The Reality Dysfunction

The Reality Dysfunction

Book - 2008
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A window to the past is opened when a space scavenger discovers data belonging to an alien race. Light years away, the seeds of chaos are sown on a planet in the process of colonization. And as intergalactic governments argue, a subtle change takes place that will affect the future survival of all living things.
Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2008
Copyright Date: ©1996
ISBN: 9780316021807
0316021806
Branch Call Number: SCI HAMIL-P
Characteristics: viii, 1108 pages ; 21 cm

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wrsdixon
Sep 28, 2017

Somewhere in this 1000+ page tome is a good story or two or three.
Many good ideas. Some parts are great, others drag on. A good editor would have trimmed this down a fair amount.
This would have been better as a two or three volume series.

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GregKush
Sep 05, 2014

The first 150 pages are a little laboring as Hamilton lays out the pieces of a very large chess board. Once he sets the pieces in motion it becomes quite a ride. Sometimes the story (or intersecting stories) borders on farcical stereotype - the swashbuckling captain who beds at least one girl in every port, the hatred of the dead against the living, or the high society people who engage in highly immoral behavior while in private

Aside from that one point, the book is otherwise a total escapist space opera with heroes, villains, high technology, fights, lots of sex, philosophy, theology, competing philosophies, and lots and lots of characters (even a few kids thrown in though fortunately not in a saccharine-sweet telling).

One last point: I picked up Hamilton because I ran out of Iain Banks Culture novels to read and wanted something else. He's not at the same level as Banks, but he does have a good command of the language and makes a rich storytelling. Think of him as a cross between Niven and Banks.

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stuvw27
Sep 08, 2010

Just finished this one and I'm in a daze! What a rip-snorting adventure! And brainy too! I'm in awe of Mr. Hamilton's prowess! THIS is what SF is all about! I'm a lucky guy: there's two more gigantic tomes in the series and (due to the lousy economy) I don't have a job to cut into my reading time!!

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Zinsurin
Mar 06, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Scenes depicting torture and rape.

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Zinsurin
Mar 06, 2016

Sexual Content: Frequent sexual encounters.

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Zinsurin
Mar 06, 2016

Violence: Scenes of graphic violence and gore depicted in this title.

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Mar 06, 2016

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