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Angelmaker (Vintage Contemporaries) (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Nick Harkaway

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Title:Angelmaker (Vintage Contemporaries)
Authors:Nick Harkaway
Info:Vintage (2012), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 496 pages
Collections:Your library, Speculative Fiction

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Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway (2012)

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  annesadleir | Jul 19, 2014 |
The second effort from the always entertaining @harkaway features a reluctant criminal overlord with a knack for fixing antique clocks, the sexiest (and sauciest) legal heiress in London, a kick-ass octagenarian spy (a little old lady, no less, with a stinky pet dog) and an evil mastermind with cohorts of mechanical monks. This is as irresistible as The Gone Away World - I was sucked in and rapidly giggling in glee at the rollercoaster ride. Sheer escapism of the highest order, and damn good fun. ( )
  imyril | Jun 19, 2014 |
A reviewer on the Strange Horizons website has said that this book "has a puppyish quality and it is infectiously appealing .......... bounds enthusiastically along ", and I have to agree. It's entertaining, funny, and somewhat lacking in control - everything goes into it! I enjoyed it but it could have done with being much shorter and a bit more coherent. ( )
  SChant | May 26, 2014 |
Well written and often very amusing 'supernatural'/'science fiction' thriller. There is an amusing hero who mends clocks which turns out to be important as he can work on the angelmaker. Some wildly improbable events happen to some wholly improbably people - mostly around London. In the end the world is saved rather breathlessly from the goodies and the baddies and our hero sets off into the sunset. A lovely breeze of a book.
  Caomhghin | Mar 7, 2014 |
Far too long. Gave up half way as, some parts were really quite interesting but,there were too many parts that I wanted to skim over. ( )
  Carolinejyoung | Mar 7, 2014 |
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At seven fifteen a.m., his bedroom slightly colder than the vacuum of space, Joshua Joseph Spork wears a longish leather coat and a pair of his father's golfing socks.
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A Wall Street Journal and Booklist Best Mystery of 2012

From the acclaimed author of The Gone-Away World, blistering gangster noir meets howling absurdist comedy as the forces of good square off against the forces of evil, and only an unassuming clockwork repairman and an octogenarian former superspy can save the world from total destruction.
Joe Spork spends his days fixing antique clocks. The son of infamous London criminal Mathew “Tommy Gun” Spork, he has turned his back on his family’s mobster history and aims to live a quiet life. That orderly existence is suddenly upended when Joe activates a particularly unusual clockwork mechanism. His client, Edie Banister, is more than the kindly old lady she appears to be—she’s a retired international secret agent. And the device? It’s a 1950s doomsday machine. Having triggered it, Joe now faces the wrath of both the British government and a diabolical South Asian dictator who is also Edie’s old arch-nemesis. On the upside, Joe’s got a girl: a bold receptionist named Polly whose smarts, savvy and sex appeal may be just what he needs. With Joe’s once-quiet world suddenly overrun by mad monks, psychopathic serial killers, scientific geniuses and threats to the future of conscious life in the universe, he realizes that the only way to survive is to muster the courage to fight, help Edie complete a mission she abandoned years ago and pick up his father’s old gun . . .

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Avoiding the lifestyle of his late gangster father by working as a clock repairman, Joe Spork fixes an unusual device that turns out to be a former secret agent's doomsday machine and incurs the wrath of the government and a diabolical South Asian dictator.… (more)

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