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The Reality Dysfunction (Night's Dawn #1)

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Space is not the only void...

In AD 2600 the human race is finally beginning to realize its full potential. Hundreds of colonized planets scattered across the galaxy host a multitude of prosperous and wildly diverse cultures. Genetic engineering has pushed evolution far beyond nature's boundaries, defeating disease and producing extraordinary spaceborn creatures. Huge fleet
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Published October 8th 2008 by Orbit (first published January 26th 1996)
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Jun 24, 2017 Evgeny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
Mix space battles, zombies, interplanetary smugglers, space pirates, living spaceships, mysterious highly advanced alien race vanished without a trace for no apparent reason, a very lucky guy with a dream, struggling colonists on a newly discovered planet, devil worshiper cults, sentient planets, mercenaries with some serious high-tech body modifications that would make any cyborg in science fiction die of envy, and a lost doomsday device. Basically anything you can think of probably with except ...more
Sep 09, 2010 Susanne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
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Megan Baxter

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Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement.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.

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Dirk Grobbelaar
A bit of investment required to finish this. The Reality Dysfunction is a monster of a book, boasting more than 1200 pages. It is also a somewhat distressing read. By the time the book hits one third there has been a multitude of uneasy things for the reader to digest. Rape; exploitation; satanic rituals; torture; murder and mutilation (where, in some cases, the victims are children); genocide; injuries inflicted to protagonists that will make the squeamish light-headed; demonic possession… to n ...more
Dec 28, 2010 Kane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of New Space Opera

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
Oct 04, 2009 Felicia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Wow, what to say about this book. It is NOT EASY READING, that's for sure. The first 1/4 almost is like running through a valley of quicksand, but I swear the momentum is worth it. I felt my interest waning sometimes because it is SO DENSE, but then, rather than stopping, I'd skim a bit forward over all the meticulous details of the worlds etc and get back on track with some of the characters. This book requires stamina but if you're into sci-fi is worth the effort. All the thought and imaginati ...more
Apr 18, 2017 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vai… Înspăimântătoare a mai fost povestea asta. Înspăimântătoare, violentă, șocantă, năucitoare și halucinantă.

Mi-e imposibil să rezum multitudinea de fire narative împletite atât de ingenios de către Hamilton. In principiu, peste aproximativ 500 de ani, omenirea a evadat din limitele Pământului suprapopulat și s-a împrăștiat printre stele, întemeind colonii pe lumi aflate la sute de mii de ani lumină. Dar pe una dintre aceste planete colonii, Lalonde, Răul pândește lacom lumea celor vii și își
Jul 30, 2012 Apatt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"TL,DR. There are very few SF stories that justify more than 120,000 words."
- Jo Walton's blog on Hugo Nominees: 1998
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
I really wanted to like this novel a lot. I wanted to get invested from the sheer length of the novel and come out the other side, saying, "Wow, that was fantastic." Just because I'm not doesn't mean that the novel wasn't worthwhile, it just means that the negative qualities of it managed to outweigh what was good.

Let's face it. A novel that is almost 1500 pages is either full of characters, full of story, or full of meandering and inconsequential shit that didn't really serve the final solid ta
Oct 30, 2007 korty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ah, the Night’s Dawn Trilogy. One of the most amazing, wild space opera’s ever written. In the UK it is 3 massive books, while here in the US they nickel-and-dimed us by splitting them up into 6. It doesn’t really matter though, because it is not so much a trilogy as it is one gigantic continuous story, regardless of where they are split. One book ends at whatever chapter, and the following book simply begins at the next.

Peter Hamilton is probably my favorite SF writer when it comes to world bu
mark monday
Oct 21, 2010 mark monday rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: futuristik
I like trash and Hamilton writes the best trash. so elaborate. the dead are coming back to possess the living except it's all science fictional! great world-building. I love world-building when the world being built gets destroyed. in this book, that's a bunch of worlds. plus some cool but corny but still cool sex scenes. Hamilton sure likes his sex scenes. I guess we have that in common.
Jan 03, 2016 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
4 Stars

Reality Dysfunction by Peter Hamilton stole me from reality for quite some time. Coming in at over 1200 pages in length, this book is a massive endeavor. Fortunately for me Peter Hamilton writes hard science fiction and he specializes in his world building and imagination. Reality Dysfunction excels at both of these things. The best thing about this book was the world that he built within. The story and the characters are almost irrelevant and forgettable compared to the universe within.
Nov 08, 2009 Emily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
It took a hell of a long time, but I've made it through The Reality Dysfunction, the first volume in a trilogy recommended to me by Ennis. It's a "space opera" about a futuristic society plagued by an evil force that "sequestrates," or maybe just possesses, people.

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
What an marathon this book was for me, it took me almost 40 days to finish this book. The Reality Dysfunction is not for a weak hearted, it is 1223 pages long and whooping 41 hours in audio.

Hamilton goes to super detail describing anything in this book be it a species a planet or a star ship. And many times due to this attention to detail I lost regarding where we are as regards to story.

Also as I mostly hear audio to and fro from work, I used to doze off and had to start entire chapter again.
This is the worst-written book I've ever read twice. Hamilton is not just a bad writer but a bad writer in a hurry--superabundantly verbose, careless about style and tone, overdescriptive, flaccidly repetitive, malapropistic when he isn't spouting tired old cliches. He's a lousy scene-painter, too, careless about details and how they fit together and given to commencing every descriptive paragraph with the physical dimensions of whatever is being described--twenty kilometers long and weighing ni ...more
Apr 12, 2011 Brooke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction, 2011
The word "epic" was created for books like this. Clocking in at 1100 pages, this is only part 1 of a trilogy that consists of two more similarly sized volumes. I thought at first that the author might just need a really good editor, especially since the first half dozen chapters kept introducing entirely new settings and characters. It was difficult to get into because it didn't seem to focus on any one plot and it was hard to remember who was who. However, all the different threads slowly began ...more
Ben Seymour
Feb 06, 2007 Ben Seymour rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Thanks to Graham loaning me a copy, I learned that many of the books I had previously enjoyed, we actually quite weak and 2 dimensional by comparison.

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
Jul 07, 2010 Hugo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Unfortunately The Night's Dawn trilogy is a huge, festering shamble where a few nuggets of interesting story is drowned in a horribly over-long stream of irrelevant and meandering side- and subplots. It starts off ok, focusing on just one plotline, which leads up to a rather nice "?" moment, but then it seems like Hamilton lost all his marbles because the story loses all focus and coherence, and the only thing that kept me painfully reading the last 4000 pages was to find out how in the world he ...more
Epoch of Entropy
If you trying to decipher a bunch of techno-babble, without any initial explanation, that may or may not get clarified chapters into the book... This book may be for you.

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
Kat  Hooper
Apr 18, 2016 Kat Hooper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Interesting universe and story, but way too long. Review:
Fred Hughes
Mar 01, 2012 Fred Hughes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Peter F Hamilton paints vivid images with his stories. The characters are engaging, imaginative, and relatable. His worlds are logical (Spock would expect no less) and other worldly. The situations that the main characters find them selves in, and his story arcs are believable and entertaining. All his books are massive in concept and page count with this story coming in at 1200+ pages.

But reading his books are a pure escape and time just flies. Hamilton also combines science fiction with fantas
Sep 03, 2010 Benedict rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, fiction, favorites
I had never read anything by Peter Hamilton, and I actually picked this up because I liked the cover art on the third book in the trilogy. I had glanced at the back cover and it sounded good. I was blown away. Hamilton clearly knows his science and writes with an integrity to the future he's imagined. He pulls off a fantastically-advanced future without making our technology invincible; his aliens are infinitely more robust than simple biped mirrors of some aspect of humanity (for all that I DO ...more
Nov 27, 2014 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
a complete change to any of the scifi I've been recently reading.. and.. yet familiar..

Some interesting concepts raised in this 1st book, and there's so much I'd like to say, but then you'd never experience it yourself..

It's awesome scifi - ands as this review mentions:

"In AD 2600 the human race is finally beginning to realize its full potential.... A true golden age is within our grasp...... But now something has gone catastrophically wrong. .... It is the nightmare which h
Jul 12, 2013 Ethan rated it really liked it
I had mixed feeling about this book. Most of my feelings are positive, but a few are negative. First, the negative.

Sexual politics

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
Nathan Hurst
This is the first book I read by Peter F Hamilton and it got me hooked. It's not the best book in the series, I think the Neutronium Alchemist gets that vote, but this book certainly lays down the foundation for an exciting, detailed and complex universe for the reader. I was totally enthralled.

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
Gav Thorpe
Jul 18, 2012 Gav Thorpe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Tudor Ciocarlie
Aug 01, 2011 Tudor Ciocarlie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the initial shock with the hundreds of consensual sex and rape scenes and with the absurdity of an empty universe where the sinners' souls go, it was a very enjoyable read. I've read it immediately after A Dance With Dragons so the comparison was inevitable. There are so many common things between Night's Dawn series and A Song of Ice and Fire series, beginning with the main plot and ending with the number of pages. ASOFAI has much more interesting and lively characters but (and I never th ...more
Mar 27, 2011 Andreas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The trilogy itself consists of:

* 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
Charles Dee Mitchell
I like short books. I have nothing against long books, but I admire short books by authors who can say what they have to say in 300 or so pages.

I realized that preference was shutting me out of an entire range of more recent science fiction. There must be a bunch of people out there who like long books -- really long books. Books in the 800 to 1000 page range. I have been curious about how such books must be structured, just how much can develop in 1000 pages that could not get done in about hal
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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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