By Ed Park Though 20 years have passed between the publication of the start and finish of John Crowley’s tetralogy “Aegypt” -- time enough, in publishing terms, for the oeuvre to take on the luster of the “Corpus Hermeticum” whose implications it relates -- only about a year has elapsed in the world of the book.
In Jay Lake’s novel “Mainspring” (Tor: 320 pp., $24.95), the Lord’s Prayer gets a strange edit: Our Father who art in Heaven Craftsman be thy name Thy Kingdom come Thy plan be done On Earth as it is in Heaven Forgive us this day our errors As we forgive those who err against us Lead us not into imperfection And deliver us from chaos For thine is the power, and the precision For ever and ever, amen.
By Ed Park * To take a page from last month’s column: We learn from John Crowley’s “Endless Things,” the final book of his “Aegypt” cycle, that “Coleridge had written . . . that ‘the common end of all narrative, nay of all poems, is to convert a series into a whole: to make those events which in a real or imagined History move on in a strait Line, assume to our Understandings a Circular motion -- the snake with its Tail in its Mouth.”