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Manhattan In Reverse: And Other Stories [Kindle Edition]

Peter F. Hamilton
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A major collection of short fiction from Peter F. Hamilton, New York Times bestselling author of Pandora’s Star, The Dreaming Void, and many other epic science fiction novels—including a brand-new novella starring detective Paula Myo
Fans of the Commonwealth Saga will enjoy the return of Paula Myo, the genetically engineered police investigator whose single-minded pursuit of justice runs up against a postwar citizenry eager to forget old crimes. In the all-new novella “Manhattan in Reverse,” Paula is dispatched to the backwoods planet of Menard after a docile, supposedly nonintelligent alien species attacks peaceful human settlers. Menard may have to be evacuated—something the planet’s corporate owners and human populace are prepared to resist . . . perhaps with targeted aggression.

Violence hits closer to home in “The Demon Trap” in which Paula’s investigation of a gruesome act of terrorism leads into unexpected political, technological, and philosophical waters, threatening the course of human evolution.

Time travel has never been so tricky—or so deadly—as it is in “If at First . . .,” in which Metropolitan Police detective David Lanson finds himself matching wits with a sociopath who might very well be from the future . . . or, at least, a future.

“Blessed by an Angel” is set in the Commonwealth Universe of the Void trilogy and features an alien visitor who offers the local human population a chance at paradise. But one species’ paradise may be another’s hell.

Three other thrilling pieces round out the collection—and showcase Peter F. Hamilton’s ability to weave scientific speculation into very human storytelling.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1415 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (February 28, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,411 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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Roughly a third of the book is devoted to a murder mystery that spans hundreds of years. In a world where Rome never fell, but where the Roman emperors did develop lifespan extending technologies, the world's resources and politics is carefully divided between families who managed to early on gain access to lifespan extension. To those familiar with PFH's Commonwealth Universe, this idea of families extending over generations, and who gain great wealth and power because of their longevity, this will be interesting to read.

The stories themselves focus on one person's attempt, Edward Raleigh, a member of a great family, to discover the murderer of his relative. Peter F. Hamilton, though, is much more interested in world building than in character development. For those who enjoy that, like myself, you will find yourself marveling at the technological progress of the world that he created and sighing wistfully for what could have been had certain events in our past not occurred. From Oxford, England to Manhattan, to the moons of Jupiter and beyond, the first third of the book is truly a marvel of writing.

Footvote, the second story shows the effects of the opening of a wormhole on post-wormhole England. Good story. Not as good as the rest, but worthwhile nonetheless. Especially in regards to the socioeconomic effects it has on an English society connected by wormhole to New Suffolk where the society in England has to deal with the consequences of rapid exodus of people to New Suffolk.

The next story is a time travel tale with a twist. Pretty good stuff. The one after that is not really even a story. Not sure what `The Forever Kitten' is supposed to be. But it left me interested to learn a bit more about what could happen there.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Selection of Hamilton's Work March 13, 2012
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Many of the concepts you've grown familiar with in Hamilton's other works will come out in this collection but with a few different twists (Watching Trees Grow in particular). If you're looking for some stories from the Commonwealth setting, this book has them.

There's a treat for those of you that have finished the Void trilogy and Paula Myo makes an appearance in two stories to remind you how amazing she is. If you haven't read the Commonwealth Saga, you might want to read it before you start here, you'll get a little bonus if you read the Void trilogy but it's not as important to the stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great "tangential" novel February 28, 2014
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This is a fun little "digression" about Paula Mayo from the author's "Pandora's Star" group of novels. Read that novel along with "Judas Unchained" before reading this one. The "Void" trilogy can be read either before or after this one; there are no spoilers or critical items between this and the "Void" trilogy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable November 20, 2013
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A collection of short(ish) stories by an author of massive space operas is an interesting shift of pace. In this collection, ideas abound, and are given space to play. The stories range from four pages ("The Forever Kitten") to eighty-five ("Watching Trees Grow"), and just as widely in subject matter. There are stories set in alternate worlds, and stories set in the "Commonwealth" milieu where Hamilton has set two of his megasagas. None of it is exactly space opera, but neither is any of it straight-ahead hard SF.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Collection March 22, 2014
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I think I've read all of Peter Hamilton's books and liked them all, though Great North Road was a little disappointing. Manhattan In Reverse, reversed this slight last lapse though. Thoroughly enjoyed all of the stories. The crux of the title story seemed a little contrived given the level of technology evident within the Commonwealth, but still a decent story and an interesting play on the title.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved Paula Myo stories. January 6, 2014
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After reading everything else by Hamilton, short stories are a treat. Some are strange, some quit good, the first long is slow to start but gets much better as the years go by.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great stories for Void series fans October 19, 2013
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Hamilton returns to the Void universe to deliver some great stories. Fans of Paula Myo in particular will be pleased with this book. Well worth the read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting stories April 4, 2013
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It was fun to be back in that universe, especially with detective Mayo. It was a good travel book because I could stop reading more easily.
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Peter F. Hamilton was born in Rutland in 1960, and still lives near Rutland Water. His previous novels are the Greg Mandel series and the bestselling 'Night's Dawn' trilogy: The Reality Dysfunction , The Neutronium Alchemist and The Naked God. Also published by Macmillan (and Pan) is A Second Chance at Eden, a novella and six short stories, and The Confederation Handbook, a vital guide to the 'Night's Dawn' trilogy. His most recent novels were Fallen Dragon, Misspent Youth, Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained.

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