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A strong finish to a long epic. Peter Hamilton manages to close out the trilogy with his characteristic elegance - while managing to maintain and resolve the storylines of a large collection of characters. He manages to tell a story of truly cosmic breadth and depth with an efficiency that belies the novel's and the trilogy's length.
A remarkable storytelling feat. The only thing that kept this from being a 5-star novel or trilogy was the length Bottom line - I recommend the entire trilogy to anyone who enjoys "a good long read".
The Author managed to wrap things up with a satisfying ending to a space opera that truly justify that classification. Unfortunately, that same boldness is responsible for making it drag sometimes, with several parallel plots, many of them with secondary characters, late and lengthy introduction to new characters that add little to the main plot.
I found myself skipping scenes about subplots that added little to the main plot. See what I did there? Brilliant writing, brilliant storytelling.
Thought provoking in a rarely seen way. I should have stopped reading this series when Al Capone was resurrected in book 2. The author created an awesome universe and then wasted it with a cliche antagonist that fights future super-lasers with a baseball bat and raging hormones.
Oh wait, it's an "energistic" baseball bat. See all reviews from the United States. Top international reviews. Verified Purchase.
If you've got this far in the trilogy, well done, you may now be hoping for a satisfying conclusion to your many hours investment into this Rutland based universe of horror come sci fi. My advice is not to bother. I only kept going to find out how the intractable problem set up in the Reality Dysfunction came to a sensible conclusion; suffice to say it doesn't and instead ends absurdly poorly. I cannot overstate how frustrating the entire trilogy is, superb build working, interesting tech and galaxy spanning politics at complete odds with an absurd plot device that quite literally in the end goes no where.
The only highlight for me is that the Lake Isle restaurant that features in the novel was inspired by the real one just up the road from me in Uppingham, Rutland and is a superb restaurant well worth a visit if you're in the area. Thank you for your feedback. Sorry, we failed to record your vote.
Please try again. Really disappointing ending to a otherwise decent space opera trilogy. What a joke. If you've come this far, welcome to the final act of the very long novel that is the night's dawn trilogy. And what a novel it is. The hundred or so odd characters were left in all sorts of awful cliffhangers, and it's time for a grand final that the likes of the people in this life, or the next, or those from the next have returned to this one will have never seen.
All of the individual threads of the great tapestry that make up this universe are coming to a head. Capone's forces have ambushed the commonwealth's forces at tranquillity, A bloody campaign is initiated at mortonridge to free the peninsula from the possessed's occupation, resulting in a bloody, protracted affair that lays waste to both sides, Josh Calvert and Syrinx team up to find the Tyrathca deity which the bizzare aliens believe will save them, and in doing so discover a lot more than they bargained for, Louise and Quinn prepare for a showdown in London, Rubra and Dariat are trapped in a void filled with some rather unpleasant inhabitants, and in a distant galaxy a lost little girl is shown the truth behind the Kiint.
Each of the tales told within has a dozen subplots moving within, and each one is about the length of your average novel, yet beautifully entwined with all of the others. Every plot strand is well thought out and explained, and given the same level of philosophy and science as has come before even if there is a rather large amount of pseudoscience here, but that's not a issue for myself There is one flaw however, and that is that Poor Peter F writes himself into a dead end so well that he has to come up with a rather unlikely finish to it.
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It's not quite a deus ex machina, but it's not a far shot off, but seeing as it was the only way his plot was going to end in any sort of neat fashion, and within it's initial weakness being well thought out, I have little reason to complain. He gives a satisfying ending, to a satisfying story that kept me going for quite a while, and what more can I ask for? I finally finished this awesome trilogy a few days ago.
Just over a year it took me. Shame I know but I Was slacking a lot with the final book to be honest. I have to say, the book was very enjoyable with Hamilton's tremendous story telling and character developments throughout.
Overall it was an acceptable ending to an epic tale. The whole scope of the story and great mix of characters was very well maintained and quite comfortable to follow. I felt all of the main story arcs were resolved in a suitable manner in the end. Lots of action and SciFi all the way through. Really enjoyed Louise's story and developments throughout. I felt she grew tremendously as the story progressed. The B7 concept and back story was also equally fascinating and exciting.
Charlie brought with him a lot more mystery and questions than answers. It was good to get a little more details about how B7 operates and the whole scope of it all. My favorite character was Joshua I think. Very good character developments throughout.
His epic journey to the edge of the galaxy in search of answers was very well developed and full of suspense and action. Capone was one of a kind as well. Loved him for sure!!! How can you not? The whole persona and charisma captured was awesome.
Perfect I would say. Truly great character. At times it was like I was reading a gangster flick straight out of the seventies! The way Hamilton built up the character and the whole concept of the organization was top class.
Truly very very good. Can't complain about the ending really. Not bad at all. Overall I still think the first book of the series is my favorite of the 3. Can't decide between book 2 and 3. Both about the same I think. Both excellent.
Starts incredibly wonderfully in the first chapters, then collapses badly about half way through the first book. My least favourite of Peter F. Hamilton's wonderful works. The religious mumbo-jumbo, brought to a sudden and unsatisfying end in the last of the trilogy, and the resurrection of characters and villains from history irked me completely. In addition there were many redundantly repetitive repeated endless battles, with the same action and descriptive prose. Some parts of the book were truly wonderful, poignant, elegiac and touching.
The relationship between the pilots and the bio-ships is magical. This is best shown in his short story "A Second Chance at Eden" A triumph. A joy. Load more international reviews. This is more a review of the trilogy as a whole than the last book in isolation. As a trilogy it has many of the elements we have come to associate with P Hamilton, comprehensive and convincing world building, very good action sequences that logically bring in the weapons technology of a more advanced civilisation and a gripping plot, but also as well interchangeable and weak secondary characters and unnecessary padding.
I have three major criticisms. Firstly the author wanted there to be no military solution to the crises when there self-evidently was one. Why did it take until the very end for a confederate fleet to remove Capones fleet.
Fine I could understand them wanting to leave him alone when he only had one planet but when he was expanding? Why were the authorities on earth so hesitant in responding to the possessed when there were 40 billions live at stake?. Why did the authorities refuse to use anti-matter when the enemy had it and they were responsible for guarding billions from a terrible fate. It should become obvious to any reader that with sufficient will and resolve the conflict could have been swiftly resolved with the loss only of those planets initially taken over.
Secondly there is the end surely one of the ultimate "deus ex machina" endings as if, as many have pointed out the author ran out of ideas.
It wasn't as if there was no other way of ending it. It would have given the struggle at mortentown far greater meaning for all the time we spent there if by accident the solution was arrived at there.
With the lost souls being given new Bitek bodies, but no this was ultimately irrelevant to the solution. The fact that virtually all the possessed were suffering from Tumours that would eventually kill them, a knowledge that once widespread would lead to acceptance of the above solution, was also in the end irrelevant to the solution.
The fact that Louise went to confront Quinn, Powell had also returned to face him and Dariat emerged at a crucial time so justifying all the time spent on this plotline if it had meaning I also felt that had better world building as well.
Too much bloat, too much time waiting for something to happen.
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The book completes the trilogy that I started shortly after the first book was published and then didn't continue for many years mainly because the sequels hadn't been written When I rediscovered the first book and its sequels it was both a pleasurable reminder of the initial concept with all is brilliantly discordant themes and a roller-coaster ride through several thousand pages to its final epic resolution. I admire your insight, the scope of your imagination and your skills at forging these into a great tale Mr Hamilton, it has provided a golden seam of conceptual and creative wealth for me to mine in my own journey through the multiverse.
Thank you There has been some comment about the rapid and possibly contrived ending where within a very small time frame, everything is put right by the god like intervention of a super alien plot device. I would point out that all story lines were being resolved without the actions of the naked singularity, and even Mr Dexter's excesses could have resolved with the 'unexpected' arrival of Dariat and Tolston, so there was no need to use the device to conclude the story, there was no corner that could not be painted out of.
Thus this grand ending statement of 'goodness and light' and the core message of self belief writ large against the inevitable success of entropy, but only until a new reality manifested from the combined wills of the species acting as real creator gods was probably always the central message.
Even though I also don't normally like empty rapid conclusions that indicate the writer has run out of imagination, I don't think this was the case here, I suspect just as Joshua suspected that all events were manipulated by the entity to ensure he ended up asking it for help, all events, characters, cultures and locations of the books were put together in order to ensure the grand finale could make some sort of sense, the end being conceived and its 'lessons' before the beginning.
Though I guess only Peter knows the ultimate truth as he sits behind the naked singularity and smiles down upon his works. I read the reality dysfunction very slowly, only to pick it up from a month absence from it to wonder why I ever put it down.
The Neutronium Alchemist soon came and went and I quickly jumped onto the internet to order this final piece and I can say it was just as great as I thought it would be. It keeps you in suspense with massive planetary battles and missions involving sneaking into an alien habitat, with a member of their closest rival species. The science that Peter F Hamilton throws at you is impressive, from the ideas that any novice scientist will recognise, to the worlds currently cutting edge ideas, which he has warped and moulded to give way to massive mental images of the most unfamiliar environments you could think of, and to make things worse not only do they make you want to fall through the pages into the world he has crafted but they really don't seem impossible.
Anyone can create an impossible world full of technology but the way he writes it almost makes you think that Amazon will be advertising your own set of neural implants in no time at all. The characters of deep, lovable and varied, while the world they inhabit is bright, chaotic and colourful. The action is intense and not in short supply. If you loved the first two books of The Night Dawn Trilogy as much as I did then you will definitely love this one just as much if not the most.
I am so glad I picked up the Reality Dysfunction otherwise I wouldn't have experienced the trilogy. Great read! I agree with other reviewer about padding it out abit.
Introducing extra aliens towards the end to hang the plot out abit. Then rush the end through too quickly after all the sub plots building up and coming together as if by magic for no great reason. I thought the other two books were alot better but I still managed to finish this one. It isnt that bad, just a bit of a let down. Read the Great North Road and as people had said this was better worked through the trilogy. Overly long with a lot of superfluous characters.
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I mean it, the books ridiculously rapid ending involves a quite literal deus ex machina. I kept reading, right? They have excellent parts - several great action sequences, for instance. Balancing those are one or two clunkers. Also there are a lot of vividly drawn environments, and Hamilton has this knack of making a long infodump like, say, the first chapter interesting.
For instance, Alkad Mzu - the entire second book is named after her and her invention, for crying out loud! That series is much more cohesive and focused, even taking into account its length. View all 8 comments. Feb 05, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: sci-fispace-operaworldbuilding-sfreality-bendingshelf.
This particular novel was almost 1, pages and between it and the other two in the ongoing single story that takes up this trilogy, it's almost 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 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 This particular novel was almost 1, pages and between it and the other two in the ongoing single story that takes up this trilogy, it's almost pages.
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 up pop superstars, Al Capone, runaway rich kids, and the fate of us all The dead come back.
And we have a choice to make The aliens refuse to get involved. They had to make their own choices when it came to this. In the meantime, humanity is devolving in a war between possessed bodies and the high-tech remaining populace.
Earth is under siege. Both sides are running out of options even with the ability to transmute matter, move whole planets, put themselves in zero-tau, or live in shared-consciousness ecologies. The ideas and the buildup is freaking amazing. And it eventually does.
The reward for putting up with over 50 hours of this third novel is well worth the wait. My observation? Be patient. Enjoy the ride. It's not a race. Enjoy this honker of a novel for what it is and watch the original Poltergeist again for the sheer enjoyment of it. Mar 24, Apatt 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 Nights 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 pages book, rather than just a measly or so pages. I have been a little too lenient with my rating of the books in this series I think. At more than pages per volume I clearly have to like the books Well that took just over three weeks to read.
At more than pages per volume I clearly have to like the books quite a lot to go through all those pages. However, the books are clearly overwritten with quite a few superfluous characters and scenes.
There are so many side characters I forget who half of them are. I never felt like I was wading through molasses of dense, yawn-inducing text. The possessed people are generally at war with the living except for the few nice or heroic possessed characters. Some planets and one city have been moved by the possessed to another dimension where they expect that they will be free to live their stolen lives.
However, for this third volume Hamilton incorporates more actual science into the story than the previous ones with expositions about event horizons, naked singularities, anti-matter etc.
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Hamilton puts a lot of effort into developing characters though some of them turn out to be quite irritating. The worst by far is the uber- possessed Quin Dexter who for some reason is blessed with the power of invisibility.
On the side of the angels Joshua Calvert and Louise Kavanagh are not quite believable. I imagine the creative process involves a lot of graphing, flow charting, mind mapping and such.
You get a sense of the size of the universe by the diverse settings which encompasses other continuums and the very strange creatures that live in them. Fans of inscrutable weird aliens should have nothing to complain about. The odd metaphysical or philosophical passages are quite thought provoking while the few pervy sex scenes barely readable.
I was quite pleased when I arrived at the end of the book and found the series to be an overwritten but fun read. Peter F. Hamilton has gone on to write better books and series.
I have probably read enough from him for this year but I definitely intend to wade through more of his mega-tomes next year. View all 12 comments. If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Hamilton Im 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 its like watching eight million hours of Disney AVs?
Hamilton Hamilton is giving Doc Smith a reboot. Thats what I thought of when I tried to read some of Hamilton back in the day and didn If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. View 1 comment. Jul 07, Hugo 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 "? His male characters have an unfortunate tendency to be rather flat and Mary Sue-ish, and he can't really write female characters at all, but his vivid imagination makes for at least potentially interesting stories IMO.
Too bad you have to plough your way through thousands of pages of irrelevant fluff to get to the good parts. May 16, Chris Berko 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!
View 2 comments. Some superb parts, especially when the action is in space. 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 x better. WARNING: the first book in this series includes very graphically described torture and rape and mutilation sometimes of teens Some superb parts, especially when the action is in space.
WARNING: the first book in this series includes very graphically described torture and rape and mutilation sometimes of teens and children!
Nov 20, tom bomp rated it did not like it Shelves: science-fictionfiction. 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 it has enjoyable moments and although the set up is kind of ridiculous there are some cool ideas - the series has REALLY cool aliens, comparatively, who are actually sketched interestingly and I really liked the scenes they were in.
And then. You get to the ending of this. And it makes everything that came before come that much worse. Details are somewhat hazy 6 years from when I read it but what actually happened was at least as absurd as what I say. Fair enough, it's telegraphed throughout the book. So they find this thing which is literally like a kind of god.
And it's also like some sort of genie wishing thing. And then of course the main character "takes responsibility" for resolving the plot. And he becomes god for a while. And it's the most macho thing. One of the things of the book is that each alien species has to deal eventually with all the dead people who are trapped in the other dimension, they have to find some way to soothe their pain and let them carry on.
So what does main character do? He does something dimensionally so all the dead who are possessing human bodies are sent back into the afterlife. IIRC they go to the "good" afterlife this time but there's a specific point about humans "not being responsible" enough or something so they couldn't do things "properly" but it was an absurd solution to a big built up point and to the entire plot of the books - like 2 pages "right they're gone now we don't have to deal with that, thanks god".
There's also a plot thread about one of the alien species preparing to invade human planets. This is solved by all the human planets being moved far away to a different part of the galaxy. They're also made closer together to reduce fuel problems. No, seriously. All the plot points in the books which have been built up over and over are just done, 10 pages max.
All the dead characters we've seen before? No serious goodbyes, they just go. And main character gets his perfect dream life where he gains superhuman powers too. Great book. It was a good wake up call. Don't read this series. Jan 29, Robert 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 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.
The ending is obvious to readers of the first two volumes just from the title of the third, at least in principle and rather unsatisfying. It feels as if Hamilton's ambition was not quite matched by his skill. View all 3 comments. Jun 04, Andrea rated it liked it. Well I finished all 3 Zombies in Space. I was waiting for him to finally say "Wait" this premise is ridiculous and veer away in another direction but nope.
He does keep pulling new players out of the void joke when a deus ex machina is needed and the over-writing is still there 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. Nov 10, Ken rated it did not like it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Ultimately I only finished this series because I have a hard time not finishing a series I've started unless it is really bad. The Night's Dawn trilogy never quite strayed into "really bad" territory. There were a handful of compelling characters.
The writing style is adequate and many of the scenes well written. My main problems with this trilogy were that it was too long, it followed too many protagonists, the main conflict was entirely unsatisfying and it ended poorly. Each of the three books Ultimately I only finished this series because I have a hard time not finishing a series I've started unless it is really bad.
Each of the three books is about a thousand pages. There was too much bloat which manifested mainly in the form of my second complaint, which was that there were too many 'point-of-view' protagonists. There were a number of characters who were uninteresting and didn't contribute much to the overall story who nevertheless received page counts devoted to their PoV that would be considered lavish in novels that didn't go over a thousand pages. As for the main plot, let's just say the author pulled a bait and switch some time in the second novel regarding what the whole series was about.
You start the series thinking the main conflict is centered around the eponymous "The Neutronium Alchemist," but you'd be wrong. Instead you get this bizarre pseudo-spiritualist ghost possession story that crops up and, to my growing horror, takes over the series.
There is never an adequate explanation given for what is going on. That's not to say that there is no explanation given, just that when the big reveal happens near the end of over 3, pages of fantasy masquerading and science-fiction it left me agape with its sheer insipidness. The whole thing is wrapped up in about fifteen pages of about the worst case of Deus Ex Machina I've ever seen. If, like me, you read Mr. Hamilton's entirely more entertaining Commonwealth Saga first, please do not repeat my mistake by reading his earlier work.
May 09, Andrey rated it it was amazing Shelves: favoritesscience-fiction-epicsscience-fictiontechno-thrillersfictionpost-apocalypticasatirecerebralcyber-punkmind-screw. 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 word about Peter Hamilton. He is an inspired genius. To be able to create and write such a series is beyond my comprehension.
The sheer ideas and amount of "stuff" that he has is baffling. One would think he copied a future history textbook. Its amazing, and he has my highest regards. And of the book? The way everything ties together was fantastic. Few loose ends were left and much was explained. The ending itself? While not what I was expecting, and in some ways far less dramatic than other cts of the story, it was still good. To the critics: could you have done better?
And Joshua. Joshua, you amazing man. Louise, the bravest girl in the galaxy. Fletcher, the man every man should strive to be. The list goes on. Each character, each story, each life. All were astounding. Each death hurt. So really, I cannot say much. But I do want to say this. Thank you, Peter Hamilton. Thank you so very much. With this, a chapter of my life closes.
I wonder what the next one holds. Mar 25, Brian 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.
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.
Once the plot is underway, it's completely nonstop. However, this is offset by sheer quantity of players. There are a lot of characters and subplots keeping the story fresh, though it can be confusing to try to keep track of everyone.
Hamilton more or less ties everything together in the end; I think the Deus Ex Machina ending actually fits due to the overwhelming despair and hopelessness portrayed in the books. I found myself thinking time and again, "Can something good please happen now? Look, those people are already doomed, didja really have to throw something new on top of their troubles? While Hamilton gives the impression of knowing his science, you'll still want to check your disbelief at the door and just sit back and enjoy a great ride -er, read.
Oct 19, Joe 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 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 Deus ex machina. But don't say I didn't warn you. 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? Oh, I know! Deus ex machina!! 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 I read this sometime in the early to mid '00s. 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 it is, it feels like a cheap shot. But I keep hoping and keep buying his books in hopes that maybe, this one, this time Originally published on my blog here in March 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 seriesthere is a concomitant vastness of scale: hundreds of characters, spanning several universes and thousands of light years.
The subject Originally published on my blog here in March The subject matter is weighty, too: an invasion of human occupied planets not by aliens but by people possessed by the spirits of the dead; a huge scale zombie attack with semi-serious philosophy behind it.
The series is about what might happen to us after death, how we might be able to return to a kind of life, what a spirit or soul might be, all dressed up as exciting space opera. To summarise a plot of such scope in a few words is hard; indeed, several attempts to review earlier novels of the trilogy foundered on this rock. There are various groups of humans seeking, in various ways, to contain or counter the threat of the possessed; at the same time, the reader begins to see the possessed as people in their own right, with differing motives and interests though they continue to include the psychotic Quinn Dexter rather than as evil monsters with strange powers.
The important thing is not the details of the plot, but that Hamilton makes it work. The reader does get pulled in, and cares about the characters even if they are somewhat sketchily depicted. The general success of the series, and of this novel within the series, doesn't mean that it is flawless.
The length is clearly going to be a problem for many readers, who will be unwilling to put aside the time to read almost four thousand pages - a recent survey showed that the first lengthy Harry Potter novel, the Goblet of Firewas among the books most likely to be left unfinished by British readers.
A certain familiarity with the common ideas of the science fiction genre is assumed, as is often the case with more recent works in the genre. These ideas, such as faster than light travel, are more or less taken for granted, and are not treated in a particular imaginative way; writers in the genre have spent many years mining the nuances of these ideas, and Hamilton has other concerns.
This is something that may be off-putting for this who are not fans of the genre, but, as I have mentioned, Hamilton is hardly unique in this respect. A more serious flaw is the evenness of the tone of the writing, which dilutes the potential of certain events; some very nasty things happen, but they have little emotional impact on the reader.
Over-the-Top SF: "The Naked God" by Peter F. Hamilton Im 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 its like watching eight million hours of Disney AVs? In "The Naked God" by Peter F. Hamilton Hamilton is giving Doc Smith a /5. Jan 10, Author of ' The Naked Gods', Chukwuemeka Ike is dead. Published January 10, Kindly Share This Story. The late Prof Chukwuemeka Ike. Tony Okafor, Awka. Foremost novelist, Prof Chukwuemeka. This book had always been in my house and for some reasons I never had the urge to pick it up and read despite its beautiful paper-cover picture and its intriguing name THE NAKED GODS/5.
Perhaps having so much to say encourages levelheaded exposition rather than visceral storytelling, but this detached style is something I have found in other stories by Hamilton. The story is interesting enough to keep me going to the end, at least, but a bit more excitement might be nice. The Naked God is of course space opera, part of that subgenre's re-emergence over the last decade or so. Hamilton's ideas and big canvas generally seem to go back to earlier writers such as Isaac Asimov, while many of his contrmporaries such as Alastair Reynolds concentrate on smaller details - how cosmic events affect small groups of individuals rather than tackling the cosmos as a whole.
So the trilogy could be considered old fashioned, and not particularly innovative; but it is very well done for any reader willing to put in the time required to read such a long story. Jul 19, Anafielle rated it did not like it Recommends it for: No one. What a shitty, shitty, shitty ending.
I read over pages of fun for THAT? Oh, yay, a magical wormhole transport cleared the universe of possessed people!
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And Quinn took all the bad possessed into Hell, which is where they wanted to be! Yay, happy feeling, everyone lives happily ever after. All the formerly possessed have cancer? No worries, the Klint will give us magical machines to cure it! No one has to messily Wow. No one has to messily die or get sick. Everyone will be ok! Louise is in danger? It was just awful to read. I felt like I was watching a train wreck. Nothing that was built up throughout the book came to any kind of a meaningful end.
Not a single thing. The author just reached down into the book and handed us a meaningless happy ending.