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The Reality Dysfunction

von Peter F. Hamilton

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In AD 2600 the human race is finally beginning to realize its full potential. Hundreds of colonized planets scattered across the galaxy host a multitude of prosperous and wildly diverse cultures. Genetic engineering has pushed evolution far beyond nature's boundaries, defeating disease and producing extraordinary spaceborn creatures. Huge fleets of sentient trader starships thrive on the wealth created by the industrialization of entire star systems, and throughout inhabited space the Confederation Navy keeps the peace. A true golden age is within our grasp. But now something has gone catastrophically wrong. On a primitive colony planet a renegade criminal's chance encounter with an utterly alien entity unleashes the most primal of all our fears. An extinct race which inhabited the galaxy aeons ago called it the "Reality Dysfunction." It is the nightmare which has prowled beside us since the beginning of history.… (mehr)
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    Äon von Greg Bear (santhony)
    santhony: This behemoth of a trilogy is chock full of original, scientific theory and principles, including huge, sentient, space habitats.
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    Das Imperium von Kevin J. Anderson (lithicbee)
    lithicbee: Both are science-fiction epics heavy on the space opera, with an overwhelming alien threat and a large cast of characters and political factions.
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    Die Flußwelt der Zeit von Philip José Farmer (Malicia_Valnor)
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The author does a great job of making you care deeply about characters after only a few short paragraphs, dropping you into the middle of their lives (and the universe) and letting you figure out the nitty gritty details. That being said, Josh Calvert is a huge Mary Sue (but perhaps a forgivable one). The author also does a great job at building the massive shared universe, but I didn't feel the normal sense of urgency or climax at the end of the book I normally do. Partly this could be due to my reading pace. I think this is may also be since the book is obviously part of a trilogy. However, this book was engaging and, knowing it won't be dragged out forever, I'm curious to read the next book. I have a few guesses of my own of what's been set up and will come to pass so I'd like to see if that's true. I'm especially curious to find out what happens to the myriad cast of characters. ( )
  nosborm | Oct 10, 2021 |
This book took me about a month to read. It is a slow, rolling build that lays the groundwork for the subsequent novels in the series and if you're not into long worldbuilding and set-up, it might be a dull start. I do enjoy those things and found the world of Night's Dawn compelling and exciting and, since it takes a while to get going, spent most of the novel on edge waiting for the blurb to kick in. It's like the climb before the drop on the rollercoaster - make it through that and you're treated to a wild ride that jaunts back and forth across the entire galaxy. ( )
  ashelocke | Feb 20, 2021 |
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." Just because I'm not doesn't mean that the novel wasn't worthwhile, it just means that the negative qualities of it managed to outweigh what was good.

Let's face it. A novel that is almost 1500 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 think I got spoiled because I had read Leviathan Wakes long before I picked this novel up. 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. ( )
1 abstimmen bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
The old joke from Annie Hall comes to mind. Two old women complaining about a restaurant, one says "The food here is terrible." The other, "...and the portions so small!"

Well at least no one can complain about Hamilton's portion size. There go 1200 pages of some of the worst prose I've had to endure. Just a goddamned waste of my time because the significant story and action (which was interesting) took up less than half that length. The rest was filled with the kind of world building you might care about if you can quickly envision a litany of length by width measurements of various structures in meters. The characters were mostly superficial. Women functioned primarily as objects. There are many MANY sex scenes, which hey I can get into that, but they were soooo cringe inducing mainly due to an immature framework that my eyes hurt from so much rolling.

A sample: "...gloating at her wide-eyed incredulity as his semen surged into her in a long exultant consummation."

Good one.

Unfortunately, the final 100 pages or so were exciting and the stopping point of the first novel felt pretty arbitrary. The reader just has to face they've gotten themselves into a 3,800 page book. I have to face this. Oh god. I'm totally going to read the next book in the series. ( )
  Adrian_Astur_Alvarez | Dec 3, 2019 |
The old joke from Annie Hall comes to mind. Two old women complaining about a restaurant, one says "The food here is terrible." The other, "...and the portions so small!"

Well at least no one can complain about Hamilton's portion size. There go 1200 pages of some of the worst prose I've had to endure. Just a goddamned waste of my time because the significant story and action (which was interesting) took up less than half that length. The rest was filled with the kind of world building you might care about if you can quickly envision a litany of length by width measurements of various structures in meters. The characters were mostly superficial. Women functioned primarily as objects. There are many MANY sex scenes, which hey I can get into that, but they were soooo cringe inducing mainly due to an immature framework that my eyes hurt from so much rolling.

A sample: "...gloating at her wide-eyed incredulity as his semen surged into her in a long exultant consummation."

Good one.

Unfortunately, the final 100 pages or so were exciting and the stopping point of the first novel felt pretty arbitrary. The reader just has to face they've gotten themselves into a 3,800 page book. I have to face this. Oh god. I'm totally going to read the next book in the series. ( )
  Adrian_Astur_Alvarez | Dec 3, 2019 |
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In AD 2600 the human race is finally beginning to realize its full potential. Hundreds of colonized planets scattered across the galaxy host a multitude of prosperous and wildly diverse cultures. Genetic engineering has pushed evolution far beyond nature's boundaries, defeating disease and producing extraordinary spaceborn creatures. Huge fleets of sentient trader starships thrive on the wealth created by the industrialization of entire star systems, and throughout inhabited space the Confederation Navy keeps the peace. A true golden age is within our grasp. But now something has gone catastrophically wrong. On a primitive colony planet a renegade criminal's chance encounter with an utterly alien entity unleashes the most primal of all our fears. An extinct race which inhabited the galaxy aeons ago called it the "Reality Dysfunction." It is the nightmare which has prowled beside us since the beginning of history.

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