Great North Road
A century from now, thanks to a technology allowing instantaneous travel across light-years, humanity has solved...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
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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
It took me three weeks to read this nearly 1000 page monster of a book. Normally that would seem like a long time on one book, but not here. A busy schedule kept me from devoting large chunks of time to it, but that was okay. I was able to savor it.
I'd never read Hamilton before, and now I'm a fan. It's rare for a book this size to churn along without boring parts, but this had very few of those. Part mystery, action-adventure, police procedural, epic scale space opera, and...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
I am giving this truly massive read nearly perfect marks as I had so much fun reading this book for such a very long time. Like all Peter Hamilton books he writes, writes some more, and just for good measure, he writes even more. I have come to expect that from him. I appreciate his skill at maintaining such large stories. I even don’t really want his books to end. Could they benefit from editing? I am sure that they would. Would he have a larger audience if his books weren’t so intimid...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
“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
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of Peter F. Hamilton, those who enjoy an epic story, science fiction/speculative fiction
Trigger Warnings: murder, torture (mostly by drugs, but some physical)
Animal Abuse: people flee and leave behind their cats to fend for themselves, leading to the cats freezing to death
This is a fairly long review, but then again, it's a really long book. The important stuff is in “My T...more
This book was one hefty tome that I really enjoyed reading. A lot of times I steer clear of Science Fiction because I fear it will be hard to understand or a bunch of aliens speaking in languages that I could never understand. Peter F. Hamilton does a great job at mixing something I understand, Crime/Thriller fiction, with a genre I'm not too familiar with.
A brief overview of the story is that a member of the extremely famous, rich, and influential North family...more
The story is a mystery: a mystery of murder, a mystery of aliens and alien worlds inhabited by humans. Throughout the book, the reader is gradually introduced to a wondrous assortment of future science "what-ifs", and that is my definition of hard core science fiction.
On the down side, the book wa...more
On Earth, Detective Sid Hurst is investigating the murder of a North clone. The Norths are a powerful cloned family who control the flow of fuel from t...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
1. Rich sociopaths are awesome and we should let them do what they want because they are much better at governance and science than faceless bureaucrats.
2. Long expeditions into boring jungle are boring.
3. 1000 pages requires more than two major plots and one minor.
4. Approximately 600 pages of this book could have been removed without affecting the plot.
5. There's no happy ending too pat that can't be used in a welded on ending.
The Good: Great SF ideas, great SF settings, and characters I grow to love.
The Bad: Way too long, and some really unnecessary explicit sex scenes.
The Ugly: As in his other books, the women are always really hot, look 17 even when they're not, and are very horny. I don't think a fat, middle-aged woman has ever made an appearance in any Hamilton book I've read. With...more
I requested this book from Netgalley because the synopsis looked interesting. When I saw the publish date was Dec. 26, 2012, I set it aside so I could read and review it closer to this date. When I finally took a closer look at it, I discovered two things that struck terror in my heart:
the book is 976 pages and the genre is science fiction!!!!!!
Why do I phrase it like this? I have read some sci-fi in the past and while it has been fine, this is not really a genre that I...more
Science fiction in general at the moment seems to feature a lot of dystopia and generally depressing views of the future. Great North Road is different in that it presents a rather optimistic view of the near future – quite a lot has changed but the basic human nature seems the same. This story is the first by Peter F Hamilton that I have read, but I’m now very interested in reading some of his many other works.