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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 23 October 2010
This is one of the most original new science fiction books I have ever read. In fact, as an inspired new take on a familiar SF idea it's original enough to stand comparison with "The Time Traveler's Wife" or "Memoirs of an Invisible Man."

Graham Smith is a thirtysomething loner who works as an office messenger in a government department in London. Most of his colleagues think he's deaf, retarded, or both: he hardly ever speaks and appears to have an obsessive-compulsive disorder. What they don't know is that this is how he deals with a universe which keeps changing around him. One month someone he knows will suddenly disappear and it will be as if they died years ago or were never even born. Six months later they might suddenly reappear, but could be in a different job, or be married to someone different to the spouse they had before - and it will seem to everyone except Graham that it's always been that way.

Buildings, colleagues, close relatives - all may be there one day and changed or gone the next. Graham thinks this means that any aspect of the universe might "unravel" at any moment. He has learnt at an early age that the best way to cope is to say as little as possible, keep to as regular a routine as he can, and carry notes which tell him where he lives and works so that he can find his way home or to the office in the altered universe should these details change around him.

Annalise Mercado has heard voices in her head since she was a small child. All the voices are of girls who call themselves Annalise: eventually she realises that she is in telepathic contact with two hundred versions of herself - all living in very slightly different worlds.

Then Annalise hears about a man called Graham Smith who exists in all these worlds and appears to be in great danger.

Graham and all the different versions of Annalise soon find that there is a great threat to all their worlds, and that they are at the centre of it - along with a mysterious and powerful company caller Paradim and something called the Resonance Wave ...

A bit like a cross between a more grown-up version of "Worlds of the Imperium" and a better written version of "Alternities" but in future, if it is as big a hit as it deserves, this book may well become the standard by which SF stories about multiple worlds are judged.
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on 18 May 2011
I read this book some years ago but bumped into it again here looking for a paperback version of "Shift". Dolley's books seem to be relatively low profile - and not to mention out of print in paperback. Good sci-fi authors are few and far between and discovering new ones that are worth reading is a real treat. I bought "Resonance" on a whim and boy, was I happy with it! It's exceedingly well written, well constructed and easy to follow despite being somewhat complicated. It's a real treat for any fan of sci-fi in general.

I am however disappointed that Dolley hasn't gained more attention since it's obvious that he has more talent than most high profile sci-fi authors currently publishing. I would respectfully like to suggest that Mr. Dolley get off his a** and write more books for us to enjoy. It would also be good if his publisher would do his/her job and promote his books and keep them in print.
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on 21 April 2012
I came across Chris Dolley when looking for cheap reads on the Kindle and thoroughly enjoyed his account of moving to France - not at all the sort of "Moving to France" book you might expect - although elements of Peter Mayle type stuff (haven't actually read him) might emerge - found myself involved in a truly gripping detection story and was so sorry to finish it I immediately got on to the Kindle store to find more by him.

I loved this book - obviously totally different to the above - transports you to a whole different (but also actual) reallity. From the start you care about the characters - and then the characters become more complex .... a wonderful don't-put-down read for me.
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on 13 June 2013
Quite often an author has "the big idea" but unfortunately can't craft it into a story with a satisfactory conclusion so the book dwindles away to nothing leaving the reader totally unsatisfied. Dolley however, has come up with his big idea and written a decent book with a beginning, middle and end. The story is perhaps a bit too simple, but it cracks along and actually has a rewarding finale. Big ideas, likeable characters - although some of the minor players were very lightly sketched, and well written. One of the more enjoyable books (of the 44 books) I've read this year.
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on 9 January 2006
I found it to be fast moving and exciting, a thoroughly good read, I really couldn't put it down. Seeing the world through Graham Smith's eyes was intriguing and you could feel his confusion and anxiety.
In my opinion it would make a good film.
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on 8 April 2015
It's different. The story keeps moving and there are a some interesting ideas in it. The end is a bit contrived, but then it would have to be and at least there is an end (rather than this being the first of a series).
The audio version, well, it could be better. The setting is London the hero is English, the reader is American an ha trouble pronouncing the hero's name.
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on 26 April 2015
Enjoyed this. Unusual to find a different take on the multi-verse idea. And a plot that romps along fast enough that the pages turn all by themselves and you look at the clock and realise that it's really late, you'll feel terribly tired in the morning, but just one more chapter tonight.....
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on 25 March 2015
It isn't often that I can be bothered to leave a review, in fact it is only the extremes that motivate me, the very good or the awful. This fortunately falls well into the former group. An unusual subject woven into an addictive read.
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on 22 April 2016
Having very much enjoyed three of Chris Dolley's steampunk-novels, this 'straight' SF novel came as a bit a surprise, but despite some problems with slow pacing , I really enjoyed this clever attempt to deal with parallel worlds.
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on 4 July 2007
Most science fiction writers don't do much thinking. Futurists are actually a somewhat unthinking crowd (so why is it that I am an SF fan? An interesting question. I am glad you asked).
Here the author has done some serious thinking and besides it is a good read.
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