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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At the time I was very focused on short fiction and wasn’t actively seeking representation for a novel. As usual, I’ll leave it to others to tell you what the story is about. He is told that he must take the Key Perilous and rewind the mainspring of the Earth. Jay Lake’s first trade novel is an astounding work of creation.

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That was the greatest struggle for me. Maybe it’s my fascination with airships but that cover art is fantastic imo. The plot concerns a clockmaker’s apprentice, Hethor, who receives an angelic visitation, and is bidden to find a way to re-wind the earth’s failing Mainspring, lest the planet stop in its tracks quite literally.

The main problem I had with it is that Hethor, the book’s protagonist, never does much of anything. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. BooksCultureeconomyFoodgenderhistoryLinksMainspringnaturePersonalPoliticsPublishingreviewssecuritysexstoriestrainsweird Posted: The world Lake paints here though is crazy interesting. The hardest part of this experience was seeing the fear in the eyes of my parents and my child. Trivia About Mainspring Clock Hethor is your standard intrepid boy hero with hardly any characterisation, there’s no smooth character development, his love interest is preternaturally supportive and understanding and flawless, the ending left me unfulfilled, the writing felt stilted and overly-formal at times, and I had a really hard time just grasping some of Lake’s description and exactly how his world fits together.


Mainspriny that matter, why is the Mainspring unwinding in the first place? Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. My Reviews of the Clockwork Earth series: Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Personally, I think the novel should have been fleshed out more which would have given the story, characters, and the world room to grow.

Huge armoured fortresses are advancing across the wastelands – a new and terrifying kin Mainspring is the story of a young clockmaker’s apprentice, who is visited by the Archangel Gabriel. It was fun for me, a very on-the-ground form of immediacy in interacting with my ultimate audience: Narration is in the third-person exclusively via the sixteen-year-old Hethor Jacques.


On second exposure it is even better than I had remembered. The idea of the deus ex machina is an authorial taboo which Lake uses as the premise of Mainspring. This gives rise to no end of wonderful touches, such as the casual mention of “sidereal midnight”, that local time each day when the earth’s gearing meshes with another tooth llake the celestial ring gear. The principal conceit of the story is that the world of the story is truly the clockwork kake of Deist imagination, right down to having enormous gears set in the sky and running upon a great spring.

The other planets and satellites in our solar system move along like mechanisms. None of the small conflicts seemed to have any effect on the greater story arc Mainspring had really interesting world-building that I would have liked to see more fully developed and revealed.

Fantasy Book Critic: “Mainspring” by Jay Lake w/Bonus Q&A

About History — Shortpacked is making fun of a specific subset of geekdom, but this pretty much captures the conservative mind in general. And I say this as a committed secular humanist.

The author of more than short stories, Lake demonstrates his enormously fertile imagination in this unusual book, marred only by some sluggish pacing. The author would appear to be something of a fan of Gene Wolfe, and if you are going to pattern yourself after someone that’s a pretty good choice.

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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 The execution, however, is amateurish at best and laughable at worst. Grandville Mon Amour Bryan Talbot 9. But the Key Perilous is dismissed as a myth, and Hathor is mocked for his revelations and thrown out of his master’s house. Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.

Somehow William of Ghent is always steps ahead of Hethor’s travels, with no explanation of how. Extreme cold at the South Pole? Or perhaps it’s more what reviewer Lord Brandoch Daha observed, that each segment is good, but lacks overall cohesion: Thanks, I think, to Lisa Costello. It’s a different take on the classic quest story.

Then it spirals into what I can only describe as the ninth circle of hell. Jan 21, Danielle rated it it was ok Shelves: Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.