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Angelmaker

Harkaway, Nick (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Avoiding the lifestyle of his late gangster father by working as a clock repairman, Joe Spork fixes an unusual device that turns out to be a former secret agent's doomsday machine and incurs the wrath of the government and a diabolical South Asian dictator.
Authors: Harkaway, Nick, 1972-
Title: Angelmaker
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
Edition: 1st American ed
Characteristics: 481 p. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by Nick Harkaway
Summary: Avoiding the lifestyle of his late gangster father by working as a clock repairman, Joe Spork fixes an unusual device that turns out to be a former secret agent's doomsday machine and incurs the wrath of the government and a diabolical South Asian dictator.
Alternate Title: Angel maker
ISBN: 9780307595959
0307595951
Branch Call Number: FICTION HARKAWAY 2012
Subject Headings: Clocks and watches Repairing Fiction Children of gangsters England London Fiction Fathers and sons Fiction Older women Fiction End of the world Fiction London (England) Fiction
Genre/Form: Spy stories
Fantasy fiction
Humorous fiction
Topical Term: Clocks and watches
Children of gangsters
Fathers and sons
Older women
End of the world
LCCN: 2011028261
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Avoiding the lifestyle of his late gangster father by working as a clock repairman, Joe Spork fixes an unusual device that turns out to be a former secret agent's doomsday machine and incurs the wrath of the government and a diabolical South Asian dictator. Available on e-book.

Joe Spork's father was the king of criminal London. His grandfather was a genius with clock work. It's Joe who has to deal with the mechanical bees, religious zealots, and vengeful despots that his family left behind. While there is no 'crossing over' here, there are lots of hidden truths.

2012: This story of a clock repairman who stumbles across an infinity machine and thereby comes under the scrutiny of some very bad people is chock full of steampunk-y and fantastical goodness.

Avoiding the lifestyle of his late gangster father by working as a clock repairman, Joe Spork fixes an unusual device that turns out to be a former secret agent's doomsday machine and incurs the wrath of the government and a diabolical South Asian dictator.

Avoiding the lifestyle of his late gangster father by working as a clock repairman, Joe Spork fixes an unusual device that turns out to be a former secret agent's doomsday machine...


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Jun 05, 2014
  • Eosos rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book. If it was possible to give it more than 5 stars I would have.

Joe Spork fixes antique clocks for a living. It is a quiet life and nothing like that of his fathers, the infamous Mathew “Tommy Gun” Spork, which is just how he wants it. When Joe comes across an unusual clockwork mechanism that he could only dream of being able to build, his orderly life is thrown into disarray. The British government, a South Asian dictator, monks, an ex-secret service agent, his father’s old cronies and a secret from the 1950’s, all join together to make this a memorable story.

This tale was complex, funny and spellbinding. It makes me wish I was a bit cleverer so I could do a review that does it justice. But seeing as I am not that kind of person I will just stick to saying that I highly recommend this book to everyone.

Dec 14, 2013
  • strat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a complex and hilarious read. I really enjoyed it and now I am enjoying listening to my husband laugh out loud as he reads it.

Jan 11, 2013
  • JeremiahSutherland rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The author says it most succinctly close to the end of his book. "Windbag". Some great ideas, amusing wordplay and good narrative. Too bad there's so much padding with pointless prose that does nothing to advance the story. Very sad.

Nov 06, 2012
  • emerge rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Like nothing else I've ever read, this book is a combination of modern/victorian England, steampunk, hilarious british wit & mayhem. I'll never look at bees the same way.

"Is it too early to be picking favourites? I hesitate to say this, but I think I may already have found my best read of 2012 ... Can it really be that everything else is downhill from this book?"

Read the Christchurch City Libraries blog post http://cclblog.wordpress.com/2012/09/20/have-i-read-the-best-book-of-the-year-already/

Jul 16, 2012
  • jenevold rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Well, that was fun!

Jul 04, 2012
  • mdmejojo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved it. Such fun! Spies, sexiness, philosophy, and redemption. Burp.

Apr 28, 2012
  • donhoffman rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Extremely good writing. Highly fascinating page-turner. Completely satisfying climax. Thoroughly unbelievable science. For instance, clockwork bees made of gold? How are they powered? How do their tiny wings move their massive bodies? Still, I loved the story and will gladly read it again!

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Jul 16, 2012
  • jenevold rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

'To wait up with the dead; to take what they have no use for and set it aside; that the corpse looks lively on the day; to see the dead from bed to dirt, and no indignity more than what fate inflicts; to serve the wailing widow and the lonely man with grace, and carry the Waiting Man's Quiet like a comforter, that is lent at need; to hear the Screaming, and let it have no voice; to preserve the silence of the dead, and keep their secrets; to take fair payment and seek no favours; and to move on, without regret.'
--The Waiting Man's Promise

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