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The Dreaming Void (Void #1)

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The year is 3589, fifteen hundred years after Commonwealth forces barely staved off human extinction in a war against the alien Prime. Now an even greater danger has surfaced: a threat to the existence of the universe itself.
At the very heart of the galaxy is the Void, a self-contained microuniverse that cannot be breached, cannot be destroyed, and cannot be stopped as it
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Published May 2nd 2008 by Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd. (first published 2007)
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Maya There are references to the Commonwealth series and a few repeat characters, but most of the characters are new, and the events of this book isn't…moreThere are references to the Commonwealth series and a few repeat characters, but most of the characters are new, and the events of this book isn't dependent on the events of the Commonwealth series.
So I don't foresee any problems understanding The Dreaming Void, but you'll probably have an extra level of appreciation if you've read the previous series.
Also the stile is so much alike that I think if you like one, you'll like the other, and there are a few spoilers, so that could be an argument for reading them in order.(less)
thefourthvine No. The closest are Paula Myo and Justine Burnelli. Both are minor characters in this book, especially Justine. Myo is ruthless, but dedicated to her…moreNo. The closest are Paula Myo and Justine Burnelli. Both are minor characters in this book, especially Justine. Myo is ruthless, but dedicated to her self-assigned task and principled; she's not exactly sympathetic, but she is quite competent. Burnelli gets very little page time, so it's hard to tell if she's competent. She's not really around enough to be sympathetic.

The main female characters are Corrie-Lyn (spends most of her time screaming or sulking while being dragged around by Standard Hamilton Superkiller) and Araminta (her main role is a spoiler, but she's essentially a plot device, though she's not unsympathetic). (less)

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Apatt
May 17, 2016 Apatt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The last time I read a book by Peter F. Hamilton was around mid-April 2014, as I write it is the 2nd of April 2015, almost a year in between. The book was The Naked God, 1268 pages of eye watering mayhem. What that useless factoid means is that his books are so damn long that after I finish a series by him I tend to feel the need to take a year’s break. What it also indicates is that after a while I always come back for more of his long winded adventures. Having said that The Dreaming Void is a ...more
David Sven
Sep 12, 2013 David Sven rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Too many characters, too many factions and factions within factions, mind boggling technology, and what else is one to expect from Peter F Hamilton. Well, maybe we should add in some very cool action sequences with bionic weaponry blasting everything to slag, some returning characters from the Commonwealth Saga like Paula Myo, Gore and Justine Buirnelli, Sheldon, Oscar Monroe - Yes, we are back in the same Universe some thousand years after the Starflyer war, and just when I thought I had a hand ...more
Gary
Jun 18, 2014 Gary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This book starts with a great plot and moves along nicely until around the halfway mark. The trilogy, of which this book is the first, is actually a continuation of the story begun in Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained. This time the mystery sealed in space is hinted at by the dreams of two people. A large religious group has decided to set forth in a mass journey to the sealed area of space, but any penetration of it has, in the past, caused the Void to begin to destroy everything around itself ...more
Joshua
May 22, 2012 Joshua rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book (and indeed, the entire series) is trite fluff, and it contains almost no interesting ideas that weren't directly borrowed from much better books. The author's prose is both verbose and insipid, though he does setup some amusing situations. The principal distinctive characteristic of the author for this series is his profound laziness with respect to his story development. Many pages are used to describe characters, who then act contrary to their development when convenient to advance ...more
David
Mar 01, 2015 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Interstellar dreamers, Chosen One espers, futuristic cultists
The Dreaming Void is the start of a new trilogy that takes place in the same universe as Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained, but thousands of years later. Like those books, it's a huge, epic space opera full of powerful aliens, amazing tech, and galaxy-threatening perils, and like those books, I found it packed with Big Ideas and should-have-been intriguing characters that never really thrilled me.

Given my similarly lukewarm feelings about Iain Banks, Alastair Reynolds, and Charles Stross, I am
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Sumant
Apr 14, 2016 Sumant rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, void-trilogy
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F.R.
Feb 05, 2015 F.R. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must have been a teenager the last time I read proper science fiction (you know, the stuff with spaceships and shit). I have no idea what stopped me reading science fiction then (I remain to this day deeply in touch with my childhood Doctor Who fan) and no real clue why I got it into my head to start reading it now. All I know is that Peter Hamilton seems a big name in British science fiction these days and so I thought I’d give him a whirl.

If I’m honest this isn’t the easiest book to write re
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Sandi
Sep 15, 2011 Sandi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, audiobooks, 2011
I'm so glad I stuck with Peter F. Hamilton. I think he's now one of my favorite SF authors. And, in this audiobook, John Lee has redeemed himself as a narrator. I was totally annoyed by his narration of Pandora's Star, but was totally engrossed in his narration of The Dreaming Void. In fact, I downloaded The Temporal Void from Audible while I was listening to the last half hour of this book.

I'm not going to bother telling what this book was about because the synopsis sums it up pretty well. What
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Nico
Aug 02, 2013 Nico rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The story takes place 1.000 years after the Commonwealth saga. We see a few new faces, but also characters from the first two books. The same things I loved about the first series by Peter F. Hamilton continues in this series. A super detailed and rich world, even though it's the same universe a lot has changed in 1k years.
The plot builds up slowly, but I think you can expect this from Hamilton novels and I guess the whole scope of the story is much bigger than started in the first volume. So I
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Rob
Executive Summary: A decent story in Mr. Hamilton's Commonwealth universe, but not as satisfying as the original Duology.

Audio book: I really enjoy John Lee's reading voice. It seems to fit well with the universe. He doesn't really stick out to me as someone who does a lot of voices and accents for the characters, but at the same time I wouldn't want anyone else to read this series.

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I really enjoyed Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained when I listened to them last year. I was happy to
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Guillermo
Dec 16, 2012 Guillermo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction

I didn't think I would enjoy this book. It had 2 strikes going against it before I even read a single page.

I came away from the Commonwealth Saga less than impressed. It was ok, it certainly wasn't bad or anything, but it wasn't my cup of green tea. It sounded great on paper, but I thought it was poorly executed at critical times and felt very bloated.

Upon reading the description on the book jacket: "At the very heart of th galaxy is the Void, a self-contained microuniverse that cannot be brea
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Rick
Apr 15, 2009 Rick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm about 100 pages in and probably will not finish. Others have summarized the book well, but for me the sticking point isn't the wholesale tossing of science just because Hamilton wants to have a new toy.

It's that people in this fantastic world where they live for centuries and have access to all kinds of amazing technologies want to move to a Void where the world is like medieval Europe, complete with bandits. Perhaps it's explained later, but it's simply not plausible that people in the 36t
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Elliott Walsh
Actually, I'm only WITHIN STRIKING DISTANCE of finishing this interesting book, which was a gift from one of my daughters more than a year ago.

While worthy and as I said interesting in many ways, it was not for me a compelling read. Hamilton is gifted but seems to write without any discipline with regard to outlining his story arcs in advance of writing, or if he DOES so, it is not set out for the reader in any clearly discernible way.

His gifts and strengths do lie in his imagination, and the s
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Christopher
Oct 01, 2015 Christopher rated it it was amazing
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Mark
Feb 27, 2009 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peter’s new book, the first of the proposed Void Trilogy, is set around the year 3580, 1500 years into the future of the events of Pandora’s Star/Judas Unchained. The Intersolar Commonwealth, seen in its early stages in Pandora’s Star/Judas Unchained, has evolved and has expanded into a fairly stable state over a thousand galaxies. After the events of the previous two books, there is, after a fair degree of rebuilding, a stable space fleet once more. The InterSolar dynasties of Sheldon and Halga ...more
Fred Hughes
Jul 30, 2015 Fred Hughes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peter F. Hamilton's first book in the Void Trilogy.

Within these pages there is excitement and adventure, conflict and compassion and an introduction to the main characters who will be guiding us through the Void trilogy.

The Void is at the centre of the universe, or rather what was at the centre many millennia ago.
It was expanding and devouring all the solar systems in it's way and then stopped. Mankind did visit it once and never returned but did trigger another expansion.

Now there is talk of a
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David
This is the first novel of a trilogy by Peter Hamilton--it is science fiction, interspersed with "dreams" that are fantasy. The science fiction follows along similar lines to Hamilton's Commonwealth Saga; some of the same characters return, but they are a thousand years older!

Neither the science fiction plot-lines nor the fantasy contained much in the way of interesting new ideas. And while I generally enjoy science fiction more than fantasy, here I enjoyed the fantasy episodes quite a bit more
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Erik
A massive space opera, with a galaxy full of alien species, FTL drives, stealth space ships, a big mystery at the center of the galaxy (the Void), and more PoVs than you can shake a stick at.

So. A nice space adventure in the truly operatic tradition. Sadly, it didn’t quite scratch my style itch.

The prose style is very straightforward. There’s a fair amount of description, but for the most part, the writing exists simply to ferry us along from place to place, conversation to conversation. There’s
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Metaphorosis
Jul 27, 2015 Metaphorosis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, 2012-rev
Generally, I re-read all previous books in a series when I buy the next book. This means I've read The Dreaming Void three times. I like it as much now as I did the first time, but I find it just as complex.

The Dreaming Void takes place millennia after two other books (Pandora's Star, Judas Unchained) that I have not read. That backstory gives the book depth, but also sometimes leaves the reader keenly aware that he is not part of the inner circle. There's nothing technically wrong with Hamilton
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Scott
Oct 23, 2011 Scott rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Maybe I would have appreciated this more if I'd read the earlier books set in this "universe" (this is the first of a trilogy, so I didn't realize there were others.) It wasn't exactly boring, but it didn't call to me either. The chapters are very long and every other one is a dream sequence (really a separate linear storyline that doesn't seem to have anything to do with the main story until the last couple pages.) Much of the technology depicted is so far advanced that it verges on unbelievabl ...more
Clarice
Jan 24, 2016 Clarice rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
Disappointing. Not as compelling as the previous Commonwealth Saga duo "Pandora's Star" and "Judas Unchained". Even though my favorite character, Paula Myo returns, she isn't quite the same after her last re-life. The thread involving Araminta just seems to be an excuse to include a LOT of unnecessary and uninteresting group sex into the novel. Also, I found the the concept of "multiple humans" to be quite lame. I thought the "Water Walker" plot thread was more interesting than the rest, but eve ...more
Sarah
I finished (re-reading) listening to the audiobook version on January 5, 2015.

4.5 stars

The Void Trilogy is an amazing effort made by one of the master’s of science fiction. While I do think that readers may appreciate this series more if they read Pandora’s Star and Judas Unchained first, it’s not absolutely necessary (as I have proved). It is impossible not to enjoy a series this sprawling, complex, tightly woven and incredibly written. Though some readers might not feel that this is Hamilton’
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Robert
Oct 17, 2013 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
The Dreaming Void is much in the vein of Hamilton's post-Greg Mandel work - that is a door-stop sized tome of space opera. The technical approach is also the same as the Night's Dawn Trilogy and the Commonwealth Saga; a large set of characters are introduced with very little apparent connection between them at the outset but as events proceed, those connections become more apparent.

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thefourthvine
This book starts with a 1,500-year timeline of events leading up to the start of the story. The first third of it is character introduction, each character getting a chapter or part of one. It finishes with no resolution of any of the storylines; it's not a book so much as the first third of a very long book of complex political SF. You're either the kind of person that summary appealed to or you aren't.

If you aren't, lucky you. This is the genre I wish I could quit -- it's the SF epic, a very c
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Thomas
Is it possible to have too many good ideas? Or stories to tell?

Yes. Yes, it is.

Case in point, this book right here.

The Dreaming Void is the beginning of a new trilogy, but because of the links its has to previously published works by this author, reads as more of a middle chapter than a beginning. Nouns! Proper nouns, luminous with import from these previous works flood these pages with nary a note of exposition for the reader starting this First Book of a Trilogy as to what they mean. The re
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Paul Weimer
Aug 08, 2010 Paul Weimer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 36th century is a good time to be a human.

No, really. Wormhole technology and rapid technological advancement has made humans a pretty big player on the galactic stage. Sure, there are post-singularity beings floating about here and there, and a few species which do things that we humans don't understand, and some pugnacious species as well. Still, its been 1200 years since a threat capable of taking on the whole of the human race has emerged.

But when a retired and missing dream-fueled rel
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Xavi
Jul 30, 2013 Xavi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: llegits-2013
Hamilton es un autor que me encanta. Tiene una imaginación desbordante y el universo de la Federación es un escenario perfecto donde situar una novela de space opera de las que a mi me gustan.
Pero esta primera novela de la trilogía tiene un defecto importante a mi manera de ver. Sin spoilers: hay dos líneas narrativas: lo que está sucediendo en el año 3589 en los diferentes mundos de la Federación (con tramas geniales y personajes ya conocidos de su obra anterior, lo que ha provocado que a mi m
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Brett
Jun 06, 2013 Brett rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As is his reputation, Hamilton creates a huge universe, with lots of different viewpoints and characters. This is my first Hamilton novel, and I'm afraid what I have heard seems to be accurate. The Dreaming Void suffers from an absolutely glacial pace, full of long descriptions with little to no bearing on the story.

Characters are pretty thin. Science fiction ideas are decent, but nothing particularly original or particularly well done. The most interesting storyline is of the "young boy with un
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Joshtafari
Aug 30, 2010 Joshtafari rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people with beards
Shelves: tbb-2010
If I was going to unfairly characterize British 'New Space Opera' writers Al Reynolds and Peter Hamilton, I would say that Reynolds will take a piece of technology and figure out ways it could horribly kill you, while Hamilton will try to figure out ways to get his rocks off. Case in point: I liked the character Araminta, in that I think her character was one of the few truly human perspectives we're able to get in Hamilton's near-singularity universe. My main criticism of the book is that Arami ...more
David Roberts
Jun 04, 2013 David Roberts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am reviewing the novel The Dreaming Void by Peter F Hamilton which is a very good book which I bought from a local secondhand bookstore. This is the 1st installment in the Void trilogy & is set approximately 1 millenium after the Commonwealth Saga but in the same universe. Mankind has inhabited over 1,000 worlds & the baddies in the previous saga have been wiped out. In this story the supposed giant blackhole in the centre of the galaxy which gives it, its spiral shape is in fact a voi ...more
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Peter F. Hamilton is a British science fiction author. He is best known for writing space opera. As of the publication of his tenth novel in 2004, his works had sold over two million copies worldwide, making him Britain's biggest-selling science fiction author.
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