Monday, December 17, 2007

Short Book Reviews

Axis by Robert Charles Wilson - I greatly enjoyed Wilson's previous two novels, Blind Lake and the Hugo-winning Spin, so I was looking forward to reading this Spin sequel. Like it's predecessor, Axis is a high concept story about attempting to communicate with a godly alien intelligence. After a rather sleepy beginning, the pace picks up about half way through, and has a bright and shiny set piece of an ending. While the ending is not completely satisfying it does seem to be leaning toward a third volume, so maybe there's some middle book syndrome going on here. It's my belief that sequels should be better than the originals; this one ain't. But on the whole, It's OK.

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