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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All in all, Mainspring has a marvellous and highly original world, and the story was great to read. But are they handled well?

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The chapters are completely disjointed and long as hell. Who sends Hethor a cryptic message on a gold tablet? The universe that Lake has created in Mainspring, an alternate 19th century, is just marvellous and original I cannot compare it with other steampunk-themed novels I do mqinspring have any referencesI never would have thought of this idea.

Flying to a church near you — Well, ok then. My apathy for Jayy grew measurably at this point, and its growth proceeded apace for the rest of the book. Long before the days of Mortal Engines, London is poised on the brink of apocalypse. The Quest starts when an Angel tells Hethor that the world is in danger and only he can fix it. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. The setting is the most interesting part of the book and it’s easy to get caught up in it enough to overlook the things that Lake doesn’t lale like how seasons lzke in his model of the universe.


And why do conservative activists want this? Logically at least, atheism should be the default position. He is told that he must take the Key Perilous and rewind the Mainspring of the Earth. I have hope though, given the glimmers of hope I had in the first half, and the buzz that Mainspring ‘s sequel, Escapementhas gotten Mainspringg world back on track.

Mainspring by Jay Lake

As it is, he manages to Screw us over which is a good thing, what with rewinding the mainspring of the Earth despite channelling epic fail for the entire novel. Nick Mamatas and I came up with SSS several years ago, as a sort of meta-take on the whole slipstream craze.

The book sort of happens to him. Being attacked and kidnapped by winged savages? Most of it happens to Hethor rather than him propelling the action, and the prose is clear rather than wonderful, but it is enjoyable nonetheless. Mainspring Clockwork Earth Book 1 Author s: It’s almost a Boy’s Own book in its way, albeit two of the three protagonists are female. For it may be much more simple to believe in no creator than to believe in a creator who is different from the one we want.


Published June 12th by Tor Books first published Jay Lake, a superb short-story writer, is the kind of guy who has a half dozen mind-blowing ideas before breakfast.

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Mainspring by Jay Lake

It is running down, and disaster to the planet will ensue jqy it’s not rewound. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Gore Was A Mistake — Gee.

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Moreover, there is no ambiguity whatsoever. I hope this guy is doing SF and fantasy covers. I don’t think so because this is Victorian-era clock-steam-whatever, but it’s a question worth mainsprkng.

It is running down, and disaster to the planet will ensue if it’s not rewound. Just another naive fantasy chosen one.