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The Reality Dysfunction: The Nights Dawn trilogy: Book One (Nights Dawn Trilogy 1)

The Reality Dysfunction: The Nights Dawn trilogy: Book One (Nights Dawn Trilogy 1) [Kindle Edition]

Peter F. Hamilton
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The term "space opera" has evolved over the decades. Originally it meant "hacky, grinding, stinking, outworn, spaceship yarn" (Wilson Tucker), but since then it has come to be (slightly) less pejorative, encompassing any sci-fi action story on an interplanetary or interstellar scale. The Reality Dysfunction rests firmly in the space- opera camp with its intense starship combat, roguish space captains and raw frontier planets, but Peter Hamilton keeps the formula fresh and up-to-date with an infusion of "modern" science fiction technology. His universe is digitally and nanotechnologically savvy, which opens up plenty of possibilities for new perils and plot twists.

It is the late 26th century and humanity's thriving culture spans 200 planets. The usual squabbles and disagreements continue, but generally everyone gets along and lives well as humanity's outward expansion continues apace. On newly colonized Lalonde, though, a strange force emerges from the jungle, lobotomizing people and turning them into super-powered soldiers. At the same time, the story of Joshua Calvert emerges. He's the young captain of a trading ship, who innocently travels to Lalonde and becomes embroiled in the mysteries there. Both threads have plenty of action and exotic scenery. Peter Hamilton's descriptive prose, particularly in action sequences, is breathtaking (and scientifically accurate), creating a dramatic backdrop for a story where the stakes keep getting higher, the villains keep growing more evil and the heroes keep surviving--but only just. Space-opera fans will enjoy this deftly written and engaging novel. Those who feel they don't like the genre might give this example a try to see just how unhacky, ungrinding, sweet-smelling, and robust it can be. --Brooks Peck

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In AD 2600 the human race is finally beginning to realize its full potential. Hundreds of colonized planets scattered across the galaxy host a multitude of prosperous and wildly diverse cultures. Genetic engineering has pushed evolution far beyond nature’s boundaries, defeating disease and producing extraordinary spaceborn creatures. Huge fleets of sentient trader starships thrive on the wealth created by the industrialization of entire star systems. And throughout inhabited space the Confederation Navy keeps the peace. A true golden age is within our grasp. But now something has gone catastrophically wrong. On a primitive colony planet a renegade criminal’s chance encounter with an utterly alien entity unleashes the most primal of all our fears. An extinct race which inhabited the galaxy aeons ago called it “The Reality Dysfunction”. It is the nightmare which has prowled beside us since the beginning of history. ‘Absolute vintage science-fiction. Hamilton puts British sci-fi back into interstellar overdrive’ The Times

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1566 KB
  • Print Length: 1236 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0330340328
  • Publisher: Tor (9 April 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003GK21DA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,886 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Epic! 6 Mar 2011
By John
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The nights dawn trilogy is a masterpiece. It combines some of the best science fiction I have ever read with a brilliant character, great space ships and space battles, good sex scenes and a plot that will keep you reading late into the night. Peter F Hamilton is one of the greats, and ranks alongside Issac Asimov, Frank Herbert, and Iain M Banks. In many ways Peter Hamilton manages to combine some of the best traits for all of them, and while I wouldn't give every one of his books five stars, this trilogy is firmly my favorite. If you have already read this one make sure to follow up with the Commonwealth series and Fallen Dragon.

In response to criticisms by those who gave this book 1 star... A well written book or trilogy cannot possibly be too long. This trilogy is long, if you have the attention span of a monkey, then stick to Larry Niven. This trilogy had me completely addicted from start to finish. Yes it took me a while but in truth, that was part of epic nature of the story. Others point to specific details in the plot and characterization. When I read it I didn't really notice any issues. It reads well. Also, there are some who say this book is homophobic. It is NOT. The main evil character is twisted sure, but the way the other male characters respond to his advances gives the feel of a society accepting of homosexuality.

In summary, most critics of this brilliant and ground breaking trilogy haven't bothered to finish it or simply aren't sci-fi readers. If you love science fiction... READ THE NIGHTS DAWN trilogy!!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Zombies really necessary? 13 Oct 2013
I read the book whilst on holiday (Beach book) and, considering the 1200+ pages, it only took me 7 days and certainly kept me riveted.

Up until the point where we moved away from the well thought-out and, for me, plausible science fiction I absolutely loved the book and couldn't put it down. This 'point' arrives about half way through where we are suddenly confronted with zombies returning from the dead (probably purgatory?) where, sadly for me, the whole thing then started to fall apart...
Was it really necessary, for example, to introduce a zombie Irish character from the 1920s who was more like something out of the movie 'Brigadoon'? Perhaps we could have had a tap dancing reincarnation of Gene Kelly to accompany him?

After having read the reviews of the next two volumes I have decided not to continue - the thought of Al Capone coming back to run a planet just sounds too much like Monty Python for me. Although the thought of a portal opening up to allow passage for Hell's Grannies might have just kept me interested...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not gripping enough to continue with 23 Dec 2013
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***** Spoiler alert ******

After reading the Void Trilogy, and the two books comprising Pandoras Star and Judas unchained, I fully intended to read the entire Nights Dawn trilogy and savour every moment, as I had done with each of those mammoth tomes. However, after enjoying Reality Dysfunction, I am in two minds whether to continue with the rest of the Trilogy. I feel I have read it all before, and there seems to be a somewhat worrying couple of trends in much of Hamiltons writing.

The first is a somewhat voyeuristic delectation of sex. Now I have no problem with sex in any way, but it seems like every book is padded out with sex simply because that's pretty much the limitation of Hamiltons imagination as far as social interaction is concerned. I am certain this is not the case based on his brilliant imagination in all other respects, but surely it is possible that two people of the opposite sex can meet without them ending up having sex? I know this is Hamiltons view of a liberated future where presumably sexual disease and unwanted pregnancy is a thing of the past, but it does seem that there is a somewhat leering and sordid element to his work when we have to have descriptions of a young girl with her "panties around her ankles" all seems rather juvenile, and regrettably, that overarching feeling sours my enjoyment of the rest of the work.

The second issue is the over-use of British place names in his future vision. I just get the very lazy, and somewhat xenophobic, vision of Hamilton looking at a map of Britain for inspiration in place names. Its a minor point, but being British, it rankles a little.

However, the main issue with ND, is that the concept of the dead coming back to life is just not, to me, science fiction.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I agree with the other reviews that state that the beginning of the book is slow starting, which might put some off and give up. However, I would strongly recommend that you persevere as it will be totally worth it! The trilogy, especially this specific novel, is quite possibly THE best piece of science fiction that I have read to date. (and I read a lot of science fiction!!) I got so caught up in the book itself that putting it down became a challenge on a continual basis. It really is amazing being so galaxy spanning and space opera. DON'T let the slow start put you off, read it for yourself and you'll soon have it overtake your life...well worth the money!!!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4/5 20 Sep 2002
...So anyhow, 4/5. This is thrilling stuff, once you manage to get into it, which will take a while. The central horrific concept (which unlike some reviewers I won't spoil just now) is fantastically daring, the Adamist/Edenist conflict well thought out and realised, and the characters, while not perhaps as complex as those of Banks etc, are more than believable and suitably alluring/terrifying/comic even. The one complaint I feel is fairly valid is the ending- while the book as a nice conclusion for certain elements of the plot, it does feel (as does LOTR) more like the first part of a book rather than a distinct part of a trilogy. So, once I've finished the whole trilogy, I've no doubt that Night's Dawn as a whole will be worth 5, but I feel 4/5 for the first third of a book is still pretty special.
And for the prudes complaining about the (for me, both realistic and imaginative) sex scenes, don't be such an Adamist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!
Read through the trilogy a few years back, decided to get it in a digital format.

I cannot urge people who love Sci-Fi to read this!
Published 4 days ago by Djpage
5.0 out of 5 stars Best trilogy
I really enjoy Peter Hamilton's books - and this one was no exception. I love his grasp of science with futuristic applications. Read more
Published 1 month ago by sylvia merritt
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This is the first book of the Nights Dawn trilogy and what a book it is. It might be difficult to get into it at first, but with every page read you are more and more enthralled by... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tadas
3.0 out of 5 stars Big disappointment
I am a big fan of Peter Hamilton. This is the first book in his highest-rated trilogy on Amazon, and I find Amazon reviewers usually get it right. Read more
Published 1 month ago by reader 451
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Space epic
Long, strong and engaging. Good story line, great protagonists and a unique baddy which I havent come across before. Sets up the trilogy nicely.
Published 2 months ago by Manuel
4.0 out of 5 stars The Reality Dysfunction..... Perhaps a slight editing dysfunction as...
In this indisputably epic tale, a mosaic of different story lines set in the 2700s converge into one whole. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joshua Ryan
4.0 out of 5 stars Very clever & imaginative
This book is up to Peter Hamilton's usual standard. It is full of very thoughtful ideas and is a substantial read, which is one reason why I buy his books. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing!
Easily the greatest trilogy I've ever read, original and exciting plot structures with real depth to the characters and story, no one describes epic space battles like Hamilton and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by gavv8
5.0 out of 5 stars epic space opera
A compulsive read. Do not start this book if you don't have lots of time to spare. It's very long for a SF novel but the tempo never falters. Read more
Published 3 months ago by GW
3.0 out of 5 stars Delectable SF space opera with hard-to-swallow premises
I've plowed through most of Hamilton's tomes, excluding the Greg Mandel trilogy (1993-1995) and The Night's Dawn trilogy (1997-2000). Read more
Published 3 months ago by M-I-K-E 2theD
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