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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He initiates nothing, and hardly even reacts to that which is initiated upon him. Also, do you have any other stories—be it novels or short fiction—planned for this world? 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. Did I mention I love clocks?

Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark. There are flashes of greatness mainsprung the story, but by and large it is peopled with flat uninteresting characters that do uninteresting things.

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Sep 17, Brian Kristopher rated it jy it.

At the same time, in order to give more angles on the story, I promoted two minor characters from the first book to their own POVs. MacLeod, by way of religious allegory. Mar 26, Mike rated it really liked it. One of the underlying puzzles of a universe like mine is kay existence isn’t completely deterministic. Being incarcerated with the candlemen?

Jay Lake: Writer

Mortal Engines Jjay Engines 1. The steampunk elements are done well, with air ships and many other things you would expect in a story of this type. That whole not bearing false witness thing in the Bible? It is more than Hethor’s story, it is the story of the Brass Christ, and the mysterious sorcerer or not Wi I have just finished rereading this book for the first time.


It is running down, and disaster to the planet will ensue if it’s not rewound.

And — according to the common wisdom — they eliminated the need for a God who took an active role in keeping the heavens spinning. The moon orbits the earth on a similar ring gear. Until finally, the story completely sputters out jayy leaves the reader wholly unsatisfied.

It is a universe where the hand of the Creator is visible to anyone who simply looks up into the sky, and sees the track of the heavens, the wheels of the Moon, and the great Equatorial gears of the Earth itself. Taking the train, they arrive to discover that First off, the main character, Hethor Jacques, is about as developed as the horse head from “The Godfather. Via Slacktivist Fred Clark. It is the book that introduced me directly to the Steampunk Revolution that has been brewing for a decade in fantasy and sciece fiction.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Hathor is visited by the archangel Gabriel, who instructs him to locate the Key Perilous and wind up the mainspring. I have to say, the opening chapter put me off. I suggest you read lakd review for a clearer idea — for a start.

His protagonist, a 16 year old boy named Hethor, sets out on a quest, follows it through while touring the world, and succeeds all is well.

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. For reasons not explained, he loses his legs, he falls in love with a hairy woman who is the size and build of a child, and all the companions he travelled the world with are never seen again. The chapters are completely disjointed and long as hell.


It is only that our bodies have not yet learned the truth. Beth is a wonderful editor, and they’ve taken good care of me.

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

Poop, there it is: Presenting the Mid-Century Modern… toothbrush — Because advertising circa I skimmed through and peeked at some of the bits other people highlighted. The book is as divided as the world it describes. His short fiction appeared regularly in literary and genre markets worldwide. For example, the candlemen, the monkey sex, the winged savages, the monkey sex, the physically impossible journey to the mainspring, the monkey sex, and that part in the beginning where he gets a boner for literally no reason.

If you look at the timing, it kind of all happened at once.

Return to Book Page. He is told that he must take the Key Perilous and rewind the Mainspring of the Earth. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Pheromone Signaling of Lkae C.

Beth Zuckerman reviews the Hugo-nominated novellas.