The Lost Future of Pepperharrow
Thaniel's brief is odd: the legation staff have ...more
One of my frequent checkers told me that after acquiring the duty she always noticed that published books and magazines usually had at lest a few typos in them. There seems to be no way of completely preventing that completely.
I think this one is actually better than average, tho not as good as some. I noticed several misplacements of very short words but no misspellings--I just finished a different novel where nearly but not quite all cases of "discreet" were misspelled "discrete", and the content meant there were dozens of instances!(less)
Another caveat: While this book can stand alone, I believe one should read The Watchmaker of Filigree Street before diving into The Lost Future of Pepperharrow.
This story takes place a handful of years after the events related in The Watchmaker of Filigree Street.
Most of the events take place in 1888 and in a Japan that almost might have existed. ...more
It's a sequel to The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, which I also loved, but I think you can read it as a standalone.
Look, the voice in this is so strong. Each character feels vividly real. I love what she does with... a lot. But in particular, I love her handling of Six. This little girl is so clearly loved by her adopted fathers as she is. She's also, to a modern eye, clearly autistic but they don't have the ...more
The Lost Future of Pepperharrow is a somewhat disappointing followup to The Watchmaker of Filigree Street.
Having really enjoyed The Watchmaker of Filigree Street I was really looking forward to be reunited with Thaniel and Mori.
Within the first chapters I had a slight sense of deja vu. The main difference between this sequel and its predecessor is the setting: whereas The Watchmaker of Filigree Street took place in London, The Lost Future of Pepperharrow whisks us to an ...more
Yeah that was me with this one.
The Lost Future of Pepperharrow has all the mystery and eerie magical realism that Pulley's other books do. I think out of all of them ...more
this is actually 10 stars but gr won't let me do that.
me @ this book: (mr knightley voice) if i loved u less, i might be able to talk abt it more
Like, why shy away from from the queer elements? The audience for this sequel is obviously going to be coming from the first book... where we all saw they became a couple? It's 2019, come on.
Review March 2018:
I've been hyped for this book for two years, but the publishers kind of killed it themselves when the blurb said Keita Mori was Thaniel's 'closest friend'.
Hello?? Closest friend???
I dont tolerate you. I cant breathe when youre not here, I cant think, I cant write music properly, I spend my whole bloody life waiting for the post. I never said because I thought you didnt want to hear it. We dont talk about any of that.
On my blog.
Rep: mlm mc with synesthaesia, Japanese mlm mc, autistic side character, Japanese characters and setting
Galley provided by publisher
Hubris is thinking you are ready to write a review of a book that absolutely gutted you mere days after reading ...more
It's such a complex narrative, wrapping a number of different threads together to create a rich mix of historical fiction with a steampunk style and a quiet bit of queer romance.
There's no spoilers here, it would utterly ruin the beautiful way Natasha Pulley's sequel to the truly brilliant The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, slowly gives up its secrets.
My heart was in my mouth on many occasions. The title itself a nod to a plot line which turns ...more
Plotted as intricately as clockwork, this weaves together historical political warfare with electromagnetic science research and magical clairvoyance. The characters are what really makes this sing, though: secretive, morally grey Mori, insecure and devastated Nathaniel and their adopted daugher Six, who is obsessed with electrics, and has autism. I love them all, and would happily read a whole series of their adventures.
First off, you really must read The Watchmaker of Filigree Street before reading this. Natasha Pulley doesnt waste a lot of time filling us in on the backstory of Thaniel Steepleton, Keita Mori, Grace Carrow, and Six, before were quickly in Japan.
Foreign office translator Thaniel is sent to Tokyo to look into strange stories about ghosts in the British legation, while Mori (the watchmaker of the prior books title), a Japanese baron, is returning home ...more
Discovering that this book existed was akin to receiving a much hoped and desperately longed for present. I could not believe my eyes. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street is one of my all time favorites. It's one of those delightful books you're too awed by and never fully understand. But it was magical, and it cast a bubble of transportation around me, so that I felt myself inside it and saw everything as if with my own two eyes.
TLFOP explores Mori's origins and his powers in a manner that was ...more
There are many things that I love about this book with my brain - science!!! Musings on translation and translator's point of view! Six (as much as we love children who are fluff this is so ...more
Second, the female partners of your mlm characters are not problems to be solved. Their defeats/deaths/etc should not be something to celebrate. The fact that [redacted for spoilers]'s death was the ...more
My thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing U.K. for an eARC via NetGalley of The Lost Future of Pepperharrow by Natasha Pulley in exchange for an honest review. It is available now in ebook with hardback and audiobook editions published on 5 March.
This is a direct sequel to Pulleys delightful 2015 debut novel The Watchmaker of Filigree Street. Having read and adored this in 2017, I was very excited to have the opportunity to read and review ...more
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