Vortex (Spin Saga #3)
Turk and his young friend Isaac Dvali are...more
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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
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
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
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
Unfortunately, Vortex doesn't quite capture the same level of intrigue as the previous novels in the series. Though the ending is far-spanning, and reveals the ultimate answers, fans may not find them pa...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
In Axis, we find that the mysterious aliens that brought us forward (called "The Hypotheticals") have also left us a portal to another world.
Vortex answers all the...more
Even though the story didn't int...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
First, I really, really enjoyed it. I felt it was an excellent way to finish out this series. After reading Vortex, Axis also made a lot more sense & seemed to "fit" better than it did at first glance.
I was pleased that Vortex didn't fall back on a "goddidit" resolution. The Hypotheticals remained complex, yet without omniscience or even - critically - what we would consider consciousness or will. In A...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
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
Der Abschluss der Spin-Trilogie liest sich recht zäh. Man kämpft sich durch zwei Handlungsstränge die zeitlich extrem weit auseinander liegen. Einerseits Turk in der Zukunft, der auf weiterentwickelte Menschen trifft, die allerdings ebenso wie ihre Vorfahren vor 10.000 Jahren noch auf einer spirituellen Reise sind und dabei eine Gesellschaftsform entwickelt haben, bei der sich alle Bürger durch ein Netzwerk emotional gleichschalten. Zugleich versklaven sie Unmengen an Menschen, die sic...more
It feels like forever since I read and fell in love with Spin. The sequel, Axis, didn't pack the same punch in terms of sense of wonder, but there was no doubt I'd read the third and final installment of this trilogy, Vortex. It's not as good as Spin, I'll be honest, but it's a lot better than Axis, and the last part of the book packs a wonderful punch in terms of sense of wonder that I had a hard time putting it down once I got into those final pages. Vortex kept me gue...more
Though first the book within the trilogy itself. It's been probably about a year since I read Spin, which was fantastic and thoroughly enjoyable. Axis I enjoyed, but didn't find as satisfying. I wanted to like the characters, but the only one I really felt for was Isaac (round one). I al...more
Parallel to this story, in the "present" (post-Spin), a state care worker finds herself...more
The romances seemed kinda cheesy. As if it was just filler for the (I'll admit, VERY cool) ideas and ending for the series. And it's not as if RCW can't write emotion... Blind Lake was really quite moving!
IMO spin was great by itself, I could have survived without answering the questions that it left hanging.
While I felt that a lot of the ideas were worth writing about (Vox core, and the cortical democracies, earth's legacy, etc) I think they could have been shoved...more