The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

1883. Thaniel Steepleton returns home to his tiny London apartment to find a gold pocket watch on his pillow. Six months later, the mysterious timepiece saves his life, drawing him away from a blast that destroys Scotland Yard. At last, he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori, a kind, lonely immigrant from Japan.

SO LOVELY. I have so many yuletide hopes pinned on this book.

Thaniel is a telegraphist for the UK government who mysteriously acquires a watch that warns him of and saves him from a bombing attack. Keita Mori is the japanese baron living in london as a watchmaker. He has precognition and has always known Thaniel would be his friend. if he made the right choices. [] is the student scientist at oxford trying to prove the existence of the aether. Her time is running out, soon she will have to find a husband who will support her in her efforts after she graduates.

There is a clockwork octopus, Gilbert and Sullivan are working on the mikado, and EVERYTHING is connected.

It reads like a comfort read on the VERY FIRST READ-THROUGH. Easily in my top 5. EASILY.

Rack’em up, let’s play again.

Not Well Today

I wasn’t very well today and spent a lot of it lying about not doing much. And I’ve come to the conclusion tv has lost of of the appeal that it once had and that I’m not sure it will ever give me the entertaining trainwreck that would be actual Sam/Ainsley, and, after all the random encounters every six episodes or so, I want the trainwreck. So I wrote this. Half my brain wasn’t working and I know pretty much nothing about Democrats and Republicans, so I made it mostly about muffins. Not that I know much about muffins, either. I’ll write everything I was supposed to be writing and catch up properly when I have a brain again. It may comfort people to know that enforced inactivity also got me to work out an awkward UNIT-related plot point.

Or not.

Hi My Name Is…

The internet is not my social medium of choice, but I know it’s one of the preferred social mediums among many of the people I happen to know and like.

This site is a private social network for me to keep in contact with my friends. It’s the online equivalent of a private social event in the back room of a pub. If you already know me in person, then you know all this.

If you’re someone I don’t know already, then I might try you out for a while, but if it feels weird having a stranger present amongst my social circle then I may well ignore you. I just find it hard to be at ease socialising online, and I usually prefer to have some sort of personal real-life reference point to form the basis of my online interactions.