N by him that perhaps love rules all even time The clock and some of the people in the village are much than they initially seemWhilst this section of the tale is undoubtedly entertaining it worked less well for me There are some rather discontinuous events here that sit oddly with what has gone before The fast paced actions uare the super agent in the first section is disconcertedly replaced by a rather humorous some might say buffoon like performance from Wichcote in the second Whilst the setting was imaginatively presented things become increasingly unreal and bizarre I did find that the oft repeated erotic reaction to being near other worldly presences was rather superfluous and unnecessary There is romance here which is predictable et not too cloying It must be said that the story at this point for all its meandering does serve a purpose to the taleThe third section returns to the espionage activities of uare who now knowing the major revelation of the novel in Part Two has to deal with multiverses vampyrric timepieces and dragons I found a certain amusement at reading about troglodytian dwellers below London referred to as Morecockneyans because they re than Cockneys see and wondered if Mike knows Things move to a resolution of sorts although a reader looking for a simple all encompassing ending will be disappointed The conflict between England and France barely mentioned until this point reappears with a flourish and seems to be of important in the next book Although there are parts I was less enamoured with I really liked this one in the end It s a book with great imagination a joy of language and with an interesting take on a well realised fantasy worldLiterate intelligent and generally entertaining this one receives my recommendation Lost Horizon a book by James Hilton and a 1937 film of the same name depicts a group of travellers stranded in the Himalayas who whilst there discover the lost fabled land of Shangri La hidden in the mountains This review is from And Then I Read A Book Welcome to 1758 a tumultuous time in English history a time of war and invasion fears Also a time of reason and Enlightenment as knowledge blossomed And a time of magic the unexplained fearsome dragons and treacherous clockmakers Hang on something s not uite right there this is not the 1758 I ve read about in history books In The Emperor of All Things time is taking a different turnWe begin in an attic overflowing with timepieces all slightly out of sync with each other and there is a hint of alchemy around the room A curious mouse runs amongst the objects a grey clad thief slips silently through the window and an elegantly dressed gentleman emerges from within a clock A battle of wits turns uickly into one of swords and pistols as Lord Wichcote defends his property against the infamous Grimalkin But Grimalkin gets the prize and escapes only to have it stolen by et another intent on owning it We re uickly led to the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers where Daniel uare is a journeyman and Regulator He is part of the Most Secret and Exalted Order of Regulators whose mission it is to enforce standards of timepieces whilst searching for technological innovations to appropriate in the name of the King It is uare who wrests the prized watch from Grimalkin but despite his success he is still in the unenviable position of having to explain himself to his two masters uare s position with the company is made very difficult by his split loyalties Grandmaster Wolfe is the head of the Company and has been for decades He is a conventional man doing things the Company way Master Magnus is an innovator who works amongst chaos and cats uare s sensibilities are with Magnus but he tries to please both The successful completion of his mission hasn t left either man completely satisfied and he seems to have fallen foul of Magnus servant tooNot to worry things are about to get much much worse for uare It s probable he wishes he had never come across the thin silver Hunter pocketwatch with strange black symbols around the dial That watch holds dangerous secrets which might be better left unlocked It exerts a strong influence though drawing people to it people that would kill to have it in
their possession It is uickly apparent that uare should be very cautious about who he trusts The very possession It is uickly apparent that uare should be very cautious about who he trusts The very itself holds mysteries and surprises let alone characters such as GrimalkinThe Emperor of All Things is split into three parts The first is set in London with the watch and uare and plenty of sword fighting action The second part narrates a different older story about an obsession a monumental clocktower and a town cut off from the rest of the world Here the supernatural buzzes just out of view if ou re lucky I wouldn t say it exactly makes everything clearer but this tale starts to explain just what it is that is being meddled with The last section throws ou back to London and what must be done to avert disaster The end is not The End rather a pause to let the reader catch their breath in readiness for the second bookI was utterly baffled at times about what was going on but not in a bad way I really enjoyed both parts of the story The swashbuckling swordplay and unfamiliarfamiliar London were great fun and the slowly building menace of the cut off town was creepily good There are some moments of terror along the way and the price of owning the watch is very high indeed This is Book 1 of The Productions of Time and I wish I had Book 2 to hand because we are left hanging at the end I m not sure when the seuel is due for publication but sooner rather than later is my preference This would have to take the prize for one of the worst written books I ve read in a while There is a half decent story in here but it s probably better suited to being a graphic novel or a CG heavy fantasy film as most of this text is devoted to scene descriptions and dialogueOOOH the dialogue This is hilariously bad It sounds like something by a ren faire ham or out of the mouth of an all too earnest reveler at a steam faire ham or out of the mouth of an all too earnest reveler at a steam cosplay convention It s so packed with fake Brit idioms I wondered if the author had written this after an all night session of Downton Abbey on GTs channeling Dick Van Dyke s bad Poppins chimchiminey sweep guvThere are a lot of folk giving this thing 4 and 5 stars So I m wondering if I ve missed the point of this book and the genre in general I have found most books in the Steam punk genre and this cog fetish spin off are little better than badly written fanfic Perhaps that s actually the point Maybe this is a type of community art made by and read by the cosplayers Maybe all the usual clich tropes have to be rolled out in each and every one of these works and celebrated in all their silliness clockwork limbs the girl who does boy stuff better than the boys the fop who hides secret skills the dirigibles or in this case the personal flotation device the gears the cogs the clockwork a bit like a Punch and Judy show or a trag Christmas panto We know all the badly choreographed moves by heart but we still come back to relish them every ear Perhaps this genre is simply an affirmation celebration of a community s consensual hallucination 410 Far too descriptive You can skip paragraphs and still know what is going on which is what I did for the last half of it An ending that wasn t an endingAND WHAT THE HELL IS UP WITH PEOPLE RANDOMLY HAVING ERECTIONS AND EJACULATING Who would have thought that the life of a clockmaker could be so exciting Possibly the most original adventure I have been on in a long time. Es deadly properties that seem to have to do with magic than with any science familiar to uare or to his superiors in the guild Sir Thaddeus Wolfe Grandmaster of the Order and Theophilus Magnus head of the Most Secret and Exalted Order of Regulators But the strange watch has drawn the attention of others as well The mysterious masked thief known only as Grimalkin and a French spy and cold blooded killer who seeks to bring the prize back to his masters Soon uare finds himself following a trail of intrigue and murder that leads far from the world he knows into an otherwhere of dragons and demigods in which nothing is as it seems time least of all.
to bring the prize back to his masters Soon uare finds himself on a dangerous Trail Ofbring the prize back to his masters Soon uare finds himself on a dangerous Trail Of And of intrigue and that leads far from the world he knows into an otherwhere of dragons and demigods in which nothing is as it seems time least of all Tempus Rerum Imperator Time Emperor of All Things Paul s novel is an excitingly and brilliantly realised poetically written tale of magic subterfuge and intrigue Not to mention clocksIt is a book of three parts The first is as the description above might suggest an exciting trip through eighteen century London full of spies and competing secret societiesThe characters themselves are rather Dickensian in their tone mannerisms and attributes with aspects that are both recognisable and et distinct uare finds himself ensnared as a journeyman in the bureaucratic mechanisms of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers with him manoeuvring around the opposing demands of Grandmaster Thaddeus Wolfe and uare s mentor Theophilus Magnus We have honourable heroes and strong female characters that we can root for villains that we can easily dislike and an exhilarating plot that dashes from exciting place to thrilling locale from places that seem to be straight out of history to places that seem out of fantasyland The places visited are full of atmosphere and vibrant imagery that make the characters feel that they re in a fully functioning worldIt is uite an energetic developmentThe second part is to my mind less successful Here the tale changes from third person perspective to first person as Lord Wichcote relates the tale of what happened to him in an almost Lost Horizon scenario Whilst searching for further evidence of unusual timepieces like the strange hunter pocket watch described already he finds himself stranded in the Alpine village of Marchen in Winter cut off from the rest of the world The village is peopled with some very unusual characters but strangest of all things is a clock tower in the middle of the village suare named Wachter s Folly Wichcote s examination of the tower leads to some very strange goings on with the clock s timings seemingly at random and its mechanisms most unusualBy the end of this section we have a tale of love sex and horology which seemed rather at odds to me from the first part It must be said that the tale is not superfluous and there are major revelations to Wichcote aka Longinus in this section and a realisatio. Company of Clockmakers an ancient guild whose royal charter confers absolute authority over the manufacture of timepieces But uare is than he seems He is a Regulator a member of an elite spy network within the guild a network devoted to searching out and claiming for England's exclusive use any horological innovation that could conceivably result in an advantage for Britain over her adversaries whether in business or in war It is just such a mission that brings him one moonlit night to the London townhouse of the eccentric collector Lord Wichcote But there he finds than he bargained for A pocket watch possessed of seemingly impossible properti. Read the Original Review The Emperor of All Things is one of the most fun reads I ve had so far in 2013 Very brilliant The Founding FieldsIt s not often I get to read a Steampunk novel but when I do I usually find them very enjoyable His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman remains my favourite YA work of fiction to date and both Cyber Circus by Kim Lakin Smith and The Great Game by Lavie Tidhar have been strong reads I was very intrigued by the following blurb of The Emperor of All Things even if it is uite possibly one of the longest that I ve come across in a while Tempus Rerum Imperator Time Emperor of All Things The ear is 1758 England is at war embroiled in a globe spanning conflict that stretches from her North American colonies to Europe and beyond And now after than two ears of military and diplomatic setbacks the country itself is at risk Across the Channel the French prepare for an invasion an invasion rud to be led by none other than Bonnie Prince Charlie It seems the map of Europe is about to be redrawn again Yet beneath the surface behind the scenes another war is raging A war that will determine not just the fate of nations but of humanity itself Daniel uare is a journeyman in the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers an ancient guild whose royal charter confers absolute authority over the manufacture of timepieces But uare is than he seems He is a Regulator a member of an elite spy network within the guild a network devoted to searching out and claiming for England s exclusive use any horological innovation that could conceivably result in an advantage for Britain over her adversaries whether in business or in war It is just such a mission that brings him one moonlit night to the London townhouse of the eccentric collector Lord Wichcote But there he finds than he bargained for A pocket watch possessed of seemingly impossible properties deadly properties that seem to have to do with magic than with any science familiar to uare or to his superiors in the guild Sir Thaddeus Wolfe Grandmaster of the Order and Theophilus Magnus head of the Most Secret and Exalted Order of Regulators But the strange watch has drawn the attention of others as well The mysterious masked thief known only as Grimalkin and a French spy and cold blooded killer who seeks to bring the prize back to his mastersSoon uare finds himself following a trail of intrigue and murder that leads far from the world he knows into an otherwhere of dragons and demigods in which nothing is as it seems time least of allThe Emperor of All Things takes place in 1785 a very different period to what Horn (Horn, you ll have come across ifou ve studied that area of history for it is a time filled with all sorts of fantasy elements magic dragons stuff that is unexplained and makers of clocks that are then they appear The book itself is divided into three with the opening act taking place in London focusing on uare and a lot of fighting with swords whilst the second part of the tale takes us through an older story dealing with a colossal clock tower a town stranded from the rest of the world and an obsession whilst the third and final act will take the readers back to London to end a book that I ve already stated as one of the most fun reads of 2013 so farThe first part of the novel for me is the interesting one as the description above suggests this tale drags the reader on an exciting journey through London in 1785 and deals with spies secret societies and as mentioned above lots of sword fighting The pace as a result moves along at a lightning fast pace which doesn t relent throughout the entire book allowing for a page turning read However in some parts The Emperor of All Things gets ahead of itself and in order to understand what s going on ou have to flick back a few pages and re read themThe second act of the novel for me is probably the weakest in that it just didn t work for me as well as the first and the last acts did The fast paced actions that were common throughout them were cast aside in favour of a entertaining element of the novel and whilst this book may be bursting with imaginative content it sometimes comes across as a bit too bizarre for my tastes at least in this part of the book
I get the fact that this is meant to be Steampunk and bizarreget the fact that this is meant to be Steampunk and bizarre are commonplace see The Great Game but there is a lineThankfully though I was allowed to return to uare s adventures before the end of the book and was swept a long at an awesome ride So it s safe to say that for the most part the book is a strong read filled with action swashbuckling fun in an alternate London Witcover has managed to create an entertaining tale that ou should find as enjoyable to read as I did I would even go so far as to call this the most fun read that I ve had in 2013 but I m currently reading The Age Atomic by Adam Christopher which I m enjoying a bit However make no mistake if ou want a fun
*steampunk world with *world with bizarre elements to it as well as for the most part a strong book then The Emperor of All Things is unmissable for ouVERDICT 45 There is a good idea for a story hidden somewhere in this book if only it wasn t so badly done Roughly two thirds of the book is back story and when in the last 3rd things start to actually happen the books cuts out I know he is writing a seuel but Driven by Desire you need to have some form of ending forour first volume I find that the author repeats himself throughout the book a hell of a lot using the same memes and often the same description over and over Why the male characters had to continuously ejaculate involuntarily I have no idea is this just to assure the reader that it is adult Like I said the idea for the story isn t a bad one just don t write 50% of the book in exposition and then trail off in the middle of a scene Suffice to say while I am a little intrigued as to what will happen next I won t be buying volume 2 to find outThis review could have been much linger I just don t want to add spoilers for anyone who will find this interesting than I did For a thorough review check Mark s from sffworld belowhttpwwwgoodreadscomreviewshowI do not disagree with the presentation of the book as it s fairly accurate just that for me it did not work so well for two reasons to start with we are dropped into a comedic situation typical of the 19th century swashbuckler novels except that here we are supposed to take it seriously and it simply lacks the panache for that later when the novel becomes fantastic and it transforms into a London with supernatural stuff I just shrugged as I am not a fan of such There is narrative energy so I kept turning the pages while the sort of steampunk stuff in the beginning is intriguing but in the first half the book lacks the exuberance needed intriguing but in the first half the book lacks the exuberance needed such to be really enjoyable see Lavie Tidhar Bookman series for how to write this kind of stuff well while in the second part the book goes in a direction I did not care for 35 timely starz because this freaky book surely has some merits but then again sadly the idea is better than the execution I do not mind freakishness in books but this one was a sort of dragging freak that took a really long time to gain momentum view spoiler Divinely elicited bonerz and ejaculations aside hide spoiler Courtesy of Random House UK via NetgalleyI had no idea what to expect from this book when I first started it but whatever it was I got it It s a combination of Neil Gaiman s Neverwhere steampunk and high fantasy In a world obsessed with timekeeping it s great to see things thrown on their heads clocks are no longer instruments whi. Tempus Rerum Imperator Time Emperor of All Things The ear is 1758 England is at war embroiled in a globe spanning conflict that stretches from her North American colonies to Europe and beyond And now after than two ears of military and diplomatic setbacks the country itself is at risk Across the Channel the French prepare for an invasion an invasion rud to be led by none other than Bonnie Prince Charlie It seems the map of Europe is about to be redrawn again Yet beneath the surface behind the scenes another war is raging A war that will determine not just the fate of nations but of humanity itself Daniel uare is a journeyman in the Worshipful.