“Axis” by Robert Charles Wilson (Tor, 2007)

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Robert Charles Wilson’s sequel to the Hugo Award winning Spin, Axis, does what not a lot of sequels do: it continues readers on this most unique story, but with a whole new world and cast of characters that helps to give everything a new pristine look, as if one were reading a individual, stand-alone novel, and not a sequel.

The god-like beings known as the Hypotheticals are doing what they do best: messing with the ways of the cosmos.  In Axis, the reader travels through the giant arch gate located in the Indian Ocean and into the new and different world known as Equatoria, which was apparently created for humanity by these Hypotheticals.  Lise Adams travels to Equatoria in search of her missing father.  She hires Turk Findley, who has a less than clean rap sheet, to fly her to her father’s last known destination.  Lise’s father was obsessed with the Hypotheticals, so now she hopes to not only find out what happened to him, but perhaps get some answers to these mysterious beings.

Then there is Isaac, a genetically engineered child who is to serve as a conduit between humanity and the Hypotheticals, and now he is coming of age and his true fruition will come to pass.  Lise and Turk meet up with Isaac and they continue their journey deeper into Equatoria in search of answers.  And it seems as if the Hypotheticals are making things happen, as underground something mighty is awoken and the earth begins to tremble.

While it’s not required that one read Spin before you tackle Axis, it certainly helps to provide a foundation for the reader, nevertheless Wilson does a good job of answering the questions and covering a little of what happened in the previous book; one of the characters even shows up as a surprise.  Axis also does what Spin did very well: provide a good story with some great characters.  Readers will be hooked with the captivating duo in Lise and Turk, as their unusual pasts are explored while the book progresses; and then there is the unique Isaac.  Readers will be not be able to put down this worthy sequel leading up to an important climax that gets resolved in the final book of the trilogy, Vortex.

Originally written on September 21, 2011 ©Alex C. Telander.

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Spin    Mysterium    Chronoliths

Upcoming Interviews on BookBanter

Here’s a listing of upcoming interviews on BookBanter for the next couple of months leading up to December.

[Updated 09/28: I realized there was a noticeable lacking of female authors being interviewed, and since I had one more spot open for the year, I set-up an interview with Juliet Eilperin, who wrote Demon Fish, which is schedule to go up November 1st]

 

Coming October 1st

Alan Jacobson

Alan Jacobson

Inmate 1577

Author of Inmate 1577


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Coming October 15th

Rober Charles Wilson

Robert Charles Wilson

Spin

Author of Spin and Axis

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Coming November 1st

John Barnes

Elizabeth Eileperin

Demon Fish

Author of Demon Fish

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Coming November 1st

John Barnes

John Barnes

Directive 51

Author of Directive 51 and Daybreak Zero

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Coming November 15th

Ben Loory

Ben Loory


Stories for Nighttime

Author of Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day

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Coming December 1st

Ernest Cline

Ernest Cline

Ready Player One

Author of Ready Player One

BookBanter Links Roundup for 09/27/11

 

“The Chronoliths” by Robert Charles Wilson (Orb Books, 2011)

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Bestselling author Robert Charles Wilson really has a knack for sucking a reader in: the cover alone for The Chronoliths immediately catches the eye with this mighty rocket shaped stone construction that piques anyone’s interest, and then one reads the description on the back of the book and one is transported to this unique alternate world to our own where Wilson is at home and the reader is taken on an unforgettable journey.

Scott Warden, at the moment, is in Thailand with his daughter and wife.  He’s a mid-level computer guy who goes off walking one night with his friend Hitch Paley after some drinks, and then a miraculous event occurs right before their very eyes: the violent arrival of a 200-foot long obelisk appears literally out of thin air, collapsing and obliterating trees for a quarter of a mile around.  It seems to be made of a matter unknown to this world, while there is an inscription at its base that commemorates a great military victory taking place twenty years and three months in the future.

Part of the book is spent researching and studying these enigmatic pillars that become known as Chronoliths, as they begin appearing all over the world, to the point where Warden is working with Sue Chopra and a skilled team to predict where and when the next Chronolith will arrive.  The other part of the book philosophizes and discusses the undeniable questions and thoughts that arise when one knows of a predestined event scheduled to arrive at a specific time in the future; the question is whether it will happen as planned, or because humanity now knows about it, will it be forever altered?  This is classic Robert Charles Wilson at his best; The Chronoliths will captivate Wilson fans as well as fans of the science fiction genre.

Originally written on September 21, 2011 ©Alex C. Telander.

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Spin    Mysterium    Julian Comstock

BookBanter Links Roundup for 09/26/11 – The Nerds are Taking Over!

“Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline (Crown, 2011)

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Ready Player One can best be described as nerd crack.  It joins the ranks of a growing sub genre of books featuring an MMO (Massive Multiplayer Online) game as its main construct.  If you like anything about video games, the ‘80s, ‘80s music, ‘80s movies, computers, science fiction, dystopian futures, nerdy references, you will love this book . . . if you like all of these things – like I do – this book will become your bible.

In the not-too-distant future, the world is quickly going to hell in a hand basket.  It’s very much a dystopian world, but within this gloomy, depressing place is an MMO that just about everyone plays.  OASIS is not just a game, but a way a life for most, where you can have fun, meet friends, got to school, and pretty much lead a full and entertaining life under the guise of your anonymous avatar (whose façade is of your choosing).  Depending on what people can afford, the experience can be fully sensory so that players feel as if they are actually existing in the world of OASIS and experiencing it in just about every way possible.

James Halliday, who grew up in the 1980’s when computers were beginning to take off, quickly became addicted to video games and then began making his own.  He is the creator of OASIS, which has gone from a game to life and reality for so many people in this world, and he is many times a billionaire.  When he dies, he activates his will which states that whoever finds the three keys and solves the puzzles will be entitled to his entire fortune.  Wade Watts is an eighteen year old nerd who has hopes of finding all three keys and gaining those untold riches.  His parents are dead and he lives with an aunt who treats him terribly and he cares little for her, scraping by in abject poverty.  And now he thinks he might’ve just found the location of the first key.

Cline has written a book that just about any sort of nerd (whether they’re honest about it or not) will quickly get sucked into and not want to let go.  Not only is it like playing a video game or watching your favorite movie, but Ready Player One is literally filled with references and anecdotes and stories of the time period that Cline clearly holds close to his heart.

From the man who brought you the cult-hit movie Fanboys, comes a nerdy book featuring a nerdy story with nerdy characters set in a nerdy world that nerds will absolutely love!

Originally written on September 23, 2011 ©Alex C. Telander.

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BookBanter Links Roundup For 09/22/11