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Spin Control Mass Market Paperback – June 26, 2007
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In alternating sections we get the current intrigue, with Arkady's confusion at life outside the space-faring clone Syndicates, and especially on old, tired, damaged Earth, Li and Cohen's struggles with their conflicting loyalties needs, and Arkady's last months in the Syndicates, building to the secret of the weapon and the cause of his defection. In Spin State, seen mainly through Catherine Li's eyes, the Syndicates were the ominous, monolithic, threatening Enemy. In Spin Control, seen from the inside, the ominous forces are still there, but it's altogether a more complex and conflicted picture--the Syndicates in some respects (by no means all!) represent a life governed by more humane values than what the UN offers to most of those living under its rule. There's also a good deal more--call it cultural diversity, call it personality differences--among the different clone Syndicates than Li, with her constricted view of them, could suspect. And it's in that diversity of cultural values that lies both the threat and the promise of what Arkady has come to tell someone who'll listen.
Spin State was a very good book. Spin Control is a better book. Highly recommended.
Unfortunately, there are parts of the book that are also weak...or so fascinating that just by touching upon them rather than exploring them more...I was left unsatisfied and a bit perplexed. I agree with several of the reviewers that the parts of the book about the Syndicates were fascinating and desperately needed to be explored far more.
Also, the plot is almost ludicrously convoluted and the chart the characters draw up to get their own hands around the plot made me think first, Wow, neat idea, and then, Wait a minute...this is what's wrong, when's the last time I read a great book that had to include a chart of various characters and plotlines to keep me focused...? Never, that's when, and that's the fundamental problem.
The characterization is excellent, the setting perfectly spun (albeit depressing), and the writing top notch. Unfortunately, the plot spins a bit too much out of control, is too convoluted and thus ends up losing a lot of its punch...which then caused my enjoyment of the book to drop.
If you like Moriarity's earlier book, SPIN STATE, this is an enjoyable, if not great read. If this is your first look at Moriarity or this type of cyberpunk sci-fi, there are a lot better books out there to whet your appetite on.
After enjoying the complex plot and dark environs of 'Spin State', I looked forward to diving into Moriarty's next novel. 'Spin Control' did not disappoint. Its plot is much tighter, even though much of it is told through a series of flashbacks and the over-the-shoulder point of view follows several different characters rather than just the heroine of 'Spin State', Catherine Li.
In 'Spin Control' Moriarty has given herself much more freedom to roam. She leaves behind the claustrophobic mines of Compson's World and sets out to explore the larger universe she has created. In 'Spin Control' we learn a lot more about the Syndicates and their way of life and are offered an intriguing glimpse into the personal history (histories?) of the AI Cohen. Li and Korchow still figure prominently in the story, but they don't dominate.
If you like William Gibson, Iain M Banks, or Richard K Morgan, you'll enjoy Moriarty's work as well. The territory will feel familiar, and you're not likely to find much that's new or groundbreaking. However, if you enjoy the genre or enjoyed 'Spin State', you'll find 'Spin Control' worth your time.
This is the first Amazon review that I've written, motivated by the need to give a minority report balancing all of the five-star ratings found here. I'm happy that those reviewers loved the book, but personally I wish I had quit reading Chris Moriarty after his excellent Spin State.
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A fun read. Most of the science is on point if stretched a bit. The story was engaging enough for me to read the entire series, though books 2 and 3 were maybe a bit lesser in... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
Very seldom I pick up a new book I like so much. Done with the Spin Series now, and they are really quite good - well above the standard. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Lars
Spin Control is a fascinating and multi-layered novel, set in a time of emergence and change.
I've returned to Chris Moriarty's books after almost a decade and I find... Read more
This was my first Chris Moriarty book but I'll definitely be back. Good characterization, believable (to me, at least) science. Enjoyable plot. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Neil Stahl
Very complicated SF. You need to really pay attention but it is very interesting and smart.Published 17 months ago by Kathleen Loring
Her first book in this series was a difficult to follow but interesting. This following story was even harder to follow and mostly consisted of a bunch of characters talking... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jason Chamberlain
Chris Moriarty has mastered the bleeding edge of the technologically oriented SF-humanist/post-humanist genre. Characters are so approachable and likable.... Read morePublished 21 months ago by HouseAtreus