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 It was a bit stilted and stiff, which I think was meant to evoke the strict Puritan-like upbringing Hethor has had until his visitation. And Mainsprinng say this as a committed secular humanist.

That whole not bearing false witness thing in the Bible? Ives James P Blaylock 8. And today, Lake does what so few others in my 53 years have done: Childress is very educated, but utterly sheltered in her life as a New England spinster.

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Grandville Mon Amour Bryan Talbot 9. Late in the story, Hathor does attract a set of what you might call “disciples,” and even his own Mary Magdelene in noble-savage guise. Newer Post Older Post Home. He just sort of drifts along, never actively doing anything to take control of his own journey, ending up at his intended destination mostly by dumb luck.

Maimspring ex Machina doesn’t even begin to cover what constantly happens throughout the last third of the journey. As this cunningly-plotted q The core conceit of Mainspring imagines that the solar system is actually a gigantic orrey, and that the movements of the stars, planets, and the earth itself are all controlled through a sort of deistic clockwork, giving physical form to the ages-old watchmaker analogy of creation.


The chapters are completely disjointed and long as hell. 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 mainapring the commandment of his God. The premise is excellent, as is the cover. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. BooksCultureeconomyFoodgenderhistoryLinksMainspringnaturePersonalPoliticsPublishingreviewssecuritysexstoriestrainsweird Posted: The Earth here rotates around the sun on a gigantic brass gear system.


I was playing with two basic ideas when I wrote the book. I’d call the book perfect were it not for Lake’s regrettable tendency to activate the cheat codes whenever the going gets a little rough.

Did I mention I love clocks? Get to Know Us. Equally lovely jainspring the description of the earth’s equatorial track glimmering in the daylit eastern and western skies, and the delicate tracery of the moon’s ring gear shining at night. Hethor lacked personality, conviction, and most of all, passion. I have to say, the opening chapter put me off.

The earth attached to a giant clock gear! Good Steampunk book, intresting feature in here are the religion which a brass christ who dies while rewinding the great gears who propells the world forword. At first I intended to give this book two stars. There are also religious references in the book which make God the Clockmaker of the earth, and several paragraphs in the book feature a short Bible phrase which Lake has converted to fit into his ingeniously created world.

Mainspring begins with the archangel Gabriel appearing to Hethor, the novel’s protagonist. maijspring

If I hadn’t co-edited it, I’d be quite jealous about not being in the ToC. Mainspring Clockwork Earth Book 1 Author s: Oh, and he dies himself, but comes back to life just because he wants to.

Lake has a good writing style that really involve you in the novel.


kake Jesus Christ was made of brass; Gabriel is, too. As with virtually all conservative ideals, Republicans cannot win on the merits. Angus Threadgill Al-Wazirthe improbably named chief petty officer from Bassettand Emily McHenry Childressthe Yale theology librarian, each come to the forefront in their own way. Whether allies or enemies, their motivations were poorly explained at best and nonexistent at worst, and any expressed emotions rang hollow. The Adjustable Cosmos — An animated short film with certain affinities to my Mainspding trilogy.

Early on, our hero Hethor expresses some mwinspring 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? But the planet itself is girdled with an immense equatorial mountain range, topped with enormous brass teeth.

Have I mentioned how terrible this book is?

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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 Judging from the number of 5 star and 1 star ratings, I’d say Mainspring qualifies.

Extreme cold mainsprnig the South Pole? Lake is never entirely clear on anyone’s motivations, and Hethor doesn’t bat an eye when his actions cause William to fall but not fatally into the depths of mainsring clockwork Earth.