Review: Spin by Robert Charles Wilson

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I’m going to preface this review with a brief.. Prologue. Honestly, I just can’t think of anything else to call it, so I’m going with prologue. My review has a prologue. Deal with it.

I’m a big fan of the fantasy genre. Science fiction? Not so much. It’s always driven me nuts that science fiction and fantasy fans are sort of lumped together. Yes, we are forced to share a space at most book stores. But the two genres are so different. I love fantasy.. Swords and castles, heroes and villains, imaginary worlds and magic, all of it. Science fiction though… Admittedly, I haven’t read much of it. But what I have read has always seemed so bogged down by techno babble and science mumbo jumbo, it always ends up feeling like work to read it. I read for enjoyment.. Not to learn how a flux capacitor actually works.

So needless to say, I was apprehensive about reading this book. It is, without a doubt, science fiction. But I’m so glad I went ahead and read it anyway, it turned out to be one of the best / most enjoyable books I’ve read so far this year. Unlike the other science fiction novels that I’ve read, this one didn’t get bogged down with technical descriptions. It was easy to read, and had a lot of interesting concepts. I don’t know whether it’s particularly original or unique, I don’t have enough science fiction experience to make that call, but it felt original and unique to me. I enjoyed reading this book, and when I put it down I always found my mind lingering on it, wondering what was going to happen next, what the full story was. It had that special something that compels you to keep picking it up and reading more (or it did for me at least).

This comes damn close to a 5 star rating, but I’m going with 4.5 because it didn’t feel quite up to 5 stars. It’s a close thing though, a very close thing. Highly recommended, give it a try. Who knows, it surprised me, maybe it will surprise you too!

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  1. I have Spin, but I haven’t even had a chance to pick it up and look at it yet. I tend to be more of a Sci Fi fan than a Fantasy fan, so looks like this is right up my alley!

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