May 13th, 2005

userinfo senji
2005/05/13 21:58:00 - Phantastic sleuths and New Conservatives
24. Hamilton, Peter F. Mindstar Rising
25. Hamilton, Peter F. A Quantum Murder
26. Hamilton, Peter F. The Nano Flower

What Hamilton was like before Nights Dawn….

England is recovering from both global warming and socialism. The New Conservatives are in power, the people are housed, and Philip Evans is legitimising his high-tech commercial operation Event Horizon. But Philip Evans has a problem, something or someone has been causing unacceptible losses in his orbital operations. Fearing that his organisation might be compromised he calls in outside help, and finds Greg Mandel, a veteran of the Jihad war and ex-Mindstar operative.

Greg Mandel has bio-enhanced psychic powers that enable him to read people's emotions, and occasionally gets flashes of intuition that noone can really explain. The three books centre around Mandel and Event Horizon, but along the way they provide images of both Hamilton's imagined post-Warming world and of the years of oppression under the People's Socialist Party.

I think A Quantum Murder is the best of the lot; it's better written than Mindstar Rising but doesn't attempt to be as grandiose as The Nano Flower.
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userinfo williamjm
2005/05/13 21:57:08
A Quantum Murder is quite good, but it does have a gratuitously tacked-on shoot-out at the end, which felt unnecessary to me, and didn't really fit very well with the rest of the novel.

I like Hamilton's books but his endings do tend to be either implausible or disappointing or both. Mindstar Rising is just about his only novel that actually has an ending that works (although some of his shorter work has good endings - A Second Chance At Eden, for example).
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userinfo senji
2005/05/17 21:39:14
Hmm, I thought the ending was kind of consistent with the rest of it.
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userinfo hairyears
2005/05/14 00:54:58
You mean you've only just got around to reading them?

Much of it is set in places where I went cycling as a lad.
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userinfo senji
2005/05/17 21:38:34
I first read them about 2 years ago, I quite like them.

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