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Jay Lake
Date: 2007-06-17 19:39
Subject: [books] Reviews and other Mainspring miscellany
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The San Diego Union-Tribune really didn't like the book very much at all, to a degree I found funny. Money shot: Time and its measurement is a theme throughout; I wish I hadn't wasted so much of mine on this one.

The Olympian with a neutral comment on Mainspring Powell's | Amazon ].

Wikipedia on clockpunk.
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Jeremy Tolbert
User: the_flea_king
Date: 2007-06-18 02:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Everyone is entitled to their opinions, but if your thinking is slipshod, I wish they would provide concrete examples. Stating an opinion of something isn't a review.
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Twilight: Answers
User: twilight2000
Date: 2007-06-18 06:10 (UTC)
Subject: Questions w/ Spoilers, for those as have issues with such...
hmm -- gotta agree -- if you're going to say "slipshod," you really ought to offer an example or three...

I *do* have a quesiton though... aside from the fact that the Middle Kingdom was traditionally an issue for The Empire, how does China, which is largely above the equator, become the symbol of Southern Earth? I hit about page 130 today and suddenly it hit me that geographically I should be terrified not so much of China, but of some AU African Kingdom or South American "polar" opposite (ow) or some such. So now I'm curious -- or will I find this out later in the book?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-06-18 13:10 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Questions w/ Spoilers, for those as have issues with such...
I should ask you to defer the question to later in the book, methinks...
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User: twilight2000
Date: 2007-06-18 19:40 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Questions w/ Spoilers, for those as have issues with such...
Perfectly valid -- to some extent that was sort of what I was asking. I was hugely amused that it didn't hit me till that point though. That's a testament to your writing, sir. I've been known to teach geography and (I'm told) and fairly good at it. That it didn't bite me in the arse till midway through speaks to how enveloped I am in your wonderful work :>.

Off to find out the answer!
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David Moles
User: scarypudding
Date: 2007-06-18 09:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The Union-Tribune is one of the stronger barriers to me ever moving back to San Diego.
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Mister Eclectic
User: howeird
Date: 2007-06-18 17:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The Olympian listed you under "Imperfect fiction still a good read", which to my mind is positive. Especially since there is no such thing as perfect fiction.

Am I missing something, or is San Diego's review column not signed? The paragraph on Mainspring sounds like the reviewer spent more time reading a thesaurus than reading the book. Oh wait, the review was written the same week the spelling bee ended.

Stunning cover art!
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Mister Eclectic: Domino_scanner
User: howeird
Date: 2007-06-18 17:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh yes, for endless amusement, click the "next story" link at the bottom of the San Diego column
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Wendy S. Delmater: deadlines!
User: safewrite
Date: 2007-06-18 23:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Speaking of clockpunk, maybe Weta could do clocks instead of these here steampunk guns...

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