Author(s): Peter F. HamiltonDownload
Curse of the Blessed.Joshua Calvert, owner of the Lady Macbeth, is cursed by his good luck; Ione Saldana, Lord of Ruin, is cursed by her royal birth; colonists trapped on the stinking jungle world Lalonde are cursed by their faith; entire planets are simply cursed…And a data chip from a long-extinct alien race, the Laymil, holds the only clue to what the phenomenon is – a force unknown to science, an invasion unknown to history. The Laymil called it “the Reality Dysfunction.”But they might have called it Hell…
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I had no idea what to think going into this series. I went into Barnes and Noble and asked one of the workers to find me something “epic” to read. That was the only criteria I gave him. So he took me over and pointed me in Peter F. Hamilton’s direction and I was off to the races. I have no idea how long it took me to read this book, or the next two that come after it, but it wasn’t long enough even though all three book comprise about 3,000 pages in all, at least the American Mass Paperback versions do.
This will be different than alot of the space operas that you have read, but it will also give you a little bit of Firefly, Star-trek and a whole bunch of new stuff in there as well.
So worth the read if you are willing to put the time in. Hamilton CAN be a bit wordy, but even at about 1,000 pages a book, not overly so. He has good character development, especially in the next two books, and sets the stage with this first one perfectly.
I was very luck that I found these books when I did just a year or so ago, because if I had to wait for Hamilton to keep writing sequels, I would have had to have been committed. lol
I started off annoyed at the author for two reasons. 1) He seems to go out of his way to add more characters, more details, and more… everything, just to frustrate me. 2) His target audience is apparently the 15-year-old male who thinks that yes, of course the future consists of nothing but nubile young women who can’t WAIT to have no-strings relations with everyone they meet.
So yes, I was annoyed… but once I got over that, I started to notice that this book actually introduces several cool new ideas about the way humanity could play out. I especially like the evolution of machines away from silicon and steel towards living tissue. Now that I think about it, there are a lot of good reasons this might actually happen. The author made me pause and think… I like that.
I’ve finished Part 1: Emergence and also Part 2: Expansion. Both are just over 550 pages. Part 2 seemed to pick up speed (maybe just because the introduction of new characters is finally slowing down). I’m less blown away by the futurist predictions now, but I am totally invested in the characters and the plot.
Reread, finally found the sequel (actually part 2 of 6) and needed to refresh my memory. Hamilton writes so many characters and so much detail that it is hard to pick up the storyline after any length of time away.
(First post) Don’t you just love the feeling when a book reaches out and grabs you…you can’t put it down and you don’t want to finish it too quickly. That is this book. Some really interesting scifi ideas such as biological engineering in many areas, how planet colonization might really occur, strange but believable life forms, economics of spacefaring, etc. This book has space opera, espionage, culture, religions, war, sex, many likeable or despicable characters, evil, good, love, hate. Guaranteed, you will never look at a ride on a subway car in quite the same way after reading about Joshua and Ione’s reunion encounter. This book has it all and now I have to find the sequel fast.
Good new-fashioned space opera stuff. It’s got freaky tech, massive space ships, twisty heroes and turny plots. The book started a bit slow and it was only as I was one third way through (it’s one tousand plus pages) that I realised it’s part one of three. What is is with sci-fi and series. Puts the opera back in space-opera that’s for sure.
But it’s the bad-guys who are the star of the show. I won’t go into it too much because like you I think spoilers suck-ass. Take it from me though the bad-guys are bad, and it’s hard to know what their evil plan (or plans) may be, or even if they present a united force.
The future is fractious in Peter F Hamilton’s books, but human beings are always at centre stage. And the human dramas that play out here, while oh so comic-book in parts, are good, sci-fi adventure stuff. I broke my own rule and started on the second the day I finished the first.
as other reviewers have offered, it takes easily the first 100+ pages to get into the story, which is very dense, and it’s hard to see where everything is going. part of it may be the fact that i read it in four to ten-page bits, leaving me adrift when i should not necessarily have been in a story that wasn’t easily connected at the beginning. what i liked least is the extensive descriptions of technical things, which often left me cold (and skimming). what i liked best is that when i did pick it up, i kept wanting to read it, finding excuses to read it, and while i’m a hair from the end of the book, am looking forward to pick up book two and see where everything is going. nothing appears to be easily resolved. menace and tension grows naturally, and is truly ambiguous. but so too with joys and characters, who you learn more about as the book progresses.