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Eleven-year-old Silver sets out to find the Timekeeper--a clock that controls time--and to protect it from falling into the hands of two people who want to use the device for their own nefarious ends.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Children's Books : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2006.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9781582349190
Branch Call Number: XF WINTERSON
Characteristics: 414 p. ; 21 cm.

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Jan 11, 2019

If Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere and Virginia Woolf's Orlando had a child, it would be this book.
Winterson has played with time before in many of her novels, most notably (for me, at least) Stone Gods. Here she demonstrates her master of the novel as a malleable form and the depth of her incredible imagination. Unlike most of her other books, I would have loved to read this as a child. The heroes and villains are comprehensible in an way many children's book characters are. Simultaneously, I am glad to be reading it as an adult--it truly is a work of art and beauty, and if you have kids over about the age of 8 I imagine this would be a wonderful book to read aloud or together with them.
Much of the time it is odd to me that sci-fi and fantasy are one genre. Intellectually, I can understand why this is but viscerally I cannot. This book changes that. It straddles the line between sci-fi and fantasy so deftly that the distinction is destroyed. Fittingly, given its play with time, this is the kind of book that sucks you in and bends time for you, so that "one more chapter" becomes three and hours pass in what feels like minutes.

iRead26 Sep 11, 2011

A well-written and entertaining book. The cover art is somewhat misleading; this book is definitely written for children, though adults will also enjoy the author's subtle humor.


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SPL_Childrens Jan 13, 2011

Some very strange things are happening in London, England. A wooly mammoth (long extinct) has been sighted near the Thames River. A city bus – and its passengers – have disappeared without a trace. Even time is behaving very strangely … sometimes it speeds up; sometimes it slows down. Is the “Timekeeper” – an old and mysterious clock – responsible? If so, who is controlling the clock, and why?


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