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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Hethor seems to be carried along in his quest more by the events going on around him than by any action of his own. What are the roles mainxpring Malgus mainpsring William of Ghent? You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. He is the author of more than short stories and has been nominated for the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award. Man catches year-old fish — Hmmm. God’s role had been relegated to that of the Clockmaker who wound up the universe at the beginning of time, but after which had nothing more to do with Creation than to stand back and watch it tick away the eons.


Jul 04, Richard Derus rated it it was amazing.

Somehow William of Ghent is always steps ahead of Hethor’s travels, with no explanation of how. In the Mainspring universe, a great wall topped by gear teeth encircles the world and moves the Earth along its vast orbital track around the sun. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

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Recommended fantasy mainspding Recommended fantasy trilogies Hidden fantasy book gems Recommended fantasy audiobooks. Each stage of the adventure is interesting, even exciting. Hethor leaves New Haven, Conn.

These different views really make you think twice about all that happened in the book. Jacob Carnehan has settled down. May 03, Tom rated it did not like it. The prose is stilted, the dialog pathetic. Candlemen — A character type based on Mainspring. The lesson to me is that I need to understand why some people saw it that way, and do better in the future.

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No, he is wrong about women, and literally nothing else. What Lake seems frustratingly, maddeningly incapable of here is providing us with any reason to care about the people and situations occurring in his interesting world. Being attacked and kidnapped by winged savages? April 29, Sold by: That whole not bearing false witness thing in the Bible? To view it, click here.


I hope this guy is doing SF and fantasy covers. Jay Lake’s first trade novel is an astounding work of creation. I bought this novel on the basis of Cory Doctorow’s cover blurb, and man do I want to kick his ass.

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.

Mainspring by Jay Lake book review

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.

Its premises hit me on a lot of levels: The Quest starts when an Angel tells Hethor that the world is in danger and only he can fix it. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.