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The Temporal Void (Void #2)

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Long ago, a human astrophysicist, Inigo, began dreaming scenes from the life of a remarkable human being named Edeard, who lived within the Void, a self-contained microuniverse at the heart of the galaxy. There, under the beneficent gaze of mysterious godlike entities, humans possessed uncanny psychic abilities, and Edeard's were the strongest of all. Equally strong was hi ...more
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Published May 4th 2009 by Tantor Media (first published 2008)
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This is a tale of two books. I think the Inigo's dream chapters
dragged this book down a notch from the previous installment of the Void trilogy. Hamilton seems to have spent alot more time with Edeard than in the universe outside the void, which I thought was much more compelling. There was one particularly cringe worthy sequence that went on and on for pages describing Edeard's romantic retreat with his bride-to-be. Then there were awful wedding pages, ceremonies, and generally women flinging
David Sven
Oct 05, 2013 David Sven rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
In this middle book of the series the motivations and goals of various factions starts to emerge - the most notable revelation to me being what the Accelerator Faction is up to. There are still questions left but their involvement in the story is starting to unfold. The fantasy story arc also continues to evolve as we see Edeard's powers develop and increase with new abilities emerging. We also get some answers as to who is behind the attacks outside the city in the provinces.And we get some maj ...more
Feb 05, 2015 F.R. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The problem with most stories about Superman is that he’s just so damned invincible. It almost becomes comic: the fact that every two-bit hood in Metropolis has access to Kryptonite – which is surely not something available by just strolling down the road to the chemist. Now I really like Superman, but this flaw springs to mind after having read the second volume of Peter Hamilton’s Void trilogy in that so much time is spent with the book’s own superman Edeard. Edeard is a character from inside ...more
Executive Summary: I found this to be an improvement over The Dreaming Void, although I think that will heavily depend on how much you like Edeard's story.

Audio book: I continue to enjoy John Lee's narration, especially for the Commonwealth series.

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I liked The Dreaming Void, but had some complaints. In particular the number of characters and the ridiculous sex scenes. This book felt more focused and less sexual wish fulfillment.

As a middle book, I thought it did a nice job setting t
Kyle Johnson
Dec 29, 2008 Kyle Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I started out by giving this book a 5 star rating, but I've dropped it to a 4 for reasons I shall explain.

One of the best things about Peter F. Hamilton's writing has been his ability to write lots of different plots at the same time, and at the very end bring them together in a powerful and entertaining way. Its not quite like Max Barry (author) or Guy Richie (director), as his books are much longer than theirs. But the idea is still the same, having many characters and plots going at the same
Dec 13, 2015 Claudia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

For me, at least so far, the Void and Makkathran are the ultimate apex in sci-fi creations.
Oct 26, 2013 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am already eagerly reading the third book in the Void Trilogy The Evolutionary Void, and so far, the second book "The Temporal Void" is by far the best. It is the most exciting. The stories about Edeard have endeared me to him, and to his world. In the first book, one does not have a concept of how his world is related to our own galaxy--he seemed to live in a world of fantasy. In this second book, the relationship is clearer. And now, instead of the stories about Edeard "getting in the way" o ...more
Aug 13, 2013 Nico rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Temporal Void takes up directly where The Dreaming Void left off. Where the first book was a huge setup, now the story picks up pace. The focus lies now on Edeard and his live in Makathran. And due to this worlds low tech society it has more the feel of a fantasy novel, with his telekinetic powers as magic.
The relatively small scenes in the Commonwealth universe act more like interludes to advance this storyline and therefore we don't get to see so much character development on that front.
Jun 28, 2010 Matus rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I should admit an immediate prejudice--I view peter f hamilton books as pure-plot, pulpy novels, where the value is in rich characters, interesting events, and good story-telling. I can like reading these books but i find they don't leave me much to think about, which is what i'm looking for.

anyway, i'm not really sure what was the reasoning behind the layout of this book. roughly half is filled with inigo's dreams, which i simply can not enjoy reading. A puerile fantasy where the main character
Barry Haworth
Nov 10, 2008 Barry Haworth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Over the last few years I have become an increasingly keen fan of the works of Peter F Hamilton, and his latest work, The Temporal Void, has done nothing to change that trend. Weighing in at some 700 pages it is not for those with little time to read, especially as it is book two of his new "Void" trilogy which began with "The Dreaming Void" in 2007, which itself is a sequel to his previous "Commonwealth" duo of books (Pandora's Star/Judas Unchained) released in (2004/2005) . Hamilton does his u ...more
Jun 21, 2014 Lisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was so hooked and intrigued by the the first book in the series, The Dreaming Void, and most of this book, The Temporal Void... Until the last Edeard chapter/ Inigo Dream of The Temporal Void. Absolutely ridiculous, completely contrived action - so much so I had to interrupt my reading to take an hour and be extremely pissed. It seems like Hamilton is a freaking 14-year-old boy masquerading as a sci fi author! I was so suspicious of the development of the Edeard chapters, I was really hoping H ...more
Sandra Glenn
I *really* enjoyed the first two Commonwealth books I read, Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained. I was hoping to spend more time in that universe with this trilogy...but alas, it was not to be. The deeper I get into the Void Trilogy (this is book 2) the more time I'm forced to spend on the galaxy-sized holodeck called The Void, which is a kind of super-virtual reality running a fantasy MMORPG called Inigo's Dream, starring the Edeard The Waterwalker.

In fact it's not until the very last pages of
Jan 30, 2013 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
this is the second book in Hamilton's void trilogy and it just starts. It took me quite some time to remember who all these characters and their allegiances were. But once I was imersed in the story that was no longer a problem. Like in the previous book 'the dreaming void' there are alternating chapters inside and outside the void. The outside chapters are scifi, the inside chapters lean towards fantasy. The emphasis in this volume is more on Edeard's rise to power inside the void then on the p ...more

A moderate length Peter Hamilton book at only 750 pages, the second Void book is a much better one than the first, though it's a direct continuation and builds on that one. I have no idea how volume 3 will deal with all the plot points juggled in the first two, though I expect Mr. Hamilton to tie them nicely, but Temporal Void gets to the meat of the trilogy and its epic urban fantasy part is excellent, while the back and forth treachery between immortal but mostly physical post human factions
David Roberts
Jun 05, 2013 David Roberts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am reviewing the novel The Temporal Void by Peter F Hamilton which is a very good book which I bought from kindle. This book is the 2nd installment in the Void Trilogy. In it we see the Void where the Rael live is still expanding. There is a good twist at the end involving the group who have made a pilgrimage to the Void. Earhead has been promoted first to bodyguard for the President and then because the public opinion starts to sway in his direction, stands for President himself. He has to ma ...more
Feb 15, 2015 Chip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a whole lot to say about this book. It is definitely a fun, but long read. Peter F Hamilton is a master at balancing out multiple story lines. His writing bounces from place to place integrating multiple storylines and weaving characters back and forth.

The best compliment I can give a book of this style is to say that each time the scene switches, I want to yell at the author, "NO! I'm not done with this scene yet!" only to feel the same way after I've been drawn into another scene. This isn
As with the first book of this trilogy, the second one was, for me, an uneven experience:

Again the PoV is constantly shifting. It can be broken down roughly half-and-half into all the PoVs that make up the big sci-fi space opera aspect and the single PoV of Edeard, aka the Waterwalker, which is more fantasy-esque, especially in the bildungsroman style. That is, a farm boy is born with SUPREMELY POWERFUL magic, comes to the big corrupt capital city, and sets about making change despite the protes
Dec 09, 2014 Espen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, fantasy
The second book in the Void Trilogy continues seamlessly on from The Dreaming Void, and, indeed, keeps nearly exactly the same tone and style throughout. They might as well have been one huge book, and to be clear, I think this is a great thing. If anything, Hamilton just pulls a few more stops with TTV: the already pretty soft SF goes even softer with wildly imaginative weapons and abilities that are hand-waved into a vague impossibility just because it sounds cool. I love that! As an aside, I ...more
Paul Weimer
Nov 14, 2010 Paul Weimer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In The Dreaming Void, we were introduced to the Commonwealth nearly a millennium and a half after the events of Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained. A wide, diverse Commonwealth has exploded into numerous factions and polities, including the strange adherents of Living Dream, seeking a way into the physics-defying realm in the center of the galaxy. Book one was set up, introducing us to the characters, and allowing the reader to slowly start to piece things together. Old friends from the original ...more
Way too long, yet somehow there was no time at all for recaps. Therefore There were lots of mentions of characters and situations that I could barely remember from the last book, and the previous series as well. Very frustrating. Really, frequently frustrating. It isn't as though I can go back and re-read a 700 page book as a memory refresher. If you haven't read the other books there really is no point in reading this. It's really a continuation of the story, not at all a book could or should s ...more
Feb 09, 2010 Andy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, sci-fi
spoiler alert.
These are notes to myself so that I don't need to reread this book when the conclusion Evolutionary Void comes out August 10th.

Wow there are a lot of characters and sub-plots in this book. I can't complain too much because my favorite storyline got the most coverage in this book: Inigo's dreams of the WaterWalker. The WaterWalker was busy cleaning the gangs out of Makkathran, and gradually discovering more ways he can control and interact with the city itself. It's still u
Dec 01, 2010 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
The middle tome of the Void Trilogy is in some ways the best book I've read by Hamilton - there really isn't a dull patch in it and it contains the most emotionally affecting material I've read by him. It is, however, interesting to observe where these passages occur:

There is a story within a story - the dreams about the Waterwalker - which has reached 13 installments by the end of this second volume. This story really came to dominate my interest and emotional connection to the book and here's
This is the second part of the Void trilogy, a space opera set 1500 years in the future. There are two distinct story threads to the book; the first is a militaristic, galaxy spanning, high-tech, action adventure taking place in the ‘Commonwealth’. In the previous book this civilisation had recently become aware of the titular Void, which (as it turns out) is an artificial slowly expanding mini-Universe at the centre of the galaxy. The story follows the actions of the various parties who want to ...more
Jul 27, 2015 Metaphorosis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, 2012-rev
The Temporal Void is not as strong as its predecessor, The Dreaming Void, but it's still a strong book, if more of a 3.5 than a 4. The book continues the story, but this time the SF side is stronger than the fantasy. Both have weaknesses. On the SF side, key character Araminta experiments with different romantic/sexual relations. Unfortunately, it comes across less as exploration of future social models than as an exercise in wish fulfillment. It's distracting, but not really intrusive. The othe ...more
Sep 27, 2011 Sandi rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, audiobooks, 2011
The Temporal Void is so clearly the second book in a trilogy that I’m glad that I didn’t start it until the series was complete. Hamilton’s work just keeps getting better and better. My only complaint about this installment is that it had too much of Edeard’s story, but not enough of anyone else’s. Yes, I know that Edeard was my favorite in The Dreaming Void, but the plotlines following Inigo, Araminta, and Justine were important too. Hamilton left these characters hanging way too soon.

John Lee
Mixing Fantasy and Science fiction genre are an mismatch in this novel
The novel is too long – a lot of side stories without meaning clear meaning
Peter`s vocabulary is growing for each new novel, which can be a strain for the reader
The novel would have been original if it worked

Peter F- Hamilton is without any doubt a highly skilled writer
The novel has good and believable character descriptions and comprehensive «universe details»
Some part of the novel is fast paced, page turner and truly ex
Mar 27, 2011 Andreas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A novel in three volumes consisting of:

* The Dreaming Void
* The Temporal Void
* The Evolutionary Void

Like “Night’s Dawn” and the Commonwealth Saga before it, the “Void Trilogy” is not so much a series as one single novel, sprawling over three 1500 page volumes. That’s why it took two months to read. Set over one thousand years after the end of Commonwealth, it reintroduces many of the old familiar characters. While it can be read independently, I would highly recommend that you read Commonweal
Aug 05, 2010 Marc rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This Void trilogy is a bit different from most books. It has two completely different stories--one sci-fi, one fantasy. To be perfectly honest, I would rather read the fantasy book about Edeard and what he went through. I find that far more interesting.

The problem with the sci-fi book is that I can't relate to the technology at all. I've also not read the books in the previous trilogies so I don't know the characters all too well and there are a lot of them. I just feel like there's a lot of bac
Feb 01, 2011 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, so I've only read his trilogies so far, but I don't believe Peter Hamilton can write stories shorter than 2000 pages.

Seriously, a trilogy is supposed to be a set of three stories that each wrap up most of their own loose ends at the end of them, but provides some hanging plot hooks that continue on in the next book. Peter Hamilton seems to revel in introducing several new characters each book, and then wrapping up their character arches only in the last book.

Think of normal trilogies like
Andrew Obrigewitsch
I really like the part about the Water Walker, but I find I could care less about the rest of the characters in the story. The rest all feel like cardboard cutouts or something, and their parts just feel way too long.

I will be interested to see how this ends, but Hamilton does overwrite his books by about double what is needed. And the Void is still a mystery mostly up to this point.
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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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