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The Neutronium Alchemist: 2/3 (Night's Dawn Trilogy) Paperback – 15 Jul 2005

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  • Paperback: 1280 pages
  • Publisher: Tor; New Ed edition (15 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330351435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330351430
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 5.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 378,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Hamilton's space-opera saga, which began with The Reality Dysfunction, continues in The Neutronium Alchemist. Now the battle lines are clearly drawn, and more than half a dozen plot lines are charging ahead as humanity's galaxy-spanning culture faces a terrifying revelation: souls of the dead are returning from the beyond to possess the living. The living, though competent and brave in the best sci-fi tradition, must contend with history's greatest generals and leaders, as well as some unexpected champions. Al Capone, it seems, makes an excellent interstellar emperor. How do you fight an enemy whose every soldier is also a hostage and who, if killed, will simply return to possess someone else? The dilemmas are not just technical, but moral, as people face the first real proof of life after death.

This conflict is far broader, though, than a simple apocalyptic battle of good versus evil. Among the possessors are some good souls who fight the risen dead even though it's against their best interest. Conversely, plenty of the living see siding with the dead as an opportunity to further their own interests. Action, wonders, and mystery continue to characterize this high-quality series. --Brooks Peck --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Volume Two in the bestselling ‘Night’s Dawn’ Trilogy.

Not every fallen angel comes from heaven...

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This is the sequel to "The Reality Dysfunction" and now I've read it I can say its just as good. The story jumps straight into the midst of the action, and grips you by the throat right from the first page. Best of all is the way the author builds on the personality of the characters, making them more real, with their own lives and backgrounds. You can see each of them develop and change throughout the story, giving it an extra dimension, making you really care about the characters themselves. There are new elements introduced into the storyline as well, none of which I'm going to discuss here - you'll have to find out about these yourself. All I can say is that together they make this book an excellent sequel to the first, adding to the story not "cashing in" on the success of the first as so many sequels do. My advice is Buy it!!
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Massive tome, flaws in the science cunningly concealed by Hamilton's multi-faceted canvas of the future universe seeded from Earth and good action sequences, although he sometimes gets lost in his own rhetoric - but at his best you do get caught up in it. The central concept is good. The idea of resurrecting Al Capone as the arch-villain is ludicrous but "suspension of disbelief" carries you along with it. The obverse of the coin is that he tries to include too many varied groups of characters and sub-plots and both thins out the dramatic tension and loses the various threads - there are sometimes gaps of 200 pages between the last and next time you meet certain characters - Louise and Gen Kavanagh and Fletcher from Norfolk, for example, although personally the loss of that particular sub-plot was no great affliction - but he could have cut it out completely and tightened up the book by focusing on the better parts of the story. Ditto various other diversions. Not a problem, maybe, if you are a quick reader. But most of us have other lives to fit in between reading. No reflection on the dramatic denouement but you did sometimes get the feeling of the whole thing was in danger of collapsing under its own weight into a black hole. The glossary of characters at the end was helpful although annoyingly missing certain characters you needed reminding of. There were also longueurs. Space opera does not equate to sprawling mass for its own sake. Neither does purple prose and obscure adjectives (feculent?) equate to good writing. The loose ends not tied up at the end were pretty obviously geared to hooking fans to buy the next tome. But other writers have managed this much more deftly - not by annoying you with loose ends in the present plot but getting you interested in how the characters develop in the future. So I may get round to reading the next tome but I'm in no great hurry.
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Part 2 of the Night's Dawn Trilogy by Peter Hamilton. Haven't read it yet as I need to get Part 1 first but it is a massive futuristic saga covering 3000+ pages. I got this in paperback from a charity shop for just £1 but the hardcover is much better, bigger print and easier to read so I got this version as well. I'll do a proper review when I have read all 3 books but no idea when that will be. Having skimmed a few pages here and there it is certainly an absorbing book once you get into the characters.
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The Nutronium Alchemist follows directly on from The Reality Dysfunction and up’s the pace, introducing more characters and sub-plots that keep you glued to each page.
Joshua Calvert comes into his own, his jolly British witticisms are a breath of fresh air – no more American SF speak here at all - especially when he swears! It sounds like being in my local!
I found this instalment somewhat overlong. The whole story could have worked well at half the length. Though I suppose Hamilton wanted to keep the bulk of the novel in keeping with the blockbuster idea he started with TRD. The was no need for this to be so fat a novel and although well written it went on and on and…
The ideas behind TNA are sound and the science bits are intriguing to say the least. The characters run around and do their thing with zest and inventiveness that keeps the novel afloat, but why so long?
A good bit of editing is needed here…
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The Night's Dawn trilogy is an impressive union of pulp sci-fi, well thought-out unpredictable fiction and vampire porn. I found the first couple of hundred pages of the Trilogy somewhat hard going but it builds up to an epic storyline. There are a vast amount of characters, interesting plot twists and there are complex sub-plots in play, yet the writing is solid. This is excellent science fiction. It is intelligent, engrossing, philosophical and action packed whilst still having a heart.

The order of the books for The Night's Dawn Trilogy are: 1. The Reality Dysfunction 2. The Neutronium Alchemist 3. The Naked God
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This really is a very solid piece of work from a master of the genre. Hamilton builds a great deal of momentum and tension in the first of the trilogy (The Reality Dysfunction) and then expands and entwines a myriad of plots in "The Neutronium Alchemist" in a manner that really defies description. To be harsh, it can be a little heavy going in places, but one of the strongest points about the entirety of the work is that Hamilton respects the intelligence of his readers. There are no contrived "if only..." moments, no point at which you will witness a character do anything recklessly stupid for the sake of a plot. Not at all. These are very real, flawed, vulnerable and believable characters all desperately clinging on to a roller-coaster that's way out of control.

This is the work of a master story-teller in action. No, it's not a light-weight book, it's a tome. But it will reward you with a wonderfully intricate, complex and beautifully realised story. Dark, cerebral, hard going in places, but worth it.
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