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Escapement by Jay Lake
Cover Artist: Stephan Martiniere
Review by Colleen Cahill
Tor Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765317094
Date: 24 June 2008 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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We can all think of a memorable minor character in a story that we would like to know more about, one that speaks to us even with just a brief meeting. With Jay Lake's latest work, Escapement, I get the joy of having not one but two such characters brought to fuller life; the librarian Emily Childress and Chief Petty Officer Threadgill Angus Al-Wazir are now major focuses in this book. I am also delighted to once again explore Lake's clock driven world, where the gears that keep the Earth moving around the lamp of the Sun are visible to any who look skyward and history is not an alternative to ours, but a merry mix up that can boggle the mind.

From official release/information:

Product Description: 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.

(Source: Tor Books)

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