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Karen White can open "doors" between universes. This power, which she shares with her brother and sister, has been suppressed since childhood. But now it appears in her teenage son, Michael, who is approached by a mysterious figure known only as the Grey Man, a figure who has haunted Karen's dreams for decades. Fleeing to her sister Laura's reality, Karen and Michael have ...more
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Published October 1st 1989 by Spectra (first published December 1988)
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Megan Baxter
What is it about Gypsies that fell short of the mark for me? I think, in many ways, it isn't that there's anything wrong with it, there's just not enough right. It is a perfectly fine entry in a blended sf/fantasy genre, but that hook that reached out and grabbed me and held me close, the way the story did in Spin just wasn't here. Early book syndrome, perhaps? It's only my second Robert Charles Wilson, so it's hard to be sure.

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Tomislav
This science fantasy is just a little more in the direction of "magic" than most of Robert Charles Wilson's writing, but still has a science fiction feel in most ways. There's some reference to many worlds quantum theory to explain the alternate universes, but the basis is not so important. What there is, though, are well-imagined and described cross-travel between parallel histories, such as the world of Novus Ordo. Without reveling in gore or death, there is also a level of dread that builds t ...more
Penny
Jul 28, 2016 Penny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robert Charles Wilson is rapidly becoming one of my favourite authors. His ideas are interesting, and his writing confident, and often beautiful. He can claim what is probably my highest accolade - he is a writer who the reader can trust. By that I mean that his world-building is solid, and his stories and ideas unfold consistently. You feel that he knows what he's doing, even when the story is unusual and surprising.
Gypsies is the tale of three siblings who can step between worlds: it proves t
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Jen
May 09, 2017 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yay, another excellent book by Robert Charles Wilson! Again, it's a parallel universe theme, but compelling characters and story make up for the repeating themes in his books. Such a good author!
Carole O'Brien
Really good book, about people who can open doors from one Universe to another. really good story, first book I have read by this author , will be reading more.
Dominick
Sep 01, 2014 Dominick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmm. I might give this one 3.5 stars if the option existed, but perhaps not. My reason for considering doing so is admittedly perhaps a bit trivial. According to the genre identification on the book cover, this is "Science Fiction." However, it is in fact clearly fantasy, a work in which magic and spells are explicitly invoked as the agencies whereby the fantastic occurs--in this case, the ability of some folk to travel between parallel worlds. There is of course nothing wrong with fantasy, but ...more
Fred
Sep 06, 2016 Fred rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An early novel from an excellent writer, Gypsies is unfortunately just ok in the larger world of science fiction. The novel uses multiple universe theory, and special people who can travel between them, to tell a basic broken family story. This is classic RCW, turning science fiction tropes into human interest stories, but this one is not quite as rich as Spin or Julian Comstock. Features not one but three to five well drawn characters, superior to most sci fi before or since.
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Jonathan Appleton
Aug 24, 2016 Jonathan Appleton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robert Charles Wilson is the master of alternative universes. I wonder if his publisher ever says: "Bob, how about something different this time." I actually hope not since they are always intriguing.
I like this whole multiverse concept and RCW really gets it.
This was another one of those old books that suddenly became Amazon singles and were available again. There is a treasure trove here.
M
Oct 04, 2014 M rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again, Wilson features a sort of chronic paranoia in the lives of the main characters, but in this case they grow up with it while not really understanding or having it explained. Little by little, they learn the reasons that shaped the lives of their family along with the reader, which sustains the interest. I'm ready for another!
Brenna Flood
Read this when I was a teenager, and remember that it was enjoyable, but corny in parts. Might re-read at some point.
Rachel Danielle Schiavone
Got a lot of elements to it, like Madeleine L'Engle and C.S. Lewis...
Chris Peters
Jan 13, 2016 Chris Peters rated it really liked it
It's a bit clunky... and sometimes doesn't seem to fit together very well... but I couldn't put it down. Definitely worth a read.
Verity
Jan 01, 2012 Verity rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I've been writing science fiction professionally since my first novel A Hidden Place was published in 1986. My books include Darwinia, Blind Lake, and the Hugo Award-winning Spin. My newest novel is The Affinities (April 2015).
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