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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I’m honestly disappointed that Goodreads doesn’t allow me to give this 0 laek, because I would if I could. 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. Lale is very educated, but utterly sheltered in her life as a New England spinster.

The world Lake paints here though is crazy interesting. Thinks about the world being rewound, and it is. And the characters are great. Mortal Engines Quartet Philip Reeve 9. Instead, Hethor knows that they’re wrong, and as a result, they become nothing more than cardboard obstacles in his way to the finish line. He comes face to face with several people who are Atheists, of a sort, but no real depth is given to any of these characters, or their belief system. Mainnspring the other hand, the originality of idea could not overcome for me the blandness of the main maimspring side characters.


An easy recommendation, for those mature enough to avoid snickering. That’s not to say it’s bad, because it’s not.


The City Imperishable’s last remaining tributary city, Port Defianceis breaking free under pressure from dwarf refugees, while the fabric of dwarf society unravels completely. Hethor seems to be carried along in his quest more by the events going on around him than by any action of his own. As mainsprlng, it had certain shortcomings. I skimmed through and peeked at some of the bits other people highlighted. However, there mxinspring a way to have a higher power involved in the working out of the main action in a way which leaves the reader in suspense.

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I know, I know. But I found it awkward and slow going. Little Rock school district will now make teachers wear underwear — I, um… Uh. 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.

If you imagine this as a pocket universe, like Shroeder’s “Sun of Suns” or books by Adam Roberts like “On” or “Polystom”, this is an enjoyable book.

Mainspring (Clockwork Earth #1) by Jay Lake

In a way, instead of the Victorian Era flavor Lake was going for, he ends up invoking an earlier period. I don’t know why some reviewers hated this book so much. There lwke a problem filtering reviews right now. It falls to Hathor Jacques, a teenage clockmaker’s apprentice in New Haven, to save the world. Friday, June 20, It is a universe where the hand of the Creator is visible to anyone who may 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.


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Sep 17, Brian Kristopher rated it liked mainsprimg. As a result, Hethor comes across as a bit weak willed and more than a little wishy-washy.

That so many people in this world are under a kind of spiritual malaise even with irrefutable proof of a “higher power” gives Mainspring a sense of philosophical authenticity. The solar system runs on titanic brass gears. Unfortunately, Wolfe has a singularly unimitatable style and the author is quite unable to match his high ambitions.