The Reality Dysfunction
The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F. Hamilton is the first in a sweeping galactic trilogy from the master of space opera, The Night's Dawn trilogy.
In AD 2600 the human race is finally realizing its full potential. Hundreds of colonized planets across the galaxy host a multitude of wildly diverse cultures. Genetic engineering has pushed evolution far beyond nature's boundari...more
Should even younger readers wish to tackle this behemoth of a book, they’ll be pleased to know that there are loads of sex scenes. So there’s some motivation!(less)
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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
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.
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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 ...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 ...more
- Jo Walton's blog on Hugo Nominees: 1998
Well, that was a lot of reading for very little joy. This is the second book by this author that I've read and both of them in my opinion were way too long and had rather ridiculous plot elements. This novel had so many characters to keep track of and so many intertwining plot lines that I couldn't set the book down for very long or I would lose the thread.
It's too bad because I thought there were tons of good ideas in the course of things. For exampl ...more
Peter Hamilton is probably my favorite SF writer when it comes to world bu ...more
What we've got here is super-advanced technology featuring sentient starships able to give birth to other starships. The commanders of said starships grow inside/with them, and are sort of telepathically connected with them, and treat them like brothers, parents and, in general, family.. ...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
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. ...more
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. ...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
I am... so glad I mustered the patience to keep reading this book. Actually I felt that the writer is going somewhere big. How big? I don't know. Mystery of life and u ...more
WARNING: includes very graphically described torture and rape and mutilation (sometimes of teens and children!)
Overall this was a very good book, but only half the fun and quality Commonwealth series books. Lots of characters, great sci-fi imagery and technology, and some truly magical and wonderful scenes of human-to-organic-spaceship bonding and platonic love, especially in the first chapter. Glorious.
However, very sadl ...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
Did I mention rambling? I think the first plot point of significance is somewhere around page 400 or so. I didn't feel like there was significant plot movement until well over halfway through. I'll admit, if you overlook the absurd premise, the story telling gets i ...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
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