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ISBN13: 9780765317094
ISBN10: 0765317095
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In his novel Mainspring, Lake created an enormous canvas for storytelling with his hundred mile high Equatorial Wall that holds up the great Gears of the Earth. Now in Escapement, he explores more of that territory. 

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 village of shipwreck survivors, on the Wall in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. She knows little of the world, but she knows that England rules it, and must be the home of people who possess the learning that she so desperately wants. And so she sets off to make her way off the Wall, not knowing that she will bring her astounding, unschooled talent for sorcery to the attention of those deadly factions who would use or kill her for it.

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"This lively and thought-provoking sequel to 2007's Mainspring expands Lake's alternate 19th-century world of baroque politics and gothic clockwork. Paolina Barthes is a teenage scientific prodigy born in a small Portuguese fishing village at the base of the massive equatorial gear-wall. Determined to learn from English engineering 'wizards' and understand the work of the great gears and wheels that move the universe, Paolina creates a homebrew chronometer, or 'gleam,' and sets off toward London. When she discovers the gleam has astonishing magical properties that only she can evoke, she becomes a target of various political and philosophical factions. Her efforts to figure out what the gleam can do while evading capture and persevering on her quest recall Lyra and the alethiometer from Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series, but Paolina's sharp engineer's mind puts a very different spin on her journey. Lake effectively anneals steampunk with geo-mechanical magic in an allegorical matrix of empire building and Victorian natural science. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

In his novel "Mainspring," Lake creates an enormous canvas for storytelling with his hundred-mile-high Equatorial Wall that holds up the great Gears of the Earth. Now in "Escapement," he explores more of that territory.

Synopsis:

In this riveting sequel to his theological steampunk fantasy debut "Mainspring," Lake returns to the world of the hundred-mile-high Equatorial Wall that holds up the great Gears of the Earth.

Synopsis:

In his novel Mainspring, Lake created an enormous canvas for storytelling with his hundred mile high Equatorial Wall that holds up the great Gears of the Earth. Now in Escapement, he explores more of that territory. 

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 village of shipwreck survivors, on the Wall in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. She knows little of the world, but she knows that England rules it, and must be the home of people who possess the learning that she so desperately wants. And so she sets off to make her way off the Wall, not knowing that she will bring her astounding, unschooled talent for sorcery to the attention of those deadly factions who would use or kill her for it.

About the Author

Jay Lake lives and works in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of over two hundred short stories, four collections, and a chapbook, along with several novels. In 2004, Jay won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

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Sheila M Ryan, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Sheila M Ryan)
Escapement is intriguing and enjoyable; the second installment in Jay Lake's Mainspring trilogy. Steampunk fans will enjoy the contraptions and machinery of this series, and I love the way Lake has created unique vertical geographies that expand the terrain beyond a typical Earth setting.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780765317094
Author:
Lake, Jay
Publisher:
Tor Books
Author:
Lake, Jay, Tobias
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Clockwork Earth
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
20080624
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
6.71 x 4.21 x 1.29 in

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Product details 384 pages Tor Books - English 9780765317094 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This lively and thought-provoking sequel to 2007's Mainspring expands Lake's alternate 19th-century world of baroque politics and gothic clockwork. Paolina Barthes is a teenage scientific prodigy born in a small Portuguese fishing village at the base of the massive equatorial gear-wall. Determined to learn from English engineering 'wizards' and understand the work of the great gears and wheels that move the universe, Paolina creates a homebrew chronometer, or 'gleam,' and sets off toward London. When she discovers the gleam has astonishing magical properties that only she can evoke, she becomes a target of various political and philosophical factions. Her efforts to figure out what the gleam can do while evading capture and persevering on her quest recall Lyra and the alethiometer from Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series, but Paolina's sharp engineer's mind puts a very different spin on her journey. Lake effectively anneals steampunk with geo-mechanical magic in an allegorical matrix of empire building and Victorian natural science. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , In his novel "Mainspring," Lake creates an enormous canvas for storytelling with his hundred-mile-high Equatorial Wall that holds up the great Gears of the Earth. Now in "Escapement," he explores more of that territory.
"Synopsis" by , In this riveting sequel to his theological steampunk fantasy debut "Mainspring," Lake returns to the world of the hundred-mile-high Equatorial Wall that holds up the great Gears of the Earth.
"Synopsis" by ,
In his novel Mainspring, Lake created an enormous canvas for storytelling with his hundred mile high Equatorial Wall that holds up the great Gears of the Earth. Now in Escapement, he explores more of that territory. 

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 village of shipwreck survivors, on the Wall in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. She knows little of the world, but she knows that England rules it, and must be the home of people who possess the learning that she so desperately wants. And so she sets off to make her way off the Wall, not knowing that she will bring her astounding, unschooled talent for sorcery to the attention of those deadly factions who would use or kill her for it.

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