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The Reality Dysfunction 1: Emergence (Night's Dawn #1, Part 1 of 2)

4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  5,619 Ratings  ·  95 Reviews
In the far future, humanity has divided into two diametrically opposed groups. The Edenists are genetically engineered space-dwellers with telepathic affinity for their biotechnological homes and ships. The Adamists, effectively the Luddites of the future, are willing to pioneer new worlds, much as their ancestors did hundreds of years ago. The two groups, peopled by fasci ...more
Paperback, 592 pages
Published July 1st 1997 by Aspect
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Scott Holstad
Apr 02, 2016 Scott Holstad rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I’ve read, or attempted to, my share of stupid books over the years, but I don’t think I’ve ever picked up a book this damn stupid in my entire life! I’m astounded, because The Reality Dysfunction has a great 4.24 rating on Goodreads, one of the highest ratings I’ve ever seen. Yet, it’s unbelievably stupid. I don’t see how anyone could possibly read past the first three chapters and not laugh their asses off at the sheer idiocy of the author. Cause that’s how far I got before giving up. And I’m ...more
Servius  Heiner
Nov 12, 2007 Servius Heiner rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I actually rate this book as a 3 stars. I am a big fan of Hamilton’s. But I must admit that starting his books can be tedious. They read like a technical manual to start off with. Lots of 7000 kilometers this, and red dwarf that… This book was no different. It was like reading a Carl Sagan Cosmos transcript. (Which is cool and all but I would rather watch it on discovery). I didn’t even know what the plot was until about 130 pages into the book.
After all the explaining and details were finall
Nov 23, 2009 Bryan rated it did not like it
Shelves: sf
"Mr. Hamilton, a comma is not a semicolon nor an em-dash."

(pullquote from the review below, serving as a title for this review)

An awful book that I dreaded more and more as I read it all those years ago.

How bad was this experience? I read it in 1997, and subsequently never read any other Peter F. Hamilton until December 2010. (Coincidentally, the recent story I read was in the anthology entitled The Good Stuff edited by Gardner Dozois.)

I hated the Reality Dysfunction, laboring through it simply
Paul Darcy
Jan 09, 2012 Paul Darcy rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Every once in a while I love to sink my teeth into something epic - metaphorically speaking of course. Although I did bite Margaret Atwood’s “Bodily Harm” and toss it across the room one day - but that is another tale and I have never bitten another book since. Of course I have never read another Margaret Atwood book since either - shudder . . .

Anyway, this book by Peter F. Hamilton, was exactly what I was looking for in a huge, huge, huge epic galactic science fiction novel - beginning. And yes
Jan 12, 2011 Bill rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I knew going into this that this was not as much a three book series (each book was actually split into two for North American release), but more of a 3000 page story.
I also knew from some reviews that the first 130 pages were a major slogfest, and that once you were able to make it through there, it was clear sailing as far as the story went. That is very true, and I'm so glad that many people wrote that, otherwise there is no way I would have made it past 20 pages.

So, I did make it to about pa
Apr 06, 2011 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first Peter F Hamilton book I listened to was Fallen Dragon. A very good introduction to his way of storytelling.
I loved his Commonwealth Saga. To this day Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained are still my favourite space operas, the exploration of new and interesting ideas on an epic scale through the eyes of multiple protagonists, unputdownable.
The first part of the The Reality Dysfunction, Emergence, has finally become available as an audiobook. It reminds me a lot of the Commonwealth Saga.
Sep 12, 2012 Zac rated it really liked it
This is typical PFH with a cast of thousands approach, but we definitely focus on a central few - most notably (view spoiler) Josh Calvert. It's obviously only half of a book really, but it was certainly enjoyable. A strange mix of hyper technological hard sci-fi foiled with a couple of very non-technological planets - the frontier colonial Lalonde and the pastoral Norfolk.

I was a little surprised, but not particularly bothered by, the abundanc
May 23, 2012 Konstantinos rated it really liked it
Not the easiest thing I've read. Hamilton is introducing people, planets, starships and technology almost every other page and sometimes he takes quite a bit to go back to them. There were several occasions where I was trying to remember what a name referred to. On the other hand, the story so far is compelling and he's build quite a remarkable world to set it in. I've already started on the second part ... Expansion which promises to pick up the pace.
Ondřej Puczok
Nov 24, 2016 Ondřej Puczok rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nedoctene
Kvůli této knize zakládám speciální kolonku (shelve) "nedocteno". Nepamatuji si, kdy jsem naposled nedočetl knihu. Vždycky se o to snažím a je mi líto, když se nedostanu na konec. Dočetl jsem tak všechno možné i nemožné. Tohle ale fakt nešlo. Je to ukázka toho sci-fi (space opery), které si hraje s miliony nových termínů a názvů, ale naprosto neúčelně a zmateně... Chci děj a čtení, ne vytváření seznamu pojmů :/

A hodnocení? Chtěl jsem napsat něco dlouhého, ale dříve hodnotící to už udělal ve své
Mar 24, 2017 Vahid rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I decided to revisit this series that I first read about fifteen years ago because sometimes you're just in the mood for a wide-screen space opera epic, and I was curious if this would still hold up.

It does, solid entertainment, and just what I needed to take my mind off the real world for a while.
Feb 21, 2017 Rebbecca rated it it was amazing
I have recently retread this book, simply because I kept comparing other science fiction to it. I think I enjoyed it more second time round than I did the first time. Peter Hamilton has constructed a universe that hangs together, that you an believe in, even if every detail may not be entirely scientifically plausible.
Die Review zu Peter F. Hamilton's Armageddon-Zyklus stellt den Rezensenten vor einige Probleme. Nicht nur der Umfang von ca. 5800 Seiten, sondern auch die über 200 handelnden Personen der Story sprengen jeden üblichen Rahmen innerhalb der SF. Der Versuch, jeden Band einzeln zu rezensieren, wird durch den Umstand einer durchgehende Story zunichte gemacht. Deshalb darf und kann nur die gesamte Geschichte betrachtet werden, unabhängig von den inhaltlichen und stilistischen Höhen und Tiefen der einz ...more
Jun 16, 2016 Mark rated it liked it
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Jan 09, 2013 Lee rated it liked it
I'm about halfway through this massive novel and it has ceased to become engaging; I'm resisting the urge to simply jump to the end. Ordinarily I enjoy lengthy novels, but this one is clearly in need of serious trimming: after about 200 pages, it becomes clear that the vast majority of the prose is superfluous dressing on a plot which doesn't make much sense to start with. The setting is presented well enough: the universe is vast, the technology is creative, and the characters are believable, i ...more
*Absorbed in Countless Worlds*
Ich habe es schon oft betont und auch jetzt findet es wieder Erwähnung: Seitdem ich zur Jahrtausendwende den Hyperion/Endymion Zyklus von Dan Simmons las, bin ich ein glühender Fan des "Space Opera" Formats - wenn auch meist nur um festzustellen, das bisher keine gelesene Reihe jenem Zyklus auch nur annähernd das Wasser reichen kann, wenn es um Ideenreichtum,Worldbuilding, Plot, Charaktere, Mystik und Atmosphäre und was auch immer geht. Alastair Reynolds Revelation Space Zyklus hielt zumindest a ...more
Mar 20, 2015 Michael rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I wonder if any of my friends have read this? Am soliciting opinions. I do like it and I'm almost finished with the fourth out of six - 500 to 600 page volumns that make up this story arc. The genre is a bit of a mash-up, with hard core Science-Fiction a core element, however, woven into that are other genre components including Alternate Realities, Horror, Fantasy, CyberPunk, Sentient Environments, Military, and so on.

This is the first time in a very long time where I have had to say to my sel
Oct 22, 2012 Jude rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have recently retread this book, simply because I kept comparing other science fiction to it. I think I enjoyed it more second time round than I did the first time. Peter Hamilton has constructed a universe that hangs together, that you an believe in, even if every detail may not be entirely scientifically plausible. The book is well written, he explains his concepts well and has constructed a universe that makes sense. There is a wide range of characters that Hamilton has brought convincingly ...more
Feb 17, 2013 Samir rated it really liked it
I started off annoyed at the author for two reasons. 1) He seems to go out of his way to add more characters, more details, and more... everything, just to frustrate me. 2) His target audience is apparently the 15-year-old male who thinks that yes, of course the future consists of nothing but nubile young women who can't WAIT to have no-strings relations with everyone they meet.

So yes, I was annoyed... but once I got over that, I started to notice that this book actually introduces several cool
John Boettcher
Jan 20, 2013 John Boettcher rated it it was amazing
I had no idea what to think going into this series. I went into Barnes and Noble and asked one of the workers to find me something "epic" to read. That was the only criteria I gave him. So he took me over and pointed me in Peter F. Hamilton's direction and I was off to the races. I have no idea how long it took me to read this book, or the next two that come after it, but it wasn't long enough even though all three book comprise about 3,000 pages in all, at least the American Mass Paperback vers ...more
Jan 14, 2017 Dave rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This is the first book in a BIG space opera epic. In fact, it's only the first half of the first book. For its U.S. publication, the publisher decided to split the original 1,200 page novel into two parts.

Hamilton has created a detailed universe and some winning characters. But this is such a big story that it takes 400 pages or so for us to even begin to see how the characters and events - especially the opening sequence - might begin to fit together.

But if you want to lose yourself in other wo
Sep 10, 2012 Brie rated it did not like it
Shelves: science-fiction, 2012
Boring. That pretty much sums up this book for me. I just could not get into it. I sort of liked one character, but as I read further I didn't care about him anymore. And that means I didn't care about any character in this book. That would naturally make it hard to keep reading, so its no surprise that I read about 150 pages, and then skipped through the rest of the book. I wanted to find out (view spoiler) ...more
Feb 27, 2008 Mike rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: SciFi combat, hard science fans
Recommended to Mike by:
Shelves: scifi
Reread, finally found the sequel (actually part 2 of 6) and needed to refresh my memory. Hamilton writes so many characters and so much detail that it is hard to pick up the storyline after any length of time away.
(First post) Don't you just love the feeling when a book reaches out and grabs can't put it down and you don't want to finish it too quickly. That is this book. Some really interesting scifi ideas such as biological engineering in many areas, how planet colonization might re
Jul 27, 2011 Dave rated it really liked it
Good new-fashioned space opera stuff. It's got freaky tech, massive space ships, twisty heroes and turny plots. The book started a bit slow and it was only as I was one third way through (it's one tousand plus pages) that I realised it's part one of three. What is is with sci-fi and series. Puts the opera back in space-opera that's for sure.

But it's the bad-guys who are the star of the show. I won't go into it too much because like you I think spoilers suck-ass. Take it from me though the bad-gu
Jul 12, 2010 Jesse rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Arthur C. Clarke and Frederick Pohl
This is a very interesting start to this sci-fi series. Its a very intelligently thought out future world, and the future "what if"'s in the book are probably my favorite thing about it. The plot is intriguing, though this is the first book of many so it hasn't exactly gotten to the point yet. By the end of this book I can't decided if this is turning into a kind of Sci-fi horror story (at times there are some pretty brutal scenes and a plot element not unlike certain horror stories) or if it wi ...more
Candy Wood
Jul 23, 2011 Candy Wood added it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
It's probably most accurate to say I enjoyed parts of this book more than others. When a bookseller recommended it to me, I couldn't resist a starship named the Lady Macbeth and a plot that was clearly going to involve utopian or dystopian views as well as questions about religion (with opposing factions called Edenists and Adamists). However, I'm not inclined to rush out and find Part 2, though I admit to some curiosity about how it all turns out. It takes most of Part 1 to bring the different ...more
Feb 17, 2008 Stefanie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of early Piers Anthony science fiction
Recommended to Stefanie by: Eric
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The Reality Disfunction, parts 1 and 2, are really one book, so it is hard to give a meaningful review on half a book. There are a lot of threads started and not all of them woven together. The main ones start to weave together, but there is no telling where the rest of the book goes.

To give you an idea of the threads (spoiler free), we have:

-A star-killing technology that never got used
-An energy being that likes to watch
-A sentient spaceship and its psychically bonded captain
-A extra-lucky Han
Jun 27, 2010 Matthew rated it it was ok
There are some good ideas in this, but the execution is a bit clumsy. Most of the characters are cliches and the psychological analysis of the characters is a bit juvenile. This is also a real snuff-fest. There's a lot gruesome death. In some ways, I can get over this; the author is relating very violent events. But, sometimes when an author chooses to kill 95% of the people the reader meets its seems more of a case of using the cheap tactic of bloodlust to keep the reader involved, and really, ...more
Sep 02, 2008 Dave rated it it was amazing
I've read this whole trilogy twice before. With all the other volumes it comes out to over 3000 pages to get lost in. Let's see, for 12 year old girls there is a telepathic, sentient huge space-going... pony. For young boys there is the best Star Captain in the universe. Space Battles, Space Vampires. There is a colonize the planet part. A search for a doomsday device. Evil Cults, Galactic Empires and god knows what all. For all there are some nice naughty bits. It could be a huge genre-
Dec 19, 2007 Lew rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the other books in the series. This is the first book by Peter F. Hamilton and will not be the last. A great sweeping Space Epic. The only compliant is that is slow to start. I actually reread the first two chapters after I finished the book to better understand the beginning. Also, it would help to have a list of characters in the front. There are numerous story lines and this old brain can't remember them all. Otherwise, I really enjoyed t ...more
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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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