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4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than I was expecting, 11 July 2008
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This review is from: The Dreaming Void: 1/3 (Void Trilogy) (Paperback)
Much to my wife's frustration, I have always enjoyed a thick dollop of space opera. And really, really loved the Night's Dawn trilogy that Hamilton wrote a few years back. Great story coupled with fun ideas. But it did go on a bit.

Then he got even more prolix with the Judas Unchained and Pandora's Star (forgive me if I got the titles wrong). And this new one, this Dreaming Void, is also too long. I think part of his problem is that he always puts in one storyline too many. Probably needs a more robust editor. Anyway, the new book.

The plots are too complex to explain simply, but don't pay too much attention to the blurb on the back. The very very brief version is: mysterious Void sat in the middle of the galaxy, this chap Inigo (regrettebly at no point does he say, "Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. Prepare to die") has dreams of life inside the Void - in which we follow the travails of Edeard, a young man making his way in a mediaevalesque society. Inigo then vanishes, and followers of his religion decide to mount a pilgramage to the void. Which lots of other people think will be a really bad idea because it could be the end of life, the universe and everything.

The main problem with it is that it's too long, again. If he carries on at this length, the final trilogy will be two and a half thousand pages. There's too much going on, some rather dodgy sex scenes, and the whole thing just isn't as enjoyable or as readable now as Alistair Reynolds.

That said, it rattles along, is fun and if you liked Night's Dawn and like people charging round the universe trying to prevent everything going horribly wrong, then this might be for you.

One final plea: can he please, please stop using the word "lambent". Yes, it's a clever word, but you are the only author I have ever read who uses it, and it would work far better if you dropped it in once every other book rather than three times in the first hundred pages. I thank you.
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Initial post: 6 Mar 2009 11:10:32 GMT
R. Gerrard says:
Seconded on the "lambent" thing. Another that irritates (not this author specifically) is the use of "the wind soughing in the trees" which comes up in novel after novel after novel... Who, in spoken language, would ever use "soughing"? Ah well. Sigh. ;o)
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