The Naked God
The third book in the The Night's Dawn trilogy, The Naked God by Peter F. Hamilton is an epic conclusion to dramatic and compelling series.
The Confederation is starting to collapse politically and economically, allowing the 'possessed' to infiltrate more worlds. Quinn Dexter is loose on Earth, destroying the giant arcologies one at a time. As Louise Kavanagh tries to track...more
Sorry I got carried away. Anyhow all the signs were there; it is my fault I failed to recognize them. The end of otherwise excellent second book failed to make me as excited as what was going on before despite the cliffhanger. This was the sign of things to come - and boy did they came!
I mentioned that the previous installment managed to avoid dreadful Second Book of a Trilogy syndrome. Here it i ...more
The Brobdingnagian conclusion to a Brobdingnagian trilogy.
Just finishing this is an accomplishment (tap on shoulder). If you manage to make it through the trilogy you will have read more than 1.1 million words (this instalment alone contains more than 400,000 words and weighs in at almost 1,300 pages). Relevance? Well, if you are going to be spending so bloody long reading a SF trilogy it had better be damn good ...more
And it's epic Space-Opera with anti-mater explosions, the dead coming back to take over the living, vast interstellar exploration, hunting for a god, and lots and lots of regular people just happening to make u ...more
I have been a little too lenient with my rating of the books in this series I think. At more than 1000 pages per volume I clearly have to like the books q ...more
Over-the-Top SF: "The Naked God" by Peter F. Hamilton
“I’m an appropriate companion personality for a girl your age, young missy. We spent all night ransacking that library to see what I should be like. You got any idea what it’s like watching eight million hours of Disney AVs?”
In "The Naked God" by Peter F. Hamilton
Hamilton is giving Doc Smith a reboot. That’s what I thought of when I tried to read some of Hamilton back in the day and ...more
and on and on... Kill me now.
The ending was hurried and loose ends wrapped up in a nice big bow very fast.
This trilogy is my least favourite of all Hamilton has written. All of his other work is 4-10x better.
WARNING: the first book in this series includes very graphically described torture and rape and mutilation (sometimes of teens ...more
These books have been an integral part of my life.
For the last year and a half, I have been slowly burning my way through.
Other books came and went, but at the end of the day, The Reality Dysfunction and associated novels were waiting by my bedside, ready to guide me into the night with tales of horror, space, love, and humanity.
And now it is finished.
And I really do not know where to go next. Sure, there will be other books down the line.
But something so constant?
But I read all of them so that says something.
And this volume was not copy edited. The spelling errors kept pulling me out of the story.
I will continue to read his new stuff.
The Reality Dysfunction was my least favorite of the three. It takes a while to get into the actual meat of the story, and a lot of it is honestly kind of smutty. By the end of the book though, I was completely hooked. ...more
What should an author do when his story has run amok, subdividing into dozens of storylines of dimishing value to the overall plot that would require another 3500 pages to resolve individually? Yeah, but at least it is over. I am grateful I did not tackle this before enjoying Hamilton's good works; after eating this rotten elephant, I would not have been able to bring myself to risk another.
I did enjoy myself from time to time, so maybe it is just me. But don't say I didn't warn ...more
Like every Peter Hamilton trilogy I have read, this one was really good - until the last third of the final book, at which point it always feels like Hamilton says to himself, "Oh, shit, now I've gone and put myself into a corner? What do I do? What do I do? Oh, I know! Eureka! Deus ex machina!!" and pfffft. Out fizzles the story. It's so sad, because I know if he put a little effort into it, he could write a wonderful and imaginative ending - but as ...more
Night's Dawn may well be the longest work ever published as a trilogy. Each volume is as long, if not longer, than many trios of science fiction novels - the classic Foundation Trilogy is less than half the length of The Naked God. With that length (which is the most obvious distinguishing feature of the series), there is a concomitant vastness of scale: hundreds of characters, spanning several universes and thousands of light years. The subject ...more
I read it because I wanted to know what happened. Waste of time. The author spent thousands of pages setting up a totally unsolvable problem, and then solved it with a wave of his hand. This book asks the question, "What if an upper–middle class white dude in the future (view spoiler)[was given godlike powers (hide spoiler)]?"
The author would have done well to take a page from Brandon Sanderso ...more
Without creating any spoilers, I must say that Hamilton brings everything together in the massive tome and closes the loops, to a satisfying end for myself.
If you are a fan of space opera, this has it all. You realize after reading why Hamilton is the greatest writer of space opera today.
How's this one? Like the first two, there's some good and some bad.
First, the bad. This is even more mind-numbingly long th ...more
But reading his books are a pure escape and time just flies. Hamilton also combines science fiction with fantas ...more
I also fully intended to come back and really review this with a really real review. Really. But I finished it two weeks ago, and I think my relief at just being DONE has overwhelmed any real need to review it. It was a good read. It was a satisfying conclusion. I can definitely see why people would be pissed with the deus ex machina, but with the entire premise of the story, it really didn't annoy me that much -- especially since I was just so r ...more
It's been said that Hamilton is a great setup artist ...more