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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 19 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: September 22, 2009
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B002Q1IU1M
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In "The Chronoliths", Robert Charles Wilson demonstrates an understanding of that balance. Moreover, he has artfully wrapped it in a refreshing plot and sprinkled it with characters that seem to be underappreciated by other reviewers who have written here. The details surrounding the space-time concepts and exotic particle physics seem plausible enough for the near-future genre, but the crisp ideas that give this book strength lie not in the hard sciences, but in sociology. Wilson firmly grasps one of the most fundamental concepts in sociology - the concept of reification. As the chronoliths appear, marking sites where Kuin is victorious in battles 20 years into the future, the idea of reification emerges as the backdrop of the novel. Though Kuin is unknown, posses no army or resources, he comes to be recognized as the unstoppable conqueror in the minds of people who begin seeking to join him - it is the monuments that created Kuin. The central question becomes, "How is it that an idea that exists in the minds of people becomes external to them and coercive of them?"
Despite what some reviewers have submitted, I think Wilson demonstrates talent for character development; the problem is that he doesn't seem to favor these characters consistently. Scott is undeniably developed, anyone can relate to his inconsistencies, his loyalties, his fears and his needs.Read more ›
Second, the ending was not very satisfying. The end just doesn't have any real payoff. You don't cheer for the hero because he isn't very likeable. You don't really cheer for anyone. This book reminded me of Robert Silverberg's The Alien Years. Both books have a similar melancholy tone and unsatisfying endings.
I wanted to like this book but cannot heartily recommend it.
Here's the deal: It's 2021, and software developer Scott Warden is hanging out in Thailand with his wife and daughter when a big giant monument just sort of _appears_ out of nowhere, causing massive damage and death. What's even odder is that an inscription on the monument (dubbed a "Chronolith" by journalists) makes clear that it commemorates some sort of military victory by somebody named "Kuin" -- twenty years and three months in the future.
The rest of the story, of course, I'm not going to tell you. But it's very cool.
It will probably take you eighty or a hundred pages to get your mind around Warden (at least it did me). He's not in general a very sympathetic character, but give him time to grow on you; he's as interestingly flawed as, say, Charlie Armstead in Spider and Jeanne Robinson's _Stardance_, and you'll find that there _are_ reasons he's the way he is.
You'll also like Sulamith (Sue) Chopra, an academic odd duck who is both an engaging character and a handy person to have around for another reason.
See, most of the actual _science_ in this book takes place offstage, and Wilson relies on a device that's at least as old as Dr. John H. Watson's chronicles of Sherlock Holmes: there really _is_ some science behind the events in the novel, but the narrator isn't the one who knows it, so he conveniently doesn't have to explain it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Robert Charles Wilson is a competent writer who produces few of those wincing moments—too common in science fiction—when the prose slips into clumsy phrasing or slides into... Read morePublished 1 month ago by David Marshall
Excellent book; RCW @ his best. Better than Blind Lake, equal to Mysterium, not as good as Bios or Darwinia, but a little better tha A Hidden Place (I don't even count The... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Steven T. Forsyth
I have a hard time putting my finger on why Chronoliths felt so unsatisfying. It's possible that it was the characters, but they weren't terrible and were generally believable. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mr. K
Interesting concept and well thought out but a bit of a disappointing ending. Don't get me wrong as I am glad that I bought and read the book, but get the impression that the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kay Smillie
Great story with fine characters. The only issue I had was the unexplained chronoliths. Where did they come from? What was there purpose? To advance human space exploration?Published 16 months ago by Blogassault
I'm a huge Scifi fan and loved this story, kind of a new twist on time travel.Published 17 months ago by Jared B McClain
Having thoroughly enjoyed `Spin', I was keen to read more of Wilson's work. However, perhaps my expectations were too high. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Willy Eckerslike
Really cool premise, but this book will put you to sleep. So slow. So boring.Published 21 months ago by BDW