Books Described Badly

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street: A Novel by Natasha Pulley

Oliver “Shiny” Blakemore
1 min readAug 9, 2023

Have you ever judged a book by its cover? Then thought, “There’s no way that's actually a good book. You can't judge a book by its cover. Never going to read that one.”

Then maybe you left it at the store, came back to look at it again three days later, then bought the book with just as much cynicism (you can't judge a book by the cover), then took it home to discover it turned out to be among the best books you ever read.

Not asking for any particular reason.

This book is the fantasy equivalent of steampunk.

Sort of.

It’s also magical realism but historical fiction.

Sort of.

It’s a beautifully written, magical story that takes place in England’s Victorian era. It takes on how time and perception interact, and ways that Western and Eastern attitudes clash.

If that sounds fun, read it.

This book described badly: Thaniel, a telegraph operator, gets a government job, then finds his new boyfriend through work.

I love this book. It's amazing in every way.

I give it a • - - - - - - - - - out of • - - - - - - - - -

Read it.



Oliver “Shiny” Blakemore

The best part of being a mime is never having to say I’m sorry.