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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Product details File Size: Tips on Lakee to Become a Fossil. Good story about a boy eho get a call from the angel Gabriel that he must save the world, may his way he meet some strange 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. I don’t care if Hethor dies in the attempt. The setting had potential. At the time I was very focused on short fiction and wasn’t actively seeking representation for a novel.
Mainspring by Jay Lake
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 mains;ring. This allows Lake a few too-easy ways to get Hathor out of scrapes. It often seems that deus ex machine is at work several times within the story. The entire book is a list of sequential plot sentences, with events that are both poorly contextualized and have no set up or follow through.
I’m not a reader of steampunk novels, though I do like the concept. Especially the last page or so, I was like really? My own childhood was spent largely in Southeast Asia and West Africa.
Not to the theoretical foundation of conservatism, which in many ways is an admirable philosophy, but to the conservatism that requires the magical thinking of evolution denial and climate change denial and supply side economics to function politically, while proudly and explicitly rejecting the evidence-based world. The problem I had with it was that the style made the book read slowly to me.
The moon orbits the earth on a similar ring gear. The novel suffers for it, in large part because when I think of a Victorian Hero, I think a man of action, who works to drive events.
He is the author of more than short stories and has been nominated for the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award.
Mainspring by Jay Lake book review
I’m concerned for Jay Lake’s mental health at this point because that scene was actually the worst thing I’ve ever had to read. What is this race of ‘flying savages’ and are they friends or enemies? Jun 28, Ian rated it liked it Shelves: Let me say that again: The Earth of is still the Earth ofrecognizably so although in this world the British Empire still holds sway over its colonies in the New World. But the Key Perilous is dismissed as a myth, and Hathor is maihspring for his revelations and thrown out of his master’s house.
But I found it awkward and slow going.
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It is a marvelous chance to step out of our own familiar world filled with marvels, into a world strange and steeped in the elements of our own, but rendered in strange hues, as if seen through the distorted lens of a funhouse mirror. His lack of appeal is not due to any vice or ugliness, but to the entire absence thereof.
Oct 24, Janet rated it it was ok. This book has some steampunk overtones, but effectively is set in a clockwork universe instead, which is a unique twist that pushes it almost into its very own genre. If you investigate the teleological argument for the existence of God, you find something that looks a lot like Intelligent Design, which is funny, since I’m a fierce critic of the intellectual fraud that movement represents.
The author has a close relationship with their acquiring editor, a passing relationship with their copy editor, while everything else happens on the other side of the silo wall. It is a clockpunk science fiction novel.
Jay Lake: Writer
The Truth by Terry Pratchett. It was basically a Quest book. 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 Maimspring has converted to fit into his ingeniously created world.
Sadly, Mainspring testifies to the dangers of setting a lousy story in an amazing world. I happen to believe in a divine creator.
I would recommend the book to readers who like their speculative fiction intelligent, thought-provoking, spiritual, and exotic: The whole story revolves around the rewinding manspring the Mainspring and I, personally, would have liked it to have been more a race against time, in which the effects of this slowing down of the Jy would become apparent. A new subgenre of a subgenre is not needed here.
I have hope though, given the glimmers of hope I had in the first half, and the buzz that Mainspring ‘s sequel, Escapementhas gotten Lake’s world back on track.
Victoriana, airships, and steampunk? Mortal Engines Quartet Philip Reeve 9. While many books beg you to skip to the end to see how it comes out, by the middle of MainspringI was pretty sure I knew already.