The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

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 ofIn 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 slips 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.
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street In 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 rece

  • Title: The Watchmaker of Filigree Street
  • Author: Natasha Pulley
  • ISBN: 9781408854280
  • Page: 499
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “The Watchmaker of Filigree Street”

    1. This is a tale that unfolds with the ticking precision of a fine timepiece. It doesn't hurry and it doesn't compromise. It definitely conveyed to me a feeling of a different time and a slightly different world.The hardback itself is a lovely creation, with a keyhole cover, and a lovely font used throughout. The cover feels like suede. I mention this because it harmonizes so well with the atmosphere of the book. It feels as if I've picked up a book from another time and place.In a sense, it could [...]

    2. Generally speaking, I’m fully on board with genre-defying/genre-bending works. Is this historical fiction? Steampunk? Mystery? Alternate history? Romance? Yes, sort of, a little, kind of, and yeah, sure. ("It's a taste treat! It's a laxative! Stop--you're BOTH right!")Where I tend to start losing the thread and incur cramping of the cerebellum (which is only slightly less painful than a calf cramp in the middle of the night) is when time travel gets involved. Now, there’s not time travel goi [...]

    3. All right, all you Sherlock Holmes fangirls, listen up.What would you think of a version where “Sherlock” is a petite clairvoyant Japanese samurai/watchmaker with a Lincolnshire accent? And what if his “Watson” is a twenty-five year old Whitehall telegraph clerk who gave up his musical aspirations due to an acute case of synesthesia? And “Mary Watson” is an Oxford educated scientist with a butch haircut, a penchant for dressing in menswear and a Japanese dandy for a best friend? Thin [...]

    4. DNF @ page 42What’s Morse Code for “Boring”?With its interesting premise and V.C. Andrewslike hole-in-the-cover gimmick, I thought I would be really into this book. Spoiler Alert: I wasn’t.I searched for a plot between the pretentious overdescriptive details of random objects, but sadly there still didn’t seem to be anything actually going on. At 40 pages in, you’d expect to at least be able to remember characters but I couldn’t honestly tell you who they were or why they were ther [...]

    5. I received this advanced reading copy from the publisher with no requirement of review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.2.5 starsI think this book has so much potential. It follows Nathaniel ("Thaniel") Steepleton who works in the Home Office in London after he mysteriously receives a pocket watch that ends up saving his life. He meets the watchmaker, Mori, as well as precocious, intellectual woman named Grace, and all of their stories come together to *sort of* solve a mystery. I say "sort [...]

    6. Onvan : The Watchmaker of Filigree Street - Nevisande : Natasha Pulley - ISBN : 1620408333 - ISBN13 : 9781620408339 - Dar 318 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2015

    7. This one started so slowly I really was not sure where it was leading. I quickly became attached to Thaniel who obviously had hidden depths. I loved Mori who also had to be so much more than he appeared.Then the story progressed and the author seemed to gather confidence and it all became very enjoyable, but mostly by the reader who enjoys magic and /or steampunk in their books. I like both so I knew I was in for a good time!Just occasionally the author rambled a bit but all things eventually ca [...]

    8. Things I Find While ShelvingI received a free ARC via NetGalleyARC Review: The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha PulleyI did not enter this book expecting a gorgeous love story.But I got one.And damn is it good.Thaniel works as a telegraphist in the Home Office and there've been a series of threats made by Irish nationalists - bomb threats. One night, Thaniel finds a strange watch has been left in his home. A watch that he cannot get to open. Then it opens by itself one day, and that day [...]

    9. I pity every booklover who unwittingly falls for the beautiful cover art and enticing story description as I did. The story is written in such a convoluted, amateur fashion, it requires significant work to stay invested while reading. Further, the story itself is incredibly dull and boring; in fact, the book seems void of any plot whatsoever. I tried to plod through the book, eventually resorting to reading one chapter a day, then one chapter a week, but it was a grueling business. Often, I fini [...]

    10. In mid-1880s London, both Nathaniel “Thaniel” Steepleton, a 25-year-old lowly clerk and telegraphist first at the Home Office and then at the Foreign Office, and Grace Carrow, opinionated Oxford-trained physicist and daughter of old-fashioned Lord Carrow, both end up with a marvel of a timepiece. Both of these watches were lovingly crafted by a most unusual watchmaker, Keita Mori, related to a Samurai lord and a former assistant to the interior minister of Japan. These days Mori creates the [...]

    11. This book was written by a first time author which I was excited about. I usually enjoy reading books by newcomers because I feel as if I'm discovering them, myself, and can tell everyone about them. Their debut novels are often special enough for them to fight to get them published without a proven track record. And this book looked as if it would meet my expectations with its beautiful three dimensional cover and its intriguing premise. The story takes place in Victorian England where Thaniel, [...]

    12. A whimsical, difficult-to-classify, atmospheric, speculative novel of the kind I haven’t read in years but which I was ultimately (surprisingly) pleased was suggested in one of my reading groups. I felt a slight whiff ofThe Night Circus, a tiny hint of steampunk and the suggestion of inspiration from Philip Pullman. And yet the novel is entirely original.The setting: Victorian London, and Japan.The characters: a young telegrapher called Thaniel, a Japanese watchmaker called Mori, a young Oxfor [...]

    13. Absolutely loved this book. An intricate maze of clockwork that spirals out with easy charm until you see the greater picture.Characters are complex, charming yet flawed. And there's a clockwork octopus! (that might have been what convinced me to buy!)Grace who would be the heroine of another book, so clever, held back by her gender, yet she has a Sherlockian disregard of people and lacks romance in her mathamatical soul.Matsumoto, sharp beneath his pretty veneer.Quiet Mori; gentle charm, coils, [...]

    14. Thaniel Steepleton is an unassuming British public servant. Once, he had dreams of becoming a pianist, but now he has to support his distant, widowed sister's family, so he's tied to his job as a telegraph operator, and doesn't expect anything in his rather dull and ascetic life to change.However, an anonymous gift of a clearly valuable watch becomes suspicious when it ends up saving him from an Irish terrorist group's bomb. Soon, he's assigned to spy on Keita Mori, a Japanese watchmaker living [...]

    15. There were problems with the plot in places, I think it suffered from “too many cooks/authors” syndrome, in that the author may have taken too much advice from too many people and that it shows? I don’t know why I think this, it’s just an impression I have.However most importantly this is a rollicking good story! I enjoyed it immensely, an almost magical clockwork pet octopus, foreseeing the probable future, clockwork bombs, is he a villain or a hero and if so can we be friends or more t [...]

    16. This was described to me as a wittier and twistier Sherlock Holmes (with a samurai! With that awesome cover! When will I ever learn that the old adage about not judging a book actually means something?), and I'm disappointed to say that it didn't live up to its potential at all. It was confusing, disjointed, the dialogue felt clunky and awkward, and I felt that the characters deserved a better story. But at least the clockwork octopus was amazing. Fuller review to come eventually.

    17. 2.5 sterrenIk weet niet zo goed wat ik van het boek vind. Het is een bijzonder verhaal over vriendschap maar ik denk dat ik de diepgang miste bij de personages. Ik vind dat de personages nogal vlak beschreven zijn, ik leerde ze niet echt kennen. Eerlijk gezegd was ik blij dat ik het boek uit had en dat zegt wel genoeg. Maar ik kan niet zeggen dat ik het een slecht verhaal vind, waarschijnlijk vind ik het een saai verhaal.

    18. 4.5 starsIt is hard to pigeonhole this book. Literary? I’m not sure. Historical? Kind-of. It does deal with a historical period. Steampunk? Not really, even though the characters have some paranormal abilities, and the Victorian era adds credibility to such a label. The closest I can come up with is magic realism. Magic shimmers on the pages of this book. It defines the story and the protagonists. And the attraction of this book for me was definitely magical, as I don’t usually like literary [...]

    19. I was intrigued by the title; I was intrigued by the synopsis;I was smitten with the design of the whole thing.Could a debut novel live up to all of that?Yes, it could!The story opens in London, and in a world that mixes the real and the fantastical in the loveliest of ways.Nathaniel Steepleton – Thaniel – was a young telegraph operator at the Home Office. His life was a dull routine; he had wanted to be a pianist, but he took job so that he could help to support his widowed sister and her y [...]

    20. Mph. This was well written and I was really enjoying it. Lovely sense of time, stroppy unlikeable heroine, interesting steampunky 'science' without too much annoying airship bobbins and a great concept. But I do wish there had been a proper plot--it just kind of evaporated towards the end, leaving me with a sense that there's less to this than meets the eye. Also, there are multiple problematic issues with the Japanese elements (and also just stupid ones. A sequence where someone who doesn't spe [...]

    21. Okay, just give me a minute to get my thoughts in order. What a whirlwind ending!Can I start by talking about the cover? Covers so rarely rate with me but this one is simply stunning. I'll admit - it's the sole reason I picked this book up in the first place. Beautiful design.So.It's a bit of a random story but I really enjoyed it! There's this fellow, Thaniel, who is stuck in a bit of a dead end job. He's a nice enough guy but is very routine and the highlight of his life is drinking tea. Then [...]

    22. "No, io non compro libri per la copertina"Le ultime parole famoseHo un disperato bisogno di capire a cosa siano dovuti i voti alti ricevuti. È mera narrativa di consumo ed è addirittura inferiore agli standard. Può interessare giusto i lettori alle prime armi: quelli senza pretese, senza buongusto e magari senza concentrazione. Hanno sprecato una copertina così bella per una storia così anonima. La narrazione è descrittiva, lenta e annacquata. I pronomi personali sono così casuali che, an [...]

    23. London mid 1880s, clockwork automata, possible clairvoyance and Japanese culture - what’s not to love? Pulley’s debut uses the typical elements of steampunk mixed with original aspects in an entertaining tale.The narration although slow at the beginning grabbed me due to the characters, which the author made complex and intriguing. We’re at first introduced to Thaniel Steepleton, bored synesthete (sounds are colours to him) telegraphist at the Home Office, who one day finds an intricate cl [...]

    24. It is 4:45am and I have just finished this astonishingly good novel. I knew nothing about it other than that it had a lovely cover, and that the first page was beautifully written. It's historical fantasy, set in London and Japan. The language is vivid and compelling. The characters are achingly real. I could tell you about the plot, but I think you will like it best if you discover it yourself.Just make sure you have plenty of spare time, because it is very hard to put down.

    25. My initial reaction was: not a lot happened until the end, but I was okay with it because the ending was sort of spectacular and also ambiguous and I still haven't drawn any firm conclusions. But then I thought about it and, actually Quite a bit did happen in the beginning. A lot of it was lost/forgotten in the larger mystery of things.First, the characters: Nathaniel ('Thaniel) Steepleton is a telegraphist and pianist working for the Home Office in Victorian London.Grace Carrow is a woman who s [...]

    26. I want a clockwork octopus! Now that's not a phrase I ever thought I'd hear myself utter but I fell head over heels for Katsu the clockwork octopus in this beguiling and totally charming story.My beautiful hardback copy of this book was a prize I won in a blog competition. I sort of had mixed feelings about it before I read it, especially when a couple of reviews describe it as steampunk - me and steampunk haven't got a very good history so far. However I wouldn't really categorise this as steam [...]

    27. This book is set during the 1880s in England. Thaniel (short for Nathaniel) Steepleton is a 25 year- old telegraphist who works in the Home Office. He lives what seems like a pretty ordinary, boring life. He sends half of his salary to his widowed sister to take care of her and her two children. One day he returns home to find a pocket watch in his flat. Thaniel doesn’t have too much time to worry about where the pocket watch may be from because that same day at work, his office received a bom [...]

    28. Every now and again a book turns up that appears to be everywhere in and the blog world. In the past month or so, this was one such book. When I saw it come up on a special offer I thought sure lets give it a go. Honestly I have no idea why this book has been so popular recently or is getting rated so highly. It started off interesting enough, though honestly from the beginning I never felt hooked. It went down hill from there. My impressions was the author had a somewhat good idea but then got [...]

    29. RATING: ★★★☆☆/ 3 Unexpected StarsVIEW: This book was provided to me by Bloomsbury Publishing in exchange for an honest review.When I read the synopsis for Natasha Pulley's second novel, THE BEDLAM STACKS (coming August 1st 2017), I was beyond intrigued. Plus the covers for her books are just so amazing that I had to stop and take note. So when I was offered the opportunity to read her first book as well, this one, THE WATCHMAKER OF FILIGREE STREET, I had to say yes. While the two books [...]

    30. Lucky find! A debut novel that is a complicated watchwork of intrigue, British/Irish history, Japanese culture, and the days of telegraphy. Nathaniel Steepleton works in the telegraph office, not believing that he'll spend his entire working life doing this mundane transcription, even as he does it. We see the insides of intricate cogs, wheels, springs on the desk of fine watchmakers, as the gears of the late 1800s unwind out on the street. Traditionalists, nationalists, samurai barons, the Eton [...]

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