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Karl

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  • Mainspring

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jay Lake
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    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.

    Richard Stufflebeam says: "Journy well started, but unfullfiled"
    "Steampunk on ice"
    Overall

    This book left me rather cold and it was like slogging through quicksand to get all the way through to the end. Unless you count "The Difference Engine" by Gibson and Sterling, this is the first Steampunk book I have read and while I think the concept is interesting and full of potential this novel did not realize my hopes. There is some fairly graphic interspecies sex in the third act that hits you very suddenly. I know I have mentioned such things in other reviews and I am not a prude, but sometimes it seems that (much like in movies) such scenes are added in merely for the sake of sex and have nothing whatsoever to do with the progression of the story which was....boring.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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