- Hardcover: 1104 pages
- Publisher: Macmillan (27 Sept. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0230750052
- ISBN-13: 978-0230750050
- Product Dimensions: 16 x 6.6 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (399 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 307,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Peter F. Hamilton's
"The Evolutionary Void"
"Satisfying and powerful . . . Space Opera doesn't get much more epic."--SFFWorld
"Spiced with plenty of action and intrigue."--"San Jose Mercury News"
"The Temporal Void"
"Fusing elements of hard SF with adventure fantasy tropes, Hamilton has singlehandedly raised the bar for grand-scale speculative storytelling."--"Publishers Weekly"
"A great, sprawling, ripping yarn reminiscent of Golden Age Science Fiction."--SFCrowsnest
"The Dreaming Void"
"A real spellbinder from a master storyteller . . . dozens of scenarios, a surprisingly well-delineated cast of thousands, plotting enough to delight the most Machiavellian of readers."--"Kirkus Reviews "(starred review)
"Peter F. Hamilton [is the] owner of the most powerful imagination in science fiction, author of immense, complex far-future sagas."--Ken Follett, author of "World Without End"
"A mesmerizing page-turner."--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
"A gripping saga that blends wilderness survival, police procedural, political and social intrigue, and dynastic sf into a mammoth tale featuring believable characters and exceptionally skilled storytelling."--"Library Journal" (starred review)
"A perfect introduction to [Peter F. Hamilton's] gifts for character design, dialogue, and sheer, big-idea-driven storytelling."--"Booklist" (starred review)
"Compelling and original . . . an awesome novel [with] plenty of action."--SFRevu
"One very compelling and entertaining science fiction novel."--SF Site
"Simply brilliant . . . an astonishing achievement."--Tor.com
"From the Hardcover edition." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Talking of weaving, one of the most enjoyable and challenging things about Hamilton is tying his story threads back together using the limited (but very deliberate) clues he writes in before the plot is revealed. I got a fair few, but some of them eluded me until about page 930... It's always fun trying to guess, but I don't think I'll ever be able to call him predictable.
Another thing I really enjoyed was the way he wrote against a believable background, speculating on where modern science and technology might take us and describing how people will live in the near future; think Michio Kaku but with verve, humour, and a lot of very British style. Of course with sci-fi it has to go a little bit further and we have seemingly implacable aliens, spaceships and strange planets. However, unlike the Void trilogy, it doesn't stray into fantasy; believability makes this story more accessible.
Of course Hamilton already has a great reputation for his story-telling skills, but I think that with Great North Road he has improved his writing style. Recent novels have had a large cast of characters, which often led to uneven coverage.Read more ›
It starts with a murder, and the body that is fished out of the river is a North, a family of genetic clones, and this corpse has had all the identity markers removed. There are five puncture marks on the chest, and the heart has been shredded. The last people to die this way did so 20 years ago, on the colony of St Libra, and the woman who was tried for the murders is still in prison. So begins the most sensitive, and politically charged investigation of Sidney Hurst's career.
With the new murder, the HDA decide that they need to go back to St Libra and fully investigate the claim by Angela that the murders were committed by an alien. She is pulled from prison and sent through the gateway, essentially a wormhole, with a crack team of legionnaires and back to St Libra to find this entity.
And so starts this epic story. It flips between Newcastle, and St Libra and you follow the ebb and flow of the characters in their successes and failures. The people on St Libra start to conclude that the plant they are on is a bioformed planet, and the alien is there as a guardian. St Libra`s sun suddenly red shifts, sending the planet into a mini ice age, and the alien starts to eliminate the legionnaires in the group. Meanwhile back on earth the investigation into the murder has become a lot more complex and charged, and it starts to look like the fall out between two corporations, and the police are playing catch up.
Apart from the fact that this is enormous, and took even me a while to read, I really enjoyed it.Read more ›
What I really like about this book is that at its heart its a murder mystery but one that seamlessly integrates with the future technology and sci-fi setting. I also like the fact its not US focussed. While there are many explorations of a technological singularity, one based on man-machine integration, downloading of souls or the like, this book is based around a biological singularity where an entire world can build to a single consciousness.
The action takes place a couple of hundred years in the future but there is enough connection to now to make it seem real. Its a world where everything is privatised, including the Police but the normal worries still exist, school, work, promotion and money. Its close enough to now that you can relate to it immediately and the technology deployed is realistic.
The technology is just there, no twisted or detailed explanations to get in the way of the plot. It also takes a 'grown up' view of politics and relationships, which I find deeper, more nuanced and more enjoyable than the usual sci-fi pulp fiction that I read.
I won't call this literature but its a very well written, detailed and believable story, I've enjoyed it twice now.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I started this book a wee bit worried that at over one thousand pages long that I would get bored well before the halfway mark. How wrong I was. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kay Smillie
It is a huge read. You could build a house out of only 20 of those books.
... The story is a bit odd at times but it kept me reading, although it is really too long...
From just a murder and detective tale to a huge and thoughtful look at stellar travel and first contact contactPublished 2 months ago by Philt522
Fantastic read. As always, Peter delivers a complete universe, down to the tiniest detail. Being a Geordie, this one resonated even more with me - great attention to local... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great big chunk of SF, great vision, nice tech even at over a thousand pages the finish still seemed rushed at least the story was finished. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Barry from Fareham
This book is epic in every sense of the word, from the whopping page count to the massive ideas it deals with. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Matt
I have to admit that I'm rather biased about how great this book is, I live in Newcastle and it's even more entertaining reading it when I visit locations mentioned in this novel,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
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