The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

Book - 2015
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In 1883, Thaniel Steepleton returns to his tiny flat to find a gold pocketwatch on his pillow. But he has worse fears than generous burglars; he is a telegraphist at the Home Office, which has just received a threat for what could be the largest-scale Fenian bombing in history. When the watch saves Thaniel's life in a blast that destroys Scotland Yard, he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori--a kind, lonely immigrant who sweeps him into a new world of clockwork and music. Although Mori seems harmless at first, a chain of unexpected events soon proves that he must be hiding something. Meanwhile, Grace Carrow is sneaking into an Oxford library dressed as a man. A theoretical physicist, she is desperate to prove the existence of the luminiferous ether before her mother can force her to marry. As the lives of these three characters become entwined, events spiral out of control until Thaniel is torn between loyalties, futures, and opposing geniuses. Utterly beguiling, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street blends historical events with dazzling flights of fancy to plunge readers into a strange and magical past, where time, destiny, genius--and a clockwork octopus--collide.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2015
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781620408339
1620408333
Branch Call Number: FICTION PULLEY 2015
Characteristics: 318 pages ; 25 cm

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laphampeak
Jul 09, 2017

Mystery and mayhem! I loved the historic setting with the "bells and whistles" of another time.
Mysterious clocks and a mechanized octopus are a couple players in this somewhat science fiction based story. Curiosity kept me reading. Who is setting off the bombs? The mystery is unresolved up until the end. At times the intricacy and twists and turns of plot got in the way of enjoyment but I needed to find the resolution and therefore was inclined to stay involved until the end.

ontherideau Apr 06, 2017

I feel I missed significance in the ending however this story is fascinating. Scotland Yard meets Japanese magic in the 1800's London. Flawed characters and an octopus a reader can relate to.

LPL_ShirleyB Feb 24, 2017

Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
Inspired & magical! A rich, detailed story that challenges sex roles and prejudice against immigrants set in Victorian (1880s) London. Wise steampunk interlaced with philosophical questions of chance, destiny and free will. Publisher’s Weekly said: “Pulley expertly employs the tools of mystery and fantasy to examine the social pressures faced by the marginalized. …the heart of the story is the universal quest for acceptance, understanding, and love.”
This is the author’s debut novel and she has a new book due out in July 2017!

I am not so sure. I started it and by three pages in I was like "BORING" But I might not be in a mood to read a book like this right now. I will try again later possibly. I felt like the writing was just so-so and it started out so extremely slow that I felt like I was reading a board book. And it could just be the place I am in. Good to see others really loved it.

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farbrite
Jul 08, 2016

I LOVED this book! Not my usual sort, but replete with history, romance, magical realism (fantasy), suspense, and wonderful characters. Well-written, extremely engaging and satisfying. I highly recommend if you like any of the genres.

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CMLibrary_gjd_0
Jan 02, 2016

Very engaging, thoughtful book. I love finding new authors so early in the year! The tone changed about 3/4 of the way thru; I'm going to re-read this one in a couple of months. I have thought of little else since completing this novel. I highly recommend it!!

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brangwinn
Oct 03, 2015

I continue to be amazed at the quality of debut novels. Pulley has created a captivating story that involves fantasy,Japanese and British history and independent women. This is a book I would recommend to people who want to escape in a book. A Japanese watchmaker can see into the future and he leaves his homeland to meet someone but he doesn’t know who. An exquisite, complicated watch he delivers secretly to this person, London a civil servant. When Thaniel comes looking for the watchmaker who created a watch that warns him of a bomb, Thaniel and they become friends. Add an independent woman scientist and this story set in the late 1880’s takes on another twist, for she, too, has a watch made by the Japanese watchmaker. She has a real problem; she can’t inherit her own home until she marries. Thaniel has a sister and two nephews he is supporting. If he marries her, she will use her wealth to send his nephews to a private school. This involved steampunk story has a surprisingly satisfying ending, giving the main characters what they most need. I am not a steampunk fan, but this book has me on the lookout for other Victorian steampunk stories.

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