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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.
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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.
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