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  • Posted March 17, 2013

    I really liked this book! Graham Smith lives in London and is a

    I really liked this book!

    Graham Smith lives in London and is an office messenger. He delivers mail and memos from office to office. He doesn't interact with anyone, and he doesn't speak. He hasn't spoken since he was a child. He counts the squares in the sidewalk when he walks home -- he never steps on cracks. He has a rigid set of procedures for doing everything. He appears Autistic, but he's not.

    His perseverations are a defense mechanism that allow him to deal with a changing world -- A rapidly changing world. Streets can change their locations overnight. People disappear, and no one seems to miss them. New people appear, and everyone seems to know them. He's never sure that his address will be the same in the evening as it was in the morning.

    Then one young woman goes out of her way to meet him. Her name is Annalise and she came all the way from America. She's from Boston. Duluth. Boise. She has long, black hair. She's a redhead. She's blond. She dyed her hair bright orange. He takes her luggage to his home. She's staying at a B&B. She's paranoid and stays in a large cardboard carton in an alley. She tells him he's being watched. Someone wants to kill him. She came to help.

    He finds listening devices and cameras, hidden in his home. He destroys them. They're back, in the same locations, the next day.

    There are no new Science Fiction concepts in this book, but the genius is the way the concepts are handled and resolved. The first third of the book is brilliant and the final scenes are very, very good. The author gets off track for a while in the middle. In particular, he tries to make a forced analogy with the theory of evolution that just does not work. Also, he goes into some weird details of genetics that don't hold up. Both of these scenes took me out of the story for a while, but the rest of the story is relentlessly good. The book would be much better, and a little shorter, if these sections were just dropped.

    Still, this book is highly recommended!

    Some notes: bear in mind that this takes place in London. Cell phones are called mobiles, elevators are lifts, the subway is the tube, etc.

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  • Posted January 11, 2012

    Best Many-Worlds Novel Ever Written

    I read this when it first came out and was utterly enthralled. It grabbed me from the first page as I, along with the hero/heroes, had to figure out what was happening to him/them, why, and just how dangerous was/were the path/the many paths he/they had to traverse as he/they fought to prevent the Ultimate Collapse. Superb plot, wonderful characterization and an involving story all turned into a thrilling race to the (hopefully not) the end of the world(s). This is a book that is an absolute cannot-put-down, and is worth every bit of the time put into reading it.

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  • Posted September 22, 2010

    Such A Nice Surprise!

    I started this book and couldn't stop reading it. It does not let up for even one second. Very well paced, the science is believable and the main character, Graham, is likable. I honestly had no idea when I started to read this book what it was about. That made this even more enjoyable and a total surprise of a plot. I highly recommend this if you want a near-future, light-on-the-science, seat-of-your-pants, kind of book. Enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2007

    What A Ride!

    I usually read one long hard-science or military sci-fi series after another. But, between a 3 to 8 book series I'll pick up a singleton if it looks like it might be something fun and fast-paced. Resonance is just that: fun, quirky and fast-paced as a Disneyland thrill ride! I won't go into the story - read the synopses, buy the book and in about 10 pages you'll be caught up in it. And, you won't want to put it down so best not to start it late at night. You won't sleep! It's that good. I never heard of Chris Dolley before, but I'll be picking up his latest, Shift. Definitely! And, btw, I'm no big fan of alternate reality books. This one actually make sense.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2005

    Quirky in a good way!

    I kept reading and reading, didn't want to put the book down. Thanks BAEN, picked it up at a Sci/Fi event this month.

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    Posted June 8, 2011

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