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The Naked God (The Night's Dawn) Paperback – February 11, 2009
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"The depth and clarity of the future Hamilton envisions is as complex and involving as they come." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Peter F. Hamilton was born in Rutland, England in 1960. He began writing in 1987, and sold his first short story to Fear magazine in 1988. He has also been published in Interzone and the In Dreams and New Worlds anthologies, and several small press publications. His first novel was Mindstar Rising, published in 1993, and he has been steadily productive since then. Peter lives near Rutland Water with his wife and two children.
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I would dare to say that this is one of those books (I refer to the entire trilogy) that truly makes your mind richer, makes you think at the paramount philosophical issues that trouble the humanity in its quest of becoming better as an entire race.
The ideas that are put forth by Peter F Hamilton in all his books are and will be for thousands of years to come (if we will exist that long as a race) the baseline concepts that will preoccupy the human race. Somebody who will read this trilogy after 500 years from now will still find it interesting and still current to his or her reality.
All these philosophical concepts are put by the writer in an exhilarating action story with the typical Hamilton richness of details about the recreated worlds and universes.
As I started to read _The Naked God_, Hamilton seemed to have grabbed hold of what made _The Reality Disfunction_ such a good book (or rather pair of books). He created gripping suspense on several plotlines.
Then, with what wasn't quite literary grace, he began to weave them all together into a comprehensive climax that began to clarify just *what* was going on. New characters emerged. Incredible new scenery was described. New races were defined. New technology was imagined.
I won't hint at the ending. Other reviewers found it a cop-out; I enjoyed it. Science Fiction simply can't cope anymore with the realm of Science Fact that we now know. Sure, it might have been a cop-out, but this is fiction. Temporary Suspension of Disbelief and all.
What I will do, though, is give you an idea of how satisified I was with the resolution of the series. As I read through the book, I began to pick up hints of the same inspiration I felt after reading Carl Sagan's _Contact_. I suppose that's one of the highest compliments you can pay a SF author. But I'll continue:
Hamilton doesn't just end the series. Hamilton leaves the ending both resolved an unresolved. He has created a universe that is ripe for further epics. That's right: this may be a contemporary _Foundation_ (at what? 15 books?). Folks, he is better than C. J. Cherryh. He is better than Herbert. The guy's still young -- give him 20 years and he may *be* that next Asimov.
My only regret after plowing through all 3500 pages of this saga is that the "middle two" books were written. They were superfluous and unnecessary. It would have been much simpler to publish a 2500-page Tolstoyesque epic, and Hamilton would have come off a lot better.
Oh, and one parting comment. I was disgusted by the shoddy quality of the proofreading/editing. It seemed that every other page contained spelling errors, grammatical errors, et cetera. To the degree that some pages had as many as three or four errors. Hamilton will really need to keep an eye on his publisher in the future.
The five stars stands, even with my resignations, because this book is one of the best SF novels I've read.
Bottom line - I recommend the entire trilogy to anyone who enjoys "a good long read".
I have reread this series several times, and it is equally pleasing each time. Peter Hamilton weaves an awesome space opera that spans multiple planets and stars. The concepts are quite stunning and often leave you with a lot to think about. The divide in the human race, the concepts of after life, and more just make the whole series difficult to put down.
One of Hamilton's strengths is developing believable and distinct characters. His books have some of my favorite characters in all of Sci-Fi. His character Quinn Dexter is perhaps one of the most diabolical and unlikable characters in recent sci-fi literature. His other characters are quite likable and you find yourself cheering for them.
If you have not read Peter Hamilton, this is an excellent start to his body of work.
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I found the end to be a little bit.... Deus ex machina.Read more
Very disappointed in the ending. Most of the subplots are 100% pointless given the resolution. Almost literally a Deus ex Machina.