Posted by : atcampbell | On : June 20, 2006

Spin by Robert Charles Wilson

On June 20th, 2006, the FACT Reading Group discussed Robert Charles Wilson’s novel Spin. Most of the people in the group finished the book, and most of the group read Robert Charles Wilson before.

The protagonist and other characters

Most readers did not like the protagonist, Tyler. They found him hard to identify with. Several readers observed that Wilson deliberately distances the reader from the main character; perhaps it is to illustrate how Tyler does not let anyone get close to him, which is something several secondary characters in the book pointed out to him. Some group members also found him a strange choice for the

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Posted by : atcampbell | On : June 6, 2006

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik

Six people attended, five started and finished the book. In addition, two sent in comments.

The book explores the concept of having dragons under military command during the Napoleonic wars, as told from the British point of view. Other than the existence of dragons with extraordinary lifting capacity and special attack forms, the world of the novel works much as we would expect 18th century Europe. As

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