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review 2018-02-17 21:12
Spin by Robert Charles Wilson
Spin - Robert Charles Wilson

Series: Spin #1

 

I debated between 2.5 and 3 stars but I guess I was feeling generous because I settled on 3. I may change my mind.

 

It's a great concept and wanting to find out what had happened kept me reading. Basically, one night all the stars go out and humanity discovers the entire planet has been enveloped in a weird opaque (-ish) membrane that has a simulated sun but doesn't actually let anyone see through it. And somehow Earth's perception of time has slowed way down with respect to the rest of the solar system. So Wilson invokes crazy physics in an interesting way because the general consensus is that some alien race has done this...for reasons.

 

So I really wanted to found out more about these "Hypotheticals" (the aliens) and what they had done to the Earth, but I struggled to get through the book because I didn't actually like any of the characters. Tyler was tiresome, Jason was your sort of typical nerd genius, I got tired of E. D., the abusive father (verbal and mental abuse, not physical) real fast, and I had zero patience for Diane's desire to ruin her life by running off to find religion and marry a controlling husband. Tyler's thing for Diane was more pathetic than romantic, and some of what I would have found way more interesting (the stuff that was happening to Jason) got glossed over near the end because Tyler just wasn't around for most of it.

 

I know Wilson already played the crazy physics card with the Spin membrane but I just couldn't suspend my disbelief very well for the Mars terraforming plan. Mars is just too small for that to work, especially over that kind of time scale. Seriously, you'd lose all the "atmosphere" you liberated unless you repeatedly crashed comets into it, and even then....

 

But I did want to keep reading, which why I went with 3 over 2.5 stars.

 

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text 2018-02-13 01:25
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The Raven King - Nora Sakavic

He was their family. They were his. They were worth every cut and bruise and scream.

 

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text 2018-02-12 12:45
Reading progress update: I've read 92%.
The Raven King - Nora Sakavic

Facing Riko like this went against everything his mother taught him. He'd been raised to run, to sacrifice everything and everyone to ensure his own survival. His mother had never given him ground to stand on. Maybe that was why he hadn't been strong enough to save her in the end. A jumble of lies had nothing to fight for. But Neil Josten was a Fox. Andrew called this home; Nicky called him family. Neil wasn't going to lose any of it. If two weeks with Riko was the price to keep his team safe, Neil would pay it.

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text 2018-02-10 15:49
Reading progress update: I've read 43%.
The Raven King - Nora Sakavic

He'd divided his secrets between Kevin and Andrew. Kevin reacted the way Neil expected everyone would to the truth: with a horrified demand that Neil leave immediately. Andrew, though, nodded in the face of it and told Neil to stay. He stood his ground when Neil asked him for murder and gave him a key to their house.

 

 

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text 2018-02-09 14:32
Reading progress update: I've read 30%.
The Raven King - Nora Sakavic

Sweet Jesus. I’m as stressed this time as I was the first time. 

 

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