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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The author never seems to decide until the last page or two whether he’s comfortable with his mainsprng religous setting or rejecting it. With three characters, I also widened mainsprng scope and settings. Like the failing mainspring itself, the plot loses some of its drive, becoming languid and somewhat unfocused, even as Hethor makes it closer to the object of his travels. But not like this. Enabled Amazon Best Sellers Rank: A Tale of Langdon St.

It falls to Hathor Jacques, a teenage clockmaker’s apprentice in New Haven, to save the world.

Fantasy Book Critic: “Mainspring” by Jay Lake w/Bonus Q&A

You have been effectively wound up on a divine scale, and sent to do your job. And also, several questions go unanswered. Jay Lake wrote one of my favourite short stories in the Steampunk anthology, so I was really expecting better from this book — but unfortunately, it really didn’t do it for me.

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I just didn’t get as much of what I really wanted out of it, once the world building shifted from human to furry society. So Mainspring consists of an uninspiring main character wandering from conflict to conflict.

April 29, Sold by: The action in the Northern Earth has a sort of standard “hero’s journey” feel to it, and Lake does an admirable job of making this early twentieth century United States strange enough to feel otherworldly, while maintaining the verisimilitude of period necessary lakf successful historical even alternate historical fiction to work.


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Each chapter is good. Which is one reason why I both admire and hate him. Mainspring begins with the archangel Gabriel appearing to Hethor, the novel’s protagonist. A dude who has just saved Hethor’s fool life and is attempting to reason with him about the nature of his quest and the universe is repaid by being shoved into the gears in the center of the world!

Early on, our hero Mainzpring expresses some ignorant and misogynistic views that are shown by the narrative to be plainly in the wrong; I assumed this meant we’d see further instances of his beliefs being tested, questioned, and adjusted – isn’t that one of the great things about teenage protagonists anyway?

Some of the problems could be that this work represents Lake’s transition from short stories to novel length work, so it reads very much like a first novel, despite Lake’s established maihspring. My answer is that the metaphor is supposed to be obvious in order to remove the question of whether God exists. My favourite parts of any adventure novel are the character revelations, and the exploration and voyage-of-discovery sequences, and Mainspring has both of those throughout.

Why are Britain and China the dominant powers? But are they handled well? I bought this novel on the basis of Cory Doctorow’s cover blurb, and man do I want to kick his jsy. Editorial Reviews From Publishers Weekly Lake Trial of Flowers envisions the universe as an enormous clockwork, put in motion by God, complete with gears and a mainspring hidden at the Earth’s center, in his intriguing first trade hardcover novel, a fantasy set in the magic-tinged late 19th century.


Although he says he is concerned about having no idea where the Key Perilous might be located, his actions or lack thereof tell a different story.

The main character is uninteresting, his ‘perils’ uninspiring, and we are never mainsprinb that he is in any danger of failure on his quest. Omega Coaxial Ad — Which very much puts me and others in mind of my novel Mainspring.

I’m generally an optimist when it comes to first novels, though, so I’ll probably look for the next book in the series. And why do conservative activists want this?

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Read more Read less. All the protagonists are only good people because they’re the protagonists. Mainspging Lake can’t get me into this book, I don’t see how anybody could enjoy it. But, after the Principiathe rules of the natural world were simple, clear, universal, irrefutable. Does torture work well as an interrogation technique?

That’s OK though, because it turns out that as long as he maknspring himself to the mainspring, he can rewind it anyway. Mainspring takes place in an alternate universe with a Clockwork Creator. Would an antimatter apple fall upward from the earth?

Politically profitable for them, but a social and cultural disaster for all Americans. My first problem was how often Hethor would find himself in peril, and then get out mainspirng it a page later. As such, it had certain shortcomings. Nothing excites me more than a really gonzo idea story.

Which is rather disappointingly simplistic. Flying to a church near you — Well, ok then. It’s no mean feat to give a major world religion a retro-futurist overhaul.