The Dreaming Void Mass Market Paperback – Feb 24 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
In the tradition of grand-scale SF sagas that explore the potential of human evolution, this densely plotted and intensely thought-provoking opener for Hamilton's Void trilogy takes place roughly 1,000 years after the events of 2006's Judas Unchained. Humankind in the 34th century has effectively conquered mortality, but many humans are still searching for existential transcendence, and a growing number believe the answer can be found inside the Void at the galactic center. Once thought to be an enormous black hole, the Void, which supposedly contains an entire micro-universe inside an impenetrable event horizon, slowly devours stars to sustain itself. If left unchecked, it will eventually consume the entire galaxy. When the technologically augmented telepath Inigo begins experiencing revelatory dreams, his shared visions ignite a mass pilgrimage to the Void, which some believe will trigger the apocalypse. Readers can expect big ideas and big story lines as well as big cliffhangers at the novel's conclusion. (Apr.)
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Praise for Peter F. Hamilton
“An interstellar suspense thriller . . . sweeping in scope and emotional range.”
–San Antonio Express-News
“Bristles with the energy of golden age SF, but the style and characterizations are polished and modern.”
“Richly satisfying . . . wonderfully imagined.”
–Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“You’re in for quite a ride.”
–The Santa Fe New Mexican
“Should be high on everyone’s reading list . . . You won’t be able to put it down.”
–Nancy Pearl, National Public Radio
“An imaginative and stunning tale of the perfect future threatened . . . a book of epic proportions not unlike Frank Herbert’s Dune or Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy.”
“Recommended . . . A large cast of characters, each with his own story, brings depth and variety to this far-future saga.”
“Complex and engaging.”
From the Hardcover edition.
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Overall, I would say that if you're a fan of Hamilton's and enjoyed Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained, the void trilogy is worth a look -- I am currently reading the second book in the series despite my dissatisfaction with the fantasy storyline. If you are unfamiliar with the original Commonwealth Saga, I would definitely recommend reading that instead (it really should be read first in any event). If you are unfamiliar with Hamilton generally, be patient while reading his books; they take a long time to build and are at times slow and plodding. The benefits of his style are the richly developed characters and worlds. The downside is his tendency to be overly descriptive of sometimes irrelevant facts, like describing in detail what everyone eats for breakfast -- I don't care that they eat French toast in space!
Overall, not a bad distraction, but not particularly thought provoking (which, to me at least) is the key attribute of really good science fiction.