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Axis by Robert Charles Wilson
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Jul 20, 12

Read in July, 2012

It was a decent middle book of a trilogy that added depth to the events in the new world after Spin had completed. It did seem to drag and devotes significant time to subplots that have impact on the characters that adds dimension, but didn't have much impact on the story arc.

It delves into the characterization very well like Spin did, but it seems to do so at the detriment of the greater story. Lise's story seems like this complex mystery that should be a central thread to the story, but drops like a dead cat after a massive stroke at the end of the story.

Each of the characters themes that play in the story also seem to be very repetitive, between flashbacks and repeated interludes to the same events. Some are great at telling the the background of the people, some loop like a damaged CD. Also broader themes like the difference between the Martian Fourths and the Earth Fourths get beaten to death. It gets to the point where I wondered a few times if he was just putting these sections in to increase his word count.

It starts to give the framework for what the hypotheticals are and how to think of them, but sort of staggers in places. This does give a good feeling how alien they are. It also gives vivid detail of the ash-falls and their sudden alien appearance. The ending is sudden and staggering, but not horrible.
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