Great North Road
A century from now, thanks to a technology allowing instantaneous travel across light-years, humanity has solved...more
Peter F. Hamilton writes large. He writes 1000 page behemoths of narrative. And he writes with ideas that are space and time spanning, far beyond the usual windows of ordinary lives. And his words are imbued with the power of ideas and concepts far above today's water cooler subjects. Yet, despite the immense dimensions of his imagination, he keeps it all within reach, grounded on human sensibilities, maintaining a keen sense of the grand human drama.
So in this decidedly large book, Hamilton mi...more
Come on B&N, I know you have the book in the back. Just give it to me.
And I know you have it too Audible. I can see it on your site when I'm not signed in.
pg 26/948 (32h) - All the high quality tech, thought out world, and characters are there, plus it's a bit more timely. I hope I can finish it. There's quite a map, Time Line, and character list in the front of the book.
Here's the first page of the Time Line:
pg 70/948 - I'm...more
Only a few points for now with a more detailed review later:
I finished Great North Road by Peter Hamilton and on the whole I am a little mixed; addictive but very self-indulgent, a new universe and a somewhat fresh take on the author's usual themes (long life, the rich, sense of wonder, detailed world building, alien aliens...) but also a lot of repetitions...
This is truly a book that should have been slimmed down considerably and could have easily done with much le...more
Hamilton’s overarching concerns are several – environmentalism and the dangers of corporate decision-making, to name just two – but the frame of the book is a murder investigation in Newcastle in 2143. Despite the future date, police work is stil...more
As usual the premise and setup is stella. He weaves layers of plot and intrigue with unique SF settings. I almost hate to write anything about his work and just want to say you have to read it. I don't want to spoil the first tastes you get as the story unfolds. However I will resist that impulse - this is a detective story. Here's the blurb from the back of the packet ;)
Great North Road is a near-future (near for Hamilton, anyway) police-procedural, alien bogey-man, arctic expedition, world-spanning mys...more
“Great North Road” is broadly ambitious; its multiple storylines and constantly shifting perspective deign to create a detailed glimpse at a small slice of the future. And it’s generally quite successful – the people and places Hamilton has created offer a nuanced look at this world. His 2143 feels like a genuine and believable future.
“Great North Road” is almost two books – and not just in length. On the one hand, we have a straight sci-fi yarn, a quest o...more
Most of the story is told in parallel, with the police investigation switching back and forth with the alien expedition. Hamilton uses his two primary POV characters to lead us through their respective storylines. Sid Hurst is...more
The book could have easily been cut down to half its size without loss. Like many of his books, it's full of pointless detail. He seems to have an interest in buying property and property development, which we are treated to the details of. We also get endless descriptions of some crazy arcane police procedure. It is only near the end of the book where there...more
Even so, this book felt overly long. I was prepared for it, but still it was a bit much. This is a detective novel wrapped in a science fiction wrapper and on the whole is good, but not...more
It's not bad.
The writing's decent, the characters are decent, even if no one's caught my attention. (...more
Set in 2142, the story begins as a future police procedural with the murder of a clone in Newcastle-upon-Tyne from one of ‘The North’ one of the most influential Families in a city seen as a central transgalactic network Hub (the fifth biggest city in Britain).
As the investigation develops, it becomes clear that the body is one in a similar state to one discovered o...more
The first part stretches on a bit. Starting out as a police procedural, it practically spells out the map of Newcastle. The book nearly lost me there. But other Hamiltonion hallmarks were not long in the waiting: the exotic locations, the gigantic list of cha...more
The book's central plot revolves around one of the clo...more
Having read nearly every book Mr. Hamilton has written, I've slowly come to see a repetitive pattern in his writing.
The characters are bland and so alike it's hard to tell them apart.
Sex seems to be as common as drinking a glass of water, preferably taking a few sips from several different glasses.. I don't know any super-duper-super rich people, but according to Mr. Hamilton, they're all whores, not to mention exc...more
There was cloning, interstellar civilizations, environmentalism, communism vs market forces, alien invasion, ...I mean it had it all - which was part of the problem. Some characters like Sid were well d...more
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