The Neutronium Alchemist
Following on from The Reality Dysfunction, The Neutronium Alchemist is the second epic novel in the Night's Dawn trilogy by Peter F. Hamilton.
The ancient menace has finally escaped from Lalonde, shattering the Confederation's peaceful existence. Those who succumbed to it have acquired godlike powers, but now follow a far from divine gospel as they advance inexorably from w...more
Yes, I think my rating is entirely justified. Details follow.
There is absolutely nothing I can say that would not be a spoiler at this point; even if I mention a character it means the person in question survived the events of the first book - yet another spoiler. Anyhow all of the interesting people left alive at the end of Reality Dysfunction are back with the vengeance; no exception. Even some occasional people one mi ...more
The Night’s Dawn trilogy is enormously ambitious. It’s a brobdingnagian story, to be sure, and the very fact that Hamilton even comes close to pulling it off is very, very impressive. I still have to read the final installment, but things look right cozy from here. On the other hand, I don’t care a whole lot for the way he holds his readers hostage: was that a cliffhanger or what?
Thematically, the story does strike a few weird chords, but it’s all cool. The dead ...more
Succinctly, I suppose. ;)
... unlike the first and second books in the series, at 1000 pages for the first and just under 1,300 pages for the second and an even bigger page count for the third. Ah, well, at least the book is epic as hell. The invasion goes from one world to a vast swath of the galaxy. Just how often do we get epic space operas with living spaceships, high ...more
1. This 2nd book (©1997) of the Nights Dawn trilogy suffers badly in it's first 1/4 by repeats of "fantasy" battles between humans and the magically-overpowered Possessed on the ground. (I do not like magic and fantasy mixed into my Sci-Fi at all)
2. The choice of the author to resurrect historical villains (and even heroes) of the past was a very bad one: Al Capone, Christian Fletcher, etc, are comedically overwritten and are simply slaps in the face of serious sci-fi readers. I ...more
I had some misgiving about the first book, The Reality Dysfunction, especially concerning the sexual politics in what was supposed to be, in some sense, utopian science fiction (see my review ).
Happily, a lot of the stuff I didn't like about the first one is absent or at least toned down a lot in the second one. I learned to accept that this universe isn't supposed to be utopian, and I've been much happier for it. Maybe that was more a marketin ...more
I like this book. And this series. Honestly, I do. However, I'm at the point where I really think that the whole Night's Dawn series was actually written as one big tome of an epic, and the publishers decided to break it into three (or six, as you decided to buy them) novels just for the sake of the spine. And geez, what a doorstopper a 3500 page book would be anyway. There are just ...more
This book is a very slog. It's way too much soap opera. I started reading Hamilton with the Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained followed by The Void trilogy. If I had started with the Night's Dawn I doubt I'd have stuck ...more
Excellent Narration by John Lee!
Overall, I love the variety of characters, social structures & main plot lines that come together. Solid storytelling! Some of the phrasing comes off as dated but it's not enough of a detraction to shoo me off of the story.
I feel like the series was the end product of a fun thought experiment with a lot of moving parts. =) ...more
I am probably not going to purchase the last book of the trilogy, however I do think I will check out "A Second Chance at Eden", the short story collection set in the same universe.
The Kavanagh sisters, Louise and Genevieve, know they have to leave Norfolk after they narrowly miss being possessed like the rest of their family. With the help of Fletcher Christian (of Mutiny on the Bounty infamy) they do eventually get off the planet.
In New California most of the 40 million inhabitants are possessed ...more
And yet, the pure terror of the threat that you felt in the first book is completely nullified in this book, as the humans enter negotiations with the possessed, as so ...more
The story is just monumental epic and it's easy to lose track of what is happening where.
I'm not really a fan of the reality disjunction concept, but interested to see where Hamilton will lead the story in the third book.