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Jay Lake (1964–2014)

Author of Mainspring

220+ Works 3,577 Members 193 Reviews 6 Favorited

About the Author

Jay Lake was born in Taiwan on June 6, 1964, and was raised there and in Nigeria. He graduated from the University of Texas in 1986. During his lifetime, he published over 300 short stories and nine novels including Kalimpura, Calamity of So Long a Life, and The Last Plane to Heaven. He received show more several awards including the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in Science Fiction in 2004. He was also the subject of a documentary called Lakeside - A Year with Jay Lake, which follows his fight against cancer, and is scheduled for release in 2014. He died from colon cancer on June 1, 2014 at the age of 49. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Includes the names: Jay Lake, ed Jay Lake, Joseph E. Lake

Also includes: Joe Edwards (1)

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Series

Works by Jay Lake

Mainspring (2007) 771 copies
Green (2009) 424 copies
Escapement (2008) 345 copies
Trial of Flowers (2006) 255 copies
Other Earths (2009) — Editor — 180 copies
Endurance (2011) 148 copies
Pinion (2010) 144 copies
Kalimpura (2013) 94 copies
Rocket Science (2005) 88 copies
Madness of Flowers (2009) 63 copies
All Star Zeppelin Adventure Stories (2004) — Editor — 57 copies
METAtropolis: Cascadia (2010) 57 copies
The Sky That Wraps (2010) 53 copies
Polyphony 3 (2003) — Editor — 32 copies
Polyphony 1 (2002) — Editor — 32 copies
Dogs in the Moonlight (2004) 28 copies
Death of a Starship (2010) 27 copies
Polyphony 2 (2003) — Editor — 26 copies
Polyphony 4 (2004) — Editor — 26 copies
A Water Matter (2010) — Author — 23 copies
Our Lady of the Islands (2014) 23 copies
The Stars Do Not Lie (2013) 22 copies
METAtropolis: Green Space (2013) 21 copies
Polyphony 6 (2006) — Editor — 21 copies
Polyphony 5 (2005) — Editor — 20 copies
Greetings From Lake Wu (2003) 19 copies
The Speed of Time (2010) 17 copies
The Baby Killers (2010) 15 copies
The Starship Mechanic (2010) — Author — 14 copies
Spicy Slipstream Stories (2008) — Editor — 14 copies
TEL: Stories (2005) — Editor — 13 copies
American Sorrows (2004) 13 copies
The River Knows Its Own (2000) 11 copies
Looking for Truth in a Wild Blue Yonder (2010) — Author — 9 copies
The Big Ice 6 copies
Footprints (2009) — Editor — 6 copies
Green Grow the Rushes-Oh (2004) 6 copies
The Goat Cutter 3 copies
The exquisite corpuscle (2008) 3 copies
To Raise a Mutiny Betwixt Yourselves — Author — 3 copies
Lehr Rex (2006) 3 copies
Untitled 2 copies
People Of Leaf and Branch (2014) 2 copies
White Boyz 2 copies
Fading Away 2 copies
Clown Eggs 2 copies
Two Stories 1 copy
Elf Shit 1 copy
Pax Agricola 1 copy
The Angle Of My Dreams (2002) 1 copy
The Rose Egg 1 copy
Real North 1 copy
Smoke 1 copy
Speciation 1 copy
A Man Falls 1 copy
February 1 copy
Deka Logos 1 copy
Jack's House 1 copy
Gospel Truth 1 copy
Headed West 1 copy
Imago 1 copy
January 1 copy
June 1 copy
March 1 copy
May 1 copy
April 1 copy
The Git 1 copy
Alien Dreams 1 copy
Small Magic 1 copy
G.o.d. 1 copy
Fat Man 1 copy
Clean 1 copy

Associated Works

Steampunk (2008) — Contributor — 825 copies
Metatropolis (2008) — Contributor — 577 copies
The New Weird (2008) — Contributor — 521 copies
Extraordinary Engines: The Definitive Steampunk Anthology (2008) — Contributor — 355 copies
Sympathy for the Devil (2010) — Contributor — 285 copies
The Mammoth Book of Steampunk (2012) — Contributor — 227 copies
The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction: Volume 1 (2007) — Contributor — 220 copies
Paper Cities: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy (2008) — Contributor — 215 copies
Clockwork Fairy Tales: A Collection of Steampunk Fables (2013) — Contributor — 160 copies
Cthulhu’s Reign (2010) — Contributor — 152 copies
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 15 (2004) — Contributor — 130 copies
Westward Weird (2012) — Contributor — 124 copies
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2011 Edition (2011) — Contributor — 122 copies
The Mammoth Book of Monsters (2007) — Contributor — 121 copies
Logorrhea: Good Words Make Good Stories (2007) — Contributor — 120 copies
The Modern Fae's Guide to Surviving Humanity (2012) — Contributor — 106 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2010 Edition (2010) — Contributor — 94 copies
The Solaris Book of New Fantasy (2007) — Contributor — 92 copies
Seeds of Change (2008) — Contributor — 90 copies
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 18 (2007) — Contributor — 76 copies
Fantasy: The Best of 2004 (2005) — Contributor — 75 copies
Dark Faith (2010) — Contributor — 74 copies
The Best of Subterranean (2017) — Contributor — 73 copies
Realms: The First Year of Clarkesworld Magazine (2008) — Contributor — 72 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2009 Edition (2010) — Contributor — 68 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2013 Edition (2013) — Contributor — 64 copies
Crime Spells (2009) — Contributor; Contributor — 62 copies
The Mammoth Book of Steampunk Adventures (2014) — Contributor — 61 copies
Better Off Undead (2008) — Contributor — 60 copies
Forbidden Planets (2006) — Contributor — 60 copies
Wizards, Inc. (2007) — Contributor — 58 copies
Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy 2 (2011) — Contributor — 55 copies
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume XIX (2003) — Contributor — 55 copies
Visitants (2010) — Contributor — 54 copies
Space Opera (2007) — Contributor — 53 copies
Is Anybody Out There? (2010) — Contributor — 53 copies
The Mammoth Book of Angels and Demons (2013) — Contributor — 52 copies
Hex in the City (2013) — Contributor — 52 copies
Leviathan 4: Cities (2005) — Contributor — 51 copies
The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk (2015) — Contributor — 47 copies
Best New Fantasy (2006) — Contributor — 47 copies
Time After Time (2005) — Contributor — 47 copies
Steampunk World (2014) — Contributor — 46 copies
A Field Guide to Surreal Botany (2008) — Contributor — 44 copies
Fantasy for Good: A Charitable Anthology (2014) — Contributor — 44 copies
The Book of Dreams (2010) — Contributor — 42 copies
Clarkesworld: Year Three (2013) — Contributor — 38 copies
Clarkesworld: Issue 100 (January 2015) (2015) — Contributor — 38 copies
The Stories: Five Years of Original Fiction on tor.com (2013) — Contributor — 38 copies
Album Zutique: No. 1 (2003) — Contributor — 37 copies
Love and Rockets (2010) — Contributor — 37 copies
Straying From the Path (2011) — Introduction — 37 copies
Fate Fantastic (2007) — Contributor — 36 copies
Human for a Day (2011) — Contributor — 36 copies
Grants Pass (2009) — Contributor — 34 copies
Fantastic Companions (2005) — Contributor — 34 copies
The Mammoth Book of Warriors and Wizardry (2014) — Contributor — 32 copies
Rode Hard, Put Away Wet: Lesbian Cowboy Erotica (2005) — Contributor — 31 copies
The Magic Toy Box (2006) — Contributor — 28 copies
Uncanny Magazine Issue 1: November/December 2014 (2014) — Contributor — 27 copies
Dark Terrors 6 (2002) — Contributor — 27 copies
Street Magicks (2016) — Contributor — 27 copies
Clarkesworld: Year Four (2013) — Contributor — 26 copies
Untold Adventures: A Dungeons & Dragons Anthology (2011) — Contributor — 26 copies
The Lone Star Stories Reader (2008) — Contributor — 23 copies
Boondocks Fantasy (2011) — Contributor — 23 copies
Japanese Dreams: Fantasies, Fictions & Fairytales (2009) — Contributor — 22 copies
Dark Faith: Invocations (2012) — Contributor — 22 copies
Tales for Canterbury: Survival, Hope, Future (2011) — Contributor — 19 copies
When the Hero Comes Home (2011) — Contributor — 19 copies
Agog! Ripping Reads (2006) — Contributor — 17 copies
Coins of Chaos (2013) — Contributor — 15 copies
Postscripts Magazine, Issue 1 (2004) — Contributor — 14 copies
When the Villain Comes Home (2012) — Contributor — 14 copies
Text: Ur (2007) — Contributor — 14 copies
Postscripts Magazine, Issue 15: Worldcon 2008 Special (2008) — Contributor, some editions — 13 copies
Visual Journeys: A Tribute to Space Artists (2007) — Contributor — 12 copies
River (2011) — Contributor — 11 copies
Shanghai Steam (2013) — Introduction — 10 copies
The Feathered Edge (2012) — Contributor — 9 copies
Beyond the Last Star: Stories from the Next Beginning (2002) — Contributor — 9 copies
Clarkesworld Year Nine: Volume One (2018) — Contributor — 8 copies
The Best of Talebones (2010) — Contributor — 8 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 77 • October 2016 (2016) — Contributor — 8 copies
Like Water for Quarks (2011) — Contributor — 7 copies
The Best of Strange Horizons: Year Two (2004) — Contributor — 7 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 67 • December 2015 (2015) — Contributor — 7 copies
Metastasis: An Anthology to Support Cancer Research (2013) — Contributor — 6 copies
Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet No. 14 (2004) — Contributor — 6 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 98 • July 2018 (2018) — Contributor — 6 copies
Best of the Rest 4 — Contributor — 6 copies
Clarkesworld: Issue 005 (February 2007) — Contributor — 5 copies
Fabulous Whitby (2008) — Contributor — 5 copies
The Best of Abyss & Apex: Volume One (2009) — Contributor — 5 copies
Tales From The Fathomless Abyss (2011) — Contributor — 5 copies
Blood & Devotion: Tales of Epic Fantasy (2010) — Contributor — 4 copies
Jigsaw Nation (2006) — Contributor — 4 copies
Fantasy Bundle (2017) — Contributor — 3 copies
The Year's Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 2 (2010) — Author — 3 copies
Subterranean Magazine Summer 2010 — Contributor — 2 copies
Clarkesworld: Issue 018 (March 2008) — Author — 2 copies
Subterranean Magazine, Issue #3 (Winter 2006) (2006) — Contributor — 2 copies
From the Trenches (2006) — Contributor — 2 copies
Daily Science Fiction: February 2011 (2011) — Contributor — 1 copy
Daily Science Fiction: January 2017 (2017) — Contributor — 1 copy

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I’m unsure how I feel about this novel, which can easily be called an epic fantasy. The plot includes slavery, abduction, and mystical holy wars. Green is a girl whose path in life changes when her father sells her, but by the end of the book, the reader and the character have reason to question her destiny often.

Mostly, I found the writing and story absorbing even though I don’t favour first person storytelling, but in parts I found the narrative lagged because of meticulous description, which includes all the training Green goes through. This made the book feel overly long despite much of the training being interesting. When we learn of the planned life path various people have for Green, there’s good reason to feel increasingly sorry for her. None of her choices appear to be wonderful, none of them simple. The sexual content never feels entirely natural or necessary, though perhaps realistic and handled well for those whose companionship is restricted. The details become somewhat vague when dealing with the various deities.

I sometimes found Green’s character vs her age hard to believe despite her training, but it’s nice to see a young lead treated with the same respect an adult character would receive. For so long, the ‘rule’ has been a child lead marks a book for a young audience. That’s plainly not the case here, couldn’t be, and even though Green is in infancy when taken, we are privileged to her inner thoughts as she’s moulded into what others would make of her, while she battles to keep a sense of self. Strongly character driven, wonderful in parts, weaker in others, I’m pleased to have read this, but feel disinclined to read the rest of the trilogy, although Green makes for an interesting and capable female lead.
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SharonMariaBidwell | 32 other reviews | Apr 12, 2024 |
Had a lot of promise, but never really delivered.
 
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ardaiel | 32 other reviews | Mar 4, 2024 |
Much to my surprise, this series continues to be enjoyable. I believe I will be picking up the 3rd book soon.
[Audiobook bonus: all the readers were Star Trek actors. No one ever explained how this came about. But it was just a nice lagniappe.)
 
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Treebeard_404 | 2 other reviews | Jan 23, 2024 |
Aaaaand I'm done with the series. This volume had little that was new or thought-provoking.
 
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