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The Temporal Void (Void Trilogy) Hardcover – 24 Mar 2009

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  • Hardcover: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey Books (24 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345496558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345496553
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 5.6 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
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One of the most popular authors of "space operas" in Britain today, writing vast doorsteps of novels that combine fantastic speculation with incredible detailed imagining of the lives we will lead after the 30th century . . . Hamilton's story telling is crystal clear. (GUARDIAN)

Even in the longest established careers, there should still be the potential for surprises. In Peter F Hamilton's case, it might just be that he has the same gift for fantasy narratives as he has for hard SF...hugely impressive. We've said it before but let's say it again: nobody does BIG SF quite like Hamilton. (SFX)

Peter F Hamilton certainly doesn't work on a small scale. Such ambitions require formidable technical prowess and, with the second volume in his Void Trilogy, Hamilton again proves he's expert at conjuring widescreen space opera. But it's not just the epic at which he excels: the fantasy sequences...have an unexpected lightness of touch. An audacious collision of genres with real energy and verve: excellent. (BBC FOCUS)

Maintains the quality and wonder that began with The Dreaming Void. (SFSIGNAL.COM) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'The stage has been set for an action packed and very promising conclusion. Another highly recommended novel.'
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Brilliant science fiction book. I read Pandora's Star not long ago and this was a good follow up to that. If you have read Pandora's Star and liked it then read this next series, it is great to catch up with some previous characters.
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Great read, interesting concept for humanities evolution and expansion from earth. Highly recommended to anyone that enjoys an epic novel
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A great story and gripping read
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Hamilton continues his story of humanity in the 36th century, leading his cast of bio-engineered characters across vividly imagined worlds into impossible situations that even their advanced technology and knowledge cannot protect them from.

* Plot
The book begins with the Commonwealth facing dual external threats from an invading alien fleet and an expansion of the mysterious sun-eating "Void". Internally various factions are becoming increasingly brazen in their struggle to to advance their belief systems and gain control of people who can communicate with those living in the Void. However, the bulk of this book concentrates on recounting Inigo's dreams of life in the Void, a fantasy tale following the adventures of Edeard and his friends as they struggle against the gangs of Makkathran.

* Style
As usual, Hamilton's skill with imaginative composition of the sci-fi elements is excellent. The fantasy element is also very good. The split between these two elements is good insofar as the Void storyline could stand on its own, but it does limit coverage of the rest of the characters (there are about ten squeezed into a third of the book).

There are occasionally small spoilers which foreshadow events in Edeard's storyline. In some ways these enhance the suspense, in others they spoil it a bit and make some of the twists less shocking. However, the twists were still enjoyable with various clues about the factions' agendas slowly woven together... to leave us waiting for the next book.

I was not expecting this to extend to a trilogy and I'm a bit puzzled (in a good way) about how he's going to find enough material for a same-sized third book.
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I have really enjoyed the Commonwealth Series and was looking forward to delving back into that world again with this series. But this two story line approach really drags with the Harry Potter, Junior Gangbusters Waterwalker sub plot. Although it underpins the theme of the book, i.e. the Void, it just feels like a kids story hidden within a proper adult Sci Fi novel that is the other half of the book. After yet another tedious episode of gang busting, magicians tricks, romances with beautiful 'princesses' down in the enchanted Kingdom that is the Void world you are all too briefly back in the more interesting Commonwealth universe. Please more sci-fi and less of the tedious sub Harry Potter dungeons and dragons kids storyline.
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The Dreaming Void was very good indeed and as the story grows so do that characters, which is what you would expect. Only the story of The Waterwalker drags on. I became tired of the story line and although you need to know how his power grew and his life changed it just goes on too much. At least at the end of each Waterwalker section something happened to progress the plot. As for the chapters about the Commonwealth and ANA it all got a bit convoluted (not necessarily complicated).
Still this book was very enjoyable, which is worth knowing given anyone starting the Void Trilogy is likely to finish it.
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I awion't go into the plot lines as that gives away too much. But generic comments: As usual with Peter Hamilton's books they take a bit of getting into with multiple and swift changes of chracters. Most of teh characters are from the previous book and some from earlier series too which is great. The plot is typical Hamilton, hugely ranging, vast concepts, and civilisation endangering threats. This oen more than others of his ended with less thread tying and more loose ends leaving room for the next and final book in the trilogy whioch is eagerly awaited. I'm an admitted Hamilton fan and liek all his books, this is one of the best but others pip it at the post. He is maturing as an author and describes well rounded cahartcers. Funnily enough (or maybe not) I enjoyed the sections of the "Dream" more than the reality with the waterwalker growing in power and skill all through the storyline. Fully recommended but read the Dreaming Void first as it will make a lot more sense that way
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In the preceding novel, Dreaming Void, the reader was reintroduced to the Commonwealth universe 1,500 years after the conclusion on the Commonwealth Saga. The Void Trilogy started off loosely connected with that universe, only using some of the characters (namely NOT Ozzie and Nigel), some common lingo and a common history. While the parallel stories of 1) Edeard in the Void and the 2) the Commonwealth were of decent caliber, the lack of connections made the beginning of the Void Trilogy a disappointment as I was really enthusiastic about continuing the Commonwealth universe.

Now, in Temporal Void, the Commonwealth we know of 1,500 years ago in its history begins to rear its magnificent head. I can't be specific without crushing the surprises in store, but let's just say some names are peripherally dropped, which caused me to gasp with excitement and horror. The Commonwealth storyline definitely had some jumper cables attached to my heart. Even though it takes up only a third of the 746 pages novel, it's a train that's hard to stop. On the flipside is the Void storyline with Edeard, which takes up the remaining two-thirds. This story, too, is grossly involving as we follow Edeard through the ranks of the city police, on the trail of the criminals who inhabit the city and the evolution of his skills. The parallelism is fantastic as one story drives a diesel powered juggernaut and the other is a savage thorny blossoming flower.

Where, as reading the Dreaming Void, I was skeptical of the evolution of the Void Trilogy, after reading the Temporal Void I can now sense the very exciting new direction which Hamilton has endowed his latest saga. Thinking of the conspiracies lodged in my brain about how the Trilogy will continue is a simple but perverse pleasure as I try to read the mind of Hamilton. For this reader, it's T-minus five months until I can sink my teeth into the Evolutional Void. Trust me; I'm chompin' at the bit.
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