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Judith
Post  Post subject: Peter Hamilton book advice  |  Posted: Mon Oct 03, 2016 6:12 pm
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I have a recommendation to read The Reality Dysfunction, but when I read about it --zoombies!!!
Really? Is this more a horror story than a pleasant SF like Pandora's Star?

What about (also recommended):The Abyss Beyond Dreams and Great North Road?
I find Hamilton way too long (but I am a fast reader and it doesn't bother me to skip sections, anyway), but he does tell an interesting story.


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marnixR
Post  Post subject: Re: Peter Hamilton book advice  |  Posted: Mon Oct 03, 2016 7:07 pm
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not sure if i'm ready to buy one of his books, might see what's available in the library (if there's any available)
read a summary of the Reality Dysfunction in wikipedia but can't see zombies as a major story element - or have i overlooked something ?

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Dywyddyr
Post  Post subject: Re: Peter Hamilton book advice  |  Posted: Mon Oct 03, 2016 11:17 pm
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It's touted as a genre cross-over, i.e. "zombies"[1] and SF.
In fact Hamilton himself stated that he started with the idea of a zombie story and then spent some time working out what sort of society/ technology could handle them.
I didn't actually realise (until reading some interviews with him) that it was anything other than SF (mainly because I don't read horror fiction. Or watch horror films).
I absolutely adore the length - and concomitant background - of his books.
GNR is a stand alone book, no tie-ins to any of his other works (so far).
Abyss Beyond Dreams is the first of two(?) sequels to the Void trilogy (which is a continuation of Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained). Unless you've read that series I doubt it would mean much to you.

1 More "the dead returned who have taken over bodies of the living" than zombies per se.


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Judith
Post  Post subject: Re: Peter Hamilton book advice  |  Posted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 2:35 am
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Thanks. I did read Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained--loved his wormhole technology!


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