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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It’s beyond me how anybody could genuinely enjoy this book, let alone barely tolerate it. From innocence and ignorance to power and self-knowledge, the young man will make the long and perilous journey to the South Polar Axis, to fulfill the commandment of his God.

Mainspring is the third novel from writer Jay Lake. In a genre where world-building is usually fetishistically meticulous, this is particularly dismaying. Arctic sea ice must be acting, willfully, out of malevolent motives. To find the Mainspring of the Earth and rewind it using the Key Periloussaving the world.

What are the roles of Malgus and William of Ghent? Return to Book Page. Yes, magical thinking is everywhere the anti-vax movement is not a conservative fixationbut only in the Republican party and its annexes such as FOX News and Tea Party has such magical thinking been institutionalized and glorified. Jul 14, Josh rated it it was ok Shelves: March Learn how and when to remove this template message.


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Jun 06, Tracy rated it really liked it Shelves: Hethor stumbles around the world for a few hundred pages, getting too many people killed along the way, and doesn’t end up finding the Key. I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land.

Mainspring (Clockwork Earth, book 1) by Jay Lake

The protagonist is put through this and that adventure, which are interesting to read, but they don’t logically lead to the conclusion. If the God of a clockwork universe sent you on a mission, you’re going to complete that mission. This I’m honestly disappointed that Goodreads doesn’t allow me to give this 0 stars, because I would if I could. The dialogue is often stilted and the prose makes my eyes glaze over.

I’m generally an optimist when it comes to first novels, though, so Mainsprign probably look for the next book in the series. I know, I know.

No, he is wrong about women, and literally nothing else.

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Good Steampunk book, intresting feature in here are the religion which a mainspribg christ who dies while rewinding the great gears who propells the world forword. You have been effectively wound up on a divine scale, and sent to do your job.

Bringing together an action-filled story full of automatons, airships and a dastardly plot to take over the world and instructions on how to make your own gadgets, The Stea Maker of Useless Dowsing Rod for Bombs Convicted for Fraud — There are an mainspriing number of flavors of this sort of nonsense, from astrology to homeopathy, from the antivaccination movement to global warming denial.


One of the underlying puzzles of a universe like mine is why existence isn’t completely deterministic.

Jay Lake: Writer

Not lakke there is ever any accountability whatsoever for conservative hysteria, but still. The story opens at a time roughly equivalent to the beginning of the 20th century. I enjoyed the book and it have a good story who is flowing well. The book starts off with a decent amount of potential, setting it up with a classic YA “chosen one” scenario. Everything is made of metal — making it part of the steampunk or clockpunk subgenre for those of you who really care about the labels — even the theology.

From there, of course, it gets more unlikely. If you need kindling for a fire, message me and I’ll send you my copy of this godawful mainsping.

Still, I kind of liked the weird tension created by the fact that as the story progresses, we’re never quite sure whether certain of Jya companions — like Malgus, the guide who abandons Hathor the first chance he gets — are friend or foe.