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- Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc; Unabridged edition (27 May 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400157277
- ISBN-13: 978-1400157273
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 18.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,234,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As epic and far-ranging as his previous bestsellers. Hamilton is the master of widescreen baroque. (GUARDIAN)
This is thrilling stuff . . . compulsively readable and abundantly full of ideas. (THE TIMES)
This is a book that arguably nobody else in Brit SF could even have attempted. Epic, multi-stranded, full of wonders. (SFX)
Powerfully addictive . . . and hugely satisfying. (FANTASYBOOKREVIEW.CO.UK)
The Dreaming Void has all the things you hope for from a novel by Peter F. Hamilton . . . Hamilton is capable of superb writing, which you shall find in The Dreaming Void . . . [the] execution is simply wonderful. Hamilton is playing to his strengths. (THE AGONY COLUMN) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The first adventure in this exciting trilogy. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
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Now, is it any good? Yes, if you like your SciFi layered with gizmos, gadgets and high-tech humans. Plus you get a large cast, heaps of planets described in gory detail and a plot that looks like its going somewhere.
So, buy it but if you can't cope with a novel that literally just stops and leaves everything hanging until the next installment, then put it away and don't read on until you have collected all three!!
The Dreaming Void, Book 1 of The Void Trilogy, picks up the story in AD 3589, 1,205 years after the conclusion of the Starflyer War. Humanity is now split into three distinct sub-species: normal humans, Highers (who live in roughly equal paradise-like conditions with all their needs provided by their nations) and Advancers (who live essentially inside a vast cyberspace-like reality called ANA and download into biologically-grown bodies when they need to visit the real world). They are spread over a thousand worlds, unified as the Greater Commonwealth, which is now one of the most powerful forces in the Galaxy. Dozens of alien races have been contacted, many mysteries from the first two books have been solved (some of them rather dismissively explained within a few pages of the novel's opening) and mankind is now officially allied to the Raiel, now revealed as the most powerful race in the Galaxy. Life is seemingly good.
However, the black hole at the centre of the Galaxy, dubbed 'The Void' by some, is expanding much quicker than it should, threatening to shorten the lifespan of the Galaxy by possibly several billion years.Read more ›
Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained were also good, but didn't feel quite as involving - although they grew on me after a couple of reads through.
Dreaming Void builds on from the Commonwealth universe of Pandora/Judas, and illustrates an excellent maturing of the technology, planets and people, and it's fascinating to see how the technology in some of his other books (e.g. Misspent Youth) has grown up to become a core part of the universe, and a way in which some of the characters have been enhanced and rejuvenated over the course of a thousand or so years.
It does occasionally feel a bit contrived to have the same people wandering around after all this time, but when put into context with the futuristic technology then it seems like it could be plausible. The downside of this is, as has been pointed out in another review, that the "old" characters aren't explained or fleshed-out as much as some of the newcomers - which means that to fully understand their motives, personality, etc. you'll need to read the two earlier books.
There are - as ever - several initially separate storylines which build together; I always enjoy the moment at which something clicks for me, and I realise the relevance of such a thread; in this case there were two - where things fell into place about Araminta, and then Edeard. I experienced the same frustration upon reaching the end of this book as I did when reading Pandora's Star - everything is building up nicely, but none of the threads are being resolved - and then it finishes on a cliffhanger and you've got to wait until the next "episode"! Argh!
Personally, I can't wait - and I can forsee that this is going to be another series of books that whenever the next book is released, I go back and read it all again ab initio...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant. A complex story but worth getting your head around the scene setting stage. I really enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to reading the others in the series.Published 13 days ago by mammia3
I have read other Hamilton trilogies, and like those, this first book sets the stage and leaves plots to yet unwind. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Simonjcarr
Having thoroughly enjoyed the commonwealth saga, I went into this with high expectations and the hope that this follow up would be at least half as good. Read morePublished 2 months ago by dannacet
Outstanding. Peter F. Hamilton is a master of his craft. The Dreaming Void is gripping from the outset, seamlessly weaving two distinct narratives together to produce a story which... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mark Delaney
Amazing read, everyone should read this at least once in your life time!Published 4 months ago by A O Kearns