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The Tower (Spider World #1-3)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  371 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Our world ruled by insects?
Once the Earth was ruled by humans, and insects were very small, with even the largest no bigger than a man's fist. But now, in the 25th century, humans serve giant beetles and spiders as slaves and often as food.

Slaves all, or servants - except for those who live in the desert, spending most of their time underground. For Niall and his family, l
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by Hampton Roads Publishing Company (first published 1987)
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mark monday
Jun 22, 2015 mark monday rated it really liked it
Spider World, yahoo! this is so much better than the series' title sounds.

the author is one of a kind. he has been many things: surveyer of iconoclasts (The Outsider) and analyst of charisma gone astray (Rogue Messiahs: Tales of Self-Proclaimed Saviors); a chronicler of diseased mentalities and disturbing crimes (Schoolgirl Murder Case, Lingard); a philosopher grounded in both intellect and mysticism (The Philosopher's Stone); and a genre specialist transforming his visions of humanity and beyon
4.0 stars. Great premise and a very original novel. The society developed by the spiders and their integration of humans as servants was very well handled. The concept of the spider's "will force" was also very interesting. Recommended.
Jun 30, 2011 Myles rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, the-end
The second, in the original counting, of the Spider World books. For a young adult audience, yeah, I can see how I was drawn to these books and held on to them for so long - but fair warning here - do not try to revisit these as an adult. You will be sorely disappointed.
Mar 09, 2015 Ashley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 27, 2013 Mark rated it liked it
I liked the idea of a world full of giant insects and the Mr Wilson does a good job or portraying it. The book does get a bit up itself in certain points, like the entire chapter detailing the psychological evolution of man from biblical times to the middle ages.
I personally think if you are writing a book about giant, man-eating, psychic spiders then just go for it.

The descriptive elements of reading someone's mind are at first vivid and enthralling but get a bit repetitive.

This book has a bit
May 13, 2014 Maša rated it really liked it
Interesting ideas, beautiful and awe-inspiring descriptions of wildlife. It filled me with renewed joy of discovery of all things that consist nature. Also, it neatly aligned with my efforts to practice mindfulness meditation.

This is an interesting journey of constant wonder and path of self-actualization. It's more philosophical than action-based, though.

There is some filibustering on evolution and sexist tone (the ladies never do anything remotely interesting, and are overall a bore/irritat
Islam Elnaggar
كتاب جيد ممل في البداية مشوق في نهايته
يطرح قضايا فلسفية في صورة قصة خيالية تجذب القاريء
الجيد في الكتاب انه يلفت الإنتباه ان الإنسان غارق لأبعد مدى في ماديته و مستسلم لعالمه لأبعد الحدود لا يريد ان يذهب أبعد مما تراه عيناه و ما يهيئه له الوقع
حاتم عاشور
رغم أن الرواية تحتوي أفكاراً جيدة إلا أنها ضائعة تماماً الأحداث .. من الصفحة الأولى تجد نفسك بين شخوص ووصوف لا تدري ما هي .. في عالم عناكب وحشرات وصحراء مقفرة .. لكنها غير منطقية التصور لأنك لا تملك المعطيات الصحيحة.

Marwan Shehata
Aug 24, 2012 Marwan Shehata rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
((.. ان البشر يكونون في افضل احوالهم عندما يحصلون على قدر محدد من الحرية ..ثم يقاتلون ويناضلون لنيل مزيد من الحرية ...!!
واذا نال البشر فجاة "وانتبهوا " فجاة قدرا كبيرا من الحرية فانهم يشعرون بالحيرة والاضطراب ويفقدون احساسهم بالغرض من صراعهم
Mohamed Aziz
Apr 23, 2014 Mohamed Aziz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
عالم ساحر من الفانتازيا ينقلك لتقاتل مع البشر فى مواجهة عناكب الموت
فنتازيا عالية المستوى رائعة !!!
Jun 10, 2013 Zozoanjrini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
من كتبي المفضلة
حسين المهلهل
القصة تحكي على عالم تسيطر فيه عناكب كبيرة الحجم على الارض و لديها قدرة خاصة تستطيع من خلالها بث الخوف في نفوس البشر و تصطادهم و تتغذي عليهم و يعيش البشر في جحور تحت الارض خوفأ منها وبعد ان يقع بطل الرواية " نيال " في الأسر من قبل العناكب , يكتشف انه يتمتع بقوة عقلية مثل العناكب او اقوي
, اقل ما يقال عنها انها تخليك تعيش في عالم ثاني
رواية رائعة جدأ لي كولن ولسن و انصح بيها قراء رويات الخيال العلمي
و كالعادة لا يخلو اي كتاب لي كولن ولسون بدون فلسفته عن قوة تطور العقل البشري و مدي الإجرام الذي يلحق
Jun 01, 2016 Ibrahimm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ليست مسألة فانتازيا لكن الكتاب مليء بالإشارات و المعاني الصارخة المحذرة لنا من ضياع الانسان الفكري والتصاقه بالعبودية الحديثة والتفاهة الغربية وهو على غرار كتابه الأكثر من رائع اللامنتمي ، الكتاب عندي يمثل الحضارة الشرقية التي يمثلها البطل نيال والحضارة الغربية التي يمثلها عالم العناكب فعالم العناكب يتحكم في أناس اصحاء اقوياء ولكنهم عبيد ( الغربيين) وعالم الصحراء نيال واسرته الاقوياء فكرياً الضعفاء جسديا لكنهم محبوا الحرية وهذا يتضح من فكرة اختراق ذهن عالم الاقوياء جسدياً .
Eugene Pustoshkin
Несколько лет книги Колина Уилсона из серии «Мир пауков» были в числе моих любимых. Его книги остаются моими любимыми до сих пор. Уже намного позже я узнал, что Уилсон развивал направление феноменологического экзистенциализма. Когда я был ребёнком, читать его книги было невероятное удовольствие и приключение. Благодарен тем, кто издавал Уилсона в 1990-е.
David Genut
Oct 16, 2014 David Genut rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I must read more books from Colin Wilson. He enchants me. Since that book I respect spiders.
The story was wonderful with the desert inhabitants and the survival struggle to live. For me. it was also an apocalyptic story that teaches us many things about future surviving.
5 stars.
Stephen Hermer
Feb 14, 2011 Stephen Hermer rated it really liked it
I loved this book! Post-apocalypse, monsters (mainly, but not limited to spiders), strange mutations, new human cultures, expansive writing... this novel has everything that a post-apocalypse fan could want.
Dec 12, 2014 Trevor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is volume one of a great series. Certainly the first three books in this series are very good sci-fi adventure novels, the fourth one gets a bit long but still worth finishing. The Tower is book one and is probably the best one of the series. Read this if you like classic sci-fi adventure.
Jun 19, 2011 Sameer rated it liked it
good novel set in the future, not like his other novels like Adrift in Soho Wilson here storngly employs his paranormal beliefs. its good bed time entertainment. if your girlfriend was away, and nothing on tv. and you are in no mood to go out. and.. no to be fair its a good novel :)
Oct 23, 2008 Sojin rated it really liked it
So far, this book is pretty interesting. It is about in the future, when spiders take over the world.
Oct 25, 2013 Adeel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Remember reading this as a kid and was completely mesmerized by the genre. Would have to read it again to make sure though.....
Jordan Jones-williams
Despite taking ages to begin reading this book because I was put off by the idea of giant spiders, I absolutely loved it!
Ali Abu alhasan
من أروع ما قرأت .... تزيد في الإنسان الثقة بالنفس ، و أن لديه طاقة كامنة يمكن أن يغير بها العالم ...
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Colin Henry Wilson was born and raised in Leicester, England, U.K. He left school at 16, worked in factories and various occupations, and read in his spare time. When Wilson was 24, Gollancz published The Outsider (1956) which examines the role of the social 'outsider' in seminal works of various key literary and cultural figures. These include Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ernest Hemingway, ...more
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