Monday, September 10, 2018

Salvation - Peter Hamilton

Structured a bit like Hyperion with a group of travellers heading towards a McGuffin and telling their stories along the way. In Hyperion the connecting thread is the Shrike the travellers eventually encounter, and that’s about all (as far as I can remember). I didn’t think I would like this book because I’ve often found stories told within a story irritating and irrelevant to the main plot. Page fillers. Here, however, there are multiple connections between stories and the destination of these characters. At no point in any of them did I think, oh get on with it, but then they’re liberally sprinkled with boosted mercs, weird aliens, agents and double agents, nasty weapons and advanced technology. The main advanced technology here is that of the entangled portals used for transport around Earth and beyond. Mr Hamilton obviously had some fun thinking about the implications of that. Lots of interconnected, one might say entangled threads, steadily weaving together towards a revelation, and a thoroughly enjoyable read I polished off in a day and a half. There’s more to come too, and I’m looking forward to the next books. 

Recommended.

    

7 comments:

Subrata Sen said...

I'm in!

David Farmer said...

Already finished reading it two evenings ago. Wonderful, enjoyable novel. I will certainly buy and read the two forthcoming books in the Salvation series. I did enjoy Hamilton's reference to you, Mr. Asher, as well as two other authors.

PaulS said...

Downloaded and ready to go...

Neil said...

Good to hear a positive recommendation, I was concerned about the structure of the book, having never read Hyperion

neilkay1 said...

This just came in the post today, looking forward to it.

jiri said...
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jiri said...

Neal you still nr.2 ...? ;)