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The Neutronium Alchemist (Night's Dawn #2)

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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 world to world.

On planets and asteroids, individuals battle for survival against the strange and brutal forces unleashed upon the universe. G
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Published September 29th 2009 by Orbit (first published 1997)
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Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
No, your eyes are not deceiving you: I gave this mammoth of a book 5 stars.
A huge book
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
Dirk Grobbelaar

Unity infected them with strength

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
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Continuând acțiunea din Disfuncția realității, Alchimistul neutronic dezvăluie un univers terifiant în care realitatea sufletelor ce revin din lumea de dincolo este acceptată atât la nivelul Confederației, cât și de către Consensul edenist. Aparent invincibili, posedații se împrăștie cu o viteză halucinantă pe mai multe planete adamiste, încercând să distorsioneze realitatea pentru a le muta în altă dimensiune. În același timp, ca și cum lupta înspăimântătoare a oamenilor împotriva posedaților ...more
Mar 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 16+
My laundry list:

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
Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the The Reality Dysfunction, the first book of the Night's Dawn Trilogy in August 2012, I just finished this second volume The Neutronium Alchemist on December 13, 2013. So more than one year has elapsed since reading the first one. With a leaky memory like mine a lot of details have fallen by the wayside during the intervening period. Going back to reread the 1000+ pages of The Reality Dysfunction is out of the question. I considered reading up summaries in Wikipedia or some other web s ...more
May 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
...Hamilton raises the stakes in The Neutronium Alchemist, as a middle book is supposed to do. It does more or less suffer from the same problems as the previous novel though. Bloated, repetitive and not very demanding. Although Hamilton tries to make it a multi-faceted conflict, he avoids the really big issue in the story in favour of politics and battles. That might be fine with some readers. I would have liked a little more from this novel but after The Reality Dysfunction, that was hardly wh ...more
Oct 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like Peter Hamilton's stuff, I really do. I didn't like The Neutronium Alchemist. It wasn't terrible...merely 'okay'. Which is terrible for a 1200 page book. Plus I felt I only picked up a few important developments in the storyline during the 2 months it took me to read it. After such a deathmarch, I retain only a sense of personal accomplishment, not admiration for the author. [Deep breath]. Okay, I feel better. Looking ahead, there is a very good story cooking in the Night's Dawn series. I ...more
Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Man... I love this series. It's what got me into Sci-Fi, and Space Opera in the first place, and I am very happy to conclude that all my good memories have been vindicated and even improved upon. I'm sure this series isn't for everyone, and if I had come across it today and read the synopsis I'd have been very skeptical, but damn. It's such a entertaining adventure across space. I am hooked, and loving it
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Trilogy

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
Fred Hughes
Dec 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An epic space opera about the here and the hereafter and what happens when souls from the hereafter (called the beyond in the book) come back and possess the bodies of the living.

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
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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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