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  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (1 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230743617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230743618
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 5.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 587,672 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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'A glorious, captivating story.' -- Fantasy Book Critic

'A great, sprawling ripping yarn reminiscent of Golden Age Science Fiction.' -- SFCrowsnest

'The action is taut, the description sexy and the dialogue clipped...Good stuff.' -- Death Ray Magazine

'The stage has been set for an action packed and very promising conclusion. Another highly recommended novel.'
-- Walker of Worlds

'hugely impressive. We've said it before but let's say it again: nobody does BIG SF quite like Hamilton'
-- SFX

'the fantasy sequences...have an unexpected lightness of touch. An audacious collision of genres with real energy and verve: excellent' -- BBC Focus Magazine

`All Hamilton's trademark strengths are on show: mind-expanding ideas, deft plotting and convincing depiction of political intrigue'
-- Guardian

`One of the most popular authors of "space operas" in Britain today...Hamilton's story telling is crystal clear' -- Guardian

`This cleverly constructed book plays with plot strands and characters and keeps you guessing, entertained from the off'
-- Waterstones' Books Quarterly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'The stage has been set for an action packed and very promising conclusion. Another highly recommended novel.'
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Me on 5 Oct. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Hamilton continues his story of humanity in the 36th century, leading his cast of bio-engineered characters across vividly imagined worlds into impossible situations that even their advanced technology and knowledge cannot protect them from.

* Plot
The book begins with the Commonwealth facing dual external threats from an invading alien fleet and an expansion of the mysterious sun-eating "Void". Internally various factions are becoming increasingly brazen in their struggle to to advance their belief systems and gain control of people who can communicate with those living in the Void. However, the bulk of this book concentrates on recounting Inigo's dreams of life in the Void, a fantasy tale following the adventures of Edeard and his friends as they struggle against the gangs of Makkathran.

* Style
As usual, Hamilton's skill with imaginative composition of the sci-fi elements is excellent. The fantasy element is also very good. The split between these two elements is good insofar as the Void storyline could stand on its own, but it does limit coverage of the rest of the characters (there are about ten squeezed into a third of the book).

There are occasionally small spoilers which foreshadow events in Edeard's storyline. In some ways these enhance the suspense, in others they spoil it a bit and make some of the twists less shocking. However, the twists were still enjoyable with various clues about the factions' agendas slowly woven together... to leave us waiting for the next book.

I was not expecting this to extend to a trilogy and I'm a bit puzzled (in a good way) about how he's going to find enough material for a same-sized third book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. N. Mcgill on 11 Aug. 2011
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The Dreaming Void was very good indeed and as the story grows so do that characters, which is what you would expect. Only the story of The Waterwalker drags on. I became tired of the story line and although you need to know how his power grew and his life changed it just goes on too much. At least at the end of each Waterwalker section something happened to progress the plot. As for the chapters about the Commonwealth and ANA it all got a bit convoluted (not necessarily complicated).
Still this book was very enjoyable, which is worth knowing given anyone starting the Void Trilogy is likely to finish it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By F. Gamble on 26 Mar. 2009
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I awion't go into the plot lines as that gives away too much. But generic comments: As usual with Peter Hamilton's books they take a bit of getting into with multiple and swift changes of chracters. Most of teh characters are from the previous book and some from earlier series too which is great. The plot is typical Hamilton, hugely ranging, vast concepts, and civilisation endangering threats. This oen more than others of his ended with less thread tying and more loose ends leaving room for the next and final book in the trilogy whioch is eagerly awaited. I'm an admitted Hamilton fan and liek all his books, this is one of the best but others pip it at the post. He is maturing as an author and describes well rounded cahartcers. Funnily enough (or maybe not) I enjoyed the sections of the "Dream" more than the reality with the waterwalker growing in power and skill all through the storyline. Fully recommended but read the Dreaming Void first as it will make a lot more sense that way
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Oct. 2010
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Following right on from The Dreaming Void (Void Trilogy) comes the second in a trilogy of space operas from Peter Hamilton.

Set in the same future history as some of his previous works. And featuring characters from them also. But you can get into this series without having read them, although you might get more out of this if you have.

Since this book starts pretty much where the last one left off and does nothing to bring new readers up to speed you shouldnt start with this one though.

Running for seven hundred and forty six pages and some very long chapters, this also follows the model of the previous book in that some chapters are set in the commonwealth as events transpire and various factions compete to go to the void. Or stop that from happening. And we also follow the story of Edeard, the waterwalker, who lived at a different time inside the void.

If it's been a while since you read the dreaming void then you'll find this takes about one hundred pages to get into, and those are full of names that may take some getting used to. But then things suddenly click.

The various factions in these sections are still competing to get what they want and there's so much going on it does get tricky to keep track of at points. However it's more focused than in the dreaming void because certain stories are progressing nicely. Not least that of Araminta, a lady who finds she has a bigger destiny than apartment design and marriage. With many people after her because she has a hidden ability she has to run for her life and her storyline is thus pretty involving.
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