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Mainspring by Jay Lake
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Feb 02, 2009

it was ok
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Read in February, 2009

While I enjoyed parts of this clockpunk work, overall I can't help but feel a little indifferent after finishing the tale.

The author did some excellent world-building. I really wanted to know more about the various cultures and climes that Hethor, the main character, came into contact with.

On the other hand, the originality of idea could not overcome for me the blandness of the main and side characters. I don't mind books where the main character is somewhat more of an Everyman so that the reader can identify more closely, but in the absence of a truly original plot (or fascinating side characters)and the addition of what I felt was a somewhat uncomfortable inclusion of sex acts and thoughts, it just felt flat.

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