almost like the idea of strings of coincidences leading to a certain reaction, whether it be a bomb blast or the meeting of strangers.
Well written and the storyline is following its own strange logic – that is when you are able to jump to conclusions which will depend on not too frequent change of minds by the personae.
But … having a hyper sensitive Japanese clockmaker run the drama by his extraordinary cl ...more
Just make sure you have plenty of spare time, because it is very hard to put down.
But at least the clockwork octopus was amazing. Fuller review to come eventually.
Separately we meet Grace, an Oxford educated physicist who doesn't want to meet a man and settle down, all she wants is to continue a career in a time where women weren't encou ...more
Could a debut novel live up to all of that?
Yes, it could!
The story opens in London, and in a world that mixes the real and the fantastical in the loveliest of ways.
Nathaniel Steepleton – Thaniel – was a young telegraph operator at the Home Office. His life was a dull routine; he had wanted to be a pianist, but he took job so that he could ...more
Also, there are multiple problematic issues with the Japanese elements (and also just stupid ones. A sequence where someone who doesn't spe ...more
However most importantly this is a rollicking good story! I enjoyed it immensely, an almost magical clockwork pet octopus, foreseeing the probable future, clockwork bombs, is he a villain or a hero and if so can we be friends or mo ...more
Can I start by talking about the cover? Covers so rarely rate with me but this one is simply stunning. I'll admit - it's the sole reason I picked this book up in the first place. Beautiful design.
It's a bit of a random story but I really enjoyed it! There's this fellow, Thaniel, who is stuck in a bit of a dead end job. He's a nice enough guy but is very routine and the highligh ...more
However, an anonymous gift of a clearly valuable watch becomes suspicious when it ends up saving him from an Irish terrorist group's bomb. Soon, he's assigned to spy on Keita Mori, a Japanese watchm ...more
Honestly I have no idea why this book has been so popular recently or is getting rated so highly. It started off interesting enough, though honestly from the beginning I never felt hooked. It went down hill from there. My impressions was the author had a somewhat good idea but ...more
It is hard to pigeonhole this book. Literary? I’m not sure. Historical? Kind-of. It does deal with a historical period. Steampunk? Not really, even though the characters have some paranormal abilities, and the Victorian era adds credibility to such a label. The closest I can come up with is magic realism.
Magic shimmers on the pages of this book. It defines the story and the protagonists. And the attraction of this book for me was definitely magical, as I don’t usually like literary or hi ...more
The narration although slow at the beginning grabbed me due to the characters, which the author made complex and intriguing. We’re at first introduced to Thaniel Steepleton, bored synesthete (sounds are colours to him) telegraphist at the Home Office, who one day finds an intric ...more
But then I thought about it and, actually... Quite a bit did happen in the beginning. A lot of it was lost/forgotten in the larger mystery of things.
First, the characters: Nathaniel ('Thaniel) Steepleton is a telegraphist and pianist working for the Home Office in Victorian London.
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