This book and it's sequels (Neutronion Alchemist, and The Naked God) are simply fantastic. In my opinion, this series is Hamilton's best work. Huge ..Show More »galactic scope, Elizabethan themes, 1940's gangsters, Interstellar travel, a very disturbing take on the Apocalypse, Sentient Cities, bio-engineering ethics (and advantages), telepathy, dystopias and utopias, interesting aliens, the Afterlife, cyborgs, cults, underworld syndicates, horror, etc, etc....
The page to page writing is arguably inferior to Hamilton's later stuff, but the ideas here are so dang grand! This is a Big Story with lots of point of view characters.
Like most of Hamilton's books, the start is a bit slow - with many characters and societies introduced, but once it gets going the momentum is impressive. Stick with it - it's worth it.
****As of writing this review you still need to download in parts, whole book download will not work (hopefully this is fixed soon). ***
Quick tip, I love John Lee as a reader, but I enjoy his reading and performance at 1.25 playback speed even more.
Editing bad, story great, better character voices.
Story was easier to follow this time and didn't get confused nearly as much as with book 1..Show More ».
It's because of the bad editing. Maybe if there was a 2 second pause between the story line changes, the listen would have been a lot better. Instead, the story line changes in what most time felt like mid sentence.
It brought the over all experience down about 40% to be honest.
the first three quarters of the book are good. towards the end of the book however it starts to feel a little rushed and Deus Ex machina. however if y..Show More »ou made it this far already it's certainly worth finishing. the narrator is as always fantastic
It's said that, when it gives to predicting the future, most people fail to grasp how similar the future will be to the present while completely missi..Show More »ng the important transitive events. You can see this with publications that predicted everybody would have flying cars to get to work in their slacks and tie while the "little woman" waited at home cooking dinner but completely. The reality saw fewer people even going to an office and women have their equal spot in said virtual office.
While it's not perfect, I think Hamilton has done a great job balancing this. While there are times I cringe, it's the cringe of my inner Star Trek Federation citizen hoping we would have mixed beyond some of the larger human failings by this time in our future. Hamilton has written a series that recognizes these human foibles as they will appear centuries from now.
But how does the Night's Dawn universe get from today to the future? While I'm not usually a fan of short story anthologies, these stories do paint a vivid background of how Edenism began, the tension between Edenists and Adamists, and the sociology as the human race tried to learn how to cope with technology that could engineer sentient beings.