The apprentice's friends think hearing the latest story by Fritz, the writer, will cheer poor Karl up. At least it will distract Karl from the fact that he hasn't produced a new moving figure for the great timepiece at the center of town, as he was supposed to. But to Fritz's horror the story he tells Karl begins to come true, and one of the main characters -- the evil Dr. Kalmenius -- shows up with a terrifying piece of clockwork. It's a knight called Sir Ironsoul. And when Karl decides to accept Dr. Kalmenius's offer and try to pass Sir Ironsoul off as his own work, the results are...well, deadly.
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Another beautifully connected book by Pullman that is intended for a younger audience. This book is easy to read, and the plot and conflicts are written without any superfluous diction. Like many of Pullman's works, Clockwork or All Wound Up contains more moral and insight then what just appears on the surface, and conveys it in a simple yet elegant fairy tale like way.
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I liked this short story. The characters were definitely unique and the "story within a story" concept worked in this case. I also liked how the two stories converged at the end. The narration was ... Read full review