Good morning, panda friends! Welcome to the book tour for The Tick Tock Man, by R. M. Clark! In this post, you’ll find overall info about book and author, my cover analysis, the top 5 coolest places to hang out at ‘clock world’, and a giveaway!
The Tick Tock Man
by R.M. Clark
Genre: Middle Grade, Mystery, Fantasy
Release date: May 2nd, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books/Tantrum Books
When the clocks in town stop, thirteen-year-old CJ discovers an unusual “clock world” where most of the citizens are clock parts, tasked with keeping the big clocks running. But soon the seemingly peaceful world is divided between warring factions with CJ instructed to find the only person who can help: the elusive Tick Tock Man.
With the aid of Fuzee, a partly-human girl, he battles gear-headed extremists and razor-sharp pendulums in order to restore order before this world of chimes, springs, and clock people dissolves into a massive time warp, taking CJ’s quiet New England town with it.
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TOP 5 coolest places to hang out at ‘clock world’
Not much of a town, really. It’s just a bunch of rag-tag structures against the side of a hill. Perfect living if you happen to be a gear-headed member of The Verge or if you are into sparse facilities. Did I mention the smell? Yeah, there’s that.
4) The ogive
There are a few paths that will get you safely from Kinzig to Murg and back. But what if the gearheads are lurking nearby? Then, you may want to try the ogive. It’s an arch-shaped opening that leads to a secret tunnel between villages. Watch out for muskrats in the stream!
3) The pendulum wall
There’s an impenetrable wall of massive swinging pendulums between the two feuding villages. The wall was put there by the Tick Tock Man many years before to keep the peace in the clock world (Furtwangen). They come in many sizes and shapes, and they are all razor sharp, so enjoy the breeze but don’t get too close!
2) The Sequence
Unseen by the humans below, this circular structure connects all the great clocks in town by a series of catwalks. It can be perilous if too many “citizens” decide to move about at the same time. It’s surrounded by mist and fog so you can’t see too far in front or below you, but that’s probably a good thing. Trouble is likely brewing nearby, see keep your guard up at all times.
1)An isochronal circle
There are couple of ways to get from the real world to the clock world. You can use a special watch, which may get inside one of the great clocks. The method of choice is to take a bunch of small clocks, place them in circle, and summon them to spin. Don’t let the sparkles scare you away, it’s part of the adventure. When you step inside the isochronal circle, you can go anywhere you want in Furtwangen. Careful, though, because time travel can be perilous if not performed properly. You’ve been warned!
I liked this cover well enough, but I feel that there are too many elements on it. I mainly like the green and shady background with the clock for obvious reasons, but there is too much fog and those creepy eyes among the upside down city also don’t sit well with me.
R. M. Clark is a computer scientist for the Dept. of Navy by day and children’s book writer by night. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two sons.
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That’s it! Thank you for reading ❤ Also, thanks to R. M. Clark for being here with us today and to Chapter by Chapter for hosting this tour!