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Spin by Robert Charles Wilson
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Jan 17, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: science-fiction, sf-that-doesn-t-suck
Read in January, 2010

I like it when a book surprises me.

Spin has some of the strongest narrative writing and character development of any science fiction book I have ever read. The main characters are believable and deep, and even more importantly they are strong and heartfelt. The plot unfolds at just the right pace. It is infinitely more plausible and believable than many other similarly-scaled books, once you accept the one and only main premise.

The novel overall is an instant classic in the old-fashioned sense. You won't find the gadget porn and neo-futuristic 1000-frames-per-second information overload that seems common in the genre lately. It is a book that is likely to feel instantly familiar, almost homey if you're a fan of Bradbury and Heinlein. It is modern science fiction at its classic best. (Though I only just realized that Spin won a Hugo, which makes this review almost superfluous.)

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