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- Book 1 of 3 in Commonwealth - The Void Trilogy
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–Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“You’re in for quite a ride.”
–The Santa Fe New Mexican
“Should be high on everyone’s reading list . . . You won’t be able to put it down.”
–Nancy Pearl, National Public Radio
“An imaginative and stunning tale of the perfect future threatened . . . a book of epic proportions not unlike Frank Herbert’s Dune or Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy.”
“Recommended . . . A large cast of characters, each with his own story, brings depth and variety to this far-future saga.”
“Complex and engaging.”
From the Hardcover edition.
"An interstellar suspense thriller . . . sweeping in scope and emotional range."
-San Antonio Express-News
"Bristles with the energy of golden age SF, but the style and characterizations are polished and modern."
"Richly satisfying . . . wonderfully imagined."
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"You're in for quite a ride."
-The Santa Fe New Mexican"
"Should be high on everyone's reading list . . . You won't be able to put it down."
-Nancy Pearl, National Public Radio
"An imaginative and stunning tale of the perfect future threatened . . . a book of epic proportions not unlike Frank Herbert's Dune or Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy."
"Recommended . . . A large cast of characters, each with his own story, brings depth and variety to this far-future saga."
"Complex and engaging."
"From the Hardcover edition." --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- Publication date : March 25, 2008
- File size : 2496 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Del Rey (March 25, 2008)
- Print length : 607 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B000UZJQLE
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #101,056 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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There are some interesting technologies, aliens, and human evolutionary paths. There are some attempts at Banksian mayhem that would work better if you cared about the stakes or even knew what the stakes were. There are some ludicrous sex scenes with an off-putting Playboy Adviser vibe. And you have to wade through more detail about 36th century apartment renovation techniques than is good for anyone.
That storyline is intertwined with the dreams themselves, which, instead of conjuring up the experience of a dream, make you feel like you are plodding through a really dull Young Adult fantasy novel, complete with adolescent-with-super-powers wish fulfillment.
Finally, after about 500 pages, just when all the meandering story arcs seem like they are going to gel into something resembling a plot ... the book ends. I'm taking a pass on the next volume.
The good. This book is long and that's a great thing when someone so gifted is telling a tale. Absolutely loved the word and character building. Fantastic premise and two whole Dreamer concept is thrilling and enticing.
The final word. While I totally enjoyed 90% of this book (and it's very long) it doesn't end. Yeah I know it's a trilogy but a book this long should have some sort of ending or it's just an installment. Due to my first point I will not be finding out how it ends. Maybe its just me trying to adhere to my principles but the smut parts were enough that I'll not invest more coin into the story. That's totally the authors creative liberty but it does come with a price. If you're ok with writing for part of the community and not the whole you have have accomplished that perfectly. I cannot in good conscience recommend this to my kids or family and therefore have come to an end of my involvement but felt I needed to give it an honest review. A great author who came THIS close to a phenomenal series that I would have heralded from the rooftops.
Excellent writing. Lots of plots going on all at once, which may become confusing to some. I think I personally preffered the fantasy plotline but both were great. If you do try this one and like it then you are in for a treat as you will like the rest of the books set in this universe.
“The Dreaming Void” is the first book in this trilogy. The book is set in the future in the time following his original Pandora’s Star/Judas Unchained saga. The novel takes the reader on another engrossing adventure with many new characters as well as some from his previous series.
Much like the first movie of a Star Wars saga, this volume starts out by laying the groundwork for the other two novels. It gives context, people and adventures that draw you into his story. I also found that it left me at the end of the book wanting more.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and its many hundreds of pages. It is the perfect set up for the following two books in the trilogy.
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So it's with a massive dose of suspension of disbelief that I read through the first book, and as usual Mr. H pulls it off with beautiful style and imagery. All myu favourite players are back from his other books, and it's a gorgeous symphony of stories set in and out of the void itself.
This is going to be an irresistable series!
The story set some 1300 years further on is encapsulating and weaves an enthralling tale that delivers science fiction and fantasy in equal measure whilst still delivering a grounded verisimilitude in its rich culture, environments and characters. Extrapolated so much further along the timeline of this universe, we see the human race striving to attain an enlightened apex and the existential questions that the 'void' introduces. That along with some stylish action and romance, the purchase of the second book became a formality. There were no more pages to turn and I needed to read more.
Fantastic story telling!
Typically, there are many sub plots and minor characters dealt with in some detail. Later, when you have completely forgotten about them, they come back to highten the suspense or tie up loose ends. In this trilogy, I didn't find the characters so engaging that I ever got interested in their story sufficiently to remember them when they reappeared. I was often confused by the reapearences.
This trilogy is set in the same "Commonwealth" universe as Pandora's Star where humans are essentially cyborgs often with Borg-like powers. Trouble is, he's been and done all that before and I didn't see the need for another 2500 pages of HUD (Head Up Display) characters solving problems by playing their own internal computer games. Further, this book might have been enjoyable without previously reading the other trilogy but it wasn't. There were far to many references to people and events that were detailed or presumed to have happened in the other books. These became distracting. 1200 years had passed and the plot didn't need the history lesson nor the characters carried forward. I would have been beter to set it in an new universe, after all the author isn't above using 800 pages to set the stage for the next two books.
This is the best of the three and if you were looking to choose I'd start and finish with Pandora's Star and that trilogy.
I read this on a Kindle and the transcription/porting is fine, no spelling mistakes that recall.
In conclusion, the best of a lifeless trilogy.
That said, the pace is quite fast and the reading far from dense, so that this goes by quickly. The Dreaming Void has a large cast of characters, letting the reader switch from one side of the action to another. And it sets alongside two main plots: one taking place in an advanced technological future located in the thirty-sixth century, and the other in the atemporal void, on a pseudo-medieval fantasy world. What I like about the void series, though, is that it offers a positive vision of the future. In a sense, it is a return to the heroic era of science fiction, and it stands far from the gloomy dystopias that have become fashionable today. Humans live very long, for centuries and even millennia. Their biological functions are enhanced. They interface, mostly in a civilised manner, with equally advanced aliens. They eventually download into a virtual life. And though they have mastered space travel, they remain centred on Earth, which has survived. One character is even based in London. So Hamilton's portrait of the future is rich and imaginative, yet still beset by the conflicts, political, religious, and psychological, to drive a thick and lively plot. Though the second instalment in the series flags a little, the Void trilogy is well worth reading.