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I have two Peter F Hamilton books on Audible, Pandora's star and Reality Dysfunction. Also have Great North Road on Kindle. Have never read anything by him. Which one would be best to start?
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danthefan wrote:I have two Peter F Hamilton books on Audible, Pandora's star and Reality Dysfunction. Also have Great North Road on Kindle. Have never read anything by him. Which one would be best to start?

Great North Road. It's a self contained novel. Reality Dysfunction is book 1 of 3 in the Confederation, Pandora's Star is 1 of 3 in the first Commonwealth trilogy, and 1 of 8 of the whole saga.
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Halfway through the last in the the Broken Earth series by N K Jemisin. All three novels are terrific and worthy of all the awards that have been bestowed.

Saw it described as Science Fantasy which is probably right - there are no spaceships
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danthefan wrote:I have two Peter F Hamilton books on Audible, Pandora's star and Reality Dysfunction. Also have Great North Road on Kindle. Have never read anything by him. Which one would be best to start?

Great North Road. It's a self contained novel. Reality Dysfunction is book 1 of 3 in the Confederation, Pandora's Star is 1 of 3 in the first Commonwealth trilogy, and 1 of 8 of the whole saga.
Went with Great North Road, I'm about 3/4 the way through, it's bloody good. Have my theories on the alien so I can't wait to see how wrong I am.
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Sorry if already referenced but for classy, atmospheric thoughtful writing try Stanislas I am
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Saint wrote:
danthefan wrote:I have two Peter F Hamilton books on Audible, Pandora's star and Reality Dysfunction. Also have Great North Road on Kindle. Have never read anything by him. Which one would be best to start?

Great North Road. It's a self contained novel. Reality Dysfunction is book 1 of 3 in the Confederation, Pandora's Star is 1 of 3 in the first Commonwealth trilogy, and 1 of 8 of the whole saga.
I agree with Saint on reading GNR first, but I think Pandora's Star is the best thing he has written. Great story, good ideas, interesting characters, no metaphysical bollocks, no magic space aliens to solve the problem - a real page turner right from the (fantastic) opening,
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A5D5E5 wrote:
Saint wrote:
danthefan wrote:I have two Peter F Hamilton books on Audible, Pandora's star and Reality Dysfunction. Also have Great North Road on Kindle. Have never read anything by him. Which one would be best to start?

Great North Road. It's a self contained novel. Reality Dysfunction is book 1 of 3 in the Confederation, Pandora's Star is 1 of 3 in the first Commonwealth trilogy, and 1 of 8 of the whole saga.
I agree with Saint on reading GNR first, but I think Pandora's Star is the best thing he has written. Great story, good ideas, interesting characters, no metaphysical bollocks, no magic space aliens to solve the problem - a real page turner right from the (fantastic) opening,

Agree with Pandora's Star - currently halfway through that book with the intent of re-reading the whole Commonwealth
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tabascoboy wrote:Hmm, I think The Mandel Files are probably the next step for me then.
I Wish he would write more of this series.

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A heads-up for any fans of Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky: the sequel, Children of Ruin, is being released this month.

The former is one of the best sci-fi books I've read in recent years. Think I got it based on someone's recommendation on here too :thumbup:
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PourSomeRuggerOnMe wrote:A heads-up for any fans of Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky: the sequel, Children of Ruin, is being released this month.

The former is one of the best sci-fi books I've read in recent years. Think I got it based on someone's recommendation on here too :thumbup:
Been toying with the idea od reading Tchaikovsky...
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Pat the Ex Mat wrote:
tabascoboy wrote:Hmm, I think The Mandel Files are probably the next step for me then.
I Wish he would write more of this series.

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He's done a couple of short stories recently, but it sort of feels like he's run out of problems for Greg to investigate
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Richard Morgan back to form with Thin Air.

Probably his best yet
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Pat the Ex Mat wrote:Richard Morgan back to form with Thin Air.

Probably his best yet
:thumbup:

New release? Will definitely give it a go.
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Nolanator wrote:
Pat the Ex Mat wrote:Richard Morgan back to form with Thin Air.

Probably his best yet
:thumbup:

New release? Will definitely give it a go.
Yep, devoured it in 3 days on holiday*








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Pat the Ex Mat wrote:Richard Morgan back to form with Thin Air.

Probably his best yet
Nice. Just started re-reading the Gap Cycle series by Stephen R Donaldson. Fantastic series imo. And on a tangent but does anyone else here follow a YouTube channel called Dust? They've got some fantastic sci fi shorts. Highly worth a watch.
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Ted Chiang has another collection of short stories coming out. Only available to pre-order where I am but you might have access earlier where you are.

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flaggETERNAL wrote:
Pat the Ex Mat wrote:Richard Morgan back to form with Thin Air.

Probably his best yet
Nice. Just started re-reading the Gap Cycle series by Stephen R Donaldson. Fantastic series imo. And on a tangent but does anyone else here follow a YouTube channel called Dust? They've got some fantastic sci fi shorts. Highly worth a watch.
I think Morgan and Donaldson are similar. I can't read either when they write fantasy.

Their Sci-fi is great

I do and on of the film's is now on Netflix
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Pat the Ex Mat wrote:
Nolanator wrote:
Pat the Ex Mat wrote:Richard Morgan back to form with Thin Air.

Probably his best yet
:thumbup:

New release? Will definitely give it a go.
Yep, devoured it in 3 days on holiday*



* Goes well with Pina Coladas
Noticed that it's a sort of follow up to another book, so I'll give that a go first.
I left my Kindle back in Ireland last time I was home. Had intended on reading the recent Expanse book, but have to wait. x(
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Saint wrote:
danthefan wrote:I have two Peter F Hamilton books on Audible, Pandora's star and Reality Dysfunction. Also have Great North Road on Kindle. Have never read anything by him. Which one would be best to start?

Great North Road. It's a self contained novel. Reality Dysfunction is book 1 of 3 in the Confederation, Pandora's Star is 1 of 3 in the first Commonwealth trilogy, and 1 of 8 of the whole saga.
Also worth checking out his Greg Mandel series ( Mindstar Rising, A Quantum Murder, The Nano Flower ).
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Haven't read the whole thread, but are we including Fantasy?

If so. Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.

And I am a sucker for Wheel of time
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Saint wrote:
A5D5E5 wrote:
Saint wrote:
danthefan wrote:I have two Peter F Hamilton books on Audible, Pandora's star and Reality Dysfunction. Also have Great North Road on Kindle. Have never read anything by him. Which one would be best to start?

Great North Road. It's a self contained novel. Reality Dysfunction is book 1 of 3 in the Confederation, Pandora's Star is 1 of 3 in the first Commonwealth trilogy, and 1 of 8 of the whole saga.
I agree with Saint on reading GNR first, but I think Pandora's Star is the best thing he has written. Great story, good ideas, interesting characters, no metaphysical bollocks, no magic space aliens to solve the problem - a real page turner right from the (fantastic) opening,

Agree with Pandora's Star - currently halfway through that book with the intent of re-reading the whole Commonwealth
I'm probably about 75% through and it's losing me a bit. This is obviously my fault but I've lost track of exactly what some of the characters are up to and there is just too much extraneous detail imo.
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danthefan wrote:
Saint wrote:
A5D5E5 wrote:
Saint wrote:
danthefan wrote:I have two Peter F Hamilton books on Audible, Pandora's star and Reality Dysfunction. Also have Great North Road on Kindle. Have never read anything by him. Which one would be best to start?

Great North Road. It's a self contained novel. Reality Dysfunction is book 1 of 3 in the Confederation, Pandora's Star is 1 of 3 in the first Commonwealth trilogy, and 1 of 8 of the whole saga.
I agree with Saint on reading GNR first, but I think Pandora's Star is the best thing he has written. Great story, good ideas, interesting characters, no metaphysical bollocks, no magic space aliens to solve the problem - a real page turner right from the (fantastic) opening,

Agree with Pandora's Star - currently halfway through that book with the intent of re-reading the whole Commonwealth
I'm probably about 75% through and it's losing me a bit. This is obviously my fault but I've lost track of exactly what some of the characters are up to and there is just too much extraneous detail imo.
Pandora's star? or GNR?

If Pandora's Star, you have to remember it;s book one of three - and frankly it;s really just a single novel that had to be split in three becuase it's just that big.

GNR gets a bit bitty around 2/3rds of the way through until he starts to bring the threads together
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Saint wrote: Pandora's star? or GNR?

If Pandora's Star, you have to remember it;s book one of three - and frankly it;s really just a single novel that had to be split in three becuase it's just that big.

GNR gets a bit bitty around 2/3rds of the way through until he starts to bring the threads together
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Saint wrote: Pandora's star? or GNR?

If Pandora's Star, you have to remember it;s book one of three - and frankly it;s really just a single novel that had to be split in three becuase it's just that big.

GNR gets a bit bitty around 2/3rds of the way through until he starts to bring the threads together
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Sorry - mixing up that and The Void trilogy (same universe is my semi-legitimate excuse). Still Pandiora's Star and Judas unchained could legitimately be viewed as a single book rather than two distinct "episdoes"
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Have read them all. Thought Night's Dawn Trilogy the most fun although the Greg Mandel stuff is good too. Void started off well but is all over the shop now.

Anyone read Neal Asher?
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Saint wrote:
If Pandora's Star, you have to remember it;s book one of three - and frankly it;s really just a single novel that had to be split in three becuase it's just that big.

GNR gets a bit bitty around 2/3rds of the way through until he starts to bring the threads together
Pandora's Star.

I think my problem is I'm listening to the audio book. If I zone out for a few mins I lose track of what's happening. I read GNR the old fashioned way and quite enjoyed it but again it's too long.
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danthefan wrote:
Saint wrote:
If Pandora's Star, you have to remember it;s book one of three - and frankly it;s really just a single novel that had to be split in three becuase it's just that big.

GNR gets a bit bitty around 2/3rds of the way through until he starts to bring the threads together
Pandora's Star.

I think my problem is I'm listening to the audio book. If I zone out for a few mins I lose track of what's happening. I read GNR the old fashioned way and quite enjoyed it but again it's too long.
Wait till you get to the Void, or Night's Dawn. Then you get long (The Night's Dawn trilogy was split into 6 books for the North American market originally)
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The void books are considerably shorter than most of his others - 800 pages apiece versus over 1100 each, on average, with TND.

They are long but that's because he wants to show his working. If you're not interested in lengthy descriptions of quantum entanglements and nano-tech weaponry you're reading the wrong author.

I will say that accessing PFH via audiobook seems like madness to me, but I'm not huge on audiobooks in general
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Chuckles1188 wrote:The void books are considerably shorter than most of his others - 800 pages apiece versus over 1100 each, on average, with TND.

They are long but that's because he wants to show his working. If you're not interested in lengthy descriptions of quantum entanglements and nano-tech weaponry you're reading the wrong author.

I will say that accessing PFH via audiobook seems like madness to me, but I'm not huge on audiobooks in general

I'm re-reading the Reality Dysfunction at the moment, it holds up well to a re-read. Really liked the Commonwealth books but he should have left it at the Void as the Faller's stuff was poor and I didn't bother buying the next one.

Read Salvation over my holidays, quite enjoyable and I liked the main conceit which was subtly sign-posted throughout the book. A lot of recycled tropes that he likes but a great beach book.
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'Manhattan in Reverse', his short story collection is also worth a read.
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danthefan wrote:
Saint wrote:
If Pandora's Star, you have to remember it;s book one of three - and frankly it;s really just a single novel that had to be split in three becuase it's just that big.

GNR gets a bit bitty around 2/3rds of the way through until he starts to bring the threads together
Pandora's Star.

I think my problem is I'm listening to the audio book. If I zone out for a few mins I lose track of what's happening. I read GNR the old fashioned way and quite enjoyed it but again it's too long.
On anything even vaguely complex I find being able to go back and re-read a passage or two is essential so I don't misunderstand things. In Pandora's Star, I certainly didn't "get" the Bradley Johansson character or the significance of the "starflier" straight away.

I'm now re-reading the Culture novels. About half way through Consider Phlebas. Really enjoying it, which is a good sign, as I remember liking several of the later books a lot more.
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You're welcome. :D

It's probably time for me to have another read of Player or Inversions.
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Surprised nobody has ready Neal Asher. It's a little bit pulpy but great imagination and lots of action.
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Chuckles1188 wrote:The void books are considerably shorter than most of his others - 800 pages apiece versus over 1100 each, on average, with TND.

They are long but that's because he wants to show his working. If you're not interested in lengthy descriptions of quantum entanglements and nano-tech weaponry you're reading the wrong author.

I will say that accessing PFH via audiobook seems like madness to me, but I'm not huge on audiobooks in general
So very much this.
sorCrer wrote:Surprised nobody has ready Neal Asher. It's a little bit pulpy but great imagination and lots of action.
I like Asher. Having said that I once got in to a Twitter spat with him over his climate skepticism.
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flaggETERNAL wrote:
Chuckles1188 wrote:The void books are considerably shorter than most of his others - 800 pages apiece versus over 1100 each, on average, with TND.

They are long but that's because he wants to show his working. If you're not interested in lengthy descriptions of quantum entanglements and nano-tech weaponry you're reading the wrong author.

I will say that accessing PFH via audiobook seems like madness to me, but I'm not huge on audiobooks in general
So very much this.
sorCrer wrote:Surprised nobody has ready Neal Asher. It's a little bit pulpy but great imagination and lots of action.
I like Asher. Having said that I once got in to a Twitter spat with him over his climate skepticism.
:lol: I just read his books.
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Nolanator wrote:You're welcome. :D

It's probably time for me to have another read of Player or Inversions.
Thanks. :D

Both good, but I'm really looking forward to Excession and Use of Weapons. And Look to Windward, and Surface Detail. Happy times ahead.
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sorCrer wrote:
flaggETERNAL wrote:
Chuckles1188 wrote:The void books are considerably shorter than most of his others - 800 pages apiece versus over 1100 each, on average, with TND.

They are long but that's because he wants to show his working. If you're not interested in lengthy descriptions of quantum entanglements and nano-tech weaponry you're reading the wrong author.

I will say that accessing PFH via audiobook seems like madness to me, but I'm not huge on audiobooks in general
So very much this.
sorCrer wrote:Surprised nobody has ready Neal Asher. It's a little bit pulpy but great imagination and lots of action.
I like Asher. Having said that I once got in to a Twitter spat with him over his climate skepticism.
:lol: I just read his books.
:lol: Oh I'm pretty much the same. Gotta get that Polity. It is interesting though. Do you separate the artist from his art?
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A5D5E5 wrote:
Nolanator wrote:You're welcome. :D

It's probably time for me to have another read of Player or Inversions.
Thanks. :D

Both good, but I'm really looking forward to Excession and Use of Weapons. And Look to Windward, and Surface Detail. Happy times ahead.
I read Excession, LtW, Surface Detail and the Hydrogen Sonata relatively recently. UoW a bit before them. Probably due Matter again, another that I really enjoy that one.

I pretty much remember everything that happens in them, though, do I leave it a good while between reads. Read the Algebraist recently, too. That's just brilliant.

Yeah, think Player is the next Banks book on the end of the list.
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sorCrer wrote:Surprised nobody has ready Neal Asher. It's a little bit pulpy but great imagination and lots of action.
Read all of his

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Nolanator wrote:
A5D5E5 wrote:
Nolanator wrote:You're welcome. :D

It's probably time for me to have another read of Player or Inversions.
Thanks. :D

Both good, but I'm really looking forward to Excession and Use of Weapons. And Look to Windward, and Surface Detail. Happy times ahead.
I read Excession, LtW, Surface Detail and the Hydrogen Sonata relatively recently. UoW a bit before them. Probably due Matter again, another that I really enjoy that one.

I pretty much remember everything that happens in them, though, do I leave it a good while between reads. Read the Algebraist recently, too. That's just brilliant.

Yeah, think Player is the next Banks book on the end of the list.
I thought Matter was a bit too contrived when I first read it - in fact, I worried that he had run out of ideas for how to create any tension in Culture novels as they were just too damn powerful. Thankfully Surface Detail and Hydrogen Sonata proved me very wrong (and so sad that they ended then). Will be interesting to see if I feel the same about Matter this time round.

I will go back to his non culture novels once I've finished the culture (and possibly after re-reading the Revelation Space novels as I haven't read those for years, and I noticed that Alastair Reynolds published a new book in the universe last year that I haven't read yet.)
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