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  • Hardcover: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; Main Market Ed. edition (10 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230753221
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230753228
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 6.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,891,236 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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'amilton is now in the midst of his imperial phase, when he's simply the best at doing what he does... It's a terrific achievement.' --SFX magazine

'A huge achievement in science fiction.' --SciFiNow Magazine

'Hamilton handles massive ideas with enviable ease, manipulates plots and characters to spring constant surprises, and brings the trilogy to a climax with a cannonade of fire-cracker finales.'
--Guardian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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129 of 133 people found the following review helpful By Mark Chitty on 25 Aug. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Here it is, the book I've been waiting nearly two years for: The Evolutionary Void. The conclusion to the Void Trilogy, started with The Dreaming Void and followed up by The Temporal Void, is by far my most anticipated book of the year and the series is making very strong noises to be my favourite finished series ever. So, with expectations that simply couldn't get any higher, does The Evolutionary Void meet these? Simple answer: Hell yeah!

The Evolutionary Void picks up immediately where The Temporal Void left off with no break in pacing, continuing the story in an effective, confident fashion. The many plot threads that have been built up over the first two novels are now dealt with convincingly, some with immediate effect while others come to the fore in preparation for the grand finale. It's very difficult, in fact nigh on impossible, to find any fault with this aspect of The Evolutionary Void. It is clear from many references and clues laid down in Dreaming and Temporal that the Void trilogy has been intricately plotted and even has details that go all the way back to the Commonwealth Saga. This is rather unsurprising when you consider that many of the characters present here have their origins in the duology.

Some of the story lines that I was most anticipating delivered the goods. The Deterrence Fleet is hinted at many times and the revelation of what it is and the capabilities it has still manages to surprise. This can be said of many of the plot points in Evolutionary. For example, Araminta is the descendant of two Silfen friends and this is used during Temporal to show how she is able to share her dreams of the Skylord (albeit unknowingly) with the Living Dream movement.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By XTR on 24 Nov. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I was disappointed with this end to the trilogy.

Given some of the gushing 5* reviews, I should put my cards on the table - I love Hamilton's early work but for the Void trilogy I thought the first book was interesting but much too slow (3* for me) and the second picked up with plenty of action and excitement (4*) so if this had continued in the same vein as the 2nd I'd have been happy.

It kicks off well enough but all the multiple plot threads run into the sand after a couple of hundred pages - let me explain why :

In Ankh-Makkathran, Edward had defeated his opponents in the last book so Hamilton has to find new adversaries for him, which is rather hard work. It feels a bit like a computer game where you save it at intervals and reset when you've had a problem. This was the strongest part of the first couple of books, but here it becomes much less interesting. And who could seriously think it would be a good idea for everyone to have the ability to reset time and try again ? I mean, really ???

The Deterrence Fleet is finally deployed but the author runs out of imagination in describing what it does - we hear about "selecting the appropriate aggressor function" etc - ooh, the excitement. Having made the "Fleet" nigh-on omnipotent he then has the problem of why it can't just squidge the opposition for the rest of the book, so he has to contrive a (pretty weak IMO) mcguffin to take it off the board.

Araminta goes walking the elven paths to escape pursuit which is mildly interesting, but not as good as the description of Ozzie doing the same in one of the earlier books.

The middle of the book feels like it is padding - not much happens and people are basically waiting for the finale.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shaun Horrigan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Sept. 2010
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I waited a long while for this book to be published, Wow!, it was certainly worth the wait!

Peter F Hamiltion always writes epic books. They are epic is every way. Huge galaxy wide stories spread over a thousands of pages, dozens of characters all of whom add to the story, and if you looking for examples from just about every theme ever written about in science fiction you will find them all in this one book.

I was marginally disappointed with the closing chapters of Temporal Void as I felt at the time that the author had used a "cheap" technique to get the hero out of trouble. How wrong I was!! I don't want to spoil the plot for anyone who has not read the previous two books in this series, but I will say that the ability used by Edeard towards the end of Temporal Void is in fact crucial to the whole point of the series.

This book is also has a huge depth! It is easy enough to follow on the surface level, but underneath there is just so much more going on! I really must go back and read the entire series again as there is so much going on that at times you can sometimes miss seemingly minor things and then find that they were really important later on.

As anyone who has read the previous two books will know, there are two main interleaved plots. One pure hard sci-fi and the other a dream sequence set in an almost pure fantasy world. The linking together of these two stories is the entire basis for the series.

Underneath the two main plots there are at least a dozen sub-plots and even more personal stories that all add superbly to the whole. How Peter Hamilton kept track of all of them when he was writing the series I can't begin to imagine!

I must also mention the ending of the book and the series.
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