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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Mianspring Clockwork Earth Book 3. Sadly, it isn’t done here. Which is rather disappointingly simplistic. Still, I kind of liked the weird tension created by the fact that as the story progresses, we’re never quite sure whether certain of Hathor’s companions — like Malgus, the guide who abandons Hathor the first chance he gets — are friend or foe. Books by Jay Lake.

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March Learn how and when to remove this template message. I’ll be picking this one up soon, I think: Mainspring Clockwork Earth Book 1 Author s: See all Editorial Reviews. The protagonist is put through this and that adventure, which are interesting to read, but they don’t logically lead to the conclusion. Newer Post Older Post Home.


Hethor is entrusted with a quest to find the legendary “Key Perilous,” one of seven sacred artifacts given to humanity by the Brass Christ following his “horofixion” on a “wheel-and-gear” instead of cross One of my biggest complaints was that until the last quarter of the story, the main character was just being carried along by events.


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 maibspring early twentieth century United States strange enough to feel otherworldly, while maintaining the verisimilitude of period necessary for successful historical even alternate historical fiction to work.

In order to achieve uay goal Hethor must find the Key Perilous, the only key that can be used on the Mainspring. He doesn’t change at all, and the reader just gets the sense that Hethor only exists to move along the plot if you could even call it that.

From innocence and ignorance to power and self-knowledge, the young man will make the long and perilous journey to the South Polar Axis, to fulfill the commandment of his God. I definitely recommend reading the book because the sequel, “Escapement”, maijspring flatout awesome!

Ives — brilliant but eccentric scientist and explorer — is at home in Aylesford with his family. The earth attached to a giant clock gear!

I want to explore it. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. New and contradictory data is absorbed and accounted for, and theories are adjusted. I’ve done a fair amount of serious work in slipstream, especially with Deborah Layne on Polyphony volumesso it seemed like a lot of fun to do a genre mashup between slipstream and the classic traditions of pulp.


Try thinking about the shape of a gear for a second, just one second, a fraction of time less than it would have taken the author to google a picture of a gear, for example Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser.

Lakd easy recommendation, for those mature enough to avoid snickering.

In Mainspring, Hethor Jacques, a Clockmaker’s apprentice is visited by the Archangel Gabriel and charged with an quest… He must rewind the Mainspring of Earth before time runs out and the world will stop. The world Lake paints here though is crazy interesting.

Actions, scenes, characters and ideas are thrown around, but the author never does us the courtesy of explaining them.

I think that, ultimately, what makes or breaks this book is whether or not you buy Lake’s message and I don’t think that I do. I don’t like Hethor. Mainspring is the story of a young clockmaker’s apprentice, who is visited by the Archangel Gabriel. It’s almost Magical Realist in the way it simply plunks down a huge impossibility and refuses to explain it, even as mainxpring story winds itself around that very impossibility.

While I enjoyed parts of this clockpunk work, overall I can’t help but feel a little indifferent after finishing the tale. Others include elegant phrasemaking, deft plotting, and a re-imagining of the laws of the Universe that’s breathtaking.