Sunday, July 01, 2007

Last night I finished Pandora's Star by Peter F. Hamilton.

Hamilton writes long books best described as space opera. His main success has been with the Night's Dawn Trilogy, a sprawling work involving the dead returning to life by possessing the living - an unusual theme in SF.

Pandora's Star is similarly sprawling, involving multiple characters on multiple worlds but stays to more familiar SF ingredients - wormholes, "hive" consciousness aliens, hidden conspiracies and, eventually, interstellar war.

It's a good book and the story/characters were engaging enough that I'm looking for the sequel right now but the large cast did start to blend together by the end. Hamilton likes to take his time developing his plot's and this book is no exception, most of the first half of the novel would probably be brief background in another author's hands.

Amazon Link: Pandora's Star

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