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Judas Unchained (The Commonwealth Saga) Mass Market Paperback – March 27, 2007
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Yes, these books are massive, and possibly hundreds of pages could've easily been trimmed. The author is a little too fond of turning a simple sentence such as "The road climbed to the top of the hill" into "The glittering ribbon of enzyme-bonded concrete, laid down 175 years ago by automated Tarmac Master 3170 roadbots imported from the Big15 world of Cyborgia, wound its way upward to the crest of the ancient hill, which was composed of an agglomerate of metamorphic gneiss and basalt and which had been puked up by a volcanic eruption geologic epochs ago in the planet's tormented evolutionary past." Indeed, I can assure you that you will very soon be sick of the phrase "enzyme-bonded concrete", which I can only conclude must be set up on a macro on Hamilton's keyboard.
I also hate the amateurish cover, which is an abomination.
With that said, this is a worthy if bloated conclusion to the tale of humanity's struggle for survival against the Primes and the manipulative Starflyer. Can the Commonwealth stop MorningLightMountain?Read more ›
It is nearly impossible to review "Judas Unchained" without the risk of spoiling "Pandora's Star" for those who have not read it; if you have not yet read the latter novel, do not continue on reading this review.
These novels are essentially a prognostication of mankind's future starting about 70 years from now, at which time humanity discovers cheap and practical interstellar travel. This is accomplished both by means of "wormholes" (instantaneous gateways to distant locations) or by faster-than-light starships which are powered by the same wormhole principle. The gateways are so practical that mankind initially builds no starships, but quickly colonizes hundreds of planets that are linked electronically and physically by wormholes, and the Intersolar Commonwealth comes into being, which is a loose government comprised of Earth and most of the colonized worlds. The strength of these novels is that author Hamilton's speculations along these lines is ingenious, mostly not implausible, and really does represent an optimistic and indeed dazzling vision of the future. The Commonwealth really does behave about the way a modern technological republican (small "r") society would behave, and Hamilton's speculations about technology are for the most part fascinating even if the reader is skeptical about some of them.
"Pandora's Star" is about the Commonwealth's discovery of a distant star that is suddenly enveloped in a force field (i.e. a "Dyson Sphere") which contains--something.Read more ›
First, I have to say that it took me about 100 pages to get back into this universe since Hamilton decided to begin the book with sub-plots even in the face of alien invasion and potential human extinction. Second, well over 100 tedious pages towards the end are devoted to a bizarre futuristic "Road Warriors" sequence, where the Navy and Guardians in vehicles (Toyotas and Volvos no less!) are chasing down the Starflyer and its entourage. Third, even though I wanted the book to end already, I thought that the concluding chapter felt sought of like Hamilton was trying to meet a deadline, and to conclude everything on an optimistic note.
Along the way, I was puzzled over the following [spoilers!!!]:
1. While Hamilton thankfully provided a "Dramatis Personae," why not also give us a glossary with locations, technology, space ships, etc. ala Tolkien or Robert Jordan? I found the jumping around of locations was especially confusing.
2. Hamilton should read Arthur C. Clarke's "Superiority.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good read, but Hamilton is very caught up in verbosity. Descriptions are detailed to the point where it becomes somewhat boring. Overall plot development is good.Published 10 days ago by Kindle Customer
Wow. What an amazing book....great end to a great (two-part) series. It'll make you think, is backed by what seems to be sound and hard science, and has amazing character... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Sean O.
Good story line; characters are numerous and hard to keep up with at times. Book is a real good readPublished 15 days ago by Michael Crabtree
I read it just to finish the story from the first book. I was not impressed with the authors writing style as he seemed to think that characters hundreds of years in the future... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Mark Durso
I had been away from some time of sci-fi books and the commonwealth saga was a marvelous return for the genere.Published 15 days ago by Andre Wemans
in the opening list of characters is revealed a bit of the mystery of the book. skip the list. that is insane.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The actual content of Hamilton's universe is amazing if you love sci-fi. It's rich and thick with logical reasoning.
HOWEVER, Hamilton's writing style is dreadfully slow. Read more
Great Series but their is so much going on that it can be easy to get lost at times. EndPublished 1 month ago by PhntmBlackIce
great sequel. huge book. love it. author had a great imagination. hope the future is as cool as the book is.Published 1 month ago