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The Temporal Void

(Void #2)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  19,788 ratings  ·  494 reviews
Long ago, the astrophysicist Inigo began dreaming scenes from the life of the remarkable Edeard, who lived within the Void, a self-contained microuniverse at the heart of the galaxy. Inigo’s inspirational dreams, shared by hundreds of millions throughout the galaxy, gave birth to a religion: Living Dream. But when the appearance of a Second Dreamer seems to trigger the exp ...more
Paperback, 672 pages
Published March 23rd 2010 by Del Rey (first published September 23rd 2008)
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Bill Davis For anyone else seeing this, these chapters are, IMO, the best chapters in the book. And just when you think you were enjoying them, they get even bet…moreFor anyone else seeing this, these chapters are, IMO, the best chapters in the book. And just when you think you were enjoying them, they get even better. I'd even argue that of all Commonwealth books to date these are some of the strongest chapters I've read so far. If you've skipped you should go back and read these.(less)
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I'm frankly getting rather awed by Peter F. Hamilton.

Any single book doesn't quite DO his stories justice, which is kind of weird because each book seems to be bigger than a mountain, more sprawling than wide plains, and filled with meandering and sometimes inconsequential passages. They could be tightened up with more focus on the core stories and threads. Easily.


When it comes to the sheer scope in time and space for all his books, each of which is interconnected with common events, histor
Dec 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This is a tale of two books. I think the Inigo's dream chapters
dragged this book down a notch from the previous installment of the Void trilogy. Hamilton seems to have spent alot more time with Edeard than in the universe outside the void, which I thought was much more compelling. There was one particularly cringe worthy sequence that went on and on for pages describing Edeard's romantic retreat with his bride-to-be. Then there were awful wedding pages, ceremonies, and generally women flinging
David Sven
Sep 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
In this middle book of the series the motivations and goals of various factions starts to emerge - the most notable revelation to me being what the Accelerator Faction is up to. There are still questions left but their involvement in the story is starting to unfold. The fantasy story arc also continues to evolve as we see Edeard's powers develop and increase with new abilities emerging. We also get some answers as to who is behind the attacks outside the city in the provinces.And we get some maj ...more
Executive Summary: I found this to be an improvement over The Dreaming Void, although I think that will heavily depend on how much you like Edeard's story.

Audio book: I continue to enjoy John Lee's narration, especially for the Commonwealth series.

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I liked The Dreaming Void, but had some complaints. In particular the number of characters and the ridiculous sex scenes. This book felt more focused and less sexual wish fulfillment.

As a middle book, I thought it did a nice job setting
Dec 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The problem with most stories about Superman is that he’s just so damned invincible. It almost becomes comic: the fact that every two-bit hood in Metropolis has access to Kryptonite – which is surely not something available by just strolling down the road to the chemist. Now I really like Superman, but this flaw springs to mind after having read the second volume of Peter Hamilton’s Void trilogy in that so much time is spent with the book’s own superman Edeard. Edeard is a character from inside ...more
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

For me, at least so far, the Void and Makkathran are the ultimate apex in sci-fi creations.
Kyle Johnson
Aug 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I started out by giving this book a 5 star rating, but I've dropped it to a 4 for reasons I shall explain.

One of the best things about Peter F. Hamilton's writing has been his ability to write lots of different plots at the same time, and at the very end bring them together in a powerful and entertaining way. Its not quite like Max Barry (author) or Guy Richie (director), as his books are much longer than theirs. But the idea is still the same, having many characters and plots going at the same
The Temporal Void: A Draggy Middle Book that Indulges in Tedium
Much like the Commonwealth Saga,this is a very long, detailed, imaginative, and sprawling epic space opera that involves dozens of characters, plots, advanced technologies, alien races, ancient galactic mysteries, nefarious plots and counterplots, all told in an engaging narrative that doesn't get bogged down in exposition like a lot of other hard SF stories. It's far more entertaining than the more grim future vision of Alastair Rey
Aug 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, void-trilogy
The second book in the Void trilogy started slow for me, but kept on building up from the previous book and the last 100-150 pages where we finally get some revelations regarding the nature of the Void was the pay off for me.

The strong points of the book were

1.Edeard's story.

The weak point of the book was

1.Few characters stand out.
2.Story gets too much confusing.

Let me elaborate on the above points now

1.Edeard's story.

This book is all about Edeard and his character really develops in this book a
Gary K Bibliophile

“Sometimes you have to do what’s wrong in order to do what’s right”

This trilogy is really just one loooooong book. The Temporal Void is the second of the series and like The Dreaming Void it didn’t really wrap too many things up. Unlike the first book there weren’t a lot of new characters introduced. That was ok by me - I was still trying to get caught up from the multitude of simultaneous plots and numerous characters the first time around. This is only my second Peter F Hamilton book, but fro
Oct 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am already eagerly reading the third book in the Void Trilogy The Evolutionary Void, and so far, the second book "The Temporal Void" is by far the best. It is the most exciting. The stories about Edeard have endeared me to him, and to his world. In the first book, one does not have a concept of how his world is related to our own galaxy--he seemed to live in a world of fantasy. In this second book, the relationship is clearer. And now, instead of the stories about Edeard "getting in the way" o ...more
Jun 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
I should admit an immediate prejudice--I view peter f hamilton books as pure-plot, pulpy novels, where the value is in rich characters, interesting events, and good story-telling. I can like reading these books but i find they don't leave me much to think about, which is what i'm looking for.

anyway, i'm not really sure what was the reasoning behind the layout of this book. roughly half is filled with inigo's dreams, which i simply can not enjoy reading. A puerile fantasy where the main character
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Temporal Void takes up directly where The Dreaming Void left off. Where the first book was a huge setup, now the story picks up pace. The focus lies now on Edeard and his live in Makathran. And due to this worlds low tech society it has more the feel of a fantasy novel, with his telekinetic powers as magic.
The relatively small scenes in the Commonwealth universe act more like interludes to advance this storyline and therefore we don't get to see so much character development on that front.
A very entertaining read, one that is quite long but rarely boring (some bits of Edeard's story were a bit unnecessary). The two views of the galaxy were interesting and showed there is always a bigger picture than what you are aware of.
Edeard's ability became a bit too much supermanish for a while then it was revealed to be necessary to understand the Void and it's expansion. The author's linking of the various story lines makes the long read quite satisfying.
There's plenty of greed, grisly dea
Ryan Mueller
This one is tough for me to rate. Hamilton has a lot of great ideas in this series, and there are some very good sections. The problem for me is that there are more sections of the story that I find boring. Toward the end, I started to feel like everything was coming together, so I have hopes for the final book in the trilogy. Overall, a solid read, but not high on my list of recommendations.

Rating: 6.5/10
Barry Haworth
Oct 31, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Over the last few years I have become an increasingly keen fan of the works of Peter F Hamilton, and his latest work, The Temporal Void, has done nothing to change that trend. Weighing in at some 700 pages it is not for those with little time to read, especially as it is book two of his new "Void" trilogy which began with "The Dreaming Void" in 2007, which itself is a sequel to his previous "Commonwealth" duo of books (Pandora's Star/Judas Unchained) released in (2004/2005) . Hamilton does his u ...more
While this is the second book of the Void trilogy, it is the fourth book to be set in the Commonwealth Universe. I am surprised by liking this one as much or more as my favorite of the series, Pandora's Star. My first love will always be fantasy, and I loved the melding of sci-fi and fantasy in this story. People who are looking for space opera might be disappointed by the amount of time spent in the fantasy setting, Makkathran, but I loved it. Hamilton’s narratives jump around to different thir ...more
Oct 01, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
The middle tome of the Void Trilogy is in some ways the best book I've read by Hamilton - there really isn't a dull patch in it and it contains the most emotionally affecting material I've read by him. It is, however, interesting to observe where these passages occur:

There is a story within a story - the dreams about the Waterwalker - which has reached 13 installments by the end of this second volume. This story really came to dominate my interest and emotional connection to the book and here's

A moderate length Peter Hamilton book at only 750 pages, the second Void book is a much better one than the first, though it's a direct continuation and builds on that one. I have no idea how volume 3 will deal with all the plot points juggled in the first two, though I expect Mr. Hamilton to tie them nicely, but Temporal Void gets to the meat of the trilogy and its epic urban fantasy part is excellent, while the back and forth treachery between immortal but mostly physical post human factions
Sandra Glenn
I *really* enjoyed the first two Commonwealth books I read, Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained. I was hoping to spend more time in that universe with this trilogy...but alas, it was not to be. The deeper I get into the Void Trilogy (this is book 2) the more time I'm forced to spend on the galaxy-sized holodeck called The Void, which is a kind of super-virtual reality running a fantasy MMORPG called Inigo's Dream, starring the Edeard The Waterwalker.

In fact it's not until the very last pages of
Sep 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, sci-fi, audiobooks
The Temporal Void is so clearly the second book in a trilogy that I’m glad that I didn’t start it until the series was complete. Hamilton’s work just keeps getting better and better. My only complaint about this installment is that it had too much of Edeard’s story, but not enough of anyone else’s. Yes, I know that Edeard was my favorite in The Dreaming Void, but the plotlines following Inigo, Araminta, and Justine were important too. Hamilton left these characters hanging way too soon.

John Lee
David Roberts
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am reviewing the novel The Temporal Void by Peter F Hamilton which is a very good book which I bought from kindle. This book is the 2nd installment in the Void Trilogy. In it we see the Void where the Rael live is still expanding. There is a good twist at the end involving the group who have made a pilgrimage to the Void. Earhead has been promoted first to bodyguard for the President and then because the public opinion starts to sway in his direction, stands for President himself. He has to ma ...more
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
this is the second book in Hamilton's void trilogy and it just starts. It took me quite some time to remember who all these characters and their allegiances were. But once I was imersed in the story that was no longer a problem. Like in the previous book 'the dreaming void' there are alternating chapters inside and outside the void. The outside chapters are scifi, the inside chapters lean towards fantasy. The emphasis in this volume is more on Edeard's rise to power inside the void then on the p ...more
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a whole lot to say about this book. It is definitely a fun, but long read. Peter F Hamilton is a master at balancing out multiple story lines. His writing bounces from place to place integrating multiple storylines and weaving characters back and forth.

The best compliment I can give a book of this style is to say that each time the scene switches, I want to yell at the author, "NO! I'm not done with this scene yet!" only to feel the same way after I've been drawn into another scene. This isn
Michael Cairns
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
This is such a fabulous book, from such a brilliant trilogy, that I'm tempted to rave for hours. However, there's been enough raving about it already, so I'll keep it short and sweet.
Amazing concepts, brilliantly executed, that form a world in which people with genuine lives and genuine issues exist. The series walks the fine line between having characters that are just too cool/good to be true, and just being plain cool. Hamilton regularly stays on the right side of it.
My only gripe is that t
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
+'s: the ANA factions, Inigo's thirteenth dream, Araminta's storyline improving, the Knights Guardians
-'s: dreams not as thrilling as in TDV, still kinda lacking those breathtaking "wow" sci-fi moments from PS & JU

omg my first not-five-stars review for Hamilton ;__;
Feb 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, sci-fi
spoiler alert.
These are notes to myself so that I don't need to reread this book when the conclusion Evolutionary Void comes out August 10th.

Wow there are a lot of characters and sub-plots in this book. I can't complain too much because my favorite storyline got the most coverage in this book: Inigo's dreams of the WaterWalker. The WaterWalker was busy cleaning the gangs out of Makkathran, and gradually discovering more ways he can control and interact with the city itself. It's still u
Mar 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A novel in three volumes consisting of:

* The Dreaming Void
* The Temporal Void
* The Evolutionary Void

Like “Night’s Dawn” and the Commonwealth Saga before it, the “Void Trilogy” is not so much a series as one single novel, sprawling over three 1500 page volumes. That’s why it took two months to read. Set over one thousand years after the end of Commonwealth, it reintroduces many of the old familiar characters. While it can be read independently, I would highly recommend that you read Commonweal
Paul Weimer
Nov 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In The Dreaming Void, we were introduced to the Commonwealth nearly a millennium and a half after the events of Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained. A wide, diverse Commonwealth has exploded into numerous factions and polities, including the strange adherents of Living Dream, seeking a way into the physics-defying realm in the center of the galaxy. Book one was set up, introducing us to the characters, and allowing the reader to slowly start to piece things together. Old friends from the original ...more
Mixing Fantasy and Science fiction genre are an mismatch in this novel
The novel is too long – a lot of side stories without meaning clear meaning
Peter`s vocabulary is growing for each new novel, which can be a strain for the reader
The novel would have been original if it worked

Peter F- Hamilton is without any doubt a highly skilled writer
The novel has good and believable character descriptions and comprehensive «universe details»
Some part of the novel is fast paced, page turner and truly ex
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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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