The Reality Dysfunction: Expansion Part 2 Mass Market Paperback – 31 Dec 1998
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An epic science fiction saga is set in a primitive world of the distant future, where two groups battle for hegemony--the Edenists, telepathic, genetically engineered space-dwellers, and the Adamists, who reject technology. Reprint.
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Not since the Dune series have I got so much enjoyment out of a book - the biggest bonus was when I reached the end and found out it is the first of three.
I recommend that anyone who has read any Iain M Banks or Frank Herbert should give this book a go.
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Like all of Hamilton's books it is long and wordy, Like a Russian novel, but once the many characters start coming together, you will find it agonizing to put it down. It is a real page turner once it gets going! Challenging but rewarding by today's predominant Sci-Fi writer.
- "The Reality Dysfunction - Part 1: Emergence,"
- "The Reality Dysfunction - Part 2: Expansion,"
- "The Neutronium Alchemist - Part 1: Consolidation,"
- "The Neutronium Alchemist - Part 2: Conflict,"
- "The Naked God - Part 1: Flight," and
- "The Naked God - Part 2: Faith."
Be warned: you CANNOT read these books individually. They are, essentially, chapters in one whopping great book. If you like the first book, then you'll have to read the other five books in order. There's no tie-up of any sort between any of the books. The publisher just broke the story up because it totals over 3,000 pages. If you pick up a book before you've read all the previous books (in order), put it down. It won't mean anything to you. Since these books are entirely dependent on each other, I'm writing this review on the series as a whole, not on the individual books.
This is one of the greatest science fiction sagas written. It ranks up there with David Brin's "Uplift Saga." It is literally a story of good vs evil and shows some of the potential (and pitfalls) of the human race. Over the years, I've read the whole series five times, and I still love it. I really only have two gripes with the book. First, and this is unavoidable in what Hamilton is doing, the evil in the series is definitely, graphically evil. This is not a book where the villain twists his mustache and laughs "nyah hah hah" as he forecloses on the orphanage or ties the heroine to the railroad tracks. The writing is fairly graphic in a lot of places. After five readings, this gets a bit wearing. My second gripe is one which somewhat limits the audience of the series (even more so than the evilness presented, and it's why I've given the series four stars instead of five): there's too much sex and the writing about it is too graphic. This is a problem with all of Hamilton's books, but it seems more prevalent in this series. Because of this, I wouldn't recommend the book for your children to read. But, as long as you're aware of that, I highly recommend the series and give it 4 stars out of five.
Hamilton does an excellent job of creating more problems and still more innovative solutions for his characters. They become more and more developed, and the books are just sticky. You cant put them down!
The publisher warns that this book (hmmm, like the first perhaps?!) ends in a cliffhanger. Well, it's true.
Buy all six. Don't buy just one. Its about 3400 pages when youre all done, but worth every word, every minute you stay awake at night reading. Every stolen hour at work reading. reading. reading...
Several teams of Marines and mercenaries are sent to Lalonde, to very little avail. The only team that makes any headway is one sent down from the Lady Mac, as Joshua Calvert has apparently rubbed some of his luck off onto everyone he touches.
CAUTION, MILD SPOILERS:
One thing that bothered me, however, was that the only woman mercenary - Ariadne - just seems to vanish somewhere between picking up Father Horst and the children and the final show-down where the mercenaries hold off the Possessed so the children can escape. Maybe I missed something, but the mercenaries were fighting in pairs, none of which included Ariadne, and Theo was driving the hovercraft - Ariadne was not mentioned. What happened to her? It's bothersome.
At any rate, this chapter in the series moved much more quickly than did Emergence, and the story seems to be coming together quite nicely. I found that I was becoming more aware of the various peoples and their relations to one another - Hamilton really is a master storyteller to wind so many threads together and make them all work. I feel comfortable recommending this story - at this point anyway - to anyone who would enjoy an epic science fiction story, or epic space opera.
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