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Review: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare, book 2 of the Infernal Devices series

After the last book, Clockwork Angel, Mortmain is still at large. He may be only human, but with considerable supernatural contacts Mortmain aims to capture Tessa and destroy the Shadowhunters - and who knows what else - with his army of clockwork automatoms. He is a threat to the Clave and all it stands for.

But things are not so simple - politics in the Clave threaten Charlotte’s position in the institute. Capturing Mortmain becomes not only a matter to protect themselves, but also to hold onto the London Institue. The quest for Mortmain takes them across the country, all the while wary of his agents and subtle, long term schemes.  And, more, Mortmain’s subtle conspiracy continues, with his friends and allies in the most unlikely places.

As if the threat to life as they know it wasn’t enough, Tessa is still ignorant of exactly what she is and what it means, as well as her brother’s betrayal and, of course, her conflicted and powerful feelings about Jem and Will. Made all the more fraught by the grave revelations of Will’s past.

This book felt padded. I’m not saying that’s intention, it could be the author’s writing style (I suspect so given the other books I’ve read). There is an awful lot of excess words here that you have to dredge through, There are specific issues but the basic is that 1 word isn’t used if 10 could possibly fit. It’s long winded, when things are described, they’re described in excessive detail and we have a lot of descriptions that are, frankly, unnecessary. Someone can walk across a room without us knowing how they do it, their surroundings, their gait or anything else. We can have a conversation without internal monologue, a blow-by-blow description of facial expressions or random irrelevant things the speakers are doing at the same time. If a character has been described it’s unnecessary to repeatedly re-describe them in later scenes.

And speaking of long winded - literary quotes. Maybe there are people who enjoy having the characters constantly refer to and quote classic literature and poetry, but to me it got very old - and very pretentious - very fast. In fact, not to be cruel, it felt like the author trying to impress us.

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Last Chance to Win a Copy of Cassandra Clare’s ‘Clockwork Angel’

We have written several reviews of Cassandra Clare’s work on this blog (here, and here).  On a recent post we discussed the ongoing homophobia in her work.  We know that it is quite possible to enjoy a piece of literature, even when it is problematic, and that is why this month we are giving away one hardcover copy of:

Clockwork Angel is the first novel in the Infernal Devices series and is a prequel to her Immortal Instruments series.  The second novel in Clare’s Infernal Devices series, Clockwork Prince is due out in December, so if you are interested in reading this series, winning a chance to own Clockwork Angel is a good place to start. 
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Enter to Win a Hardcover Copy of Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Angel

We have written several reviews of Cassandra Clare’s work on this blog (here, and here).  On a recent post we discussed the ongoing homophobia in her work.  We know that it is quite possible to enjoy a piece of literature, even when it is problematic, and that is why this month we are giving away one hardcover copy of:

Clockwork Angel is the first novel in the Infernal Devices series and is a prequel to her Immortal Instruments series.  The second novel in Clare’s Infernal Devices series, Clockwork Prince is due out in December, so if you are interested in reading this series, winning a chance to own Clockwork Angel is a good place to start. 

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Fangs For the Fantasy Give Away: Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Angel

We have written several reviews of Cassandra Clare’s work on this blog (here, and here).  On a recent post we discussed the ongoing homophobia in her work.  We know that it is quite possible to enjoy a piece of literature, even when it is problematic, and that is why this month we are giving away a hardcover copy of:

Clockwork Angel is the first novel in the Infernal Devices series and is a prequel to her Immortal Instruments series.  The second novel in Clare’s Infernal Devices series, Clockwork Prince is due out in December, so if you are interested in looking at starting this series winning a chance to own Clockwork Angel is a good place to start. 

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Cassandra Clare Owes Me Money For Clockwork Angel

Having read all of the Mortal Instruments series, I decided to pick up Clockwork Angel.  Though some feel that Clare writes like a drunken monkey, with the exception of the last book City of Angels, I thought that she had an interesting world and story.  Yes, yes, I know that Clary is irritating, but is she really any worse than Bella Swan, Rose Hathaway, Elena Gilbert, Sookie Stackhouse or Merit?  I have come to expect the desire to see a house fall on female protagonists in this genre.

From the very beginning I did not like Tessa Grey.  How is it that you can know someone for five minutes and then decide that they should tell you why they are an orphan and their personal painful life history?

In this book for the first time, Clare decided to introduce a disabled character.  The disableism throughout the story was disgusting.  Jem was actively told that no one blamed him for his disability.  Really?  No, I mean Really? Basically, he was forced into the role of super crip and still was not accepted by his community. Outside of Will, the paternalism with which he is treated is ignored, and the reader is expected to pity him as a tragic hero.This of course proves my theory that unless you have an ism, or are intimately connected with someone who does, research is vital.  I think that Clare was so committed to printing quotes from Dickens and the like that she could not be bothered to read anything else.

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New episode of Fangs for the Fantasy where we ramble out way through the Urban Fantasy genre

This episode we discuss the continuing debate on whether erasure, tokenism or failed representation is better. We also consider the need for more marginalised authors

We look at Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles, Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Anya Bast’s Elemental Witches with references to Charlaine Harris and Anita Blake

As ever, all past episodes can be found at http://www.talkshoe.com/talkshoe/web/talkCast.jsp?masterId=94601&cmd=tc