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3.0 out of 5 stars Big, fat, luscious and only a little flawed, 8 Aug. 2014
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This review is from: Pandora's Star (Commonwealth Saga 1) (Paperback)
The publisher calls Peter Hamilton 'the UK's greatest science fiction writer' which probably means that Stephen Baxter and Alistair Reynolds have contracts with someone else. But this is a super book - as other reviewers will note, it's really only half a book as its sequel 'Judas Unchained' carries on where Pandora's Star left off.

These books are vast. But once you've accepted that, you can climb in and enjoy them, aware that you won't be out for some weeks.

Hamilton creates a brilliantly-detailed and imagined universe, comparable to Olaf Stapledon at his best (and there's no higher praise), and it's a compelling place to visit. I really enjoyed myself there. I bought Judas Unchained as soon as I finished this one, committing myself to another 1000 pages. And he writes and describes stuff well. My caveats:

1. He seems to buy his dialogue in bulk from Ikea, great sheets of woodenness.
2. I might be missing something here, (and this is not a spoiler) but if you take a wormhole and fly instantly to a star 10 light years away, then turn around and take the wormhole straight back, don't you arrive 20 years before you set off? Isn't every wormhole a time machine? In a very wormholey book, special relativity's problems with causality are waved away with a Star Trek-like insouciance. Not something, for example, Alistair Reynolds would ever do.

All forgiveable though, and I did sign up for another Hamiltonian Kilopage in Judas Unchained.
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