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Spin by Robert Charles Wilson
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Dec 02, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: science-fiction
Recommended to Jamie by: Julie Carter
Read in December, 2008

I loved the first 3/4 of this book. The story of the spin and mankind's reaction to it was fascinating, and the characterization was pretty good, but all the while I could see an unsatisfying ending coming: the author chose to alternate between two time periods and the later one was consistently less appealing to me.

The fast-forwarding of the universe was great: a terraformer's dream. It was a little creepy to be reminded how tiny and insignificant humanity really is.

The revelation of the spin's origin and purpose was not quite what I wanted it to be. I tend to like small-scale, more comprehensible science fiction, without omnipotent aliens or advanced technology that is indistinguishable from magic. The spin itself was quite grandiose, but it was handled in a practical manner, whereas the rapid influx of concepts at the end seemed vague, magical and rushed.

But this was still a very good book. I'll read more by Wilson.
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