Great North Road MP3 CD – 1 Jan 2013
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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" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
St Libra is paradise for Earth's mega-rich. Until the killing begins. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
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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 ›
The book is really really long, but it should not be. It is too full of waffle, we don't need three pages desribing the groups breakfast.
I don't care, it is irrelevant.
This theme re-occurs constantly throughout the book and is a case of vastly severe over padding.
I have liked the authors work and kept up with this hoping for a surprise ending or a cunning twist. There is not one.
I like the idea, but quite honestly it's not up to par at all.
Should you buy it?
Nope, unless a super keen fan and desiring to read 900 pages that could be told in 200
Great North Road wasn't it sadly.
In fact, I suffered a phenomenon whereby the story and writing weren't bad enough to stop me reading, but neither was the pace or plot good enough to really allow me to enjoy the time I spent turning the pages.
It turned in to a bit of a slog-fest in all honesty!
At the same time as buying this, I also downloaded "Dune" on the recommendation of a friend... so I spent the last 1/3 of this book rushing through in anticipation that the much lauded "Dune" will be the sci-fi epic I am craving!
Overall, GNR is not a bad book - the Newcastle-based detective storyline is enjoyable, and the futurised version of Newcastle was nicely described, and much of the technology Hamilton introduces sounds feasible and evolved of today's tech. That said, some of the 'names' he makes up for things are ridiculous and I rolled my eyes a few times when he's banding around made-up-jargon in every sentence.
The St Libra-based plot is less progressive and less enjoyable - full of a cast of likely fodder who you quickly care less about.
Too many times when the plot does start progressing, Hamilton drops you back years to build the backstory of the character in focus - and frankly much of the time it felt unnecessary.
It would've been good if Hamilton focused 70% of the book on the Newcastle stuff, did 20% in St Libra and 10% of character history if he really wanted...
Overall: Worth a read if you can forgive the ramblings and have the time - not a bad story, just a *bit* too long. A bit like this review really ^_^
...Now; on to Dune!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 23 days 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 1 month 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 2 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 3 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 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I originally bought this book three years ago and have just finished re-reading it. At 1000+ pages it takes two readings to fully absorb it, it has a huge range with multiple... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Harinder Bakhshi
I like Peters books. But I really struggled with this one. Far to many flash backs all made the book overly long. Read morePublished 5 months ago by vaughan