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Spin State

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  • Posted January 29, 2012

    recommended

    The characters in this book, both physical and AI, are believable and interesting. The situations are truthful even in todays world and current corporate outlook on the ways they would like to increase thier "Bottom Line". The science is up to date with a little strech of your imagination. When reading it I find that I always go a little further until I can put it down. I like the way it flows and the main character is one I would like to see in other books. I think that this Author will do well and expect I will read other works by her.

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  • Posted December 13, 2009

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    Top Notch

    Believable characters that you feel for. Sifi can overly rely on gee whiz tricks and forget that in the end its not the genre,but the writing and the people you meet as you read that brings you back. I've read the book three times and look forward to the next read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2007

    ambitious effort

    A cyberpunk, space opera, military scifi, noir thriller love story. Not surprisingly, lacking in focus as a result but not without charm. Good characters, dialogue, atmosphere. A totally incomprehensible plot, and the usual-for-scifi unsatisfactory ending.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2003

    Just mind-blowing!

    Easily one of the 3 best sci-fi books I have ever read. As if William Gibson, Isaac Asimov, C.J. Cherryh, David Brin and Neil Stephenson collided with John Le Carre: simultaneously cyberpunk, hard SF and espionage/spy thriller ¿ amazing. The writing is as slick as Gibson and Stephenson; the feel and ¿look¿ is as sharp and rich as Bladerunner and The Matrix; the action as fast-paced and hard-driving as anything I¿ve seen; and the intrigue as complex and compelling as Le Carre. As for the characters¿ well, let me put it this way: Major Catherine Li is so tough and smart that she is undoubtedly the sexiest female sci-fi character I¿ve ever encountered, while her ally/adversary/suspect/lover (an A.I. by the name of Hyacinth Cohen) is even better: maybe the single best and most memorable sci-fi character ever written. In short: Wow! When do the movie and the sequel come out?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Great sci-fi

    Every time Major Catherine Li does a faster than light space leap she loses memory. So far she has been able to hide her loss, but knows that soon she will have to trust someone to provide her with a special memory chip. Catherine is not human, but is an illegal clone working as a Home Sapiens UN Peacekeeper.<P> Her latest assignment takes her to the planet Metz where Catherine and a team of experts are to penetrate to an illegal cloning lab. When they reach their destination with poor information from their mission leader, Li finds a dead clone of herself. She realizes that she must find the killer in case she is the intended target though she might leave herself open to exposure as an illegal being.<P> SPIN STATE is an exciting science fiction tale that hooks the reader from the moment Li realizes that she and the team are being handicapped on the Metz assignment. The story line moves forward at a rapid pace, not slowing down until the final moment. The focus of the story is on Li, a great lead character sort of a cross between a cloned Logan (Logan¿s Run) and Blade Runner. Fans of action-packed futuristic thrillers with a human rights message will appreciate light jumping with Chris Moriarty.<P> Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2003

    Cyberpunk Rides Again!

    If you're cruising for new cyberpunk to feed the addiction, stop here! This book is awesome. Great eyeball kicks, seamy corporate politics, and characters running for their lives in a universe that could only have been invented by someone who is (and I mean this in the best possible sense) truly a sick puppy! Remember Molly from Neuromancer? Well, Li is Molly and then some. She's an illegal clone who walked into a blackmarket chop shop and bought herself a dead girl's genes in order to pass as human so she could enlist in the UN Peacekeepers. It looks like her cover's about to be blown any minute as the book starts. And to make things worse she's been accused of having committed war crimes. She can't prove her innocence because the United Nations now has the technology to 'wash' soldiers memories 'for their own good.' ... But of course since this is cyberpunk (and twisted as hell, even for cyberpunk), it turns out that Li's not all that innocent after all. Like I said, Moriarty's one sick puppy. And then there are the AIs. They run the interstellar economy (which looks a lot like today's global market gone totally crazy and complete with the futuristic equivalents of Nike and Martha Stewart). The AIs also like to 'shunt' through human bodies .. partly because it turns out that, like organics, they're a lot less interested in playing chess than they are in drugs, sex, rock 'n' roll ... and money, of course! My one complaint about this book is that it seems like the author was trying too hard to appeal to straight hard sf readers, and there are more exposition chunks about quantum physics and artificial intelligence than I necessarily wanted. Still ... great characters, severely cool future universe. This is a must read anyone looking for mindblowing new cyberpunk!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

    Fantastic

    Fanyastic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    Engaging

    Somewhat confusing to follow for the uninitiated and non-techie minded and a difficult read for some without a doubt; a gripping read nonetheless. It makes you want to go find out the back- and future-story of the protagonist. A whimsical application of the Everett many-worlds hypothesis implying a subtle rebuttal of the Bohr/Copenhagen intransigency. And, just as Heinlein advised in his own works, if you're not interested in the technicalities, you can skim over those parts if you like, to enjoy a refreshing take on the issues of today in a non-dystopic but problematic and original world of tomorrow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2005

    Great book!!

    A strong story line and well written main character backs this fast paced, high tech cyberpunk mystery set on a remote mining colony. As Major Catherine Li is sent back to her home planet after a lifetime of peacekeeper service to investigate the accidental death of a well known physicist who is her cloned twin she is left with only more questions in an ever increasing circle of mystery and inter-stellar intrege that could upset the balance of power forever. But will finding the answers to the mystery expose her own hidden secrets.

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