Escapement (Clockwork Earth #2)
Paolina Barthes is a young woman of remarkable intellectual ability – a genius on the level of Isaac Newton.But she has grown up in isolation, in a small villag ...more
Really, can you resist reading more? I don't think so!
Jay Lake has many good qualities as an author. He created a very compelling world with Mainspring, a world built of gears from the ground up. His fluid writing style helps propel you through this world faster than your disbelief can keep up.
The second book started out promising. His weak link in the first book had been a protagonist who had nothing to recommend himself. The generic young man who had sur ...more
In the interest of full disclosure, let me state that I only made it 80 pages in before I decided to return Escapement to the library. And the tough thing is I'm not really sure I can articulate why this book didn't do it for me.
I suppose my primary disappointment is the characters were too obvious, their actions too predictable. This is an ...more
I have not read Lake's first book in this steampunk setting, Mainspring, but this one is quite good. The world building and character development are top notch. The setting is bizarre but finely textured, a place made real by the imagination. The characters are engaging and believable. The dialogue has an unfortunate tendency to end up in false profundity, but at least Lake is using dialogue to dramatize conflict. I also think the plotting is good on a small scale, with lots of intense conflict...more
I am guessing he's had some long conversations with fans after the first book was published because their are a lot of plot h ...more
By that I mean… in most books there is a sense of “this is where this book is going”, but I didn’t get any of that here. We have three characters moving about independently (and eventually intersecting, of course), but none of them have clear goals. I mean, some of them want to “ge ...more
Strangely, in this book, there doesn't seem to b ...more
Escapement is a more ambitious, and, in many ways, a more complex book than its predecessor, Mainspring. Though both books are clever combinations of steampunk (SF elements translated to the Victorian era), alternate history, and fantasy, Lake hits his stride here, neatly balancing intriguing characters with the sort of clear, driving plot (and a few important subplots) and world building that keeps readers in the game. Lake's star is on the rise in the science fiction and fantasy genres, and cr...more
For my entire BookTasting of "Escapement" please read here: http://englishtea.us/2010/04/27/stash...
I haven't read the first one, but I get the impression that the characters cross over. I'm quite keen to read the next one. In some ways it felt like the difficult middle novl in a trilogy, in some ways like back to the future 2, to join the start and end together, with no real ending itself.
I also liked the protagonist in this one (Paolina), but I'm partial to strong, intelligent women.
Overall a much more satisfying read than the listen for the previous book.
The story is told from three different points of view: Paola Barthes, Emily Childress, and Threadgill Angus Al-wazir.
While reading the story, I thought of the actual history of Africa, especially Rhodesia and the exploitation of British Imperialism.
Lake's story is not comfortable, it ask the reader to think.
Jay Lake lived in Portland, Oregon, where he worked on multiple writing and editing projects. His 2007 book Mainspring received a starred review in Booklist. His short fiction appeared regularly in literary and genre markets worldwide. Jay won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, Endeavour Award, and was a multiple nominee for the Hugo and World Fantasy Awards.