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His Clockwork Canary (Glorious Victorious Darcys) (utgåvan 2013)

av Beth Ciotta (Författare)

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"For ambitious engineer Simon Darcy, winning Queen Victoria's competition to recover lost inventions of historical significance is a matter of pride--and redemption. After all, it was Simon's failed monorail project that left his family destitute, and winning the tournament would surely restore the Darcys' reputation. Simon sets his sights high, targeting no less than the infamous time-travel device that forever changed the world by transporting scientists, engineers, and artists from the twentieth century. The Mod technology was banned and supposedly destroyed, but Simon is sure he can re-create it. His daring plan draws the attention of Willie G., the Clockwork Canary, London's sensationalist reporter. Simon soon discovers that Willie is a male guise for Wilhemina Goodenough, the love of his youth, who left him jilted and bitter. He questions her motives even as he falls prey to her unique charm. As the attraction between the two reignites, Simon realizes that this vixen from his past has secrets that could be the key to his future...as long as he can put their history behind him."--P. [4] of cover.… (mer)
Medlem:Schmids
Titel:His Clockwork Canary (Glorious Victorious Darcys)
Författare:Beth Ciotta (Författare)
Info:Signet Book (2013), 333 pages
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His Clockwork Canary: The Glorious Victorious Darcys av Beth Ciotta

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good beginning, muddled ending.
I liked the characters and the reasons for each to have a tough time getting together were good. however, there were pays that for confusing and muddled and the ending....well dime seemed to be really coincidental our rather contrived. ( )
  karidrgn | Aug 6, 2019 |
Another great chapter in this series. My favorite part was when Simon and Willie stumbled upon Amelia and Tucker in the skytown. Fists flying everywhere, lol! I am super anxious to read Jules's story and see where the Darcys go next. ( )
  CarpeLibrum58 | Jun 4, 2016 |
His Clockwork Canary is the second book in The Glorious Victorious Darcys series, but I don't think the books have to be read in order. His Clockwork Canary takes place parallel to the first book, Her Sky Cowboy. This book is a mélange of tropes and genres: steampunk (which I really enjoy), time travel (which I really don't, with few exceptions), adventure, and romance. There isn't any actual time traveling in the narrative, but it is a significant part of the world building. Unfortunately, there's one huge paradox involved with the time traveling aspect that sat in my mind like the proverbial white elephant in the room. With this paradox, I felt that the rest of the world building and possibly one of the main characters could not even exist. I could only resolve this paradox in my head if I pulled in outside assumptions. Anyways, more on that later.

On a purely romance standpoint, I enjoyed most of it despite the use of two tropes I am not overly fond of--cross-dressing and reunited lovers. Wilhelmina Goodenough has spent many years disguised as the male journalist Willie G., the Clockwork Canary. When she finally meets up with Simon Darcy again, after a broken elopement a decade earlier, there's mutual attraction and distrust on both sides. I enjoyed the tug-of-war between the two characters up until the point where the reason for their broken elopement was revealed. Beyond that point, the romance became flat and lopsided. It was as if the bullets that hit Willie at that turning point also punctured the romance and let all the tension out. In the latter half of the story, the main worry is not whether or not Willie and Simon want to stay together but whether or not their pairing (between Simon who is a Vic--a 19th century person--and Willie who is a Freak with psychic powers--the descendant of a Vic and a Mod, a 20th century person) will be accepted by society. The lopsided aspect of the romance stemmed from Willie's continued lack of trust with the blackmail issue which she did not reveal to Simon until almost at the end...(more)
  syaffolee | Jul 26, 2014 |
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Too slow and I completely lost interest even though I’ve read over 67% of the book.

Opening Sentence: Since the day he’d been born (three and a half minutes later than his twin brother), Simon Darcy had been waging war with time.

The Review:

I have to regrettably inform you that His Clockwork Canary is the first book that I shall be adding to my DNF (Did Not Finish) list since joining Dark Faerie Tales over a year ago. I have been reading this book since before Christmas and thought I’d have it done by New Year which is my standard procedure, but no such luck.

Many of you may wonder why I didn’t finish, well let me tell you. Once you have read over 67% of the book, I want to feel a connection or something from the story, characters or a desire to know how it all plays out. And all I’ve got is “Blah”. Every time I have tried to pick this book back up in the past 3 weeks all I feel is a sense of dread —- not anticipation. In fact, I even kept putting off writing this review in the hopes that I would have a change of mind, but no such miracle has occurred. Unfortunately, this book and I right now are not meant to be buddies.

So you may be wondering, did I just pick up this book and start reading or did I have any prior knowledge of the world or even the author. The answer is “no” to both. But I don’t believe that played into this at all.

Some of you may even know if you have been following my reviews that Steampunk is a new genre for me, and I’ve had a few that I was riveted to and others have been just ok, but there is nothing that interested me in this particular book.

I seem to be in a minority because the average rating for this book on Goodreads is 3.76 out of 5. But just like anything in life, there are times and situations that you will find mind-blowing and someone else may experience the same and walk away going “I could have lived without that experience.”

The turning point for me was the point that Simon Darcy finally realized who the Clockwork Canary in fact was. Once this part of the story was over, I lost all interest in everything else. One of my favorite themes throughout romance novels is a character in disguise, whether that is portraying themselves as a different class, profession or in this case, different gender. But once that was gone there was no other interesting things to encourage me to continue reading.

Final note, I will try another Beth Ciotta novel in the future. And I’m sure I will eventually finish this book too, but there are too many other books to consume to get stuck on this one.

Notable Scene:

The kid fussed with his colorful scarves, stealing a glance at his bronze time cuff. “I have a proposition.”

Simon raised a brow.

“Not that kind of proposition.”

“Do I know you?” Simon couldn’t shake the sense of familiarity even though he was most certain he’d never met this dark-eyed bohemian. A pretty boy with an intense, caged energy. A source of increasing fascination.

“Undoubtedly, you know of me.” He offered a worn gloved hand in greeting. “The name is Willie G,” he said in a clipped, gruff town. “Known professionally as the Clockwork Canary.”

Simon ignored the proffered hand and grabbed the Canary by his ridiculous lapels.

“Cheese and crackers!” The kid exclaimed.

FTC Advisory: Signet/Penguin provided me with a copy of His Clockwork Canary. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review. ( )
  DarkFaerieTales | Feb 1, 2014 |
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"For ambitious engineer Simon Darcy, winning Queen Victoria's competition to recover lost inventions of historical significance is a matter of pride--and redemption. After all, it was Simon's failed monorail project that left his family destitute, and winning the tournament would surely restore the Darcys' reputation. Simon sets his sights high, targeting no less than the infamous time-travel device that forever changed the world by transporting scientists, engineers, and artists from the twentieth century. The Mod technology was banned and supposedly destroyed, but Simon is sure he can re-create it. His daring plan draws the attention of Willie G., the Clockwork Canary, London's sensationalist reporter. Simon soon discovers that Willie is a male guise for Wilhemina Goodenough, the love of his youth, who left him jilted and bitter. He questions her motives even as he falls prey to her unique charm. As the attraction between the two reignites, Simon realizes that this vixen from his past has secrets that could be the key to his future...as long as he can put their history behind him."--P. [4] of cover.

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