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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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 Gi...
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?

posted by Anonymous on September 24, 2003

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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.

posted by Anonymous on May 17, 2007

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2015

    Don¿t let the quantum physics scare you away. Spin State by Chri

    Don’t let the quantum physics scare you away. Spin State by Chris Moriarty is so much more than a book grounded in high tech mechanics and artificial intelligence. I won’t lie, I was intimidated by the material while reading the first 50 pages or so. As someone who has barely dabbled the world of science fiction, and whose mind is so far away from understanding scientific musings that it is almost shameful, after I delved into this book, I thought that it might be out of my league; over my head. And to continue my honesty streak, there are still elements about this book that I don’t understand; technical elements within the world that are beyond the grasp of my intellect without further research.

    Yet I kept reading the book. Once I got 100 pages in, which took me a week, I finished the next roughly 350+ pages within three days. 

    So how does a book keep a reader hooked when the reader doesn’t completely understand all the material the book is talking about?

    Two elements: characterization and writing style.

    I was able to read Spin State and thoroughly enjoy it because of the characters, particularly UN Peacekeeper Major Catherine (Katie) Li and AI Cohen. Strip away all of the classifications surrounding the novel – science fiction, futuristic, high-tech, “white-knuckle tour of quantum physics” – and this book covers a universal topic: trying to navigate the harsh highways of the human heart. 

    A woman deals with her emotions in less than healthy ways, trying to sort out her feelings for arguably the love of her life while also trying to ignore the past she escaped from, which becomes harder and harder to do, especially after she is forced to return to her hometown for the first time since she’s escaped it. An AI who is cheeky, intelligent, in love and might be tired of waiting. Multiple players who have big stakes and even bigger secrets who complicate their lives. In a battle for power between the UN and the Syndicates, it’s a whirlwind of a ride trying to figure out which side to choose and who to cheer for – and by the time you reach the end, you wonder if you made the right choice. 

    The characters, like any great piece of fiction, are the heart of this story, which makes it available for enjoyment even to the most ignorant readers, such as myself. And Moriarty’s writing style keeps anyone who appreciates well-written literature hooked. Her tempo is perfect, her dialogue is witty and moves you, and, like Li, she doesn’t waste time on unnecessary details, but instead keeps the action moving. As someone whose brain and studies don’t align naturally to understanding the sciences, I would have appreciated a bit more explanation behind the world and how everything worked. But, despite that, I was still engrossed and invested in the characters and what happened to them. And I was definitely pissed at the ending, so I think it’s safe to say the author did her job right, considering. 

    I would definitely recommend it, especially if you were well-versed in the universe of science fiction. But even if you aren’t, why don’t you take a risk and try it out? I think the risk proves worth it. 

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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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