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The Naked God

(Night's Dawn #3)

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4.21  ·  Rating details ·  16,108 ratings  ·  379 reviews
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 him down, she manages to acquire some strange and powerful allies whose goal doesn't quite match her own. The campaign to liberate Mortonr ...more
Paperback, 1174 pages
Published 1999 by Macmillan
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Evgeny
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: scifi
I want to start my review by saying I am a little upset about this book at the moment:
Hulk
HULK SMASH!!!

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
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Dirk Grobbelaar
The sight which greeted her was so incredible that the breath stalled in her throat.

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
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Roger N.
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
Okay, so now I’m a little annoyed. To have invested so much time in a series, only to have it end with the author kind of throwing up his hands and saying “well, it has to end sooner or later” is quite frustrating. I mean it, the books ridiculously rapid ending involves a quite literal deus ex machina. Poof! — the entire conflict of the book wrapped up without any real resolution whatsoever. It also didn’t help that the big reveal at the end about the Beyond was exactly what I thought it was goi ...more
Bradley
This particular novel was almost 1,200 pages and between it and the other two in the ongoing single story that takes up this trilogy, it's almost 3000 pages. Let me stress this: It's a single story. This isn't a huge ongoing big-book deal like the one Robert Jordan made... but it's close.

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
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Apatt
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Well that took just over three weeks to read. There is more of a sense of accomplishment from reading this last volume of the Night’s Dawn Trilogy than with the others. Due to each volume being a continuation of the previous ones finishing the last volume feels like having just read a 3000 pages book, rather than just a measly 1000 or so pages.

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
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Manuel Antão
Aug 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1999
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.


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
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Hugo
Jul 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
Unfortunately The Night's Dawn trilogy is a huge, festering shamble where a few nuggets of interesting story is drowned in a horribly over-long stream of irrelevant and meandering side- and subplots. It starts off ok, focusing on just one plotline, which leads up to a rather nice "?" moment, but then it seems like Hamilton lost all his marbles because the story loses all focus and coherence, and the only thing that kept me painfully reading the last 4000 pages was to find out how in the world he ...more
William
Some superb parts, especially when the action is in space. The ground battles and activities tend to be mired in treacle/mud. Some conversations go on and on and on

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
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Chris Berko
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Without a doubt, one of the most entertaining,expansive, and satisfying trilogies I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Fun, smart, and fully realized, I can't remember the last time I had so much fun reading!
Maria Dobos
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ori de câte ori mă apropii de sfârșitul unei serii care mi s-a strecurat în suflet, ma agăț inconștient de fiecare capitol, fiecare pagină, fiecare paragraf, străduindu-mă să amân inevitabilul... Cam așa a fost și cu Zeul adormit , ultima parte a trilogiei Zorii nopții .

Căutând cu disperare o soluție care să salveze omenirea din ghearele sufletelor ce amenință să nimicească întreaga civilizație umană, Confederația și Consensul edeniștilor se aliază și explorează orice variantă ce le-ar oferi s
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Robert
Jan 29, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf
The third volume of the Night's Dawn trilogy suffers the same flaws as the previous two; it is over-long and has too many characters leading to over a dozen endings (maybe - I didn't actually count) rather than a neat conclusion. Much of the time instead of enjoying the current scene I was wondering what was going on elsewhere with other characters, only to get back there and find myself wondering what was going on elsewhere with even more other characters. The ending is obvious to readers of th ...more
tom bomp
Nov 20, 2009 rated it did not like it
This book single handedly made me stop reading sci-fi/fantasy for several years, which I guess I should be thankful for. The ending to this book and series is honestly one of the most incomprehensibly badly written endings to any book I've ever seen, and it was especially stunning given how highly regarded this series seems to be. The series itself is full of misogyny, has a blatant self insert as a main character who every woman finds super sexy and who solves everything amazingly perfectly but ...more
Ken
Nov 10, 2010 rated it did not like it
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Brian
Mar 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
The Night's Dawn Trilogy is my second experience with Hamilton's writing. A couple of years ago, I read Pandora's Star, and immediately decided to own that book. Now, understand that as an employee of a public library, book purchases don't happen frequently, so. . . but I digress.
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.
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Andrey
I...I can't even.
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?
Who knows.

A
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Joe
Oct 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: anyone whose life is utterly empty and has plenty of time to kill
Deus ex machina.

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
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Simon Mcleish
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on my blog here in March 2007.

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
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Anafielle
Jul 19, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one.
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Katy
Jun 03, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this sometime in the early to mid '00s.

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
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Michael Harry
Jan 28, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Awful conclusion to a brilliant first book that showed so much promise. Yes the ending was foreshadowed but it feels like a cop out and it ruins the whole meaning of the saga. We were supposed to solve this moral and philosophical crisis of souls. Not a god in the machine.
Fred Hughes
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Peter F Hamilton paints vivid images with his stories. The characters are engaging, imaginative, and relatable. His worlds are logical (Spock would expect no less) and other worldly. The situations that the main characters find them selves in, and his story arcs are believable and entertaining. All his books are massive in concept and page count with this story coming in at 1300+ pages.

But reading his books are a pure escape and time just flies. Hamilton also combines science fiction with fantas
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Joakim Ruud
May 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Finally. Man, I've really rediscovered how bad Hamilton is at pacing. At about 250 pages left (a whole small novel's worth), he had to start tying off the loose ends. Which just made that part just a huge slog - time and again, he would build to a climax, but then cut to some other part of the story that also needed to have its climax. And of course I almost got diabetes from the contrived and saccharine way everything is put right in the end.

It's been said that Hamilton is a great setup artist
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Amanda
I loved this, but geez, thank God I'm finished. :)

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
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Jesse
I almost want to give this book a five star rating. Really my only qualm with giving it a higher rating is the end. I don't want to go into the exact details, but lets suffice it to say it wasn't quite how I was thinking the trilogy would end. Its not a bad ending, not at all; and as I think about other space opera series I've read its ending isn't that unusual. So I'm going to say it fell a little short of where I was hoping it would end, but was probably right where I should have known it woul ...more
Steve Rippington
The final volume of the 'Night's Dawn' trilogy does everything you'd expect a final installment to do - all the plot strands are neatly wound up and the book is finished with satisfaction that everything's sorted one way or another. The bulk of the book is in the same punchy style as the rest of the trilogy, with the introduction of far fewer new characters, as expected in a final book.

But did it work?
Ultimately I felt slightly let down by Hamilton. He spent nearly a thousand pages in the first
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Peter
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
This is the third book in this trilogy, that is in great Peter F. Hamilton tradition actually just one book, but published in three parts.

In this book some people think they have a way to deal with the possession and mount on an expedition to find some ancient god/alien intelligence. that story alone would be the main event of most sf novels. But in here you also have the liberation of a continent taken over by possessed humans, the power struggle of a planet run like a gang by possessed, encoun
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Brooke
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, science-fiction
FINALLY. The first half of the end of this trilogy flew by quickly. Then the second half spun its wheels in what seemed like an attempt to fill enough pages to match the size of the other two volumes. Luckily, once the conclusion started (approximately 75-100 pages from the end) everything started to fall into place very quickly. I found the end very satisfying - not always an easy feat in a long-running story.
David Monroe
I was amazed and disappointed that in a series of 3,000 pages, Hamilton could blow the ending(s). The series as a whole is still an amazing, mind-blowing, metaphysical read that I would HIGHLY recommend. I may have to re-read them again and maybe I will have a kinder view of The Naked God.
Miki
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Eh, look, if you've read the rest of the series, you'll need the closure. But it's a somewhat dull slog, with lots of disconnected and largely unrelated storylines, and only the most tenuous reconnection at the end. Also: deus ex machina endings just about never work.
Kat  Hooper
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
Just way too long. Review coming soon at www.fantasyliterature.com.
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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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Night's Dawn (3 books)
  • The Reality Dysfunction (Night's Dawn, #1)
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