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Book Note: Robert Charles Wilson, Spin

I read this book about 12-Nov-2006. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 2005. This note was last modified Sunday, 19-Nov-2006 21:25:34 PST.

This note contains spoilers for the book.


The kids aren't believable, not to me as an sf fan. Two are supposed to be geniuses, one is an sf reader. But nobody thinks about mechanisms, removal vs. blocking sight, whether the moon moved or we moved.

I also think the details on how much of the Internet goes via satelite are wrong.

Why do satellites crash back to Earth after spin? I mean, other than for the plot?

He annoys me by saying "NK" a while and making it important well before defining it, let alone explaining it.

Oh, yeah, and multiple interwoven timelines, I never like that. Not even in Lord of Light, really.

"Spin" still makes no sense as the name of the thing.

For a book written in 2005 to depend on not having caller-id on a cell phone, and not having number portability with cell-phones, as important plot points is embarrassing.

I haven't yet liked a Wilson book very much; they all miss the tone I like, I've never really liked the chracters a lot (this lot reminds me badly of Stephen Baxter books), and there's an overtone of horror to the feel, which I don't like.

I believe I would be best served by exhibiting some learning behavior here soon.

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