[Read] ➱ Great North Road By Peter F. Hamilton – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk

Great North Road A Century From Now, Thanks To A Technology Allowing Instantaneous Travel Across Light Years, Humanity Has Solved Its Energy Shortages, Cleaned Up The Environment, And Created Far Flung Colony Worlds The Keys To This Empire Belong To The Powerful North Family Composed Of Successive Generations Of Clones Yet These Clones Are Not Identical For One Thing, Genetic Errors Have Crept In With Each Generation For Another, The Original Three Clone Brothers Have Gone Their Separate Ways, And The Branches Of The Family Are Now Friendly Rivals Than Allies Or Maybe Not So Friendly At Least That S What The Murder Of A North Clone In The English City Of Newcastle Suggests To Detective Sidney Hurst Sid Is A Solid Investigator Who D Like Nothing Better Than To Hand Off This Hot Potato Of A Case The Way He Figures It, Whether He Solves The Crime Or Not, He Ll Make Enough Enemies To Ruin His Career Yet Sid S Case Is About To Take An Unexpected Turn Because The Circumstances Of The Murder Bear An Uncanny Resemblance To A Killing That Took Place Years Ago On The Planet St Libra, Where A North Clone And His Entire Household Were Slaughtered In Cold Blood.The Convicted Slayer, Angela Tramelo, Has Always Claimed Her Innocence And Now It Seems She May Have Been Right Because Only The St Libra Killer Could Have Committed The Newcastle Crime Problem Is, Angela Also Claims That The Murderer Was An Alien Monster Now Sid Must Navigate Through A Byzantine Minefield Of Competing Interests Within The Police Department And The World S Political And Economic Eliteall The While Hunting Down A Brutal Killer Poised To Strike Again And On St Libra, Angela, Newly Released From Prison, Joins A Mission To Hunt Down The Elusive Alien, Only To Learn That The Line Between Hunter And Hunted Is A Thin One.

10 thoughts on “Great North Road

  1. says:

    Peter F Hamilton is considered to be the best currently active British science fiction writer After reading this book I agree with some reservations He is also considered to be the best space opera writer in English speaking world After reading this book I agree this time without any reservations He is also a guy who cannot write anything shorter than 1000 pages even if his life depends on it Think Stephen King of science fiction Unlike King he wrote big from the beginning of his career In not too distant and very much recognizable future humanity developed a technology allowing instant travel between different planets of our Galaxy One such planet had a type of plant which completely solved fuel problems Not surprisingly people controlling the gateway to that world become filthy stinking rich Saudi Arabia of the future Again not surprisingly the Earth city none other than Newcastle hosting the gateway has its entire economy revolving around it A simple police Detective of the city stumbled upon a dead body during his patrol rounds th...

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    imagine a 13 year old boy genius he loves science fiction, he loves world building, he loves physics and biology and all the sciences he also loves his family and he definitely loves girls he loves binge watching exciting tv shows he s open minded and appreciates diversity overall this is a great kid and I d be happy to know him now imagine if this boy genius were to write a book what would it be full of it would be full of GEE WHIZ EXCITEMENT of course and spaceships and alien threats and super science and super powered advanced humans who can live centuries and clones and xenobiology and a Jupiter orbital and dangerous futuristic weapons and gateways to other worlds and scary alien threats and military threats too because humans are trigger happy and if there s military that means some torture too and a complex future history complete with a timeline and cast of characters hey maybe it will have a detective story in it, a crime mystery and so it will have world weary cops and corporate espionage and gangsters and devious criminals and all the details of a police procedural and don t forget, it will have the girls in particular a really hot girl who is super smart and cunning and righteous and powered by secret weapons and she has a glamorous past and a tough past too, she s the whole package and since she s in it, t...

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    1087 pages UK arc editionOnly a few points for now with a detailed review later I finished Great North Road by Peter Hamilton and on the whole I am a little mixed addictive but very self indulgent, a new universe and a somewhat fresh take on the author s usual themes long life, the rich, sense of wonder, detailed world building, alien aliens but also a lot of repetitionsThis is truly a book that should have been slimmed down considerably and could have easily done with much less from the Newcastle police investigation which takes probably about half the novel and gets very boring after a while Also lots of mannerisms that are funny once or twice but get tired quite fast, with pet the worst offender by a lot.If you are a fan of the author, you will most likely enjoy this though I bet you will shake your head at the self indulgence editor, editor, editor , otherwise go and read Reality Dysfunction, Pandora s Star, the Dreaming Void, the Mandel books and even Fallen Dragon which had some great stuff despite its structural weaknessEdit I went fast again through the book and on the second read it definitely improved in so far I knew to avoid the large ch...

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    If you ve not read one of my reviews before Hello, lovely to meet you My name is Chris, but I m here on Goodreads under the handle of Clouds because I thought it was a rather nifty moniker one which captures neatly what stories are to me subjective shapes seen in the random patterns of clouds, snatched down and bound with words to share with friends over a good cuppa.Some of my reviews are firmly on topic, but others tend to waffle and wander I m a firm believer that a readers opinion of a book is rooted solidly in what s going on in their life at that time, and what elements of the book resonate with their experiences So I think it s good to have a bit of context around a review, and a reviewer.OK OK I ve prevaricated enough We re having another baby I ve wanted to share that for a while This is the book I was reading when we found out and for me it will always be emotionally linked with that delightful discovery any and all opinions expressed here are tinged with the pride and joy that comes bundled up with the expectation of a new baby This will be our second and I adore being a Dad I could talk about this all day Will you shut up already and tell me something about the book Sigh If you ve never read any of Peter Hamilton s work Great North Road would be an interesting place to start He s a writer of epic space opera, with big emphasis on the...

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    I m afraid that this huge doorstopper of a novel is going to be one of those love hate jobs I now only love it after having finished it, but I felt my stamina drain and drain and drain through long long passages of mind numbing boredom and a litany running through my head went, Where is the editor Why can t these last 150 pages be safely omitted without losing any story whatsoever sigh It s rather the same problem I had with The Reality Dysfunction, although, to be very fair, I think this one was the superior of the two.For one, the whole North thing was highly amusing They re a clan of clones who had built one hell of an empire The worldbuilding was frankly amazing, too The amount of depth and creation was awe inspiring, although, to be realistic, it was mostly filled with names and places and huge Zanthswarm worries, so we can mostly just chalk that up to consistency and organizational charts After all is said and done, everything appears in order All the long passages of time spent in either the present where things don t seem to be getting anywhere, or the even longer time spent in flashbacks that were, to my built understanding, already gone over fairly well in present dialog.And here s wh...

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    Peter F Hamilton writes large He writes 1000 page behemoths of narrative And he writes with ideas that are space and time spanning, far beyond the usual windows of ordinary lives And his words are imbued with the power of ideas and concepts far above today s water cooler subjects Yet, despite the immense dimensions of his imagination, he keeps it all within reach, grounded on human sensibilities, maintaining a keen sense of the grand human drama

    So in this decidedly large book, Hamilton mixes together inscrutable alien swarms, cloned megalomaniacs, monsters with bladed fingers, interworld portals, smart personal networks, sentient worlds, manufactured oil, medically enabled longevity, with recognizable and easily accessible characters a persistent police investigator, a deeply religious military spook, a seemingly helpless woman wrongly imprisoned, three clones who pursue three separate ambitions of wealth, long life and freedom and vast and sundry characters that a reader from the 21st century can easily relate to He weaves a tale that could simultaneously be catego...

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    That Was brilliant It took me three weeks to read this nearly 1000 page monster of a book Normally that would seem like a long time on one book, but not here A busy schedule kept me from devoting large chunks of time to it, but that was okay I was able to savor it I d never read Hamilton before, and now I m a fan It s rare for a book this size to churn along without boring parts, but this had very few of those Part mystery, action adventu...

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    This book followed the traditional pattern I have found in this author detailed astrophysics, well elaborated and constructed worlds, highly integrate characters and sophisticated plots that run concurrently, along with parts that slog down to a near grinding halt.There are times this author keeps me fascinated The plot moves quickly, events shock me, and I am riveted Then I reach parts where everything crawls to a halt The details in his world building are enormous So enormous, in fact, my mind has a hard time getting around all of them.This book read like a serial killer mystery novel It reminds me a little of his incident with the Starflyer in the Commonwealth series Is there an alien Is there a serial killer Is it a corporate plot The best parts are when the suspense mounts and the environments of St Libra are explored in detail There are times I was transported to another world in my mind, which is, after all, why I read Hamilton has the ability to be able to do this the problem is it fluctuates between that and mind numbing details that completely overwhelm a new setting.I seem to have discovered an art to reading this author I am able to read the huge amount of detail built into a scene, while extracting what is necessary to move eon and leave the rest in a sort of blur of words ...

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    Things I learnt from this book 1 Rich sociopaths are awesome and we should let them do what they want because they are much better at governance and science than faceless bureaucrats.2 Long expeditions into boring jungle are boring.3 1000 pages requires than two major plots and one minor.4 Approxim...

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    Proof that even when Hamilton is bad, he s still very good.First things first, let me get this off my chest Long Loooonnnnggg Too long Far, far too long There s not enough story here for the book to be this long and large swathes of the book could and should have been trimmed in any sensible editing process I m guessing that by this stage of his career, the author and his publisher consider page count to be a selling point with Hamilton s audience, so that there s little appeal in doing the sort of editing that this book so desperately needed.Humans have developed stargate technology and have used it to create a few dozen colonies which we have sloppily sprawled into, continuing our polluting and exploitative industries A key part of this is the world of St Libra owned by the North family of clones and responsible for producing most of the human gate system s energy requirements in the form of biooil The gateway to St Libra is in the English city of Newcastle where the dumped body of a North clone is found with bizarre wounds that are similar to that of a mass killing 20 years ago of another North clone and his staff.The story follows the lead investigator of the murder Detective Sidney Hurst and the person accused of the original mass killing, Angela Tramelo Angela has spent the last 20 years in ja...

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