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5.0 out of 5 stars An Enchanting Read
What seems, at first glance, like a simple adventure story in Robert Charles Wilson's "Darwinia" is actually anything but simple -- something you will learn as the book leads you deeper and deeper into a complex, rich, and hauntingly beautiful story.
"Darwinia" takes place in a world left reeling after Europe was transformed over night into a...
Published on July 4 2003 by Sara Mangan

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3.0 out of 5 stars Edgar Rice Burroughs meets "The Matrix"
"Darwinia" is an eerie, frequently fascinating tale that takes place after Europe is suddenly and mysteriously transformed into an uncharted no-man's land. Guilford Law, a photographer drawn by the continent's enigma, takes part in an expedition to its interior, facing evolutionary mysteries and paradigm-toppling revelations. Wilson is one of the genre's most appealing...
Published on Dec 5 2002 by Mac Tonnies


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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading, July 28 1999
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This book is neither as bad nor as good as the other reviews make it out to be. The various plot strands do not always mesh well, but once the story gets going there is considerable narrative drive and Wilson writes with great style.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read, Oct. 5 1999
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A great airplane book. I really enjoyed the writing, and thought that this is better than Mysterium or the Harvest. They're all very enjoyable to read. Wilson deserves to have his books in print - I can't find the early stuff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good., Aug. 21 1999
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I liked Darwinia, it was pretty good. I liked the idea of Europe turing into a prehistoric jungle, it seemed exciting reading about giant bugs crawling up your legs. But towards the end I din't like all the deamons (sp).
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, Feb. 27 2002
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Darwinia is one of the types of SF novels that I hate most; it starts out with a great premise but then turns into a sloppy, forgettable mess by the end.
Here's the idea: In 1912, all of the people and signs of civilization on the continent of Europe vanish and are replaced by alien plants and animals. A few years latter, an expedition is sent up the Rhine River to explore the new continent. The main character of the book is a photographer named Guillford Law who joins the expedition in hopes of becoming famous. After the expedition is attacked, he is one of the few survivors and becomes caught up in a battle to save the world. Two other storylines follow Guillford's wife in London and a psychic from the United States.
The biggest problem with the book, as others have mentioned, is that the author decides to give away the secret about the disappearance of Europe after just 100 pages. From there on, the rest of the book grows very confusing. Wilson tries to wrap all of the diverging plot lines together, but there were so many of them, and the writing was so vague that I couldn't keet track of who was doing what and how each character related to the central storyline.
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1.0 out of 5 stars ...., April 14 2003
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This book started out as being good. I started reading it and I thought it was going to be about some explorers trying to survive in a strange alien world. This is what the book started out like. Then it suddenly turned into stuff about alternate lives, gods, etc, etc. Just [not good].
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