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Book Review – The Reality Dysfunction Part 2: Expansion

realitydysfunction2The Reality Dysfunction Part 2: Expansion is the second part of the first book in the Night’s Dawn trilogy by Peter F. Hamilton.  Both parts are available as one book in the Tor edition.

This book continues just as part 1 left off.  The familiar characters are all back to continue their rather perilous-looking adventures.  It continues to be gritty and is becoming darker now.  What’s impressed me about the story is that there are many threads, and they’re all starting to converge into one point.  In the beginning, they all seemed unrelated, but now they all have the same purpose, to try to figure out how to stop the expansion of this invasion into the world of the living.  Not only is this science fiction, it also has elements of horror.  This isn’t about zombies, but more like possession (don’t worry, this is all on the cover of the book).

The characters are incredible.  They consist mainly of the Edenists, those that are capable of a kind of telepathic communication with each other and their living spaceships and habitats, and the Adamists, who are more like regular humans.  This book focuses far more on Joshua Calvert, as well as one small group of unaffected humans on Lalonde lead by Father Horst Elwes, and Ione Saldana.  Syrinx is in this book far less than part 1, but I expect a big return in future books.  I’m really liking the pair of Joshua and Ione.  They’re both young and rich, Joshua is a bit reckless and daring, while Ione has a lot of responsibility and seems to handle it well.  Father Horst has to take many children under his wing and protect them from the invading dead.  There are many more characters, but these three stand out the most for me.  I must say that Joshua is showing quite a bit of depth.

Hamilton’s style of writing is very descriptive.  He uses a lot of technical terminology, but doesn’t make it difficult to understand.  He makes it easy to create an image in the mind of what is happening.  Lalonde itself is very much alive in my mind, as is Tranquillity.  I continue to be very impressed with this.

I have a big recommendation.  When reading this book, make sure you read it right after you finish part 1.  It was difficult to get back into the story after several months, as I’d forgotten who was who.  The cast of characters is so vast that it can be difficult to keep them all straight.  But after a bit, it was no trouble.

By the end of this book, some loose ends were tied up, but the main problem still exists.  I’m looking forward to seeing how it all unfolds.  As with part 1, I recommend this very much to fans of science fiction and space operas.  I’d give this 5 out of 5 stars.  Great stuff!

Why Haven’t They Made a Movie Yet?

Great books are often made into movies.  Not always great movies, but movies nevertheless.  Sometimes they’re also made into TV series.

Recently, Ender’s Game was made into a movie.  A Game of Thrones is a TV series.  Lord of the Rings became amazing movies.  I enjoyed the Harry Potter movies, despite a lot of cuts from the original books.  But there are some books I’ve read that I wonder why they haven’t been turned into movies or TV series.

The book I’m reading now seems like the perfect book to be made into a movie about Mars colonisation.  That’s Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson.  I’m halfway through the first book of the trilogy, and it’s been about 20 years since it was published.  Will it ever be made into a movie?  I would watch it in a heartbeat!

Another I’ve read recently is Reality Dysfunction.  It would be great for those who like a bit of horror in their science fiction.  It’s a long trilogy, though.  It may be difficult to make such a complex story into a movie or series of movies.  TV series?

Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series seems ripe for a TV series, although it is incredibly long.  Or how about 14 movies?  That would be long.  I wonder if it’s ever been considered for filming.  I think the length would put a lot of producers off of a project like this.

How about Steven Erikson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen?  It’s dark and gritty, and it seems people are eating up A Game of Thrones.  So why not this series?

Ringworld would be a fun movie to see.  It could be doable, and would need some great special effects.  I’d love to see it made into a movie.  The lighthearted mood in the book may not be carried over to a movie, though.

I know that Terry Brooks’ Shannara series has been optioned for a movie, but nothing has come of it yet.  I wonder if it will.  Same with Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series.  I’d love to watch either of them.

What would you like to see turned into a movie?

Note:  200th blog post!

Book Review – The Reality Dysfunction Part 1: Emergence

realitydysfunction1The Reality Dysfunction Part 1: Emergence is the first part of the first book in the Night’s Dawn trilogy by Peter F. Hamilton.  Both parts are available as one book, though Warner Books published each of the books in 2 parts.  This is the review for the first part of The Reality Dysfunction.

This book opens the expansive trilogy with a bang.  It has not only impressed me, it has shown exactly how world building should be done.  This is probably the best example of world building I’ve read.  In science fiction and fantasy, the author has a world to create.  Hamilton not only created vibrant and wonderfully portrayed planets, but he has created an entire confederation of planets that spans a few hundred light years.  I have a feeling that I’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg with this book.  There are hundreds of colonies to explore, though there are only 3 books in the series.  Much of the book takes place on the planet Lalonde, which is a newer colony, and shows how much of an undertaking it is to establish a colony world. It’s also a pretty unique world.  Norfolk is another intriguing world with its old English charm.  Tranquility is a vast, hollow living world created through genetic engineering.  Faster than light travel is commonplace, allowing starships to traverse the Confederation in weeks.

The cast of characters is huge.  There are a lot of names to learn, and it can be difficult to keep many of them straight.  However, the important players aren’t hard to forget.  It seems that many of the major characters, Joshua Calvert, Ione Saldana, Quinn Dexter, and Syrinx are all bound to have a common destiny.  Their stories are all told separately at first, but of course, they all come together in some way or another.  As the story isn’t finished, there’s still a lot to see.  The characters are very well developed.  There are no completely good or bad characters.  You may think so in some cases, but I’ve noticed there are instances of grey areas for each of them.  Joshua is a bit of a jerk at times, but I can’t help but like him.  Ione is a very interesting character who has a lot of responsibility, but is so young.  Quinn is the major antagonist, though it’ll be interesting to see how his story turns out.  Syrinx is an Edenist, a person who has embraced affinity, the ability to telepathically communicate with others of their society, as well as their genetically engineered starships, the Voidhawks.

As I mentioned before, this is part 1 of a book, so I have yet to see the end.  As of this moment, I’m only halfway through the story.  However, the amazing complexity of the story has shown me many surprises.  It is quite unpredictable.  I have no idea where it’s going, and I had no idea what the major complication was going to be, which came as a complete surprise.  There are many stories in one here, but they’re all important parts of the whole.  This I have yet to see, though.  There are some aspects that have been shown early on, but I have no idea what they have to do with the plot.  That will likely become apparent in part 2.

With its incredible complexity, extremely well-developed characters, and amazing universe, The Reality Dysfunction has impressed me very much, so far.  Hamilton may be one of the best science fiction authors.

I must give this 5 stars out of 5.  It is that good! Recommended for space opera fans and those who love world building.  You won’t regret it.