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 first I intended to give this book two stars.

The Adjustable Cosmos — An animated short film with certain affinities to my Mainspring trilogy. Childress is very educated, but utterly sheltered in her life as a New England spinster. 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. I suggest you read this review for a clearer idea — for a start. Herschel space telescope blinded by heat, retires for good.

If you need kindling for a fire, message me and I’ll send you my copy of this godawful abomination. Lake had done such marvelous work establishing this glorious, logical, mechanistic universe.


I’ve heard it claimed that Isaac Newton changed the way natural philosophers viewed I love cool ideas. Return to Book Page.

And so when we do not see in this world the influence of the kind of creator we expect, we reason that there is no creator at all. Newer Post Older Post Home. Early on, our hero Hethor expresses some ignorant and misogynistic views that are shown by the narrative to be plainly in the wrong; I assumed this meant we’d see further instances of his beliefs being tested, questioned, and adjusted – isn’t that one of the great things about teenage protagonists anyway?

Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Have I mentioned how terrible this book is? Mainspring literalizes the metaphor of the Celestial Clockmaker. I don’t know what to think about this. Being attacked and kidnapped by winged savages? 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 Ives — brilliant but eccentric scientist and explorer — is at home in Aylesford with his family.


I have committed to a novella for Subterranean Presswhich I hope to write this summer. I just didn’t get as much of what I really wanted out of it, once the world building shifted from human to furry society.

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

Friday, June mainsoring, Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you mainsprinb link to download the free Kindle App. So what can you or others do with a hacked headset? 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.

All the protagonists are only good people because they’re the protagonists. Suffer laoe little children, indeed. Is all of this just a thinly veiled Christian allegory? Hethor’s quest starts out quite promisingly — there are sorcerers! I had some trouble visualizing how the Earth could be part of a giant clock, or be a giant clock itself. I think Jay Lake should go read Polystom: 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.

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Each stage of the adventure is interesting, even exciting. It could be that Lake hasn’t really developed the habit of exploring every aspect of his plot with the depth it deserves.

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Despite having no real sense of agency, Hethor does ultimately complete his quest. 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.

So yes, I did enjoy this book!

On the downside, his novel Mainspring works out to be a bit less worthy than the sum of its parts. The eerie, mystery-shrouded southern hemisphere, where the civilized people of the north have very rarely tread, is no less stunning. A shame mainsprlng only wrote 3 novels in the mainspring universe.

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Mainspring by Jay Lake book review

The prose is stilted, the dialog pathetic. A dude who has just saved Hethor’s fool life and is attempting to reason with him about the nature of his quest and the universe is repaid by being shoved into the gears in the center of the world!

Lake has envisioned a clockwork solar system, where the planets move in a vast system of gears around the lamp of the Sun.

Unfortunately, none of those things can make up for the amateurish writing or the incredibly bland protagonist. Mild Spoilers First, I liked this book. Art and his family are invited on a fantastic free holiday to the exotic Asteroid Belt, in a remote part of space near Mars. If he does not, the planet will wind down and live will cease.