Plot summary[ edit ] The evil Duke of Coffin Castle lives with his good and beautiful niece, the princess Saralinda, in a castle so cold that all the clocks have frozen at ten minutes to five. He falls in with an enigmatic guide known as the Golux. Soon after, he is arrested for singing mocking songs about the Duke in public. The Duke assigns Zorn the task of finding a thousand jewels, and sets a deadline 99 hours hence, which is too little time for Zorn to obtain the jewels from the kingdom of Zorna. In addition, the Duke demands that Zorn must also find a way to restart the thirteen frozen clocks.
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How did this book stay off my radar for so long? Who can I blame? I only heard of the book because Neil Gaiman wrote an introduction I think to a new edition in which he highly praises "13 Clocks".
I ordered a copy from the library an older copy, without the Gaiman introduction For example The right one had otugrown the left because, when he was young, he had spent his mornings place-kicking pups and punting kittens.
He would say to a suitor, "What is the difference in the length of my legs? The suitor was supposed to say, "Why, one is longer than the other. They were told to cut a slice of moon, or change the ocean into wine. They were set to finding things that never were, and building things that could not be. They came and tried and failed and disappeared and never came again.
And some, as I have said, were slain, for using names that start X, or dropping spoons, or wearing rings, or speaking disrespectfully of sin. If you want to remember why some books aimed at younger readers pulse with joy and energy, check out "The 13 Clocks.
The 13 Clocks
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