- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey; First Edition edition (September 16, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345461649
- ISBN-13: 978-0345461643
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 67 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,489,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Misspent Youth Hardcover – September 16, 2008
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British space opera author Hamilton (The Dreaming Void) isn't quite up to his usual standards in this cautionary tale about tinkering with the human body. Several decades in the future, life has been revolutionized by the datasphere, the Internet's successor, made possible by the memory crystal. Its inventor, Jeff Baker, has been universally lionized following his altruistic refusal to patent the design. Baker, now 77, is selected by the Eurohealth Council as the guinea pig for a new biotechnology that replaces his aged genes, giving him the body of a 20-year-old. Unfortunately, the goal of the experiment—to have Baker's genius applied to energy conservation—is derailed by his raging hormones, which lead him to hit on every attractive woman in sight, including his teenage son's girlfriend. The predictable ensuing scenes of passion and parent-child conflict are not particularly interesting, and the unconvincing sentimental ending likewise disappoints. (Sept.)
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Praise for Peter F. Hamilton
“[A] genuinely superb novel by any standards . . . Not to be missed.”
The Dreaming Void
“Peter F. Hamilton [is the] owner of the most powerful imagination in science fiction.”
–Ken Follett, author The Pillars of the Earth
“For flat-out huge wide-screen all-engines-at-full I-dare-you-not-to-believe-it space opera, there is no one quite like Peter F. Hamilton.”
–Richard K. Morgan, author of Altered Carbon and Thirteen
“Should be high on everyone’s reading list . . . You won’t be able to put it down.”
–Nancy Pearl, National Public Radio
“Imaginative and stunning . . . a book of epic proportions not unlike Frank Herbert’s Dune or Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy.”
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Overall, a good book...buy it if you are a Hamilton fan. If you are not, I recommend going first to his other books and then come back to this one