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  • ISBN-10: 0330470434
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330470438
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,500,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter F. Hamilton was born in Rutland in 1960, and still lives near Rutland Water with his family. He began writing in 1987, and sold his first short story to Fear magazine in 1988. He has also been published in Interzone and the In Dreams and New Worlds anthologies, and several small-press publications. His work includes the Greg Mandel series, the Night's Dawn trilogy - which established him as Britain's bestselling writer of science fiction - and his critically acclaimed Void novels: The Dreaming Void, The Temporal Void and The Evolutionary Void. His novels and his handbook (a vital guide to the Night's Dawn trilogy) have sold almost two million copies worldwide.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book - spoiled by poor formatting on Kindle 30 Sep 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
The book itself is fine - up to his usual standard. Sadly, though, the Kindle edition is marred by multiple layout problems. Paragraphs are merged together or split (sometimes half way through a sentence), punctuation is missing... it basically reads like an early proof copy. Given the ease of fixing this sort of thing in digital editions, the lack of care from the publisher is disappointing, and I wouldn't recommend purchasing until they have been resolved.
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111 of 118 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent SF/Fantasy Hybrid 3 Sep 2007
Peter F. Hamilton is one of SF's most reliably entertaining authors, churning out blockbuster epics so huge that the hardcovers can be used as aids to hippopotamus euthanasia, whilst retaining the ability to tell page-turning, gripping stories. His Night's Dawn Trilogy is a classic of the genre, but his more recent duology, The Commonwealth Saga, was a more mixed bag. An excellent and very promising opening installment, Pandora's Star, was followed up by the mildly disappointing Judas Unchained, which ended the story in a rather rushed and somewhat confused manner.

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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Having been caught out by 'The Reality Dysfunction', I was expecting a book that left everything hanging. And I was not disappointed. The good news is that there are two more books to come...and the also good news is that I'll read 'The Dreaming Void' again when I buy each of them because otherwise who can remember everything that's going on otherwise.

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!!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read 17 May 2008
Having read both Night's Dawn Trilogy and the Commonwealth Saga, I think this is the best of Mr Hamiltons's works.

It has familiar content from the previous Commonwealth story with a lot of new elements. The characters feel alive and realistic. The detail in each scene is just about right - not too wordy but with enough explanation. It is fascinating, exciting, funny in places and leaves the reader guessing, but with enough information coming to light to keep up the interest.

Is is a fairly long book (as are most of his novels) but I found myself towards the end before I realised it. I really want more now!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend this book 4 Oct 2007
Peter Hamilton has a style of writing that makes it easy to get into his books. If you know his books, then this returns to his best. If you don't, then you will be transported into a universe that ranges from beautiful humanity to inhumane violence, slow country life to breath-taking action and an incredible imagination of one of the best Sci-fi writers going. It may be a large book, but you will breeze through the pages.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good 4 Sep 2007
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This book is the fourth entry in Hamilton's "Commonwealth" universe, following on from Misspent Youth, Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained.
Hamilton departs slightly from his normal sci-fi focus by concentrating a chunk of this book on the life story of a youth on a pre-industrial world in the "Void". It is the telepathic signals of this character that cause the events in the wider Commonwealth universe and lead various characters (some old, some new) to wrestle with the effects it has on the psychically sensitive population of one of the Commonwealth worlds.

I was not too keen on the previous books in this series because I felt they missed some of the Hamilton essentials found in the Mandel and Nightsdawn books. However, despite its strong links to the characters, plots and plot devices of Judas Unchained I feel this book is quite different and far better. The element of mystery has crept back in and his ideas on the evolution of humanity itself make for interesting reading, even if they take some time to understand. The new characters are all quite interesting (no more Paris Hilton-with-built-in-gun/phone types) and more believable. The ability to describe new worlds and new technologies with great verve was never lost, and this book contains plenty of proper "science fiction" as well as some fantasy elements. It doesn't end with a desperate cliff-hanger, but there is certainly a lot to look forward to in the next book.

Good stuff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Really enjoyed this book. I will be reading it again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 11 days ago by Dr James Bruce
5.0 out of 5 stars As always Peter F Hamilton leaves you wanting more.
The great start to the trilogy, melds the commonwealth saga and void story seamlessly together. Perhaps not as popular as Iain M Banks but an equally gifted writer and storyteller.
Published 2 months ago by devilment666_70
5.0 out of 5 stars The best British science fiction writer in decades who is world class
Peter Hamilton is up there with other science fiction greats such as Asimov, Brunner and Moorcock. The interwoven layers of science, fantasy, and existential ways of forming... Read more
Published 3 months ago by sylvia merritt
2.0 out of 5 stars Nowhere near as good as the Commonwealth Saga
After reading and really enjoying the Commonwealth Saga I thought I'd give the Void trilogy a go. I wasn't done with the excellent characters and the universe of the original so I... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michael Versi
3.0 out of 5 stars Rather disappointing
Having been hooked by The Night's Dawn series and Pandora's Star, I was looking forward to reading this book. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ian H
5.0 out of 5 stars slow start, but can't wait to read the next!
It took some time to get gripped by the story, longer than most books I have read, but when I did I couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read the next!
Published 13 months ago by Mark Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars An epic start to this giant of a space opera
Book 1 and the ideas just keep coming and the plot is so well developed with greate characters and great plausible science. Space opera just doesn't get any better than this.
Published 13 months ago by Mr. Mark A. Laborda
5.0 out of 5 stars The dreaming void
awesome read, very gripping, Peter F Hamilton does it again, leading you through a most brilliant sci fi world, Excellent.
Published 18 months ago by Jon Reaper
5.0 out of 5 stars Good old Hamilton
The book is properly Hamiltonian in its set-up and length. This is part one of a trilogy and the writer takes his time getting to the end. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Kaye
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