UPDATE - 8/28@9:40AM: Eric at Power Windows has reviewed the novel, giving it an 8 out of 10:
... The novel itself is brief, clocking in at only 290 pages which includes all of Hugh Syme's original album artwork and more (one treat is a new illustration of a city wall which reads "The Watchmaker, Est. MMCXII" [I'll give you a moment while you remember your Roman numerals...]). While the novel does a fine job expanding on the album, the fast pacing of the story itself seems to have left little room for the author to build upon the relationships of the characters. This likely may have been intentional on the author's part, but this Rush fan would have liked something even more epic!
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The official world premiere book launch of Kevin J. Anderson's Clockwork Angels: The Novel took place Thursday evening at the Richmond and John Chapters (142 John Street) book store in Toronto. Anderson was in town for a guest appearance at this weekend's Fan Expo but the Chapters event was open to the general public and was the first time the novel was made available for sale. Anderson gave a speech, answered questions, and autographed books for fans. He just posted a detailed report of the weekend's events to his blog, including several great photos. Here's what he had to say:
I arrived in Toronto Thursday afternoon for this weekend's exclusive pre-release of CLOCKWORK ANGELS: The Novel. I was picked up at the airport with a warm welcome from Erin and Sarah from ECW Press, who took me immediately over to the ECW offices where I signed copies of the book for special accounts and did an interview for Quill & Quire (you can read the interview here.) That night, at the flagship Chapters store I gave a talk and did the first-ever signing and release for the novel to a nice crowd. Afterward, I went out with my friend Mark Lefebvre from Kobo for some fine craft beer in Toronto (Mark had done thorough investigation beforehand). Next morning I did some writing, another interview, then took a tour of the Kobo offices before heading off to the FanExpo in the Toronto Convention Center. In the afternoon I met up with my friend Jonathan Flamm and ECW at the FanExpo, where we got our badges, signed some books at ECW, walked the show floor. For my formal autographing session I had a lot of fans who brought Star Wars books, X-Files books, Dune books, and especially Clockwork Angels. I had 15 copies of Resurrection, Inc, and sold all of them (I should have brought more!) So, it was a long and busy day, time to relax-with a fine celebratory dinner. The entire staff of ECW joined Neil Peart and me at a fine restaurant to toast the release of what is surely the best steampunk fantasy adventure novelization of a rock album ever! ...
There was also some coverage of the event at the T-MAK World website, along with some photos:
... At the Chapters bookstore on John Street, Anderson and ECW Press hosted a book signing which also included a little intro about the book as well as a reading by Anderson. There were Rush fans in attendance and the ones we talked to said they were very eager to read the book which is based on the story of the latest album by the Canadian rock band released earlier this year. We spoke to Anderson briefly and he let us know that he is a huge Rush fan and as such the book is littered with quotes from Rush lyrics! I predict it won't be long before Rush fans start posting online all the quotes they find....
Clockwork Angels: The Novel will be officially released across the US and Canada on September 1st and in the UK by the second week of September. You can pre-order the audiobook version of Clockwork Angels (narrated by Neil Peart) at this location, and the hardcover edition here. Anderson will be attending several other Clockwork Angels book signings and fan conventions over the coming weeks. For a complete list check out this post at Anderson's blog.
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