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The Abyss Beyond Dreams (Chronicle of the Fallers) (edition 2014)

by Peter F. Hamilton (Author)

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The year is 3326. Nigel Sheldon, one of the founders of the Commonwealth, receives a visit from the Raiel-self-appointed guardians of the Void, the enigmatic construct at the core of the galaxy that threatens the existence of all that lives. The Raiel convince Nigel to participate in a desperate scheme to infiltrate the Void. Once inside, Nigel discovers that humans are not the only life-forms to have been sucked into the Void. The humans trapped there are afflicted by an alien species of biological mimics-the Fallers-that are intelligent but merciless killers. Yet these same aliens may hold the key to destroying the threat of the Void forever-if Nigel can uncover their secrets.… (more)
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Title:The Abyss Beyond Dreams (Chronicle of the Fallers)
Authors:Peter F. Hamilton (Author)
Info:Macmillan (2014), Edition: Signed Copies, 750 pages
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It is very much like his other books - story is different, but tone, pacing and complexity are the same. If you like Hamilton, you will like this. If you don't... then... don't...

It started off slow (as per usual), then the threads come together at the end. Bit of suspense to wrap it up... not a cliff hanger ending either, though there is another book in this series. ( )
  crazybatcow | Feb 22, 2022 |
Let's say it as it is. Big disappointment all the way. The third books series that plays in the Commonwealth Universe this is also the by far weakest and most boring one.

Simply put, it just plays in the Void universe. All of it. There is outside/inside interesting development going on. There is actually no development going on at all. It feels like reading the same "Void Trilogy" Edeard stories just with a different character. Nothing interesting at all.

While it is still written very well and it is still a page turner, it was just not enjoyful at all. This is not a Hamilton book as I was expecting it.

The ending is a nice cliff hanger, but the most shocking thing for me was "So what, don't really care how it goes on". ( )
  gullevek | Dec 15, 2020 |
Starts good. gets really dumb, fast. skimmed to see what happens. not much. As Nigel says often, he's always right. that means no dramatic tension whatsoever.

and in there we also get a half-assed teenage infatuation plot complete with throwaway mom character, a scene about wonderbras (yes really), and need I go on? ( )
  tedyang | Oct 28, 2020 |
A fine example of the best of British Sci-Fi and space opera. ( )
  kantr | Aug 26, 2020 |
Probably the best novel from Hamilton since Fallen Dragon. Much less padding, fewer viewpoint characters, no obviously, horribly wrong science.

The main problem here is a large section following a character called Slvasta that is highly repetitious of material following Edeard in the Void Trilogy. Fortunately it gets more interesting later when these correspondences are subverted. Nevertheless, it's much more fun when following Nigel Sheldon.

Typically of Hamilton it's more a fun adventure story than any interesting subtext but it's definitely one of his best such. ( )
  Arbieroo | Jul 17, 2020 |
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The year is 3326. Nigel Sheldon, one of the founders of the Commonwealth, receives a visit from the Raiel-self-appointed guardians of the Void, the enigmatic construct at the core of the galaxy that threatens the existence of all that lives. The Raiel convince Nigel to participate in a desperate scheme to infiltrate the Void. Once inside, Nigel discovers that humans are not the only life-forms to have been sucked into the Void. The humans trapped there are afflicted by an alien species of biological mimics-the Fallers-that are intelligent but merciless killers. Yet these same aliens may hold the key to destroying the threat of the Void forever-if Nigel can uncover their secrets.

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