Throwback Thursday was started by Renee at ItsBookTalk.com to showcase books that were published over a year ago and have been languishing on your to be read shelf. I actually found her throwback because she did a lovely feature of Sophie Kinsella’s Twenties Girl for today’s post. We all know I am obsessed with Kinsella!
MY PICK: Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway.
This book was first published in 2012 and I read it that year and again in 2015. This is the book I recommend to my friends with the caveat: give it time. Angelmaker is a delightfully weird book full of beautiful prose about Joe Spork. Joe is a clockwork repairman, just as his grandfather was. What he isn’t – and refuses to be – is like his father Matthew. Matthew was the head of organized crime named his son his successor. But, Joe has been avoiding this life and hiding from his criminal legacy in the quiet tidiness of clocks.
One day, he is asked to repair a mechanical book and sets into motion a terrible device that changes the course of his life. As he races to stop the machine he inadvertantly brought to life he must rely on friends, old and new, for help.
This book. Savor it. This is not a beach read, this is a world you visit slowly because you only get to live in it for a bit. It is full of wonderful characters and secrets. But, it does take time. I am reminded of a rollercoaster with books like this. It takes time to get in, safely strapped, and then there is that boring click, click, click while you climb the hill. But, just when you think you are going to get stuck this book, like a rollercoaster, takes you roaring through an adventure.