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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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    John Semmes, AL, USA 08-08-08
    John Semmes, AL, USA 08-08-08
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    "Spin off Axis"

    What was happening when the author wrote this sequel? I listened intently to every word and tried to imagine the characters as they were introduced but they were not as fully developed as the first set of characters in "Spin". The unresolved issue of the Hypothetical s was, to say the very least, disappointing. I had in my mind's eye foresaw the ending a different way and felt cheated with the ultimate outcome. Why leave the readers with no loose ends tied up? The explanation was like the name suggests...hypothetical. No-one knew, no-one was willing to fully explain and no-one seemed to care after 2 books and a dozen or so characters were possessed with finding an answer. It seemed like a least one would have been given the answer to all the mysteries and held on to the info maybe for another sequel.
    I did enjoy listening to Scott Brick read this novel and at times I was on the edge of my seat in anticipation, but not often enough.
    Note to writers: please don't ask readers to invest in novels that even you don't know how it should end.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Des Moines, WA, USA 08-30-08
    Jason Des Moines, WA, USA 08-30-08
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    "From Hypothertical to Pathetic , let down!"

    First, I loved Spin. This book while having a few things in common with the Spin is not the same story.

    They leave Spin in a great place to start a 2nd book. Instead we get all new characters and a great premise that was wasted.

    The idea of what this book could have been.... contact and it's excitement. Instead the author goes preachy and gets caught up trying to make a sociology story showing how smart he is. He tried to downplay the SciFi and go Brides of Madison County on us...
    The reason I liked Spin was because of the hypothetical mystery, and the characters motivations to learn more.

    Axis has weak characters, no mystery, no big ideas, and a blatant attempt by the author to prove he is just not SciFi. He failed at it.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Tucson, AZ, USA 06-27-09
    Joseph Tucson, AZ, USA 06-27-09
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    "Okay, not a good a Spin"

    This book was okay, but compared to Spin is had a lot to be desired. I hope Vortex is better.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Noe Edinburg, TX, United States 10-28-09
    Noe Edinburg, TX, United States 10-28-09 Member Since 2006
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    "A "must read" for Spin fans."

    After reading several negative reviews from Audible customers, I almost passed on this sequel to "Spin." I'm glad I didn't, as I truly loved it. As Tyler and Diane Dupree cross the mysterious archway into a new world at the end of "Spin," we are left wondering what happens next. This book delivers the answers to our questions in a highly engaging manner. To those familiar with the "Spin" universe, this book makes perfect sense, and it does a great job of continuing to slowly reveal the extent and true nature of the Hypotheticals. Although it picks up the story many years later and Diane Dupree is the only returning character from the original, the novel nonetheless achieves its own high level of excellence.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 07-31-08
    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 07-31-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Letdown"

    Some of the questions you wanted to know are answered, and some are not. The problem is that the main question "what are the hypotheticals" is not really answered". First part of book was hard to get through and the ending left me feeling cheated.

    17 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 12-23-11
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 12-23-11 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "No Spin"

    I read Spin and I listened to Axis and Axis is no Spin. I was excited about this book as the three books of RCW that I had previously read where good to real good and Spin was the best. We go to an alternate world, where other authors would have had a field day exploring the new world. RCW tells us this world is a desert and it is boring. Wow, that didn't stop Frank Herbert. Silverberg could have done wonders with this world.

    There is no character development at all, which is also different for RCW. We start out with this character named Isaac who seems would make a great leading character and he meets Sulean Moi who could also be a great character. Then comes chapter two and we meet Lise and Turk. It is several chapters before we get back to Isaac and then it is pretty much in passing until the end of the book. Turk is one of RCW's usual flawed characters, but even he is not developed and Lise is just a girl thrown in for a love interest, she has no character. RCW usually puts his Sci Fi in the background and in this book it is way in the back until the very end. Like so many other authors have done this second book is just filler to get us to the third book, Vortex. Based on other great books by this author I will listened to Vortex, I want to find out more about the Hypotheticals.

    I must also mention that Scott Brick is one of my least favorite narrators. His reading is always over dramatic and he makes everybody sound sarcastic. Also there was some problem with the recording, at times it sounded like it was recorded under water.

    Spin and Mysterium are my favorite RCW books and Chronoliths is good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chuck United States 09-22-11
    Chuck United States 09-22-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Good idea, just not as well done as Spin"

    For the most part I enjoyed this book. The premise of the story is great and was well written, up until the end. I was totally into the story, following along word for word, until the author dropped me off a cliff a the end. I felt like he spent all this time (the entire book) building up this great story, and then just wrapped everything up nice and neat in about 5 mins. It was a bit of a let down. I was expecting more at the end. Maybe more will be explained in the next book.

    As for the narrator, again, as with Spin, his voice just doesn't sit right with me for some reason. I am not real crazy about how he makes his distinction between the male and female parts (when he is speaking their dialogue). The males are always strong and very outspoken whereas he speaks the female lines very timidly, with a soft voice. I feel it takes away from some very strong female characters that the author has written.

    Overall it was an okay book, good story, not crazy about the end. Definitely not as good as Spin. I'm hoping the final book in the trilogy is better than this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Gay 07-16-09
    Chris Gay 07-16-09 Member Since 2001
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    "Just Odd"

    Spin took present day through the future. Axis started many years after the end of Spin and continued in a strange direction with too much detail and odd results. Had potential with conspiracy theories and a chase, but a strange ending.....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    steve Ferndale, Wa, United States 01-12-09
    steve Ferndale, Wa, United States 01-12-09 Member Since 2005

    I read and listen to books as much as possible.

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    "Not a great sequel"

    Spin was great but i read it, this book i tried to listen to and lost interest and later i read it, but Scott Brick is a great reader.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Carole La Jolla, CA, United States 08-19-08
    Carole La Jolla, CA, United States 08-19-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Concept - No details"

    I would have loved to wrap up this story. We didn't and neither did the author. I actually can't remember much of it because my mind strayed so often that many words were left stranded.
    I love the idea of odd 0ff-worlders taking over. It's a time honored prize-winner. Ultimately, I know the goal is to wrap everything up and usually have the good guys (us humans) win. I miss that in this book.
    I loved "SPIN" and hoped for a similar experience. Thanks for writing it, but I feel cheated.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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