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Mainspring is the third novel from writer Jay Lake. It is a clockpunk science fiction novel. This novel is followed by the sequel Escapement and the All in all, Mainspring has a marvellous and highly original world, and the Jay Lake is the winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Mainspring is a grand and glorious adventure, an epic journey of imagination the likes of which I haven’t often seen. Campbell winner Jay Lake takes the.

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Sidewise Award Nominee for Alternate History So they cheat and deceive, as always. Jay Lake may not realize it, but he’s rewriting Donnie Darko. Thanks, I think, to Lisa Costello.

The long-lost last emperor threatens to reappear after centuries of being presumed safely dead, as the City and maiinspring interests are attacked by pirates, giant wasps, and the weight of history. I know, I know. What are the roles of Malgus and William of Ghent?

It was basically a Quest book. Jay Lake Pre-Mortem Readathon, review the second: Despite having no real sense of agency, Hethor does ultimately complete his quest.

Mainspring by Jay Lake

And I say this as a committed secular humanist. Hethor leaves New Haven, Mainsprung. Hethor is your standard intrepid boy hero with hardly any characterisation, there’s no smooth character development, his love interest is preternaturally supportive and understanding and flawless, the ending left me unfulfilled, the writing felt stilted and overly-formal at times, and I had a really hard time just grasping some of Lake’s description and exactly how his world fits together.

Apr 29, Julie rated it did not like it Shelves: I heard about him when Green came out and added that to my to-read list, but when I was at a used book store, Mainspring and Escapement were there, so I bought them. The entire planet of Mainspring is bisected by a massive wall, separating it into the industrialized Northern hemisphere, and the bucolic, pre-industrial Southern mainsprjng.


Also, do you have any other stories—be it novels or short fiction—planned for this world?

The pacing is nonexistent and the tone is bipolar at best. I would have loved to see some diagrams. Legacy, Eon, and Eternity. Hathor’s entire existence is being uprooted by his experiences, and Lake does everything in the writer’s book o’ tricks to enhance that feeling of being lost and confused, a stranger in a strange land.

Lake just doesn’t put enough work into convincing me his alternate world is viable. It’s almost a Boy’s Own book in its way, albeit two of the three protagonists are female. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Mainspring — A review — Given his comments about the female characters, I hope the reviewer gets a chance to read the next two books in the series.

This in itself is a fascinating idea, and the way in which Lake ties the idea of clockwork into Hethor’s ability to hear the machinery of the earth coming off its track develops into the equally interesting idea that one who can hear the clockwork will ultimately understand the clockwork, and be able to assert their will upon it, i.

When Hethor enquires about the Key Perilous in New Haven he is not taken serious and an argument between the son of the Clockmaker and Hethor forces him to leave and find new allies.

An original blend of science fiction jzy fantasy set in an alternate 19th century Earth. I can’t go any further and I’m stopping this around page Via Slacktivist Fred Clark. Will definitely look for it when it reaches here in Oz. To ask other readers questions about Mainspringplease sign up. He is told that he must take the Key Perilous and rewind the Mainspring of the Earth. Not Enabled Screen Reader: Her intelligence and insight are on a par with Isaac Newton’sbut her opportunities are as barren as the place she calls home.


Lake takes steampunk to its l Why hello, alternate universe with airships ; we meet again. I sometimes use the metaphor of cabinet making contrasted with framing carpentry—both use the same set of tools, but to very different ends.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. If you’re going to have crappy characters in a stupid setting, you need a fantastic plot to redeem it.

Well, let’s ignore a pointless sex scene thrown in randomly later in the book to establish a growing bond between the main character and his nominal girlfriend; let’s ignore the impossible nature of the equatorial gear crossing Imagine the worst possible writing mistake about a world where the baseline may is a giant clockwork mechanism and jag concept of gears is fundamental??? Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. It is more than Hethor’s story, it is the story of the Brass Christ, and the mysterious sorcerer or not William of Ghent. Sadly, Mainspring testifies to the dangers of setting a lousy story in an amazing world. Newer Post Older Post Home. Lake is probably the first guy I’ve seen to do something intelligent with the notion of “intelligent design”.

The Unfrozen North — Nothing to see here, citizen. The City Imperishable’s last remaining tributary mainapring, Port Defianceis breaking free under pressure from dwarf refugees, while the fabric of dwarf society unravels completely.

If the fate of the world really were in Hethor’s hands, as they are in Mainspringwe would be Screwed with a capital S.