The Clockwork Three in Complex Chinese, and some other things

The Clockwork Three has sold in several foreign languages, thanks to the hard work and enthusiasm of Scholastic’s Foreign Rights team.  One of those languages is Complex Chinese, and I thought the cover looked so cool I wanted to share.

Pretty neat, eh? I’m glad they stayed with the original artwork. According to Google Translate, the title of my book in Chinese is “Gear of the heart,” which is really quite poetic. An online retailer has set up a gorgeous web-page here, if you want to check it out (although it is sometimes unavailable). Anyone read Complex Chinese?


For those living in the Orem/Provo area, I’ll be at the Orem Barnes & Noble signing books from 5:30-8:30.  Come on by and say hi!

Where: 330 East 1300 South, Orem, UT

When: March 10th, 2011 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM


Some of you may have listened to the audiobook version of The Clockwork Three.  Marc Thompson did an amazing job bringing all the characters to life, and for many of them, his interpretation sounded almost exactly like the voices I heard in my mind as I wrote the book. Well, I wanted to post another review of The Clockwork Three, but this one’s not for me.  It’s for Marc, and he deserves all the praise that comes his way.

Marc Thompson gives distinct, youthful voices to each of three children–Giuseppe, an orphaned street musician; Frederick, an apprentice clockmaker; and Hannah, a hotel maid–whose lives in a fictional American port city in the late nineteenth century become linked as each strives to achieve a better life. Thompson’s narration smoothly makes believable the transition from the children’s separate stories to their shared adventure as they solve the mystery of a hidden treasure–complete with steampunk elements involving a clockwork automaton with the heart of a golem, who becomes their protector. Thompson’s stellar performance of a tale with a host of interesting characters and plot twists is a most satisfying listening experience.


And one final note.  I’ll soon be posting a synopsis of my new novel, Icefall, so be sure to check back for that.

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3 responses to “The Clockwork Three in Complex Chinese, and some other things”

  1. Wow, the cover looks quite…interesting and… oriental. Y’know, I actually took Chinese for a while. However, the only character I knew on the cover was the heart one.

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