Thursday, May 10, 2012

Clockwork Angels novelization cover art now available
7:44PM EST | comments (25) |

UPDATE - 5/10@8:26PM: Also from Anderson's blog post:

We're very pleased to show off the just-released cover for Clockwork Angels: The Novel-one of my most beautiful covers ever. The central image is from the forthcoming Rush album, with the type and cover design by Neil Peart. ECW will publish the hardcover in September (available for preorder now), a full-color volume with paintings and complete lyrics (and the novel itself, of course). From the sample pages I've seen already, this will be a gorgeous book.

The novel is a colorful steampunk fantasy, and I think it has a great deal of heart. Neil and I are very pleased with how it turned out-the creative synergy was amazing. Clockwork Angels: The Novel follows the story mapped out in the songs of the album, but the book isn't only for Rush fans (then again, who isn't a Rush fan???). I hope you'll all enjoy the read. ...

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Clockwork Angels bookUPDATE - 5/10@7:56PM: Kevin Anderson also announced the cover art via his blog not long ago and included a nice high-res version.

Back in February we learned that sci-fi author and friend of Neil Peart Kevin J. Anderson would be writing a novelization of Rush's upcoming Clockwork Angels album which would be released in the Fall by ECW Press. recently added the book's cover art to its listing here (thanks Lerxster). The artwork simply uses the Clockwork Angels album cover art over a black background. The book is slated for release on September 1st, 2012 under the title Clockwork Angels: The Novel and will be 264 pages long. The cover art cites Anderson as the author with a subheading which reads From a story by Neil Peart. From Anderson's blog announcement of the novelization:

... I worked together with Neil to flesh out the epic story told over the course of the music, as well as the artist Hugh Syme whose paintings fill the CD booklet. 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. To whet your appetite, Rush released the first two tracks, "Caravan" and "BU2B"-listen to those songs to get an idea of the story's beginning.

I'm writing the chapters now, incorporating the lyrics into the narrative, and having a fantastic time. More details to come, but for now-to quote a line from Caravan: "I can't stop thinking big."

Related Posts:
[Clockwork Angels novelization by Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart now available for pre-order]
[Kevin J. Anderson's novelization of Rush's Clockwork Angels album due out this Fall from ECW Press]
[Author Kevin J. Anderson to write novelization of Rush's upcoming Clockwork Angels album]



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#25 - Posted 5/11/12 @10:18PM by palidrummer11 [contact]

#23: clayton

that's a really cool comparison (to the Fear series). I think that's the best way to put it. great post man!
Personally, if the songs WERE linked by musical themes, it wouldn't make that much of a difference to me... sure it would be really cool, but I think the idea of a lyrical story is much better than a musical connection.
that's just my opinion, of course, but I'm glad that the journey still carries throughout the entire album (lyrically, that is)
#24 - Posted 5/11/12 @1:21PM by glweinrib [contact]

So do we have an actual troll with flimbo (#10 & #22) or just someone having a bad day?
#23 - Posted 5/11/12 @12:43PM by marty from clayton [contact]

#16 zkzt - What Geddy is saying is that the whole album is one lyrical story (sounds like the CA suite ended up being the whole album after all), but that there aren't musical themes that tie the songs together.

For example, in 2112, Temples of Syrinx (chorus) & Presentation (guitar solo) share a common bass line. Musical themes in 2112 are threaded throughout the whole song that come and go, the Overture linking them all.

What Geddy is saying is that CA has none of that musically, and that musically, each song stands on its own, even though there is a lyrical connection.

It seems one might compare it to the Fear suite, which has lyrical connections but no real musical theme connection.
#22 - Posted 5/11/12 @12:09PM by flimbo

Crap review!

What exactly do these comments mean...?

Hypnotic guitar riffs.
...a lot of hold and release...
Enchanting solo.
Intense solo.
Mysterious section.
Intense breakdown.
Inspired orchestral arrangements.
Classic Lifeson single notes.
#21 - Posted 5/11/12 @12:06PM by Mark In CTown [contact]

#10, good review of a book that has yet to be released.
#20 - Posted 5/11/12 @12:03PM by Mark In CTown [contact]

#18 good find on this review! With exception to Wish Them Well (which I will judge for myself before saying it's a dud), the entire album sounds like a masterwork. Getting goosebumps thinking about it. I'm so glad that they are back to their progressive roots with this release.
#19 - Posted 5/11/12 @11:52AM by limelighter [contact]

18- thanks for the review. i like this one the best. very few adjectives....
#18 - Posted 5/11/12 @11:34AM by snowdog2113 [contact]

I'm sure Ed will post it soon but here's another track by track from Riff for those who haven't seen it yet:

#17 - Posted 5/11/12 @11:23AM by Tai Shan [contact]

Amazon reports an audiobook version of the novel... cool! I wonder who will be the narrator.

#16 - Posted 5/11/12 @11:06AM by zkzt

I guess the novel with answer all of our questions about the album story. Geddy revealing in that UK radio interview about the album not being interlinked with a theme is strange. They have said several times only a few songs will form a suite. I do hope Carnies and Seven Cities of Gold are among those songs based on the less cryptic reviews we've read so far. Seems like the second half of the album has the slower/calmer sounding songs.

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