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Book Review

Posted by phduffy on 2005-03-27 20:49:28
So, I finally finished reading the Night's Dawn trilogy by Peter Hamilton.

Why do I say finally?

Well, the series was published as three books in Britain, but they were so big that they split it into 6 books over here. Each of the last two books was about 775 pages. So overall, I think it was probably somewhere around 4000 pages.

So, this series is quite the undertaking.

It's basically space opera, an epic novel with tons of characters that spans the galaxy. There were probably 15 to 20 different viewpoint characters. The plot, if I can boil down the plot of a 4000 page story to three lines, is this: on a newly developed planet, a bunch of criminals figure out a way to let the dead back into the universe. The dead then start taking over people and planets. Basically, they take over a living person.

I frequently referred to this as a story about space zombies, even though that's not quite accurate. It's about the dead coming back. There's only two 'real' people in it, as both Al Capone and Fletcher Christian are featured.

Anyways, I enjoyed this alot. As you can imagine, it did drag at times, and the 2nd and 3rd books were kind of slow moving. However, once everything started to come together it was good times.

Now, the ending is kind of telegraphed, but that didn't really bother me, as I was willing to accept it as the ending, and the journey was so good that I wasn't bothered by the rushed conclusion.