ARRAY(0xb0f58d08)
 
Customer Review

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An "Asimov" for the 21st century, 25 Nov 2007
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The Dreaming Void (Void Trilogy 1) (Hardcover)
This enourmous tome (hardback 652 pages) weaves a richly complicated story peopled (plus aliens) by believable characters. Those who have read Hamilton's more recent stories will meet old friends and plenty of new too. However, the book can be enjoyed without having read the previous works as Hamilton fills in necessary background; this is helpful to old hands also since memory dims with time; that said, the greatest pleasure is likely to come to those already familiar with Hamilton's universe so do enjoy the previous works first. This first step in the trilogy is obviously not complete in itself: it leaves many tantalizing lines to be followed up. Yet, it breaks off at a natural point where the true identity of a seemingly mythical character mentioned throughout the book is revealed. My comparison with Asimov, based on the inventiveness and quality of the writing, begs a contrast too. In Asimov's far future Foundation stories the technology was advanced but human beings were essentially the same as now (except for those in the Second Foundation). Hamilton has postulated an array of medical advances each of which is at least tenuously credible in terms of modern biological understanding. What neither author has changed is the seemingly invariant characteristics of humans: nobility, duplicity, greed, generosity, love and lust.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

3.8 out of 5 stars (90 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (41)
4 star:
 (17)
3 star:
 (16)
2 star:
 (9)
1 star:
 (7)
 
 
 
Used & New from: 0.01
Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Location: UK

Top Reviewer Ranking: 152,810