A Review of Clockwork Charlie

Clockwork Charlie so far has one of the most compelling central characters of any of the many draft projects I am following on Inkshares. Ken Lindsey is wise to share Chapter 8 with us, as the mystery surrounding Charlie, her abilities and the unique world being crafted is very pronounced here. The events referenced in the car scene with Cricket and Jessie, such as the burning of the hotel and particularly Charlie's dream and her obviously troubled but close relationship with her father, make me desperately want to find out what happens between the prologue and chapter 8!

Lindsey has a talent for economical dialogue and for the careful release of plot details and back story that do not slow down the forward momentum of his storytelling. Some of aspects of this world are puzzling, but I have a feeling that much of what we need to know lies buried like a sleeping dragon in unshared chapters, and I know that I'm not the only reader that is definitely interested in reading more. I also want to know more about Charlie's father because Lindsey clearly conveys his importance to Charlie within the two excerpted chapters, but I am sure that more will be revealed about him in time.

If you like dark fantasy, Clockwork Charlie has all the markers indicating it will be a carefully constructed, moody and compelling character driven story. I think that here I can see shades of Gaiman, Barker, King and maybe even China Meiville. I highly recommend that you read the drafted work present here, give Ken your feedback and support and get ready for his funding campaign, because I can definitely see Clockwork Charlie as a finished book on my shelf at home, and can't wait to read more and follow it into production!