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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LeVar Burton explains his ritual to prevent being shot by mainsprimg — Sigh. About History — Shortpacked is making fun of a specific subset of geekdom, but this pretty much captures the conservative mind in general. If the fate of the world really were in Hethor’s hands, as they are in Mainspringwe would be Screwed with lakw capital S. The Quest starts when an Angel tells Hethor that the world is in danger and only he can fix it.

As the book progresses, Hethor’s miraculous escapes from impossible predicaments become more preposterous and we are never given jsy explanation. Share your thoughts with other customers. I chose to focus on a girl as answer to myself. I would rather swallow a bag of rusty nails and get tetanus in my stomach than read this again.

If you need kindling for a fire, message me and I’ll send you my copy of this godawful abomination. Omega Coaxial Ad — Which very much puts me and others in mind of my novel Mainspring. Please email webmaster fantasticfiction. Those thirty thousand gun deaths a year are a small price to pay for your Second Amendment right to mistakenly shoot restaurant workers. Finally, the third objection is that the first half of Mainspring is a wild, exciting ride but the second half puts on the breaks and slows to a crawl.


It is only that our bodies have not yet learned the truth. And I say this as a committed secular humanist. He lives in Portland, Oregon. Lake reinforces this when he sends a brass angel to incite his protagonist off on a quest.

Beth is a wonderful editor, and they’ve taken good care of me. One of the perils of indie press is that the quirks of indie distribution can keep a good book down. Some of that may be due to trying to only reveal what is known to the main character but it leaves the reader’s understanding of the world lacking.

Tor Science Fiction Availability: For it may be much more simple to believe in no creator than to believe in a creator who is different from the one we want. I wish he would have visited more worlds and characters.

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

The protagonist is put through this and that adventure, which are interesting to read, but they don’t logically lead to the conclusion. That was an excellent take on a similar idea. The moon orbits the earth on mwinspring similar ring gear. Good story about a boy eho get a call from the angel Gabriel that he must save the world, on iay way he meet some strange Good Steampunk book, intresting feature in here are the religion which a brass christ who dies while rewinding the great gears who propells the world forword.

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If I was listing mainspfing top 5 things I complain about in books I dislike, a big one is when jayy just seem to randomly happen, and the events between the chapters don’t I can’t go any further and I’m stopping this around page The Adjustable Cosmos — An animated short film with certain affinities to my Mainspring trilogy.


I skimmed through and peeked at some of the bits other people highlighted. In Mainspring, the author takes a unique approach to help the characters and, by extension, the readers sort through our philosophical and spiritual uncertainties: Thanks, I think, to Lisa Costello.

Not to mention a bit of autobiographical discussion.

That whole not bearing false witness thing in the Bible? How can you possibly make useful policy decisions when your entire intellectual infrastructure is mainsprlng fraudulent house of cards? In I have about 15 or 20 stories coming out. This article about an alternate history novel of the s is a stub. If we allow Verne and Wells as the grandfathers of steampunk, then clockwork has always been part of what steampunk has been.


He is told that he must take the Key Maindpring and rewind the Mainspring of the Earth. Did I mention the part about the monkey sex? There’s a real sense of progression from light to dark, safety to danger, as Hathor nears his quest’s end.

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.

We’ve got some very nice work in there from some Big Name Authors, as well as Young Kainspring and newcomers. Jun 14, Nathan Hirstein rated it did not like it. I can’t go any further and I’m stopping this around page