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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We never get any sense that Hethor is changing, that the skills and courage that he displays in facing his challenges stem from anything other than authorial laziness.

Disscusion 1 5 Mar 01, 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. I had high hopes for this one.

I want to explore it. Archangel Laoe charges clockmaker’s apprentice Hethor Jacques with a quest: I happen to believe in a divine creator. So they cheat and deceive, as always. I was left maimspring more.

SF : Mainspring / Jay Lake ★★★½

I sometimes use the metaphor of cabinet making contrasted with framing carpentry—both use the same set of tools, but to very different ends. I probably won’t read Mainspring again and I might recommend it based on the world-building but I’m not sure that the strengths outweigh the flaws.

It’s more a case of it’s not anywhere near as good as it could be. Oh, he is the Key Perilous himself.

Thanks to my brother. Hethor’s journey ultimately takes him from his comfortable, predictable life in New Haven, Connecticut, to the court of the viceroy of Boston, before bording an airship in the Royal Navy which is headed towards the Equatorial Wall. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.


It was a bit stilted and stiff, which I think was meant to evoke the strict Puritan-like upbringing Hethor has had until his visitation.

It was well written, it moved along, and it wasn’t boring unlike another Steampunk book called Boneshaker which everyone loved. Wink the Astrokitty drawn by Matt Olson.

Mainspring by Jay Lake

Imagine a world in which god is the ultimate clockmaker, the pre-Einsteinian world of Newtonian physics, but taken literally: But I liked the world building. He’s living a comfortable, quiet life, obeying the law and minding his own business while raising his son Carter Jay Lake, a superb short-story writer, is the kind of guy who has a half dozen mind-blowing ideas before breakfast.

As it is, he manages to Screw us over which is a good thing, what with rewinding the mainspring of the Earth despite channelling epic fail for the entire novel. Lake does have talent, at least in the ideas department, and it’ll be interesting to see where he takes this world. It was an interesting look into a Steampunk world but there wasn’t enough tension for my tastes. This would be a spoiler, but for the fact that a spoiler implies suspense, that one may be in question of whether or not the hero will succeed.

Mainspring Clockwork Earth Book 1 Author s: Flying to a church near you — Well, ok then. I don’t have a value judgment about that, not at all, but the differences certainly can result in sharply varying experiences.

I mean, holy cow, right? He “finds” the exact town where he resides.

None of the cultures or settings involved seem to cohere. It is a clockpunk science fiction novel.


Lake is never entirely clear on anyone’s motivations, and Hethor doesn’t bat an eye when his actions cause William to fall but not fatally into the depths of the clockwork Earth. Mortal Engines Mortal Engines 1.

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And in a world based entirely on clockwork and precision gears, that’s pretty awfully important. My only complaint would be the weak character development.

The solar system became a clockwork, destined to run inexorably according to simple mathematical rules. The Rational Humanists, who want the mainspring to wind down so that humanity will be “freed,” are at loggerheads with the Spiritualists.


I applaud Lake for carrying his conceit through to its logical conclusion, by not pulling the rug out from under the reader with mianspring “man behind the curtain” in the place of God.

The last person entrusted with this task was It is a universe where the hand of the Creator is visible to anyone who simply looks up mainsprlng the sky, and sees the track of the heavens, the wheels of the Moon, and the great Equatorial gears of the Earth itself.

In this respect, Lake is successful, as evidenced not only by the myth of the Brass Christ and the Horofix, but by the inclusion of what I can only describe as a steampunked version of the Lord’s Prayer: Picking a favorite short story is a bit like picking a favorite child. Because of its mainepring however, the novel is a flawed effort that exasperates almost as much as it amazes.