The Nine Pound Hammer
What if John Henry had a son?Twelve-year-old Ray is haunted by the strangest memories of his father, whom Ray swears could speak to animals. Now an orphan, Ray jumps from a train going through the American South and falls in with a medicine show train and its stable of sideshow performers. The... show more
What if John Henry had a son?Twelve-year-old Ray is haunted by the strangest memories of his father, whom Ray swears could speak to animals. Now an orphan, Ray jumps from a train going through the American South and falls in with a medicine show train and its stable of sideshow performers. The performers turn out to be heroes, defenders of the wild, including the son of John Henry. They are hiding the last of the mythical Swamp Sirens from an ancient evil known as the Gog. Why the Gog wants the Siren, they can’t be sure, but they know it has something to do with rebuilding a monstrous machine that John Henry gave his life destroying years before, a machine that will allow the Gog to control the will of men and spread darkness throughout the world.
Publish date: August 10th 2010
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
Series: The Clockwork Dark (#1)
It took me over a week and a half to read this and I know it wasn't completely the book's fault (I started a new job, etc.) however it never really did anything for me. This is a competently written book and I have no qualms about continuing with the rest of the trilogy... but I don't really have an...
Entertaining, but I was pissed at Conker's death. All I could think was, of COURSE the Black kid dies. They could possibly bring him back, because they never found his body, but I don't even think that would be a good idea. I did like the idea of a melting pot of mystical people coming together to m...
Full disclosure: the author is a neighbor and friend, and former teacher of the eldest.Oh, but I loved this. The idea of taking American folklore as indicative of real heroes, super-heroes I guess, is genius. Remember, I loved Anne Ursu's The Shadow Thieves, The Siren Song, and The Immortal Fire....