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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Love it!

I'm a huge fan of Peter F. Hamilton because of this book. Although it can be confusing jumping between characters in the beginning of the book, the plot development make for a rich and satisfying read when everything comes together. Can't say enough good things about ...
I'm a huge fan of Peter F. Hamilton because of this book. Although it can be confusing jumping between characters in the beginning of the book, the plot development make for a rich and satisfying read when everything comes together. Can't say enough good things about the world that Hamilton creates in this novel.

posted by jsrock37 on June 22, 2010

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4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Great book. Sadly, a bit too long.

This is a great book. Mr. Hamilton knits quite an spell binding plot. The future he imagines is plausible and fascinating. However, the book is awfully long.
This 900+ pages book could be well fit in 400 pages. Hamilton dwells into long description of characters and p...
This is a great book. Mr. Hamilton knits quite an spell binding plot. The future he imagines is plausible and fascinating. However, the book is awfully long.
This 900+ pages book could be well fit in 400 pages. Hamilton dwells into long description of characters and planets even if they are secondary or auxiliary to the main plot. The result is, sometimes, a dull and hard to read book. Too many characters make the plot hard to follow and demand a lot even from a skilled reader. The worst part is the end that is only a link to his next book that is also a 900+ pages one. Maybe the author was paid by word he wrote and, therefore, decided to use every single word available in the English language.

posted by IAsimov on June 27, 2010

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  • Posted March 8, 2010

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    Awesome Read

    I was looking for a new book to read and this kept showing up on books recommended for me. I finally bought it and loved it. The first bit was all exposition but it was done in a great way. The way Hamilton ties in all the characters and his awesome view of humanities future will have most sci-fi geeks longing for the breakthroughs in the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2008

    Read this only if you have vacation coming

    This takes some setup, but stick with it. As the stories of individual lives begin to wind together you will find it hard to put down. A really cool world and the beginning of a really great story. Wait until you get to the next book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book looks daunting, and it truly is both in physical size and imaginative scope. At the beginning it takes some stubbornest to start and get all the characters lined up, it all goes to making the ending that much better. If you're any kind of science fiction fan or just want a book that keeps delivering page after page, then this will be one of your favorite books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2005

    Unputdownable

    Thoroughly enjoyed this - enough plot lines to keep me busy, well paced, not too much technobabble. Can't wait for part two.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2005

    Amazing! Could not put it down!

    The story was awesome and with the many plots going on the final tie in was amazing. If you like Tom Clancy, you'll like the way this reads! Excellent sci-fi.Cannot wait for the sequel!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2005

    Watch this new author!

    Peter Hamilton has created an entirely new universe for all of us. The universe is so advanced that it takes a little bit to get your head around all the characters and their various situations. But once that is done, the reading is pure joy. The end is a cliff hanger but the next book, Joshua Unleased, is due out this year so you won't have all that long to wait. Peter Hamilton will be known as the best of the best - move over Mr. Clark, Mr. Pohl, Mr Asimov - there is a new guy in town and he is about to knock you on your heels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2005

    A Fun read

    This is by far the best SF novel I have read in over a decade. It does start out like a travelogue, but the multiple plots and good characters make it enjoyable, not to mention all of the cool planets that are visited. Imagine getting on a train in Seattle, rolling through a wormhole, and getting off on any number of planets in less than an hour. Imagine all of that real estate being available. The central plot with the 'dyson aliens' begins to grow during the middle part of the story and continues to grow until it dominates the story. This is a wonderful novel that will appeal to many people who normally do not like SF.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2004

    Build it up, smash it apart

    The Commonwealth has expanded through the galaxy via a network of planet-anchored wormholes. It¿s a golden age of man where rejuvenation treatments allow near-immortality, the next planet is just a train ride away, and alien contacts have been friendly. When an astronomer makes a startling discovery about two distant stars, a wormhole driven spacecraft is designed and built in order to investigate the mystery. The intrepid explorers unlock a terrible menace that could tear apart the Commonwealth. As the outside threat looms, a cult called the Guardians of Selfhood fights within the Commonwealth because they believe a sinister, hidden alien has taken over the government. Pandora¿s Star definitely contains interesting ideas and careful, complex world building. Hamilton doesn¿t just trot out cool technologies, but also explores how they might affect society. He takes us on a sprawling journey to dozens of worlds using a large cast of characters. At first, the book feels more like a leisurely travelogue through Hamilton¿s new universe instead of a novel. Rambling around these planets, ideas, and technologies is a lot of fun, but it can also get a bit tiresome if you can¿t feel the plot going anywhere. However, Pandora¿s Star grows more compelling as the multiple plot threads start to merge and the action picks up. Hopefully the pace won¿t slow down again in the sequel. I really enjoyed exploring Hamilton¿s new universe ¿ he has some fascinating concepts and he excels at building up an intricate society and then smashing it apart. I¿m looking forward to the next installment of this space opera, but the first book would have benefited from better pacing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2004

    BEST SCIFI SINCE ASIMOV

    Pandoras star is excellent! Some may find the first pages confusing but keep going. This story develops well and becomes the best scifi this reviewer has read since Asimov! No kidding! Its excellent! Too many of the scifi/fantasy genre should be classified as childrens literature; not this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2004

    Beyond Brilliance

    Again I have spent late nights reading another masterpiece. Unable to put it down too exhausted to continue this is the dilemma one is in when reading this novel. Its depth, breadth and awe-inspiring speed it challenges Nights Dawn Trilogy, as is his best work ¿ so far? There are insufficient words to describe this book so it should come with a health warning ` Reading this book will severally reduce your ability to sleep¿ I can¿t wait for Judas Unchained to appear to plunge back into the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2004

    powerfully compelling space opera

    It is the golden age of humanity thanks to Nigel Sheldon and Ozzie Isaac, the two scientists who developed the math that made wormhole technology possible. Mankind travels between the six hundred colonized worlds by using wormhole generated vessels. Rejuvenation is available to all so everyone can live as long as they want. If they are killed, a clone is created of that person and their stored memory chips are inserted into the neural network so they can be the same person they were before they died. <P>When the Second Chance spaceship travels the solar system Dyson Alpha to observe the force field that surrounds it, the barrier suddenly disappears. The crew sees hundreds of ships using nuclear missiles on each other. The Second Chance leaves before it is spotted even though they have to leave two crew men behind. A second expedition to Dyson Alpha discovers that the warfighters have wormhole technology and will launch an invasion into commonwealth territory. The government authorities authorize the creation of a navy but to find out if it will be effective, readers will have to wait for JUDAS UNCHAINED to be published. <P>Imagine using a train to travel to a different world, living for as long as you want and picking the planet of your choice to make a home. It sounds like heaven, so when hostile aliens threaten the peace, humanity, who has not known war for three centuries, has a lot of catching up to do but they are hindered in their quest by unknown enemies who have the powers-that-be in their pocket. Peter F. Hamilton has written a powerfully compelling space opera in the tradition of Robert Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke <P>Harriet Klausner

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