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Axis | [Robert Charles Wilson]

Axis

Lise Adams is a young woman attempting to uncover the mystery of her father's disappearance 10 years earlier. Turk Findley is an ex-sailor and sometimes-drifter. They come together when an infall of cometary dust seeds the planet with tiny remnant Hypothetical machines. Soon, this seemingly hospitable world will become very alien indeed - as the nature of time is once again twisted, by entities unknown.
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Publisher's Summary

Wildly praised by readers and critics alike, Robert Charles Wilson's Spin won science fiction's highest honor, the Hugo Award, for Best Novel.

Now, in Spin's direct sequel, Wilson takes us to the "world next door" - the planet engineered by the mysterious Hypotheticals to support human life, and connected to Earth by way of the Arch that towers hundreds of miles over the Indian Ocean. Humans are colonizing this new world - and, predictably, fiercely exploiting its resources, chiefly large deposits of oil in the western deserts of the continent of Equatoria.

Lise Adams is a young woman attempting to uncover the mystery of her father's disappearance 10 years earlier. Turk Findley is an ex-sailor and sometimes-drifter. They come together when an infall of cometary dust seeds the planet with tiny remnant Hypothetical machines. Soon, this seemingly hospitable world will become very alien indeed - as the nature of time is once again twisted, by entities unknown.

©2007 Robert Charles Wilson; (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"Outstanding....Turk and Lise, who might well be played by Bogart and Bacall, are powerfully drawn protagonists, and their strong presence in the novel makes the wonders provided all the more satisfying." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Barbara Bristol, CT, USA 08-18-08
    Barbara Bristol, CT, USA 08-18-08
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    "Let Down"

    No where near as cohesive as the first. IF this is one step in a series(seems likely given the ending)it may deserve 3 stars but as a stand alone second book it was not very good. I thought that there was a lot of territory for the author to cover in the realm of who/what made the Hypotheticals but this just shows us the uninteresting "day in the life" so to speak of them. Gald I listened instead of read.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Bar Mills, ME, USA 10-15-08
    Pamela Bar Mills, ME, USA 10-15-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Much enjoyed"

    If you like the end of the world type of books this one is a winner. I loved the characters and the story was entertaining and well narrated.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 08-20-08
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 08-20-08 Member Since 2002

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "Not Spin but Not Bad"

    Axis is better than most science fiction, but was substantially less enjoyable than Spin. The characterization was less deep; the story was less cohesive and less compelling, the writing more pedestrian. Still, Axis is better than average and is aided by residual Spin. I enjoyed the listen, but I was hoping for another Spin.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    james salem, OR, United States 08-15-08
    james salem, OR, United States 08-15-08 Member Since 2006
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    "not as good as the first..."

    The hypotheticals play more of a role in this book, but the author still leaves a lot of questions. It's a classic filler novel, I'm sure that the author will answer a lot more questions in the final? book.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Simone 04-30-14
    Simone 04-30-14 Member Since 2006

    Join me on GoodReads too!

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    "Disappointed"

    I don’t really have much to say, I am overall pretty disappointed in this book.

    I liked Book 1 (Spin) but Book 2 is not holding my attention, I don’t really find it that interesting, I feel like its flip flopping - but to be fair it’s probably because I am not devoted to the story.

    I’m three quarters of the way done, so I’ll stick with it; I am passed the point of no return but I doubt I’ll bother with Book 3 (Vortex)

    Regarding the narration, objectively Scott Brick is good however his cadence is very distracting to me. I keep listening to HOW he is saying things as opposed to WHAT he is saying – considering I am not that into the story, it doesn’t help!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Moore Valparaiso, Indiana United States 12-24-12
    John Moore Valparaiso, Indiana United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Good followup"

    Not as good as Spin but a descent followup. Felt it ended a bit suddenly, looking forward to Vortex.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    bwest Brookings, SD, United States 11-22-12
    bwest Brookings, SD, United States 11-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Everything a story should be"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Axis to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the book but listening brings out all the nuances.


    What other book might you compare Axis to and why?

    Read all the books in the series.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Attitude


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rich CLEVELAND, TN, United States 09-17-12
    Rich CLEVELAND, TN, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2010

    1.5 Hours a Day in the Car Equals, Must Have Audible!

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    "Spin: 9/10 , Axis: 2/10"

    Wow, what a disappointment. I was not able to immerse any portion of my attention throughout this book.

    I don't know the political story, but it definitely feels like Wilson forced this series into a trilogy as an afterthought due to the success of Spin.

    The reviews for Vortex are a little better, but I'm still on the fence on whether or not to listen to it. The problem is, after the debacle that is Axis,...I simply don't care about Robert Wilson's universe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wilson St. Petersburg, FL, United States 02-02-12
    Wilson St. Petersburg, FL, United States 02-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not as good as Spin, but still good writing"
    What other book might you compare Axis to and why?

    The follow up to Spin was pretty good. The story started out great, but didn't quite deliver in the end. Of course Robert Charles Wilson's writing is still pretty darn good.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I love Scott Brick. If he's reading it I'm much more likely to listen to it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel J Hobby Bloomington, IN United States 12-13-11
    Daniel J Hobby Bloomington, IN United States 12-13-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Disappointed"
    What would have made Axis better?

    Not sure what exactly would have made it better, but it was missing something. Maybe the hypotheticals needed a little more fleshing out?


    Has Axis turned you off from other books in this genre?

    NO


    What about Scott Brick???s performance did you like?

    He has a compelling voice that always makes every sentence sound profound.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Mainly disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the first book in this series. It wasn't great, but it was a very intriguing idea. After reading the first book I wanted to know the reason behind the Spin and thought the second might shed some light on the subject. But Axis was really more about life on Equitoria and how some renegade Fourths turned the Spin into a religion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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