This is my review of the book The Dreaming Void by Peter Hamilton. This is the first book I have read by Peter for a large number of years, and one is immediately struck by the shear quantity of words in the book. The font is small and there is nearly 650 pages.
The first couple of hundred pages seem to be setting the scene and introducing one to the vast crowd of characters. I imagine a lot of people give it before they get to the end of this section because it was a bit boring, sort of a cross between a geography and a history text book.
But once the scene had been set and the story got going it was great. Well in fact it is two stories, that one assumes will be linked in some way in a future book. Both of the story lines could have been books in themselves, and so long as one remembers which refers to whom, then it is exciting.
As often with books that are part of a series, it did not really come to an end, but that of course makes one want to go out and get the next book in the series. The story lines are so vast and complicated that it would take a couple of pages just to write a very short summary, so I am not even going to bother.
If you do read the book then it is worth persevering past the descriptive phase to the more exciting plot line. Also it is not a book that one can easily read whilst doing other things, otherwise one ends up having to re-read the section, as it is quite easy to loose the plot line due to it's complexity. One of the quotes on the cover is “Epic, multi-stranded” and I can't agree more.
An enjoyable read as book 8 week 6 – fiction 8 (1 on audio) non fiction 0
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