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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Reprints edition (7 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330537814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330537810
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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"Third (and longest) of the Greg Mandel series, which here reaches another level of excellence...an epic of ultra-technology, alien contact, and a love story that literally spans the stars. Brilliant."--"Locus"

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The third novel in the Greg Mandel series from the master of space opera

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By William J. Walker VINE VOICE on 7 Jun. 2007
Format: Paperback
I wasn't going to write a review but I was so amazed at the previous reviewers comment: "The poorest Peter Hamilton novel I've read" that I felt moved to add my own comments.
It has, perhaps, been superseded by the later, grander works, but not in terms of quality.

The major problem with this book, and indeed with the "Greg Mandel Series" as a whole, is that like so many SF authors, the author set the events a little too close to the present. Real history has over-taken the events described.
When reading the books today you have to suspend the natural inclination to see the book as predictive and view it instead, as a kind of parallel alternate history(like "Watchmen" or "The Man in the High Castle").If you can do that there is much to enjoy in the series.
A more minor difficulty is, that this is the third book in the series, and while it is possible to read it without reading the others first, it is not advisable. In fact one of the best features of the books is the way that all the characters grow and change as the story progresses.

The first book in the series("Mindstar Rising") is good and introduces the characters and world very well. The second is a decent enough read, but ultimately not of the standard of the others. This book, the third and final instalment, is the best by far and features some of the the most brilliantly realised SF I've ever read.
A criticism sometimes directed at the later works is that the ride is great but the finish doesn't always match it. In this book he actually exceeds expectations.

Since all three books in the series, put together, are about as long as one instalment of the "Night's Dawn Trilogy" and are as readable as anything he has written since, I would recommend this, and them, to any fan of the author.
In truth the series is a great place to start if you are new to him; it worked for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Douglas TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Aug. 2003
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This is Hamilton's third Greg Mandel novel, but it is the first I have read, having previously read the wonderful Night's Dawn Trilogy.
Maybe it is because of this that it took me a while to get into the story, but once in, it is a satisfying cyber-thriller.
Hamilton's vision of a near-future England is as interesting as the story itself. Near-future is always dangerous territory - everyone has their own vision and what seems credible to one person is not so to another. In this case it hangs together pretty well.
If you only intend to ever read one Peter F Hamilton novel, I would not recommend this one - try the Reality Dysfunction instead (its part 1 of the Night's Dawn trilogy, and ensures that you will read three Hamilton novels instead of one!)
That said, the Nano Flower is still well worth a read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vanina on 13 Dec. 2005
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I was introduced to Peter F. Hamilton with “A Second Chance at Eden” and was amazed how easily it was to read, how much you can travel with his characters, imagine what he describes without being bored with too many details.
I then read Mindstar Rising, A Quantum Murder and The Nano Flower and that was it, I was hooked, I cannot praise his books enough.
I am currently reading Mispent Youth and yet again I am being swallowed by his aptitude at story telling. I find it very difficult to put it down (like the previous ones) and the only down side is that I am tired the next day from lack of sleep.
I am a slow reader but remember books pretty well and won’t read it again for 4-5 years, but with his books I have not problem what so ever re-reading them even after 6 months and will still enjoy every single pages.
What can I say, you just need to tell me a book is from him and I will grab it and read it.
This man is a genius!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Withheld on 25 July 2004
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An excellent sci-fi read! Much of the terminology in the novel shows up in Peter F's later series, "The Nights Dawn Trilogy" (one of the best sci-fi stories I've ever known!), making you realise just where the inspiritation for it came from. This is easily the best book in "The MindStar Trilogy", and is easy to pick up even if you haven't read the previous two novels. Well done Peter F!!! 5/5
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What did the Emperor of Austria say to Mozart after seeing a performance? "Don't take it too hard, my dear chap, but....too many notes. Too many notes."
This is exactly how I felt about The Nano Flower. There seemed to be something like three successive stories going on. It took forever to read...or so it seemed. The first Peter Hamilton book I read was "A Quantum Mystery". It was great. Couldn't put it down. I enjoyed it so much that I got into my jeep two weeks after finishing it and took a long day's drive down to Launde Abbey and the area around Rutland Water. Loved the book AND the setting. DON'T miss a lunch at the Finches Arms in the real village of Hambleton, where Greg Mandel lives; It's terrific.
But this story? No. just too long and rambling and too reliant upon techno-babble, hacking into this and hacking into that. Julia is just simply too high up the social pecking order to be liked: she makes Richard Branson look like some insignificant bit-player on the world-stage. The scenes are too wide-ranging: zeppelins, captive asteroids...
The overall setting I find brilliant. Who the hell'd ever put bl00dy PETERBOROUGH at the centre of the colonised universe, eh? Masterstroke! But, after six hundred odd pages, what in all the Seven Hundred Halls of Hell WAS the Nanofower? I'm still mystified.
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