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Clockwork Lives Kindle Edition
Anderson and Peart have returned to their colorful creation to explore the places and the characters that still have a hold on their imagination. Marinda Peake is a woman with a quiet, perfect life in a small village; she long ago gave up on her dreams and ambitions to take care of her ailing father, an alchemist and an inventor. When he dies, he gives Marinda a mysterious inheritance: a blank book that she must fill with other people’s stories — and ultimately her own.
Clockwork Lives is a steampunk Canterbury Tales, and much more, as Marinda strives to change her life from a mere “sentence or two” to a true epic.
About the Author
Kevin J. Anderson is a New York Times bestselling author. Copies of his books number over twenty million and appear in thirty languagesamong them the bestselling prequels to Dune, cowritten with Frank Herberts son Brian. He has written more than forty national bestsellers and has been nominated for the Nebula, Bram Stoker, and SFX Readers Choice Awards.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
"Clockwork Lives is wonderful. It's an inspirational adventure. You are never set in one life. You can always start again and live a new dream." ― Steampunk Canada
"Clockwork Lives is an amazing collection of stories that brings the world to life. It paints a picture of an orderly world but with almost limitless wonder hiding beneath the surface. Each story produces its own unique draw, and the framing story, that of Marinda Peake, shows a young woman learning what it truly means to live. This is a fantastic book.” ― The Arched Doorway
"A scintillating, steampunky novel . . . Very highly recommended." ― Tales from Auction Front Lines
“With captivating illustrations by [Nick] Robles, it is easy to imagine the backdrop of the lives Miranda (and the reader) collects. Fantasy fans will be captivated by this steampunk version of The Canterbury Tales.” ― Library Journal, starred
“Clockwork Lives is a highly satisfying assortment of stories of characters marked by a common theme: unique lives lived on a grand scale.” ― Popdose.com--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B01M0MV7C3
- Publisher : WordFire Press (September 29, 2016)
- Publication date : September 29, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 11515 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 363 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #389,409 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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I picked up this book on the recommendation of a friend. I was playing with the idea of how you take short stories and link them together with an overall narrative. That’s what you get here and it is amazing.
Marinda Peake gave up everything in order to take care of her aging father. During those long years, she sets up a strict schedule and adheres to it with tenacity. She prefers logic to flights of fancy. She has everything she needs in the small home she shares with her father and has absolutely no desire to go anywhere else. When her father passes away, her entire world is turned upside down.
Her only inheritance is a large book. It contains alchemically treated pages that can distill a person’s life story with only a single drop of blood. In order to receive the rest of her inheritance, her father stipulated she needed to head out into the world and collect enough stories to fill her book. The first story she is given is her father’s. This is the first short story contained within the whole and provides the blueprint for the rest of the book.
As Marinda travels in the search of stories, she quickly comes to realize that most people’s lives can be distilled to a few sentences. As time goes by, she decides she wants the book filled with epic tales.
The stories themselves are amazing. Each one mingles with another in some small way. Whether it’s a mention of a person from another story or a spinoff from something Marinda has experienced herself, they’re all wonderfully written. Every epic tale is also accompanied by a drawing that gives the reader insight into the story to come. I will admit I didn’t pay close attention to them. I have an overly active imagination and couldn’t wait to read the story and watch it come to life in my mind by the excellent writing skills of Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart.
By the end of the book, you can’t help but wonder. If Marinda were to take a drop of blood from you, would your story be only a few sentences, or would it spin out an epic tale?
Christie, CARFU Admin and Proud Rushanista
Kevin sets the standard for his storytelling up front when he tells the story of Arlen Peake, creator of the Clockwork Lives alchemy for capturing stories with a drop of blood. Here’s what he says: “let me explain how the special alchemy on these pages works, and also how the magic of storytelling works …
Chronicling a person’s life does not entail including every tedious moment of it.
The magic of a story is to take the totality of a life and winnow it down to the important events, strip out the dull everyday existence,
The alchemy in this volume has a very selective reactive mechanism, a filtration effect that hones the story down to a fine gem.”
Every story in the book is a fine gem. In this masterpiece, Kevin has taught us how to tell stories perfectly.
They are not just stories. They are stories with life lessons in them that really helped me evaluate my own life. Here are a few of the nuggets of wisdom, which beat the wisdom in classics like The Alchemist:
“You need to push yourself and realize that you are truly capable of more than you think you can do. That’s how you get better.”
“Life is but a candle, and a dream must give it flame. Who was I to extinguish the flame?”
“When you steal, what is stolen from you?
Kevin starts the book saying, “Some lives can be summed up in a sentence or two. Other lives are epics.” This book made me examine my own life. Can my life be summed in a sentence or two? I’m now determined that my life will be an epic.
Kevin’s descriptions were phenomenal. Here is the description of a commodore: “He was a dark-skinned man with a bald head and an enormous black beard that looked as if it had exploded from his chin. He had a bearlike build, broad shoulders, and sturdy legs; he also had a twinkle in his eye and a smile as he supervised the unloading of his cargo.”
An extensive amount of research has gone into each story. E.g. The Alchemy miner’s tale is so rich with world building, as are all the other tales. The bookseller’s alternate universes concept is incredible.
But Clockwork Lives just raised the bar. Kevin J. Anderson describes in the Authors note about him and Neil Peart discussing 'What If", about what the other people of Albion would be like, and their adventures. Awesome idea! And, as it turned out, an awesome book. This also, is one of the best books I've ever read! And yes, I've been a fan of Rush going on 35 years now. So, I'll admit, I was interested from the get-go, in Clockwork Angels. But, Clockwork Lives, as the first one, stand on their own as just great books! Great writing, and just simply, a great story. I hope there are more, 'adventures' coming, about Albion. And Atlantis. And even Crown City itself. And maybe, just maybe, the REAL stories of the Seven Cities of Gold! Maybe?
5 Stars Mr. Anderson, and Mr. Peart! And Thank You for another adventure!
Top reviews from other countries
I therefore was very exited by another trip into that world.
This book hasn't disappointed, just expanded the wonderful world created in Clockwork Angels.
Is there going to be another book in this wonderful clockwork world? I really hope so.