Waking Twist has never left London until today Now he s traveling on an airship with a crew that insists they re not pirates on his way to find the clockwork princess because he s the only one who can fix h

  • Title: Waking
  • Author: EmilyThompson
  • ISBN: 9781482766509
  • Page: 495
  • Format: Paperback
  • Twist has never left London, until today Now he s traveling on an airship with a crew that insists they re not pirates on his way to find the clockwork princess because he s the only one who can fix her.In true Neo Victorian style, Clockwork Twist is set in a lush and vibrant world where things are as you might expect in 1878 That is, of course, if fantastic creaturesTwist has never left London, until today Now he s traveling on an airship with a crew that insists they re not pirates on his way to find the clockwork princess because he s the only one who can fix her.In true Neo Victorian style, Clockwork Twist is set in a lush and vibrant world where things are as you might expect in 1878 That is, of course, if fantastic creatures like djinn, faeries, kitsunes and vampires were commonplace An increasing number of people are being born with supernatural senses, called Sights While airship tourism is sweeping the globe, air piracy is also on the rise Twist is among the Sighted, but his Sight is unusual While others might be able to see and hear over great distances, find anything they can imagine anywhere in the world, or even recognize every type of flower by scent alone, Twist s Sight shows him only damage Whenever he touches a broken clock or machine, he can instantly understand the damage and can fix it easily If he touches a person, even for a moment, his mind fills with a terrible vision of whatever trauma or pain once broke them Naturally, he s chosen a solitary existence and shuns all human contact Unfortunately, thanks to his seclusion, Twist is also unfamiliar with everything beyond his own clock shop, hidden away on a quiet and ever drizzly London street When a treasure hunter arrives at his door with proof that they have found the fabled clockwork princess Twist s favorite old fairy tale it s up to Twist alone to bring her back to life The continuing series of Clockwork Twist begins with book one Waking Join Twist as he embarks on his first adventure, and find out first hand if he can actually survive it.

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    1. "Only the broken heart of Clockwork Royalty can mend Twist, a man seemingly able to repair anything except himself"Read if you:Love a protagonist as tightly wound and complicated as the pocketwatch he baresRelish characters that are so colorful intricate they render persian antiques speechlessEnjoy swashbuckling adventures, both above the clouds and below the seaWonder sometimes if it would better to see the future or know the truthAvoid if you:Prefer dark alleys and malicious intrigue to carniv [...]

    2. Twist: Best kind of Escapist Fantasy. Is it wrong to say 'escapist'? Considering that's what book reading is, I think Emily Thompson's Clockwork Twist: Waking completely fulfills that goal. I haven't read fantasy since I was a wee human, but having recently broken my foot, escaping into the world of Twist was an ideal remedy and wonderful return to fantasy adventure.'Steampunk' in all the right places with airships, steam technology, some old world attitudes, and of course, clockwork technology. [...]

    3. Clockwork Twist is in my mind what steampunk is all about. It is a fantastical adventure with airships, submarines, pirates, slavery, poverty and wealth, as well as characters I will remember with joy for quite some time. The synopsis / description provides a good overview of the storyline and I cannot improve on it and will not even try. I will say that the writing was excellent and clean with wonderful world building that allowed my imagination to see into Twist's world and feel like I was alo [...]

    4. This was the first steampunk novel I ever read. It won’t be my last. I’m definitely up for exploring this genre again, and hopefully with this author. The story centers around Twist, a small, timid clock shop keeper with a Sight that forces him to see the damage in anything he touches, be it a clock or a human. Works well working on clocks, not so well for getting on with other people. But events are set in motion and another person with her own Sight walks into Twist’s shop offer him a ch [...]

    5. Waking was an entertaining introduction to what promises to be an intriguing steampunk world. Were I reviewing only the first half of the book, I would have given it 4.5 stars; the characters were interesting, and the pace was fast. Unfortunately, the second half seemed to bog down; the newly-introduced characters felt two-dimensional, and I frequently wanted to skip ahead to get back to Twist and Myra, the Clockwork Princess.I was particularly disturbed by Vane's homophobic attitude toward Twis [...]

    6. “Clockwork Twist: Waking” is a nice fantasy/steampunk blend with a sprinkle of magic and a dash of mythology to spice up the mix even more. There’s something sure to please everyone whether a fan of steampunk, fantasy or simply a good read. “Twist” is an absolutely lovable, somewhat neurotic , multi-faceted character who kept my attention every step of the way. I had to know what made him tick. For your reading pleasure there’s a wide variety of characters: pirates, “Sights” (peo [...]

    7. Wow, this book was so much more than I thought it would be. Did I expect a kick ass, swashbuckling adventure? Yeah, I kind of did~ the synopsis is well written, and makes me look forward to an airship ride to remember. Did I expect a wonderfully colorful steampunk fantasy that includes some interesting beings? Yes again. What I didn't anticipate was how well written and unique this book would be. Twist is an amazing character~ fragile in some ways, sheltered by choice, but with a depth that is r [...]

    8. My Review:Twist is Sighted, which in his case means he can't see with his eyes. He Sees with his sense of touch, Sees damage and how to fix it. He Saw so much damage, that he became damaged by it all and withdrew from the world. Now, he's being drawn out of his seclusion by this temptation of the Clockwork Princess and how he needs to help her.The crew uses Arabel to Find Twist because that's her Sight. Just as she used her Sight to Find the Princess in the first place. They use Jonas, Arabel's [...]

    9. Clockwork Twist, the debut novel from American writer Emily Thompson, is the picaresque tale of Twist, a rather fragile watch repairer unceremoniously whisked away from his quiet existence in rainy Victorian London by a gang of miscreants who may or may not be pirates. Travelling on their steam-powered airship, Twist uses his special power to aid in their quest to find and repair the legendary Clockwork Princess. Refreshingly for a book in the steampunk genre, very little of the action takes pla [...]

    10. I received a free copy of this book in return for a review. "My word, you are cute!" pretty much summarises Twist's character -- he's a little reserved, quirky and oh so innocent; you can't help but like him. Other than Mr. Twist himself, some of the shadier characters (Idris, Vane, Quay) were far more interesting than the "good" ones and I hope they reappear in future novels. I actually wasn't expecting a romance in this book, but I ended up with a double surprise -- it wasn't the straightforwa [...]

    11. Clockwork Twist is a fun adventure which takes the reader on a luscious, highly visual journey. Twist, the principal character, quite contentedly mends clocks. His workshop is in an upper room in his London home. He has a Sight, which allows him to see what is amiss in a clock and to easily fix it. This is all well and good until a certain visitor knocks upon his door, and lures him away with the prospect of mending a mechanism that he assumed to be a mere fairy tale; Twist's favorite fairy tale [...]

    12. Emily Thompson's steampunk novel takes the reader - and the book's protagonist - on a fun and fascinating quest. It's 1878 London and Twist is a clockmaker and repairer, living in self-imposed isolation. We soon learn why Twist shuns people in general, and physical contact with people in particular. Like many people in this world, he has a magical gift. Twist's gift allows him to see the mechanical damage of the clocks he repairs - however, it also forces him to see the psychological scars and d [...]

    13. 3.5/5 StarsThe titular Twist is a London watchmaker during an alternate Victorian era. He's abducted by pirates, one of whom is a vampire, so that he can repair the Clockwork Princess, who is in Nepal.That's your plot summary.Thing is, the story is pretty darned good; there's lot of swashbuckling derring-do, as well as some thought-provoking material. However, the book itself is marred by editorial errors (homophone problems, typos, etc.) that just jerked me right out of the tale. And, while I r [...]

    14. I personally bought this book at a convention around Labor Day weekend from the author herself. I also got it signed, which is always a bonus, but haven't read it until now.The only thing that I'm regretting is that I didn't pick it up sooner as this is a well-written and imaginative book. I'm not quite sure if I can do justice to what is in the synopsis, as it is states what the book is all about. It was the type of steampunk story I was expecting and more that kept me up all night reading it. [...]

    15. Steampunk is a fairly new addition to my reading list, and this one is excellent. I love the character of Twist and look forward to reading absoutely everything he appears in. The world in this book is detailed and elegant, full of machinery and magic, but it's the characters who really shine. With two full airship crews it might be easy to confuse that many characters, but the author makes each one so unique that they are immediately empathetic (even the 'bad guys') and likeable. They are compl [...]

    16. *An ecopy of this book was given in exchange for a honest review*I just love a book that tantalizes the senses. I also love how this book read in my head. I felt very at home while reading this story. I love Steampunk reads & this book sated my craving. It was very magical & the details were so vivid in my mind that I could very well see this as a movie. It would be nice. I was surprised how the story unfolded. I really had no idea what to expect when I went in. When I finished I had a s [...]

    17. ***Won from giveaway***Excellent read, funny at times. My first Steampunk novel beside Jules Verne's work. Its League of Extraordinary Gentlemen(Comic version) meets Indian Jones kind of series. Would suggest this novel as a gateway into the genre. Really looking forward to part two. I really like the running joke of the main character finding the world very disturbing due to presence of supernatural/paranormal creatures/person he'll have a run in with. This series need to be optioned into a fil [...]

    18. I've read a few steampunk style books but it's not usually at the top of my list. However, I will put the following books on the top of my list to read. I really enjoyed this book. I liked that the characters had depth, there was motivations behind people actions, and they felt real. The traveling was nice because it allowed you to 'visit' different lands and meet interesting people. If you like adventure and mystery with good characters this is a must read.

    19. Twist is a clockmaker living in London, and perfectly happy with his life. When a woman hires him to fix a clockwork princess straight out of fairy tales, he's reluctant to abandon his home, but determined to fix the girl. Because Twist has a Sight: he can see what's wrong with anything he touches. So he's sure he can do it. But pirates and other hazards threaten him . . .I mostly loved this. Twist is so much fun. He's grumpy about having left home, very vocal about being anti-people, and single [...]

    20. Good story, but I'd like it polished more. Also his gift is a little confusing. Why does touch go through his clothes yet his clothes can be touched? Jonas can cover his eyes. Why can't Twist wear gloves or more layers? 3.5 star

    21. Delicious with a TwistA highly original fantasy with a delightful hero. Well written and edited, the author creates a magical world which holds equal parts terror and delight for Twist.

    22. Love Steampunk!Lots of action in this story with quite a bit of steampunk "technology" and a sprinkle of magicalness! Very much worth your time!

    23. Thoroughly Enjoyed This Book!Great character development, excellent storyline, wonderful interplay and enough plot twists and turns to leave you guessing right up to the end!

    24. Unexpected but I couldn't get enough!!4.5Not having read a fantasy, adventure, sci-fi book in a long time, I was so eager to delve into Waking I have loved every aspect of Twist's journey as it almost always seemed like I was right there with him and his fellow travellers.Set in 1878, this is not a typical becoming of age story in the leastSupernatural creatures in the ancient era is something that I have only seen in a handful of books. And by that I mean, a handful of books that have actually [...]

    25. Also published on Too much time, and too little.Disclaimer: I’ve never before read a steampunk novel or related work of fiction, so I am completely free from any bias as to how things “should be” within this genre. It was one of those Kindle offers that I got, and on a whim thought “steampunk, why not?”So, that being said I did enjoy my first foray into a steampunk universe very much. It’s full of adventure, interesting clothes and customs, colourful descriptions of airships and floa [...]

    26. Not for the sake of interest, just purely due to time I admit that I haven’t read so many steampunk books, yet. Of course I do love the ninth art legend, Alan Moore and relished in the last series of Dr Who with its gorgeous Victorian portrayals but now I am already diving into a whole new angle of its ever meandering tangents with Emily Thompson and her, what I see as, uniquely designed fantasy world, wrapped neatly under the banner of “clockpunk.”Combining a geographically diverse univer [...]

    27. I was fortunate enough to get a free e-copy when the author briefly made them available for download on . In thanks I'd like to offer up a review.And I'm glad I can make a positive review! I immediately fell in love with Twist. He's such a sweet, quirky character who was dragged out of his comfortable home in London into an worldwide adventure on airship, in a submarine, through jungles and caves. And quite the cast of characters, you have vampires, djinns, kitsunes and of course it wouldn't be [...]

    28. One part mad adventure, one part wonder, and one part steam, this story is quite entertaining. I had a hard time putting it down and a harder time not picking it back up again. Twist is yanked out of his comfortable little world and learns more about himself than anything else. The character of Twist particularly captured my attention. He's very Victorian and just daft enough to be blindsided by himself.The supporting cast are vibrant and alive, the world is detailed, and the mythos has that lay [...]

    29. This started out well enough, with an opening call-to-adventure and some cool scenes soon after (the Floating Venice was a nice touch). The author clearly has imagination, even if things were a little Steampunk-By-Numbers at times. Airships, goggles, Victorian London? Check all. And the genre's obsession with "clockwork" reaches its absurd conclusion with an actual clockwork (read: entirely mechanical) girl -- ensouled with a princess -- who needs to be saved by the clockmaker hero, Twist. Who, [...]

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