I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
The Void series takes a LOT of concentration; it has many threads, timelines, dreamlines, and characters (several with multiple instances). Some of the themes are so wild that they cross from science fiction to fantasy then to philosophy. The author writes very intelligently and many of the characters are interesting and well developed. I enjoyed some of the themes and some of the characters but it is just way too much for three novels. By the end of the series quite a lot of stuff had happened, but due to the abstract nature of some subthemes I found it difficult to really care. This is a talented writer but I really prefer a little less. Judas Unchained was complex, but Judas was simple minded compared to the Void.
One of the things I love about Hamilton's books are the fact all the characters are smart, even the bad guys. It seems in most books there are always a range of characters that are stupid without cause and you have to wait three books for them to finally get killed off. His future seems to consist of technology that while seemingly impossible now, seems completely likely then. The way Hamilton truly thinks about the social impacts of future societies makes these books a real find. He is my new favorite author. Well thought out story and smart characters make for a great read (or listen).
I was leary of the "dreaming" by Indigo, but, as unrealistic as the "powers" of Ediard are, Peter F. Hamilton wrote it in a way I found myself believing it to be reality. I can't wait for book three due out in mid August 2010!
Hamilton's ability to bring this ultra futuristic universe to life is unparalleled to any other author I have ever read. Hard sci-fi at its best.
Okay Mr. Hamilton and Audible, I have devoured the Commonwealth Saga and now 2/3rds of the Void Trilogy, devoting my commute time and lunch hours to exploring the amazing universe created by my new favorite sci-fi author. Bring on more! Soon!!
75% of the story is about a 15yr old cop called the "water walker" Boring slow and hardly anything of previous books by Hamilton. Total disapointment skip this one unless you are into stories about 15yr old cops. Hamilton was one of my favorite writers but not anymore I wont be ripped off by this author ever again.
(Second part of review; see "The Dreaming Void" for first half.) This time around the author feels the need to throw in way too much sex; it's not erotic like it was in Pandora's Star / Judas Unchained. It feels adolescent and contrived. In Eddyard's world there is a lot of swearing, except it's so stupid. They have a religion based on veneration of "The Lady" - who knows why - and every curse phrase substitutes "The Lady" for where we would say "God" ... e.g., "The Lady damn you!". This becomes silly to the extreme. Here's an example of how bad this is: at some point, one of the wizards says that going into the House of the Blue Petals was "the ruin of many a poor boy!" - the Animals would love this, eh? The ending reveals little, and certainly doesn't leave you hanging in suspense such as the end of Pandora's Star. This whole thing reminds me of how much I loved Snow Crash, only to find the succeeding novels not nearly as good. Well, there you have it - it's up to you!