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De horlogemaker van Londen

(The Watchmaker of Filigree Street #1)

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De horlogemaker van Londen van Natasha Pulley, een verhaal over liefde, verlangen, erkenning en acceptatie tegen het decor van Victoriaans Londen.

Wanneer Thaniel Steepleton thuiskomt van zijn werk vindt hij een gouden zakhorloge op zijn kussen. Dit horloge redt een paar maanden later op wonderlijke wijze zijn leven. Gefascineerd door het zakhorloge gaat Thaniel op zoek naa
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published November 8th 2016 by De Fontein (first published July 2nd 2015)
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Robin Hobb
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a tale that unfolds with the ticking precision of a fine timepiece. It doesn't hurry and it doesn't compromise. It definitely conveyed to me a feeling of a different time and a slightly different world.

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.

In a sense, it could
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Sean Gibson
Generally speaking, I’m fully on board with genre-defying/genre-bending works. Is this historical fiction? Steampunk? Mystery? Alternate history? Romance? Yes, sort of, a little, kind of, and yeah, sure. ("It's a taste treat! It's a laxative! Stop--you're BOTH right!")

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 travel going o
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Blake Fraina
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All right, all you Sherlock Holmes fangirls, listen up.

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? Think you might
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Darth J
DNF @ page 42

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’t honestly tell you who they were or why they were there as this was
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Maxwell
May 13, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, 2015
I received this advanced reading copy from the publisher with no requirement of review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

2.5 stars

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 "sort
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Hannah Greendale
I pity every booklover who unwittingly falls for the beautiful cover art and enticing story description as I did. The story is written in such a convoluted, amateur fashion, it requires significant work to stay invested while reading. Further, the story itself is incredibly dull and boring; in fact, the book seems void of any plot whatsoever.

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
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Phrynne
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one started so slowly I really was not sure where it was leading. I quickly became attached to Thaniel who obviously had hidden depths. I loved Mori who also had to be so much more than he appeared.
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 eventually ca
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Wart Hill
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc2015, netgalley
Things I Find While Shelving

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. Then it opens by itself one day, and that day
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Ivonne Rovira
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Golden Compass fans
Recommended to Ivonne by: NetGalley
In mid-1880s London, both Nathaniel “Thaniel” Steepleton, a 25-year-old lowly clerk and telegraphist first at the Home Office and then at the Foreign Office, and Grace Carrow, opinionated Oxford-trained physicist and daughter of old-fashioned Lord Carrow, both end up with a marvel of a timepiece. Both of these watches were lovingly crafted by a most unusual watchmaker, Keita Mori, related to a Samurai lord and a former assistant to the interior minister of Japan. These days Mori creates the fine ...more
Donna
May 25, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This book was written by a first time author which I was excited about. I usually enjoy reading books by newcomers because I feel as if I'm discovering them, myself, and can tell everyone about them. Their debut novels are often special enough for them to fight to get them published without a proven track record. And this book looked as if it would meet my expectations with its beautiful three dimensional cover and its intriguing premise.

The story takes place in Victorian England where Thaniel,
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Helle
A whimsical, difficult-to-classify, atmospheric, speculative novel of the kind I haven’t read in years but which I was ultimately (surprisingly) pleased was suggested in one of my reading groups. I felt a slight whiff of The Night Circus, a tiny hint of steampunk and the suggestion of inspiration from Philip Pullman. And yet the novel is entirely original.

The setting: Victorian London, and Japan.

The characters: a young telegrapher called Thaniel, a Japanese watchmaker called Mori, a young Oxfor
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Meep
Absolutely loved this book.

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 Mori; gentle charm, coils,
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Katie Lumsden
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite possibly my favourite book of the year so far. Brilliant writing, wonderful characterisation, great themes, a perfect balance of realism and a touch of magic, and a healthy mix of Victorian London and 19th century Japan.
Jacob Overmark
Tic toc, tic toc …

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 b
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Suzanne
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was described to me as a wittier and twistier Sherlock Holmes (with a samurai! With that awesome cover! When will I ever learn that the old adage about not judging a book actually means something?), and I'm disappointed to say that it didn't live up to its potential at all. It was confusing, disjointed, the dialogue felt clunky and awkward, and I felt that the characters deserved a better story.

But at least the clockwork octopus was amazing. Fuller review to come eventually.
Jane
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was intrigued by the title; I was intrigued by the synopsis;I was smitten with the design of the whole thing.

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 help to support his widowed sister and her young
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Althea Ann
Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thaniel Steepleton is an unassuming British public servant. Once, he had dreams of becoming a pianist, but now he has to support his distant, widowed sister's family, so he's tied to his job as a telegraph operator, and doesn't expect anything in his rather dull and ascetic life to change.

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 watchmaker living
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Maria Hill AKA MH Books
There were problems with the plot in places, I think it suffered from “too many cooks/authors” syndrome, in that the author may have taken too much advice from too many people and that it shows? I don’t know why I think this, it’s just an impression I have.

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 more than frie
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Mary Robinette Kowal
It is 4:45am and I have just finished this astonishingly good novel. I knew nothing about it other than that it had a lovely cover, and that the first page was beautifully written. It's historical fantasy, set in London and Japan. The language is vivid and compelling. The characters are achingly real. I could tell you about the plot, but I think you will like it best if you discover it yourself.

Just make sure you have plenty of spare time, because it is very hard to put down.
Krystal
Okay, just give me a minute to get my thoughts in order. What a whirlwind ending!

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.

So.

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 highlight of his life is drinking tea. Then
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K.J. Charles
Mph. This was well written and I was really enjoying it. Lovely sense of time, stroppy unlikeable heroine, interesting steampunky 'science' without too much annoying airship bobbins and a great concept. But I do wish there had been a proper plot--it just kind of evaporated towards the end, leaving me with a sense that there's less to this than meets the eye.

Also, there are multiple problematic issues with the Japanese elements (and also just stupid ones. A sequence where someone who doesn't spe
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Tessa
Mar 03, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5 sterren
Ik weet niet zo goed wat ik van het boek vind. Het is een bijzonder verhaal over vriendschap maar ik denk dat ik de diepgang miste bij de personages. Ik vind dat de personages nogal vlak beschreven zijn, ik leerde ze niet echt kennen.
Eerlijk gezegd was ik blij dat ik het boek uit had en dat zegt wel genoeg. Maar ik kan niet zeggen dat ik het een slecht verhaal vind, waarschijnlijk vind ik het een saai verhaal.
Olga Godim
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
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
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Veronique
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, stars-4-0
London mid 1880s, clockwork automata, possible clairvoyance and Japanese culture - what’s not to love? Pulley’s debut uses the typical elements of steampunk mixed with original aspects in an entertaining tale.

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 intricate clock de
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Heideblume
Apr 27, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"No, io non compro libri per la copertina..."
Le ultime parole famose

Ho un disperato bisogno di capire a cosa siano dovuti i voti alti ricevuti. È mera narrativa di consumo ed è addirittura inferiore agli standard. Può interessare giusto i lettori alle prime armi: quelli senza pretese, senza buongusto e magari senza concentrazione. Hanno sprecato una copertina così bella per una storia così anonima. La narrazione è descrittiva, lenta e annacquata. I pronomi personali sono così casuali che, anzich
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Emma Flanagan
Every now and again a book turns up that appears to be everywhere in Goodreads and the blog world. In the past month or so, this was one such book. When I saw it come up on a special offer I thought sure lets give it a go.

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
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Sarah
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My initial reaction was: not a lot happened until the end, but I was okay with it because the ending was sort of spectacular and also ambiguous and I still haven't drawn any firm conclusions.

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.

Grace Carrow is a woman wh
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Anthony
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were times when the writing felt perhaps a bit too subtle and elusive for all of the beats of the story to really land, but in the end there were surprising emotional moments and interesting twists that grounded it for me and ticked up my rating a notch. Definitely original and fascinating stuff in this book.
Beadyjan
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want a clockwork octopus! Now that's not a phrase I ever thought I'd hear myself utter but I fell head over heels for Katsu the clockwork octopus in this beguiling and totally charming story.

My beautiful hardback copy of this book was a prize I won in a blog competition. I sort of had mixed feelings about it before I read it, especially when a couple of reviews describe it as steampunk - me and steampunk haven't got a very good history so far. However I wouldn't really categorise this as steam
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Candace
This book is set during the 1880s in England. Thaniel (short for Nathaniel) Steepleton is a 25 year- old telegraphist who works in the Home Office. He lives what seems like a pretty ordinary, boring life. He sends half of his salary to his widowed sister to take care of her and her two children. One day he returns home to find a pocket watch in his flat. Thaniel doesn’t have too much time to worry about where the pocket watch may be from because that same day at work, his office received a bomb ...more
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