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Editorial Reviews. caite.info Review. This is space opera on an epic scale, with dozens of characters, hundreds of planets, universe-spanning plots, and. Synopsis. The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F. Hamilton is the first in a sweeping galactic trilogy from the master of space opera, The Night's Dawn trilogy. Say "hi" at our sister subreddits—SF Book Club, SpecArt, and SF Videos—and join our reader-managed Goodreads group. Peter F Hamilton is one of those guys. I'd see his name on the spines of books in the book shop, read a few blurbs but I've never read any of his stories.
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Sherrilyn Kenyon: Silvia Stamenova: I really wanted to like this novel a lot. I wanted to get invested from the sheer length of the novel and come out the other side, saying, "Wow, that was fantastic. Let's face it. A novel that is almost pages is either full of characters, full of story, or full of meandering and inconsequential shit that didn't really serve the final solid ta I really wanted to like this novel a lot.
A novel that is almost pages is either full of characters, full of story, or full of meandering and inconsequential shit that didn't really serve the final solid tale. I can sort of see why the planet got so much face time before the crap hit the palm.
I can also see why the branches of humanity needed to get so much time as well. What I can't understand is why so much time was devoted to each. I swear, this would have been a fantastic novel with some serious cutting. The action scenes were good. The young captain was thoroughly enjoyable. I didn't even mind the turn of the sci-fi into practical fantasy. It was interesting.
I would have thought it was more interesting at half the total size, too. Maybe I'm just overcritical and grouchy, but I really got tired of reading this novel in sections and just prayed for my favourite characters to come back. I saw a lot of good similarities, but I'd always choose Leviathan over this.
Perhaps one day I'll pick up the sequels to this one and pray it gets more fit, but I won't be doing it now. Oct 30, korty rated it it was amazing. In the UK it is 3 massive books, while here in the US they nickel-and-dimed us by splitting them up into 6. One book ends at whatever chapter, and the following book simply begins at the next. Peter Hamilton is probably my favorite SF writer when it comes to world building and action.
In this series, he skillfully synthesizes the best aspects of cyberpunk, space opera and even horror, and creates tons of different planets, each one vivid and unique. After creating this very high-tech universe, a supernatural element is introduced to the story I highly recommend that anyone interested in this series avoid reading any plot synopses on the books. While I am generally extremely averse to anything resembling magic in my SF, Hamilton pulls it off.
The magical element is described in a very scientific manner, making it more palatable, and the SF elements are enough to send me into multiple geekgasms. I should mention that the first 60 pages or so are a tad difficult to get into, but after that it just begins to flow. Additionally, I must admit that the sex sometimes comes off as a tad juvenile.
And finally, I hate to say it, but the ending is kind of anticlimactic. However, the ride is so amazing that any of these downsides are far overshadowed. While this is not primarily an action story, when it does first hit at around or so pages in, it is some of the most enthralling I have read. Only Neal Asher has come close to matching Hamilton in conveying the kind of kinetic, over-the-top action contained in this story. Nov 08, Emily rated it it was ok Shelves: It took a hell of a long time, but I've made it through The Reality Dysfunction, the first volume in a trilogy recommended to me by Ennis.
It's a "space opera" about a futuristic society plagued by an evil force that "sequestrates," or maybe just possesses, people. The story takes place in the Confederation in the s. The set-up is quite detailed and interesting. One group, the Adamists, lives on a failing planet Earth and various other planets. The Adamists are mostly like the people of today It took a hell of a long time, but I've made it through The Reality Dysfunction, the first volume in a trilogy recommended to me by Ennis.
The Adamists are mostly like the people of today, but with neural implants that allow them to "datavise" or communicate directly with computers. They have starships and nuclear weapons and whatnot. Another group, the Edenists, has a different kind of technology that is organic. Edenists have genetic changes that allow them to have an affinity bond with each other and with their habitats, which are miniplanets made entirely of organic matter.
This bond allows them to share thoughts and feelings inside their own heads, without speaking, and to see through other people's eyes. They also have spaceships that are organic and have personalities and memories.
When Edenists die, the intangible part of them is absorbed into the habitat. The distinction between the two groups is essentially religious; they trade and coexist more or less peacefully. The plot of the book revolves around a new planet, Lalonde, which is being settled under a Dutch East India Company-esque scheme.
Colonists have bought in, and come from Earth or other failing urban planets to farm. We see a group of the colonists struggling to get their village, Aberdale, up and running. This is fresh stuff--after all, in sci-fi like Star Wars and Firefly, the farmers are just there as redshirts or comic relief. However, an evil force appears on the planet and begins to take over villages and people in a mysterious way.
The book has a huge number of characters, including Joshua "Self-Insert" Calvert, a strapping starship captain with remarkable sexual and technical skills, and many female figures that are almost characterized well enough for you to be able to tell them apart.
There is a planet with a culture nostalgic for 19th century England and a bunch of marines who have huge machine guns welded to their forearms.
So while Lalonde turns out to be central to the plot, it doesn't dominate in terms of number of pages. There is a lot going on here, and some if it must pertain to the later volumes of the trilogy, since it doesn't pan out in this one.
This book is either rather good or completely terrible. The author is certainly inventive, but I often had occasion to wish that he'd handed over his ideas to someone else to write. The pacing here is frustrating. At times, he is so enamored of discussing planetary trajectories and technology that you wonder if you will ever see a sentient being again. There seems to be little structure governing the arrangement of scenes. There are problems with the POV.
You'll be reading about Person A doing something from the point of view of Person B, watching them from 20 yards away.
Then all of a sudden you're in Person A's head. Or, scenes of a space battle cut back and forth between the POVs of people in different, even opposing spaceships, with no notice.
This problem is so basic to telling a story that I'd expect even a novice to avoid it instinctually. The novel is quite long and there are two volumes left. It has its good and bad points, and I thought I was intrigued enough by the plot to read the sequels, but I never did. We'll see about this one. View all 3 comments. May 03, Twerking To Beethoven rated it it was amazing Shelves: Re-read because I own the two following installments in the series, but couldn't remember much about "The Reality Dysfunction" apart from the fact that I enjoyed it heaps as I read it back in What we've got here is super-advanced technology featuring sentient starships able to give birth to other starships.
Art by Nicolas Bouvier The book features satanists as well aye, you got that right, satanists! And a very ancient invisible energy being everybody is oblivious of, which, at some point, starts to literally fuck everything up in Lalonde.
In the worst possible way. And that's about it, otherwise I'll end up spoiling the whole thing bigtime. Five stars. Oh, there's plenty of SEX as well. I like dirty stuff myself. So even better. Jan 03, Jason rated it really liked it Shelves: Coming in at over pages in length, this book is a massive endeavor. Fortunately for me Peter Hamilton writes hard science fiction and he specializes in his world building and imagination.
Reality Dysfunction excels at both of these things. The best thing about this book was the world that he built within. The story and the characters are almost irrelevant and forgettable compared to the universe within.
The book is very difficult to keep things straight for the first couple of hundred pages as the cast is immense. Things are made tougher in that none of the characters standout.
However, the incredible starships steal the pages and are definitely unforgettable. Hamilton treats the reader to an incredible chapter that was Kinetic and exhilarating in which we see the birth of a new starship. Freaking awesome! I love magic and the supernatural and Hamilton treats it with a light hand but I really lost interest when the supernatural powers became the front and center.
No scientific explanation worked for me. I almost skim read large portions of the last couple of hundred pages. I am a huge good fan of Peter Hamilton, he is one of my very favorite authors. I loved a great deal of this book is, but in the end, there just was too much book here to love.
Nov 02, Palmyrah rated it liked it. This is the worst-written book I've ever read twice. Hamilton is not just a bad writer but a bad writer in a hurry--superabundantly verbose, careless about style and tone, overdescriptive, flaccidly repetitive, malapropistic when he isn't spouting tired old cliches. He's a lousy scene-painter, too, careless about details and how they fit together and given to commencing every descriptive paragraph with the physical dimensions of whatever is being described--twenty kilometers long and weighing ni This is the worst-written book I've ever read twice.
He's a lousy scene-painter, too, careless about details and how they fit together and given to commencing every descriptive paragraph with the physical dimensions of whatever is being described--twenty kilometers long and weighing nine hundred thousand tonnes, that kind of thing. None of his visions is in the least original, none of his ideas are new or even newly crafted. His basic premise--dead souls returning from the afterlife, defying the laws of physics by means of a conveniently-named 'reality dysfunction' to sieze the bodies of the living and possess them--abounds with metaphysical inconsistenies and scientific impossibilities.
And his sex scenes, gratuitously introduced whenever he feels the action is flagging a bit, make signally unpleasant reading. Women, in particular, may feel the need to take a shower after a few pages of being pleasured by Hamilton's priapic heroes and villains.
There is also a vast oversupply of pornoviolence, most of which I skipped. All of which begs the question of why I have just re-read this book and its sequel volume with great enjoyment, and am now halfway through the final book in the trilogy.
I suppose it helps that the Night's Dawn trilogy is action-packed, spectacular space opera, and that bad as the writing is, it is also compelling: The multiple storylines, though mostly absurd, are still humdingers.
There are hundreds of characters and the principal ones, walking cliches though they be, are engaging enough to keep you interested. The dozens of subplots twist and turn all over the place, and if the outcome of no scene is ever in doubt, Hamilton still manages to spring a surprise or two to keep us interested.
But all these are just self-justifications, really. I consider myself a literary gourmet, and this book is a bit like junk food--tasty in a crude way, unwholesome and empty of real nourishment. Yet even a gourmet may relish a Big Mac once in a way.
View all 6 comments. Great world building, action packed, stunning concepts and the most beautiful creature-ships ever imagined: May 31, Sumant rated it really liked it Shelves: What an marathon this book was for me, it took me almost 40 days to finish this book.
The Reality Dysfunction is not for a weak hearted, it is pages long and whooping 41 hours in audio. Hamilton goes to super detail describing anything in this book be it a species a planet or a star ship. And many times due to this attention to detail I lost regarding where we are as regards to story. Also as I mostly hear audio to and fro from work, I used to doze off and had to start entire chapter again.
Imagine listening to 1. Hamilton takes a lot of time establishing the confederation universe for you, but once you are immersed in his world its an tremendous journey. Especially the last part of book picks up a lot and ends with a bang. Some of the strong points of book are 1. Characters 2. Technology 3. World building Some of the weak points of book are 1. Overly Verbose Let me elaborate on the above points now 1. Characters As is expected from Hamilton there are lots of characters in this book each unique from each other.
But some of them do stand out, and the story weaves around them. Few characters which I liked in this book are 1. Joshua Calbert He is a star ship captain, and makes his living by scavenging artifacts of a race which has been destroyed thousands of years ago. Also lady luck tends to favor him a lot as he always manages to find something unique. We don't get much back ground story as regards to him which was a big surprise for me.
Quinn Dexter He is a convicted criminal who has been sentenced to public duty for a period of 10 years, and as part of that he heads to the planet La Londe. Unknown to the authorities are the fact that he belongs to a satanist cult and has powerful sensors hidden in his body. He uses both of these weapons to full extent, and unleashes a dangerous thing on the confederation. Laton He is an edenist serpent who has been hiding on La Londe for a long time, he is obsessed with immortality and will leave no stone upturned to achieve it.
Technology It's 26th century and humanity is spread across hundreds of world. They manage to traverse to these worlds with the use of FTL technology or by means of biotek ships. Now humanity as a whole is divided into two types in Confederation. Edenists They have affinity gene embedded in their DNA which allows them to telepathically communicate with each other. They also have life spans of about They reside in special habitats called as biotek habitats, these habitats are responsible for control of everything in that world, from educating the children to providing food to the people.
The edenists divide everything equally among their peers, and treat each others as equals. Their are some special people among Edenist who get to command an Void hawk. Now Void hawks are biotek ships who are bonded to their captain with affinity gene, also they are able to traverse huge distances.
Adamists They are people who don't have affinity gene embedded in their DNA, but they have bio engineered their bodies for different purposes. They also use neural mnemonics which is a sort of google glass taken to their next level, it helps them to gather data or chart ship courses. It is also used when a person suffers an injury to automatically push drugs into his system. This is just an summary of technology which Hamilton encompasses in his book.
World building Hamilton has gone to next level regarding his world building in this book, he leads into many worlds in this book. But not only you get the history of the world but also get description of flora and fauna existing on that world. He also gives you a deep insight into economics of that world. Regarding the weak points of the book 1. Overly Verbose The tremendous attention to detail makes this book an difficult read, you just lose the place in the story many times.
The experience would have been definitely better if pages of the book could have been reduced. The word "epic" was created for books like this. Clocking in at pages, this is only part 1 of a trilogy that consists of two more similarly sized volumes. I thought at first that the author might just need a really good editor, especially since the first half dozen chapters kept introducing entirely new settings and characters.
It was difficult to get into because it didn't seem to focus on any one plot and it was hard to remember who was who. However, all the different threads slowly began The word "epic" was created for books like this. However, all the different threads slowly began to weave together and my patience was rewarded.
Despite the massive page count, it never seemed wordy and it certainly never dragged. It may have helped that I flipped back and forth between this and other books instead of trying to devour this in one go, but I never got tired of the story and am eager to start volume 2. View 1 comment. Feb 06, Ben Seymour rated it it was amazing Shelves: Thanks to Graham loaning me a copy, I learned that many of the books I had previously enjoyed, we actually quite weak and 2 dimensional by comparison.
A much longer book than I would normally read especially considering the whole trilogy is around pages but I would would been happy if it had continued to be twice the length.
Character development is great, and a good background is even given to people whose play only a small role in the plot. The technology is interesting and creative, but Thanks to Graham loaning me a copy, I learned that many of the books I had previously enjoyed, we actually quite weak and 2 dimensional by comparison. The technology is interesting and creative, but almost always serves to fuel the plot rather than to show off the authors imagination.
Following this book I have continued to read just about every other book Hamilton has written, and loved them all Recenzia completa pe https: Dec 22, Arnis rated it it was ok. Oct 29, Hank rated it really liked it. This isn't as good as Judas Unchained but probably better than the Void trilogy. Since I read those first, it didn't feel as fresh or unique and since this was a very early novel in Hamilton's career, the writing wasn't as good.
The bad guys are a bit hand wavey, their skills and motivations seem to change depending on the situati 3. The bad guys are a bit hand wavey, their skills and motivations seem to change depending on the situation. Maybe there is a larger plan to tie it all together but I am not sure I want to wade through the other pages to find out.
Some characters good, plot line decent but nothing awesome. I am not sure if I will read the next book, right now I am leaning no but I am definitely on the fence. Oct 28, Paul Isaila rated it it was amazing. I am a fan of SF movies but haven't really read many SF novels. Actually this might be the first big book I ever read in this genre.
So having nothing better to do after purchasing my first ever e-book reader I decided to start this book at the advice of a piano player who looks like a weight lifting professional athlete what??
Actually I felt that the writer is going somewhere big. How big? I don't know. Mystery of life and universe big OK? And my patience paid off.
It is, in lack of better words, a highly 'advanced' book. Like a machine with numerous buttons and wires of different size and with different functions. Hope the metaphor doesn't stink. I don't have much time to actually write a full review of the book and I'm probably not even good at writing thorough reviews but if you like science fiction and adventure, mystery, philosophy, horror, thriller, love stories and originality than, oh man This trilogy will not disappoint you in the least.
Please read this book. Jul 07, Hugo rated it it was ok Shelves: Unfortunately The Night's Dawn trilogy is a huge, festering shamble where a few nuggets of interesting story is drowned in a horribly over-long stream of irrelevant and meandering side- and subplots. It starts off ok, focusing on just one plotline, which leads up to a rather nice "? His male characters have an unfortunate tendency to be rather flat and Mary Sue-ish, and he can't really write female characters at all, but his vivid imagination makes for at least potentially interesting stories IMO.
Too bad you have to plough your way through thousands of pages of irrelevant fluff to get to the good parts. If you trying to decipher a bunch of techno-babble, without any initial explanation, that may or may not get clarified chapters into the book This book may be for you. I would like to add that the story does seem interesting, b If you trying to decipher a bunch of techno-babble, without any initial explanation, that may or may not get clarified chapters into the book I would like to add that the story does seem interesting, but I can not get over the disregard to uninitiated readers, especially in the first book of a series.
Mar 09, Patrick rated it did not like it Shelves: It starts out as a fairly ripping space opera with some clever worldbuilding, but then somewhere around page , a Satanic ritual conjures forth the souls of the deceased from the Afterlife into our universe. One of the few books I've ever literally thrown across the room in disgust. I sold the book back to the used bookstore from whence I bought it, but in retrospect, I deeply regret not Warning: I sold the book back to the used bookstore from whence I bought it, but in retrospect, I deeply regret not keeping it by my toilet so I could tear out pages to wipe my ass with.
Fuck you, Hamilton. Mar 13, William rated it liked it Recommends it for: Adults Only, with caution. I love everything that Peter has written, except this old series from Overall this was a very good book, but only half the fun and quality Commonwealth series books.
Lots of characters, great sci-fi imagery and technology, and some truly magical and wonderful scenes of human-to-organic-spaceship bonding and platonic love, especially in the first chapter.
However, very sadl I love everything that Peter has written, except this old series from However, very sadly I can only suspect Mr Hamilton wanted to show his skills at writing both extreme angelic-wondrous and demonic-gory blood-soaked evil. This is supposed to be entertainment, and I had mixed feeling about this book. Most of my feelings are positive, but a few are negative. First, the negative.
Sexual politics At some point early on an Edenist character references the liberation of women that occurred at some point in the past. The two big factions of humans are the Edenists, who are telepathic and use a lot of biotechnology, and the Adamists, who generally refuse these things for religious reasons.
In The Reality Dysfunction, the many instances of sexual violence and exploitation did little to help the story. One of the main characters, Joseph, can walk into any room in the galaxy expecting that every female human present will immediately want to jump his bones.
Still, a rather high percentage of the male characters have the hormones and maturity level of an average year-old boy actually, that gives year-old boys a bad name. And then there are the Satanists … Ugh. Yes, Satanists. In any book this long, any reader is going to find something that could have been edited. The class divisions and return to monarchy and aristocracy are disappointing, but that is sadly all too plausible given recent economic trends.
I always have a long list of books to read, and I could have read two or three books in the time it takes to read one long book. But if George R. And despite all of my reservations, this one is worth the trouble. I loved the Edenists. Their biotechnology is cool, and their society is interesting. I want to be an Edenist! The research on an alien species the Laymil that seems to have committed racial suicide is really interesting.
The space battles are often confusing, but always involve some pretty cool descriptions of wormholes, shining explosions, death-defying maneuvers, etc. The reality dysfunction is a chilling and major threat that creeps up slowly perhaps a little too slowly. Conclusion While I spent a lot more of this review on my criticisms, I really do think the positive points outweigh the bad.
Mar 01, Fred Hughes rated it it was amazing. Peter F Hamilton paints vivid images with his stories. The characters are engaging, imaginative, and relatable. His worlds are logical Spock would expect no less and other worldly. The situations that the main characters find them selves in, and his story arcs are believable and entertaining. But reading his books are a pure escape and time just flies.
Hamilton also combines science fiction with fantas Peter F Hamilton paints vivid images with his stories. Hamilton also combines science fiction with fantasy and does both genres justice in his books. As you have already guessed I am a huge fan. In the beginning we find Dr Alkad Mzu aboard the attack cruiser Beezling when it is attacked by three blackhawks superior fighting ships from the Omuta.
Dr Mzu had had the cruiser bring her and a device called the Alchemist, which is a star buster, to be hidden until required. The Confederation has adopted this as last resort type of weapon. The attack is successful in that they are now stranded 7 light years from the nearest planet. And we basically leave her there for most of the rest of the book. We then move to the Ly-cilph home world. After a mere million years the Ly-Cilph claimed a victory when they reached the pinnacle of their evolution — they became transcendent entities.
We then meet the Voidhawk Iasius who has returned to Saturn to die. Voidhawks are born and are affinity linked to their pilots and other Voidhawks. We soon get into the meat of the book which is the over running of Lalonde. Quinn Dexter, just a punk if you will, is soon in the middle of taking over the planet of 20 million people.
Having found the dark brother he starts taking over people by a type of possession, or sequestration as the off planet citizens call it. The dark brother can allow souls to come back and inhabit the bodies of their hosts. According to the story there is no heaven or hell just purgatory where you are held.
You are aware of what is happening but unable to do anything about it. So of course all the souls want to inhabit a body. The souls have incredible powers including the ability to throw bolts of lightning, assume any shape, create illusions and of course take over other bodies so more souls can come through.
They also interfere with anything electrical or electronic. The news from Lalonde soon gets out and the Royal Fleet is sent to investigate as well as a fleet of mercenaries hired by Lalonde. There are epic battles with the possessed on Lalonde and in fact some of the possessed escape the world to move out and take over other planets and settlements.
This is an epic theme to cover and there are many entertaining characters throughout the book. Oct 12, Adam rated it it was ok.
Peter Hamilton built a really interesting space opera universe in The Reality Dysfunction with a lot of potential. He then ruined it with a rambling, juvenile, magical-spiritualistic plot that feels very out of place in said universe. Did I mention rambling? I think the first plot point of significance is somewhere around page or so. I didn't feel like there was significant plot movement until well over halfway through. I'll admit, if you overlook the absurd premise, the story telling gets i Peter Hamilton built a really interesting space opera universe in The Reality Dysfunction with a lot of potential.