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Pandora's star von Peter F. Hamilton
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Pandora's star (Original 2005; 2004. Auflage)

von Peter F. Hamilton

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The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some four hundred light-years in diameter, contains more than six hundred worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over one thousand light-years away, a star ... vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears. Since the location is too distant to reach by wormhole, a faster-than-light starship, the Second Chance, is dispatched to learn what has occurred and whether it represents a threat. In command is Wilson Kime, a five-time rejuvenated ex-NASA pilot whose glory days are centuries behind him. Opposed to the mission are the Guardians of Selfhood, a cult that believes the human race is being manipulated by an alien entity they call the Starflyer. Bradley Johansson, leader of the Guardians, warns of sabotage, fearing the Starflyer means to use the starship--s mission for its own ends. Pursued by a Commonwealth special agent convinced the Guardians are crazy but dangerous, Johansson flees. But the danger is not averted. Aboard the Second Chance, Kime wonders if his crew has been infiltrated. Soon enough, he will have other worries. A thousand light-years away, something truly incredible is waiting: a deadly discovery whose unleashing will threaten to destroy the Commonwealth ... and humanity itself. Could it be that Johansson was right?… (mehr)
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Titel:Pandora's star
Autoren:Peter F. Hamilton
Info:New York : Del Rey, 2004.
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Pandora's Star von Peter F. Hamilton (2005)

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    Ein Feuer auf der Tiefe: Roman von Vernor Vinge (orange_epsilon)
    orange_epsilon: If you like reading about space travel and alien cultures, then this is the book for you.
  2. 10
    Träumende Leere von Peter F. Hamilton (jannis)
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    Eisenthron von George R. R. Martin (kay.emme)
    kay.emme: Both are set in rich, fictional universes with a large cast of diverse characters. In each book, chapters focus on different character(s) story lines with overlapping and connecting events between characters. Lastly, both are complex and epic in scope, but are engaging, gripping, enjoyable reads.… (mehr)
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This is the most over-written and under-edited book I have ever read; however filled with intriguing storylines and engaging characters, this mare's nest of activity saw NO winnowing at all! Author and editor treated every idea as of equal value but they are not, and the dizzying jumps across time and space between plots can absolutely bewilder the reader, trying to remember who the hell these names are and what is going on with them. I don't care what make and model some land vehicle in another world in 2381 is, especially if it isn't germane to the story; why waste our shared time filling a paragraph with it??

While the construction and presentation of this book barely earns 1 star from me, the story (as I understand it), general world-building and stage-dressing, and one particular sub-plot (Ozzie and Orion, for the win) together have me sufficiently engaged to find the second half of this ludicrously dense duology to see what happens. That makes the overall effect worth a grudged 2.5 stars, but I'm still kind of pissed about it.

And to the author: Hey, Hamilton; why is it your future reads like "Lifestyles of the Fabulously Rich and Beautiful"? Obsessed with aristocracy and wealth a bit, are you? ( )
  MLShaw | Oct 30, 2021 |
So I finally finished this behemoth of a book. Overall, I liked it. Well, about 2/3 of it. Unfortunately, the 2/3 that I liked were interrupted by the 1/3 I didn't like. The biggest thing that I didn't like about the book was the fact that it couldn't decide WHAT kind of book it was going to be. Space Opera? Colonization? Life in the 24th century? Detective? Exploration? Political? All of that and much more!
Honestly, if the 1/3 of the book that dealt with the murder investigation and all of the political intrigue had been expunged then this would be a 5-star book. The good was really just that good. The rest was just distracting.
And then an honest-to-FSM cliffhanger of an ending.
Unfortunately, I'm just not feeling up to dealing with another 37 hour audiobook where I can't wait for it to JUST GET ON WITH THE GOOD STUFF ALREADY! ( )
  KrakenTamer | Oct 23, 2021 |
Holy f*ck this was a great, great book. I'd been intending to delve into this doorstopper for years, but I wasn't sure if I wanted commit to a 1000 science fiction novel, when that genre has disappointed me a lot (Downbelow Station, Bright in the Sky, Sun of Suns, etc.)But, finally I took the plunge, and man, Hamilton's talent is quite honestly staggering. Read on as below I will turn into a slathering fanboy...

This book combines absolutely flawless, transparent prose as good as any "literary" novel with a brain-bogglingly epic science fiction plot featuring not one but several intriguing mysteries spread out among an extensive cast of fully fleshed out characters (including an alien that is truly *alien*)in a richly imagined future. Sound too good to be true? yeah, that's what I thought too when I heard Hamilton being compared to Dickens and Tolstoy. Gotta be pure hyperbole, right? Uh, no.

The way Mr. Hamilton is able to choreograph his ambitious, complicated story is awesome. He is like a puppet master, all the many many moving parts move together brilliantly, Many times something mentioned in passing would end up really being key, causing me to say "riiight" and nod my head appreciatively. I never lost track of what was going on with the charecters or who was who.

The book is sci-fi, but it blends in mystery, spy thriller, action, and even horror elements (one particular chapter involving an alien is absolutely blood-curdling, in addition to the aforementioned literary craft. And oh, yeah, there a few laugh out loud funny moments as well.

If I had to split hairs, I'd point out that some of the characters are not as fleshed out as others. But trust me, that really is nitpicking. It is a testament to the awesomeness of this book that I after reading this 1000 , I am thinking of jumping right into Judas Unchained, which is the second, even longer half of what is essentially one immense novel.

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  usuallee | Oct 7, 2021 |
I found the excess characters and settings tiring at first - but over the length of the book it started to grow on me. What struck me the most was the sheer imagination of the author - the quantity and variety of the characters, settings and plot lines were very impressive. And they (somewhat) came together closer to the end, while leaving some plot lines separate and open for the rest of the series I imagine. Enjoyable book.

I also enjoyed the portrayal of Ozzie - how would a 300 year old man act? Probably with a similar level of low-key cynicism. ( )
  Harlekuin | Sep 22, 2021 |
Space Opera at its very best. ( )
  Pindarix | Jul 15, 2021 |
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The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some four hundred light-years in diameter, contains more than six hundred worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over one thousand light-years away, a star ... vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears. Since the location is too distant to reach by wormhole, a faster-than-light starship, the Second Chance, is dispatched to learn what has occurred and whether it represents a threat. In command is Wilson Kime, a five-time rejuvenated ex-NASA pilot whose glory days are centuries behind him. Opposed to the mission are the Guardians of Selfhood, a cult that believes the human race is being manipulated by an alien entity they call the Starflyer. Bradley Johansson, leader of the Guardians, warns of sabotage, fearing the Starflyer means to use the starship--s mission for its own ends. Pursued by a Commonwealth special agent convinced the Guardians are crazy but dangerous, Johansson flees. But the danger is not averted. Aboard the Second Chance, Kime wonders if his crew has been infiltrated. Soon enough, he will have other worries. A thousand light-years away, something truly incredible is waiting: a deadly discovery whose unleashing will threaten to destroy the Commonwealth ... and humanity itself. Could it be that Johansson was right?

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