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5.0 out of 5 stars Suberb Book,
This review is from: Spin (Mass Market Paperback)I'll make this short and sweet. I finished this book about two months ago and I still can't get it out of my head. This is a perfect blending of a wonderful mind expanding and original story, mixed with characters you come to care about almost immediately. A friend borrowed this book from me who is a newcomer to SF and she loved it. And now another friend is reading it and she just keeps saying, "Wow!". But the next time around, when Robert Charles Wilson releases the sequel, AXIS, in September -- I think they'll be convinced enough to go out and buy their own copies of his new novel. I'm so happy to hear SPIN won the 2006 Hugo Award. Buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable,
This review is from: Spin (Mass Market Paperback)I was a big fan of RCWilson ever since Darwinia and Bios. Wilson's newest book, SPIN is his best work to date. As the title of this review states, unforgettable. It truly is. It's been three weeks since I put down the book and I still fondly remember various scenes.
The timeless, patient and often heartbreaking love conveyed by Tyler for Diane throughout the novel is the backdrop of a significant event that has befallen Earth. A shroud of unknown material encompasses our planet where time on Earth progresses as it should, but the rest of the universe experiences time on a furious speed. In the course of forty odd years in Earth time, the universe has aged in billions of years and the curse/shield is finally lifted. Earth and its inhabitants will never be the same again.
The science involved in explaining the shroud is unsound or unsatisfactory in my opinion but that is not the plot driving device. How people cope with the spin and the lives of our protagonists are what makes the pages turn. The branching of religions, politics, technology, wars, quest for human longevity and seeking life in the universe are all caused by the spin and everyone's lives are affected for good or bad.
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful storytelling,
This review is from: Spin (Mass Market Paperback)This is one of the most compelling, addictive, and beautifully written books I've read in ages. Wilson's characters are complex and interesting. The science behind the plot is deep and well thought out. And the way in which the story unravels, the "cliff-hangers" at the end of each chapter, are enough to keep you up long into the night. Wilson is a master of unwinding his story slowly, and tantalizingly, so that you are ravenous for more. His prose is evocative, clear, and emotional. I finished the book in four days, and would have finished it faster if I could have managed it.
One of the best sci-fi books I've ever read. I'm excited to read the rest of the trilogy, but even purely as a stand-alone this is a book that will inspire, amaze, and move you.
5.0 out of 5 stars La première fois est rarement la bonne !,
This review is from: Spin (Mass Market Paperback)Je n'ai jamais lu que des bouquins scientifiques et très technique, des volumes de mécanique comme livre de chevet. Les SF m'ont toujours paru borné, incrédible, ou d'un futurisme déjà dépassé avant l'an 2000. Je n'adhère pas plus aux Star-Trek ou Star-Wars de ce monde. Je donne 5 étoiles à Spin car il m'a accroché, en toute subjectivité, par son aspect humble sans être blasé, et par la trame d'amour qui ne prends pas plus de place que dans la vrai vie. On n'avance pas dans les pages pour comprendre un texte décousue ou une intrigue artificielle mais bien par attachement au trio. Entre 2 livres sur l'espace-temps et les multivers, ce roman trouve sa place pour décompresser un peu.
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite a revolution, but a nice twist,
This review is from: Spin (Mass Market Paperback)Of my limited experience with sci-fi, Robert Charles Wilson's novel "Spin" stands out as a complete work. It has an interesting plot, well-developed charcters, plausible scientific concepts, a good pace, and interesting themes. How would the world react to being essentially isolated from the rest of the universe, blanketed by an unknown curtain which causes our planet to "age" slower than the rest of space? With the knowledge that mankind is hurtling ever faster towards extinction, with the sun set to burn out in a matter of decades, rather than millennia, how would Earth contend with this? Spin examines these issues from a personal level to a global level, from a scientific standpoint to a religious one. They are very minor shortfalls indeed which caused me to rate it 4 instead of 5 stars, but this is too academic a difference to prevent anyone from enjoying a solid novel, which will be classified as sci-fi but encompasses so many other elements. It merits every bit of praise it has had lavished upon it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Ideas,
This review is from: Spin (Mass Market Paperback)How would humanity react if, suddenly and for no apparent reason, the earth was encased by a membrane (i.e. the 'Spin') that distorts time so that one day on earth now represents 100,000 years in the rest of the universe?
The ideas developed in this novel are simply brilliant. Although the Spin technically does not have any impact on the day-to-day life on Earth, it brings new scientific possibilities and it has a profound long-term influence on social behavior. The development of these ideas by the author is realistic, and it is easy to get immersed in the scientific part of the novel.
I am less enthusiastic with the portions of the story that are not strictly related to the Spin. The best example of this is the unconsumed love story between two of the main characters, which I find was rather lame and had for effect to slightly diminish my interest as a reader in a story that otherwise is based on a great main plot.
5.0 out of 5 stars Have time to spare.,
This review is from: Spin (Mass Market Paperback)I don't believe I've ever been sucked into a SF book like this one. It was virtually impossible to put the book down. I've always been a fan of the ticking-time-bomb writing device, and this is like no other. A 50 year ticking time bomb, who would believe that such a thing could create such urgency? And yet there is a very real sense of urgency and impending doom in this novel and a desperation to find out what the heck is going on. It's bleak, mesmerizing and terrifying, and a very very good read. Well worth every penny.
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Spin by Robert Charles Wilson (Mass Market Paperback - Feb 7 2006)
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