For my final Friday meme combo of 2012 I have chosen Clockwork Angels: The Novel by Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart. This is one of the books my family gave me for Christmas. I’m more than halfway through it already and really enjoying it so far. GoodReads gives the following description:
A remarkable collaboration that is unprecedented in its scope and realization, this exquisitely wrought novel represents an artistic project between the bestselling science fiction author Kevin J. Anderson and the multiplatinum rock band Rush. The newest album by Rush, Clockwork Angels, sets forth a story in Neil Peart’s lyrics that has been expanded by him and Anderson into this epic novel. In a young man’s quest to follow his dreams, he is caught between the grandiose forces of order and chaos. He travels across a lavish and colorful world of steampunk and alchemy with lost cities, pirates, anarchists, exotic carnivals, and a rigid Watchmaker who imposes precision on every aspect of daily life. The mind-bending story is complemented with rich paintings by the five-time Juno Award winner for Best Album Design, Hugh Syme.
Now for this week’s excerpts:
Book Beginnings is hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader, who invites anyone to join in, saying: ‘Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author. Leave a link to your post. If you don’t have a blog, but want to participate, please leave a comment with your Book Beginning.’
The beginning of Clockwork Angels:
It seems like a lifetime ago – which, of course, it was…all that and more. A good life, too, though it didn’t always feel that way.
This seems like a promising start and there seems to be a good story coming.
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
It’s that simple.
From page 56 of Clockwork Angels:
After dark, Owen had nowhere to go, nowhere to stay, nowhere to sleep. The Watchmaker might have a plan, but Owen didn’t have much of one.
Hopefully things will start looking up for Owen soon. That’s it for this week and for this year. I should have this one finished either tonight or tomorrow.