November 2019

The Watchmaker Of Filigree St

Our November book discussion centred around Natasha Pulley’s debut novel The Watchmaker of Filigree Street.

Set in late Victorian London, with side trips to Oxford and Japan, the book mainly follows Thaniel Steepleton, a telegrapher for the British Home Office. One evening, he receives a report of a bomb threat from Irish separatists and later that same night, he goes home to find a gold pocket watch lying on his bed, with no clue how it got there. When the promised bomb goes off, Thaniel ought to be standing in its path, but the watch comes to life with a well-timed alarm that saves him. Thaniel tracks down its maker and finds Keita Mori, a Japanese expatriate and mechanical genius who can also see into the future. Soon, Thaniel’s destiny is linked with that of Mr Mori and Oxford student Grace Carrow, an oddball who is researching the existence of luminiferous ether.

Our book lovers’ comments were interesting and varied ranging from finding the novel compelling and fascinating to silly and contrived. Most felt the novel was crammed with too many elements and the characters were a bit uneven in the depth of their development. Whilst some thought the book was badly written others forgave the author’s youth and suggested her haphazard styles were perhaps a result of the workshops attended and the variety of methods she studied. Some felt she had potential and would like to read more of her books whilst others didn’t manage to (or didn’t want to) finish this one!

Ratings: Claudia 2.5 DNF, Gail DNF, Janet 3.5, Judith 3, Kim 1.5, Lynda 3.5, Margie 2, Nicola 3, Pauline 2 and Viv 3.

Our last meeting of the year will be 9/12/19 at 6:30PM at Preece House, 50 Nerang St Bischof Pioneer Park, Nerang (next to 54 Nerang St. shops) to discuss Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut.

Hope to see you all there and happy reading!

About Us

We are a group that gets together once a month to discuss good books. Each of us gets to choose a book on a rotational basis, preferably one outside our personal comfort zone – we try to keep the trash to ourselves. After the discussion, we comment on other books we read that month. Most of the time we remain friends after the meeting.

Preece HouseWe meet at the 1948 heritage Preece House, 50 Nerang St Bischof Pioneer Park, Nerang (next to 54 Nerang St. shops. This venue has no toilet but here’s one in the park) on the second Monday of every month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. excluding Public Holidays. A small contribution is required towards the rent of the room, but not if you are a first timer. The amount depends on the number of people attending.
One book title is chosen each month and we all read that book. There is a ‘host’ who introduces and co-ordinates the discussion. The role of host is rotated around the group so that each member has the opportunity to nominate their book (it could also be an author, theme or genre). The host also acts as chairperson for that meeting.
Although we are not a social club (we are readers), we occasionally attend literary events, relevant movies or plays here at the Gold Coast, Brisbane or Byron Bay. We conform to basic meeting practices and everyone has an equal opportunity to express their opinion. Everyone’s interpretation is valid, as long as it’s expressed respectfully.
We welcome any new members who share our aims and are happy to contribute to our group. Newcomers are not required to have read the book to attend the first meeting and no contribution is required from them.
Feel free to have a look at our Booklist for 2019 and Newsletters in the sidebar. If you are reading this blog in a mobile device, switch to desktop view.

CONTACT DETAILS

We meet from 6:30 to 8:30 PM on the 2nd Monday of every month at the heritage listed Preece House located at Bischof Park, Nerang Street (next corner White St), Nerang next door to shops at 54 Nerang Street. Please contact us for info on meetings that fall on Public Holidays.
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