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3.0 out of 5 stars Not gripping enough to continue with, 23 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: The Reality Dysfunction: The Nights Dawn trilogy: Book One (Kindle Edition)
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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" ...it 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. As far as I am aware, apart from in Biblical tales, the dead have never come back to life, and the idea of it happening at some arbitrary point in the future is frankly, unbelievable. the whole premise of Science Fiction, if it works, is that it is "believable" .... otherwise stick it in the oft twinned "Fantasy" section; a genre where nothing is believable, and everything demands that you ditch all sense of "reality"

They say the difference between Fact and Fiction is that fiction has to make sense .... it is this core premise of the Nights Dawn Trilogy that makes me think twice about committing another few gigabytes of Kindle memory to the remaining two volumes. I may be wrong, it may be something else entirely, I may be being purposely mislead in "the Reality Dysfunction", but I fear the risk outweighs the rewards of another 2400 pages padded out with people having more sex than I am, on a premise that, when all is said and done, I cannot commit to.
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