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The Reality Dysfunction: Expansion - Part II (Part 2) Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1997
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- "The Reality Dysfunction - Part 1: Emergence,"
- "The Reality Dysfunction - Part 2: Expansion,"
- "The Neutronium Alchemist - Part 1: Consolidation,"
- "The Neutronium Alchemist - Part 2: Conflict,"
- "The Naked God - Part 1: Flight," and
- "The Naked God - Part 2: Faith."
Be warned: you CANNOT read these books individually. They are, essentially, chapters in one whopping great book. If you like the first book, then you'll have to read the other five books in order. There's no tie-up of any sort between any of the books. The publisher just broke the story up because it totals over 3,000 pages. If you pick up a book before you've read all the previous books (in order), put it down. It won't mean anything to you. Since these books are entirely dependent on each other, I'm writing this review on the series as a whole, not on the individual books.
This is one of the greatest science fiction sagas written. It ranks up there with David Brin's "Uplift Saga." It is literally a story of good vs evil and shows some of the potential (and pitfalls) of the human race. Over the years, I've read the whole series five times, and I still love it. I really only have two gripes with the book. First, and this is unavoidable in what Hamilton is doing, the evil in the series is definitely, graphically evil. This is not a book where the villain twists his mustache and laughs "nyah hah hah" as he forecloses on the orphanage or ties the heroine to the railroad tracks. The writing is fairly graphic in a lot of places. After five readings, this gets a bit wearing.Read more ›
Any writing issues that were in the first book were long gone in this one, leaving the writing much better and giving the story a much better scense of direction.
As usual, the story is amazing, letting you get ahead of yourself saying "oh, that's easy, they're going to do bla bla bla next" and then it turns out they do something totally different, adding another layer to the story in the process.
I'm very glad that Hamilton exended the Possesed's characters more, offering an interesting prospective of the human spirit, if you like to think that deep... =)
Either way, if you were slightly disapointed by Emergence, read this before you form any opinions about Hamilton, you'll be pleasantly surprised of what Hamilton is capable of.
As I have a bone or two to pick, don't read on unless you've read the novel: Despite the Amazon.com summary, the Edenists and Adamists do not "clash." In fact, they have nothing to do with each other, which is one of the premises of the novel. Adamists resolutely go their own low tech way. They are, however, as Hamilton puts it, "sequestrated" because their newly colonized planet Lalonde is the vortex entry point for
the souls of the DEAD. It isn't the hard working Adamist colonists hacking a life out of the frontier who confront the Edenists, but the reincarnated Dead. And that's a whole
The Planet Lalonde is a pretty insane place. But for the Amazon "review" of part I, "Emergence" to call an Adamist priest "an ineffectual ....shocked by the world he has
come to settle... " is essentially an unfair and misleading characterization because it's relevant only to the first half of the novel. As anyone who has read the entire novel knows, the priest is the sole adult on the entire Planet to survive in his own skin. So if that is being "ineffectual," one has to wonder what "effectual" means. Indeed, what strikes me as ineffectual is loosing one's will and identity to another personality come
from the Beyond. In point of fact, the priest heroically saves some 23 children from being consumed by metaphysical beings incarnated into the living bodies of each and every colonist. Each and every, that is, except him.Read more ›
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First in a trilogy about a very unusual subject. Dead souls returning to posses the living. Extremely complex in a twisting plot.with lots of surprisesPublished 5 months ago by Stanley D. Saperstein
There is something really important to know about this excellent book. It was originally published in two volumes, Book I and Book II This was in 1996. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Tom Sanders
Read the first hundred of so pages of book one, and the last fifty or so pages of the last book, skip everything in between, you'll still get the idea. of the story.Published 23 months ago by Michael McLarnon
I picked up the first part in a 1/2 price book store, and 'had' to go online to find the 2nd part. Better price than the 1/2 price, and it came in 2 days. Read morePublished on September 26, 2013 by GFroD
Having read the first part I was enthralled and enthused by the writing of Hamilton. I've read his Commonwealth saga and loved it, my favorite series ever. Read morePublished on June 26, 2010 by Brian Hawkinson
The Reality Dysfunction; Expansion is part 2 of 6 in a major story told by Peter Hamilton, including the two Reality Dysfunction novels, two Neutronium Alchemist novels and two... Read morePublished on November 4, 2007 by K. Sozaeva
Not well known in the US this British author is writing the best epic SciFi on the market.I have been reading this genre for more than 50 years and he is a breath of fresh air and... Read morePublished on October 27, 2007 by Seppi
If you like hard edged space opera, you'll this! It's Star Wars for adults, with more original ideas and better writing.Published on July 1, 2006 by Traderjohn
Quite simply, these books are a heck of a lot of FUN. The overall quality of the writing is high. The world building is amazing. Read morePublished on April 2, 2006 by AWAbooks