Vortex (Spin Saga #3)
Turk and his young friend Isaac Dvali are ...more
So one of the main reasons I loved Spin so much was it paralleled a people story with a cosmic story in this remarkable way. It gave us sweeping epochs of galactic time and the daily quotidiana of an incestuous bunch of people in the same breath, and didn’t lose the scale or the wonder of either. And it was really good at making the cosmic scale stuff so urgent, so interesting because it was so urgen ...more
Asymptotic is the word that comes to mind with this book. It starts out gradually and builds momentum to a gush of revelations in the final chapter or two - the deus ex machina of the author's excellent Spin finally resolved.
Robert Charles Wilson rewards his readers with a picture story painted through small brush strokes that all contribute to the whole. The gestalt, to use a 60s term, of this book is built chapter by chapter in a manner that is patient and continuously-revealing. Plus, the rom...more
To be honest, I don't even know what the heck happened in the end there. I mean I understood all of the events, but the pieces of the story aren't fitting together in my he ...more
Vortex and its predecessor, Axis, seem to exist because of the success of Spin, and not because there were important stories left to tell in the Spin universe. ...more
I liked having Turk Findley reappear. I thought he might reappear, but I wasn't sure. There were some unfinished issues with his life in Axis.
I enjoyed going back and forth between the present in Houston (the present as it is in this book) and the future on Vox. I liked the story of Vox Core better. I became interested in Vox and it's history and I wanted a lot m ...more
Writing Style: 2/5
This was a mostly satisfactory conclusion to the Spin series.
What I didn't like: I have rarely confronted characters and narration that so thoroughly sapped the wonder and discovery from big encounters and grand revelations. Our characters get glimpses into eons of new and interesting information, and there is no emotional or physical reaction. Wilson doesn't describe how they feel, navigate their affectivity, or probe their inner monolog ...more
I've enjoyed all of Robert Charles Wilson's books, but I loved Spin. Despite reading a lot, I almost never get so into a book I can't stop reading, which happened for Spin. After I finished it, I learned it had a sequel. It didn't feel like it needed one, really. Sure, I wanted to know what happened to Tyler and Diane after sailing through the arch, but the book felt complete.
So I read Axis. It was okay. I don't think Wilson writes bad books, ...more
It does wrap up the story, but it ends on a kind of big-idea note rather than a character based one. 'Spin' was all about characters and story, with 'Axis' starting out about characters then devolving into plot with a bit of idea chewing. 'Vortex' is light on developing chara ...more
Axis took me forever to finish, because I didn't find the story very compelling and I had the same issues with the writing. It felt a bit flat and the characters didn't seem very well developed.
I feel that Vortex was his best written book. The futuristic notebook and d ...more
The ending is where the book really fails. It does give the reader a good concept of what the hypotheticals are at a point in the ending that is very thought provoking. It then starts rambl ...more
I couldn't decide between 3 and 4 stars, but I went with 4 to reward the long reach Wilson made.
The hard-science framework here is mostly excellent, with a good supply of ideas. Not so much the characters. Allison is an interesting idea, and there are some interesting ideas about Turk's feelings of guilt. I didn't care for Isaac; he's a bit creepy and I couldn't ...more
The second book in the series wasn't that great, but Vortex makes up for it. Not quite as good as Spin, it still manages to stand on it's own. The book follows two timelines, one of which is set on earth shortly after the Spin ends, and the other ten thousand years in the future. The storyline from the future follows Turk ...more
Parallel to this story, in the "present" (post-Spin), a state care worker finds herself ...more
I will follow Wilson's novels with great interest and also catch up with the 2-3 I missed so far.
Still, I very much like the interactions of Sandra, Bose, Turk, Allison, Orrin. Good people, it is pleasant to get to ...more
The mobile island of Vox with its cultish Limbic Democracy is very unique.
Most fantastic is the ending, which explains the mystery in the book in the most spectacular way.