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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,183 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jay Lake Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Jay Lake's first trade novel is an astounding work of creation. Lake has envisioned a clockwork solar system, where the planets move in a vast system of gears around the lamp of the Sun. It is a universe where the hand of the Creator is visible to anyone who simply looks up into the sky and sees the track of the heavens, the wheels of the Moon, and the great Equitorial gears of the Earth itself.

Mainspring is the story of a young clockmaker's apprentice, who is visited by the Archangel Gabriel. He is told that he must take the Key Perilous and rewind the Mainspring of the Earth. It is running down, and disaster to the planet will ensue if it's not rewound. 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. Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jack | 2/12/2014

    " also steampunk, but sort of mystical and dreamy steampunk. a little from the Doyle pile and a little from the Burroughs. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 2/11/2014

    " This book clearly demonstrates that steampunk is a genre for whackdoodles. I mean, it's not that I have a problem with the idea that England and China are locked in a battle to control the globe, which is literally a piece of machinery within the universe's giant clockwork. But the appearance of Brass Christ and the master clockmaker might have been a little much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeff Raymond | 2/8/2014

    " An interesting take on a lot of concepts. Part religious metaphor, part steampunk, part sci-fi/fantasy, an interesting read to say the least. Essentially, the world is a clock, and someone needs to wind it. I have to say, it's rare that I don't quite understand what the author is trying to say, but it didn't pull from my enjoyment of it, which was well-paced and provided more than a few bits to chew on after I put it down. At least for me, that's a success, and I look forward to seeing what else I can read by Lake. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amanda | 2/7/2014

    " The end was pretty bizarre and I'm not sure I liked it, but the story was quite good overall and a nice re-imagining of Victorian England to boot. "

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About the Author
Author Jay Lake

Jay Lake lives in Portland, Oregon, where he works on numerous writing and editing projects. His short fiction appears regularly in literary and genre markets worldwide. Lake is a winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and a multiple nominee for the Hugo and World Fantasy Awards.