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( Feb. 8th, 2016 11:29 pm)
Last week was insanely busy, so on Sunday I recuperated by writing a Watchmaker of Filigree fic.

Title: What Six Sees
Fandom The Watchmaker of Filigree Street
Summary Six has good eyes.
&c. Post-canon, 2,227 words, rated G


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Day 7

In your own space, share a favorite piece of original canon (a TV episode, a song, a favorite interview, a book, a scene from a movie, etc) and explain why you love it so much. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

This book is wonderful in about all the ways a book can be. First, let's talk about the beauty of Pulley's writing. It's spare, without a word out of place, but so, so richly descriptive. Here's our main character, Thaniel, on page 15 discussing filing mandatory wills with a coworker while they wait to see if Irish separatists make good on a bomb threat against their employer:

Read more... )

Just, guh.

Not since Megan Whalen Turner's The Thief have I read a book that gets so much better with each read. I'll never be able to re-experience the initial discovery of reading Watchmaker for the first time but having read it three times now, I realise how ridiculously tightly plotted it is with each new read. I never skim; if I'm reading something I'm reading it damn closely, and it's a rare book where I miss things on the second read, to say nothing of the first.

And Pulley is a joy; she never tells you anything. She just quietly shows (and boy does she know how to show) and trusts her readers are smart enough and careful enough to catch it. Here are some of my favorite examples of this with bonus gushing. If you haven't already, READ THE BOOK FIRST. You won't regret it. Now having properly caveated, Bonus gushing. )

TL;DR: Pulley is talented. Watchmaker is damn good. Read it.



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