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In ADThe Human Race Is Finally Beginning To Realize Its Full Potential Hundreds Of Colonized Planets Scattered Across The Galaxy Host A Multitude Of Prosperous And Wildly Diverse Cultures Genetic Engineering Has Pushed Evolution Far Beyond Nature S Boundaries, Defeating Disease And Producing Extraordinary Spaceborn Creatures Huge Fleets Of Sentient Trader Starships Thrive On The Wealth Created By The Industrialization Of Entire Star Systems And Throughout Inhabited Space The Confederation Navy Keeps The Peace A True Golden Age Is Within Our GraspBut Now Something Has Gone Catastrophically Wrong On A Primitive Colony Planet A Renegade Criminal S Chance Encounter With An Utterly Alien Entity Unleashes The Most Primal Of All Our Fears An Extinct Race Which Inhabited The Galaxy Aeons Ago Called It The Reality Dysfunction It Is The Nightmare Which Has Prowled Beside Us Since The Beginning Of History

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    Mix space battles, zombies, interplanetary smugglers, space pirates, living spaceships, mysterious highly advanced alien race vanished without a trace for no apparent reason, a very lucky guy with a dream, struggling colonists on a newly discovered planet, devil worshiper cults, sentient planets, mercenaries with some serious high tech body modifications that would make any cyborg in science fiction die of envy, and a lost doomsday device Basically anything you can think of probably with exception of My Little Pony What do you get The Reality Dysfunction In the far but still recognizable barely future humanity colonized created new planets and after some inevitable and at times very costly in human lives conflicts managed to achieve peaceful coexistence Everything seemed to be going fine for humans and two discovered alien races until suddenly a very unexpected and serious threat came into existence literally catching everybody with the pants down Not to give a spoiler, but this time the dark force was not ultra developed ancient aliens decided to wipe out everybody just out of the sheer boredom After reading the previous book by Peter F Hamilton I proclaimed him the greatest British space opera writer After reading this one I upgrade him to the greatest living space opera writer, period If anybody is better than this guy I have not heard about such person Having said this I need to note that this book will test your patience to the limit If you suspect you lack it do not even think about reading the book Sufficient to say the first really exciting scene occurred after first 300 pages it was mostly world building before It was a world building on a grand galactic scale with detailed description of inhabited planets, its population, cities, etc One has to admit Peter F Hamilton has some seriously powerful imagination Speaking about patience this is a first book of a trilogy, it has 1000 pages and the other two have approximately the same number of pages After that exciting scene the plot would switch between great action which kept me on the edge of a seat and yet another slow but oh so imaginative world building piece Only the last part of the book finally entered into that craved by all readers impossible to put down aka who needs sleep territory The reward for all the slow parts Please reread the first paragraph of this review I also need to mention characters some of them were great Of a special note is Joshua Calvert a guy I mentioned above His luck makes him a science fiction version of Mat from The Wheel of Time Like in Mat s case practically none of the scenes he is in are boring As you can see I rated the book with 4 stars Please keep in mind what I said and subtract two stars from the rating if patience is not your virtue I really hope the next two books will stay at least on this level P.S I just re read my review and it made me sad Such a grand and big book deserves a much longer one Looks like I failed.

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    I m on page 450 and I don t know if I can finish this one So far we ve had Awesome Humans biologically bonded to technology Because I can t wait for my own neural link into the internets Space colonisation programme, settlers, frontiers, etc I always enjoy this sort of thing.Not so awesome The protagonist is a tremendous Gary Stu not only do his adventures all turn out all right, he also ALWAYS gets the girl He s handsome In a roguish way And as soon as he smiles at any female in the vicinity, sexy times are guaranteed Terrible We ve already had rape, torture, general exploitation, and mysogyny And I m not even half way through.RidiculousThe plots so far Joshua has found an artifact that may hold the key to the self destruction of an entire alien civilisation What might it be The most wanted man in the universe and a bunch of satanists are possessed by strange energy things from the dungeon another dimension What might they be Dr Mzu is trying to get away from Tranquility, probably to go looking for the Alchemist Where might it be Currently, Styrinx is somewhere buying seafood Includes whale watching And sexy times Joshua is on Lalonde buying wood No sexy times yet but it can only be a matter of time Abandon suspension of disbelief Humans have colonised space, have bitek, and whatever, but can only get through the jungle on Lalonde on HORSES, and they can t travel upriver faster than by STEAMBOAT because not only aren t they allowed proper tech on the settlement planet, no, they also don t have transports that can take their soldiers WITH their horses upriver Everyone knows something really BAD is happening in the Quallheim and yet the army takes a BOAT to get there, which takes a week, minimum No Just no.I really want to find out how it all comes together in the end But so far I m not invested in any of the characters and I can never read than a couple of chapters before the book flies Think I ll give this a miss.

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    A bit of investment required to finish this The Reality Dysfunction is a monster of a book, boasting than 1200 pages It is also a somewhat distressing read By the time the book hits one third there has been a multitude of uneasy things for the reader to digest Rape exploitation satanic rituals torture murder and mutilation where, in some cases, the victims are children genocide injuries inflicted to protagonists that will make the squeamish light headed demonic possession to name but a few It s also clear by this time that Hamilton is only getting started Yes, it s that kind of book It s riveting stuff though Hamilton spins a very good yarn and he seems to be one of the few authors who can actually write a story of this magnitude Looking for a sense of wonder fix Look no further This is one big story, with a staggering plethora of characters and events surrounding the bigger picture Yet, it really works I read Hamilton s Commonwealth Saga before this, even though it was published later, and it s clear that Hamilton thrives on this kind of thing.The second half of the book is really where it s at, with themes like redemption and sacrifice juxtaposed with the despair of the earlier portions Pity it takes some effort to identify them through all the mayhem.In conclusion, don t let the difficult first half put you off, things pick up considerably and then some in the second half Nightmare on Elm Street on a galactic scale that s what this is Now, on to the similarly massive sequel The Neutronium Alchemist or at least, once I gather my wits again.updateFinishing the trilogy has given me a holistic perspective.It s good stuff all round, and I have rated the books consistently highly, but know this if you start this you are in it for the long run These books can not be read as standalone novels In the end I found the trilogy worthwhile but exhausting Don t let too much time pass between books There s no medal for effort here, but finishing Night s Dawn is its own reward.

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    sigh I wanted to like this I did And I liked parts of it a lot, many of the ideas were fascinating, several of the characters I really dug But there were other issues that hampered my overall enjoyment, and they can t be ignored.Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook

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    Awesome When I went through law school and then bar school I was forced to eject many vital tidbits of information that were taking up valuable space in my brain my address, my year of birth, etc I have no idea how Peter F Hamilton holds all of this massive universe, its technology and characters in one noggin He clearly does not remember his wife s birthday or his underwear size We all have to make sacrifices.The Reality Dysfunction is fun Lots of fun I flew through this book and forgave its flaws there are some useless digressions but heck, I even enjoyed those The action is incredible, the ideas are grand and the universe is relatively plausible Hamilton s prose is not necessarily eloquent and sharp, but it is good The story just powers through that.I ll address most people s two biggest critiques of Reality Dysfunction First, yes it s long The edition sold in Canada is over 1200 pages Second, some people are disappointed with what the spooky threat ends up being hereinafter the Spolier Bit With respect to the length, I m no editor, but I m sure this could have been clipped a bit with only a positive result However, a good story is a good story I m over that With respect to the Spoiler Bit, it s a matter of personal choice Some like it, some don t I know those two comments are not entirely helpful, but my point is that they should not detract from what is a kickass book.In a nutshell, this is the first book in a huge space opera trilogy It qualifies as New Space Opera with all the verisimilitude in the science that goes along with that relatively new term The novel is set in the 26th and 27th centuries with much of the story happening in 2610 and 2611 within a group named the Confederation A handy timeline at the start of the book is not only useful to following during your reading but gives you some background when you start Humans have split into two groups Edenists embrace the introduction of biotechnology into the human genome and all the wacky consequences and Adamists stick to mechanical and cybernetic technology Adamists are less well off to Edenists, a group with is comparable to Iain M Banks Culture on some levels There is a whole chunk of religious, political and technological interest in the book, but the real story comes in the form of an unknown invader that is threatening first a planet in the Confederation and then perhaps even beyond.I m very excited to continue onto the next volume, The Neutronium Alchemist.

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    Wow, what to say about this book It is NOT EASY READING, that s for sure The first 1 4 almost is like running through a valley of quicksand, but I swear the momentum is worth it I felt my interest waning sometimes because it is SO DENSE, but then, rather than stopping, I d skim a bit forward over all the meticulous details of the worlds etc and get back on track with some of the characters This book requires stamina but if you re into sci fi is worth the effort All the thought and imagination that went into this universe is breathtaking, truly beyond anything I could invent The book definitely gets going at a certain point because you latch onto characters that are fascinating, and once the mystery behind the invaders becomes evident you really can t wait to see what happens, or at least I couldn t Anyway, for hard Sci Fi people this is a great recc Just be prepared for 3000 pages of fun before the end Off to book 2

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    TL,DR There are very few SF stories that justify than 120,000 words Jo Walton s blog on Hugo Nominees 1998 Jo Walton is the best sf books reviewer extant IMO , as an author she is no slouch either Unfortunately for her The Reality Dysfunction is the exception that proves the rule, this is one of the very few SF stories that she is talking about Certainly a book this magnitude, clocking on at over 1,200 pages, is dissuasive for many people If you are interested in reading this book but feel intimidated by the high page count I suggest you treat this one volume book as you would an entire trilogy Read one third, go read another book, come back read the second third, go read yet another book etc Don t worry that there are two gargantuan volumes in the Night Dawn Trilogy, you may not even want to read them Sandwiching shorter books between long ones work wonders for me Of course nowadays long novels are in vogue, especially for fantasy novels, clearly books this size is exactly what a lot of readers want.The Reality Dysfunction is Peter F Hamilton s breakout book, it established him as the leading exponent of huge sprawling epic space operas Still, I have to admire the author s gumption in writing a novel of such an uncompromising length, which is certainly not the norm for science fiction He clearly did not do it for the money, he could have written shorter faster paced books and they probably wold have been easier to get published He has this huge story to tell and he wants to tell and he will tell it in as many pages as necessary The success of this book and the series as a whole totally vindicated him His shorter books are far less popular than his whale size space operas.The Night Dawn Trilogy is essentially about humanity s fight for survival against invaders from another dimension The twist is that the invaders are not aliens To say any would be venturing into spoiler territory, though if you have read other reviews you probably know what I m being coy about already Actually before I read this book somebody told me it is about space zombies, I thought may be it would be something like Dawn of The Dead in space which sounded like a hoot to me though I was surprised such a story could span three elephantine books Any way, it is not about zombies, there are no zombies in The Reality Dysfunction I can t speak for subsequent volumes at this point but I doubt the zoms will show up , but I now understand the oversimplification.As he is working on such a huge canvas Hamilton takes time to setup his pieces, worldbuilding, characters developing so damn many of them , and meticulous plotting For the first 300 or so pages I had no idea where the story is going, or who the main protagonists or antagonists are The book is not hard to follow though, Hamilton has a clear clean prose style, not much in the way of lyricism but the prosaic style is practical for this kind of epic space opera I think There are already so many worlds, species, people and cultures to introduce without further befuddling the readers with a poetic narrative The author saves his inventiveness for his creations, living organic spaceships, cities, houses, all kinds of weird gadgets, and alien and strange creatures than you can shake a stick at This book is also, to some extent, a sci fi horror mash up, there are scenes of supernatural horror that I did not expect to find in a space opera A lesser author would probably make the whole thing ridiculous but Hamilton is no ordinary author and he made it work This book is also, to some extent, a sci fi horror mash up, there are scenes of supernatural horror that I did not expect to find in a space opera A lesser author would probably make the whole thing ridiculous but Hamilton is no ordinary author and he made it work.As mentioned earlier there is a huge cast of characters and sometime it is hard to remember who is who, but he does return to a few main characters than others Many of the characters tend to be archetypes, the evil charismatic genius sociopath, the rebellious teenager straight off a daytime soap who gets than she bargained for, the bad boy turned good etc Characterization is not one of the strengths of this book, though the characters are not so flat as to leave you with no one to root for or want dead There are also a lot of sex scenes in this book which I don t find particularly sexy or relevant to the story, certainly this is not a book to read to your children.The book is longer than it needs to be, but not by too much cutting down on the unnecessary sex scenes would probably shear off a centimetre or so from the book s thickness But Hamilton makes it all worthwhile by the explosive end of this first volume where a small group of characters win a minor victory for humanity The war itself has just begun of course.If you have never read Peter F Hamilton before I would recommend reading Pandora s Star first This is the start of an entirely different series which he wrote some years later than this book, it is better written, refined, and the characters are better developed Still, if you insist on The Reality Dysfunction as your first Hamilton I doubt you will regret the decision I am certainly going to read the next obese volume The Neutronium Alchemist Damn you Mr Hamilton, you are practically monopolizing my reading time Update December 2013 Just read The Neutronium Alchemist my review it is a substantial improvement on The Reality Dysfunction I particularly enjoy the chapters from the possessed people s point of view.

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    I really wanted to like this novel a lot I wanted to get invested from the sheer length of the novel and come out the other side, saying, Wow, that was fantastic Just because I m not doesn t mean that the novel wasn t worthwhile, it just means that the negative qualities of it managed to outweigh what was good.Let s face it A novel that is almost 1500 pages is either full of characters, full of story, or full of meandering and inconsequential shit that didn t really serve the final solid tale I can sort of see why the planet got so much face time before the crap hit the palm I can also see why the branches of humanity needed to get so much time as well What I can t understand is why so much time was devoted to each I swear, this would have been a fantastic novel with some serious cutting The action scenes were good The young captain was thoroughly enjoyable I didn t even mind the turn of the sci fi into practical fantasy It was interesting.I would have thought it was interesting at half the total size, too.Maybe I m just overcritical and grouchy, but I really got tired of reading this novel in sections and just prayed for my favourite characters to come back.I think I got spoiled because I had read Leviathan Wakes long before I picked this novel up I saw a lot of good similarities, but I d always choose Leviathan over this Perhaps one day I ll pick up the sequels to this one and pray it gets fit, but I won t be doing it now.

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    I like trash and Hamilton writes the best trash so elaborate the dead are coming back to possess the living except it s all science fictional great world building I love world building when the world being built gets destroyed in this book, that s a bunch of worlds plus some cool but corny but still cool sex scenes Hamilton sure likes his sex scenes I guess we have that in common.

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    Ah, the Night s Dawn Trilogy One of the most amazing, wild space opera s ever written In the UK it is 3 massive books, while here in the US they nickel and dimed us by splitting them up into 6 It doesn t really matter though, because it is not so much a trilogy as it is one gigantic continuous story, regardless of where they are split One book ends at whatever chapter, and the following book simply begins at the next Peter Hamilton is probably my favorite SF writer when it comes to world building and action In this series, he skillfully synthesizes the best aspects of cyberpunk, space opera and even horror, and creates tons of different planets, each one vivid and unique He has a knack for describing some minor detail like the local economy of a big city planet or the landscape of some frontier world colony that brings the scene to life in the reader s imagination After creating this very high tech universe, a supernatural element is introduced to the story I highly recommend that anyone interested in this series avoid reading any plot synopses on the books While I am generally extremely averse to anything resembling magic in my SF, Hamilton pulls it off The magical element is described in a very scientific manner, making it palatable, and the SF elements are enough to send me into multiple geekgasms I should mention that the first 60 pages or so are a tad difficult to get into, but after that it just begins to flow Additionally, I must admit that the sex sometimes comes off as a tad juvenile And finally, I hate to say it, but the ending is kind of anticlimactic However, the ride is so amazing that any of these downsides are far overshadowed While this is not primarily an action story, when it does first hit at around 200 or so pages in, it is some of the most enthralling I have read Only Neal Asher has come close to matching Hamilton in conveying the kind of kinetic, over the top action contained in this story.