The Reality Dysfunction (Night's Dawn #1)
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When I went through law school and then bar school I was forced to eject many vital tidbits of information that were taking up valuable space in my brain: my address, my year of birth, etc. I have no idea how Peter F. Hamilton holds all of this massive universe, its technology and characters in one noggin. He clearly does not remember his wife's birthday or his underwear size. We all have to make sacrifices.
The Reality Dysfunction is fun. Lots of fun. I flew through this book and forgav ...more
"TL,DR. There are very few SF stories that justify more than 120,000 words."Jo Walton is the best sf books reviewer extant (IMO), as an author she is no slouch either. Unfortunately for her The Reality Dysfunction is the exception that proves the rule, this is one of the "very few SF stories" that she is talking about. Certainly a book this magnitude, clocking on at over 1,200 pages, is dissuasive for many people. If you are interested in reading this bo ...more
- Jo Walton's blog on Hugo Nominees: 1998
Peter Hamilton is probably my favorite SF writer when it comes to world bu ...more
The story takes place in the Confederation in the 2600s. The set-up is quite detailed and interesting. One group, the Adamists, lives on a failing planet Earth and various other planets. The Adamists are mostly like the people of today ...more
A much longer book than I would normally read (especially considering the whole trilogy is around 4500 pages) but I would would been happy if it had continued to be twice the length.
Character development is great, and a good background is even given to people whose play only a small role in the plot. The technology is interesting and creative, but ...more
This is what grandparents must feel like when hearing a casual discussion about how VOIP TCP/IP packets are prioritized with next generation networks using IPv6, and the potential social ramifications of packet filtering from ISPs who are owned by content providers.
I would like to add that the story does seem interesting, b ...more
But reading his books are a pure escape and time just flies. Hamilton also combines science fiction with fantas ...more
I wanted to like this. I did. And I liked parts of it a lot, many of the ideas were fascinating, several of the characters I really dug. But there were other issues that hampered my overall enjoyment, and they can't be ignored.
Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.
In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook
I really enjoy books that draw you in and create such a picture of in depth detail that you really feel as if you could be there. The Reality Dysfunction is one of those books. It conveys the scope of th ...more
At some point early on an Edenist character references the liberation of women that occurred at some point in the past. Apparently, many of the Adamists didn’t get that memo. (The two big factions of humans are the Edenists, who are telepathic and use a lot of biotechnology, and the Adamists, who generally refuse these things for religious reasons.)
I’m completely fine ...more
* The Reality Dysfunction
* The Neutronium Alchemist
* The Naked God
There are also two ancillary volumes:
* A Second Chance at Eden – short story collection
* The Confederation Handbook – reference volume
In the USA, each volume of the trilogy was published in two parts, as evidenced by the thumbnails.
The Night’s Dawn trilogy is a huge story spanning over 4000 pages, in truth one massive multi-volume novel. It tells of a great evil that befalls the otherwise mostly ...more
I think the only problem was that there were so many story lines that I occasionally lost track of who was who and who was doing what where. It took a long time to get into the action, too, though I think in retrospect I appreciate the buildup and the mystery, wondering what was going on. I will admit to having to reference a Wikipedia page when I set the book down for a day or two to remember exactly what had happened and where I was in the book.
On that note, WOW, is Hamilton good ...more
I found it hard to rate this book but opted for four stars on the grounds that despite some issues I did enjoy the read. When it was good the story flowed, the characters were interesting and the setting was impressive. These factors outweighed the problems I had with the writing style and approach in places.
A lot of what I didn't like I have set aside as simply things I would write differently. There are two things that I would still highlight though. Firstly, this story is really slow in plac ...more
Humanity has conquered space. Thousands of star systems. They are split into two. Those who hate biotek and those who don't. Meanwhile, a new jungle planet is accepting colonists from Earth. A young man wants to become a captain and sets off on...
You know what? I can't even give a proper synopsis of the plot of this book. Its scope is huge. Hamilton here has created a universe with a depth to rival what Tolkien did with Middle Earth. Every aspect is very well researched and explained to make i...more
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