This book contained a grandfather who makes clocks for a living. He has a clock that when he presses it, time stops.

He has a grandson who he lives with and he is constantly being attacked by goblins, who I think are working for someone I can't remember.

The goblins are undergoing hard labor and are trying to get the magic clock so that they can give to their master to stop time.

I read this book in 2009, so it must be at least that old.

  • Do you recall if the book seemed to be geared towards any audience/age group? Any recollection of the cover? – phantom42 Jan 8 '14 at 17:25
  • This does not seem to be Pratchett's Thief of Time which also features a clock that stops time, but in Pratchett's book this is decidedly a bad thing. – dmckee Jan 8 '14 at 19:33
  • It's very different, but this very much brings to mind the book "A house with a clock in its walls" – JohnP Apr 17 '14 at 14:41
  • The girl, the gold watch, and everything also leaps to mind. – Broklynite Jan 11 '16 at 17:52

"The girl, the gold watch, and everything" (John D. MacDonald) has the grandfather (actually an uncle) who invented the watch, but not any goblins.

From the plot synopsis at Wikipedia:

Kirby plays with the watch and accidentally finds out his uncle's secret: the watch can stop time for everybody but the holder, leaving him in a peculiar red-lighted world with everybody around "frozen", and effectively placing everybody else in the world at his mercy.

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