- Taschenbuch: 1234 Seiten
- Verlag: Pan Books; Auflage: Unabridged edition (5. Mai 2006)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0330493531
- ISBN-13: 978-0330493536
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 11,1 x 5,2 x 17,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 15 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 581.570 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Judas Unchained: Part Two of the Commonwealth Saga (Englisch) Taschenbuch – Ungekürzte Ausgabe, 5. Mai 2006
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Maybe let's NOT start with the Dramatis Personae:
You might want to skip this, if you are truely desperate to read this sleeping pill in book form.
It might make the rest of the book a *tiny* bit more enjoyable.
*****START DRAMATIS PERSONAE CRITIQUE*****
It starts off the list of incredibilities this book assaults its reader with.
The character listing includes such tiny hints as:
So-ond-so Halgarth, secret agent of the Starflyer
Such-and-such Halgarth, another secret agent of the Starflyer
Bruce bla-bla, Starflyer's secret killer
Alessandra Baron, Starflyer's secret agent
Starflyer, secret alien
This was such an incredible showstopper for me, that I was tempted to instantly return the book.
By God, I should have done it!
How much more can you do to spoil ANY suspense that might have remained at the end of the previous book?
Maybe only by saying: "Hey, this is the last chapter at the beginning, so you will know how the book ends!"
But that's possibly the only way to spoiler even worse than I am right now.
And I was fair, I was warning you with more than an obvious alert at the beginning.
*****END DRAMATIS PERSONAE CRITIQUE*****
Now, where the first book introduced masses of new technology without giving the slightest hint what they were, or how they might work (not exasperatingly long descriptions, heck, a paragraph would have sufficed), this book does the exact opposite.
It introduces a handful of new tech gadgets, and then splurges across many pages in describing each single aspect of a tech that was outdated even at the time of publishing of this book, leave alone more than 300 years in the future.
But no, the author decided that its was still sufficiently unknown to warrant enough pages to make a natural-born bureaucrat drool at the amount of red tape it would require to bind it together.
I'll give you a short list of the face-palm-worthy moments from the beginning of the book.
Fission-powered Spruce, er, sorry, Carbon Goose airplanes as transport on a planet which had well below freezing temperatures at the equator, to avoid creating RUNWAYS (yes, air-boat style planes, on a planet with freezing temperatures EVERWHERE, arrgh). Now add to the ludicrousness of fission powered airboats on a planet that ONLY supports frozen runways, or even worse partially frozen water-ways covered in icy slush, that the planet already was irradiated by its neutron star binary component. The author claiming that enough salinity would prevent water from freezing at standard pressure at -15°C was just the icing on the wat... er, cake. Aaargh, Nuff said. Aaargh!
Solar-Windmills generating power in space. Barely acceptable so far, because purely photo-voltaic solar pannels would have been more effecient, especially with cheap superconductor tech.
But not being placed close enough to the neutron star so that the gravity of the star would keep it stationary vs the solar wind pressure generated is stupid in the extreme. Using it to power the wormhole to another starsystem transfer is okayish, but then transmitting that energy via a tiny wormhole, which in itsself obviously needs a HUGE amount of power is totally counter-productive. But having the windmill store its power to make propulsion possible that powers it back into it's starting position over five hours of continuous propulsion is stupid beyond belief; especially when the author claimed only a few sentences earlier, that would be too much like an infinity/perpetual motion engine. Ow, face-palm!
Placing a transfer train station 8 km from the central station is also stupid beyond belief. So that you have to transfer EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE there by CAR! Between two train stations. Ow, ow, ow! My face starts feeling flater already, thanks to all the face-palms.
Claiming that a kilometer long strip in front of said central station (ie at least 100 meters wide) would be CROWDED and PACKED by a population of 10,000 people demonstrates the author has NO idea what crowded means. That's an area of a total of 100,000 meters². So each and every person on that space has 10m² of space, or a square of appr. 3.3m per side. Standing in the center of that area each person would not even be able to shake another person's hand because they couldn't reach far enough. That's how uncrowded this area is. A standard county fare ground is more packed than that.
Ow, smack, ow, smack, ow! Face approachs pancake status.
The list of inconsistencies and illogical approaches the author subjects his readers to continues throughout the book.
While the first book did not bore us with needlessly excessive descriptions of totally useless tech, traveling, planetary settings that would NEVER be revisited ever again in the book, etc. this book does the opposite.
A single little travel arrangement is splurged out over more than 30 pages; something which was summed up in ONE sentence, or even a single phrase in the first book. The whole travel arrangement has NO other use than increasing the word count.
Nothing plot relevant happens at all during those 30 pages.
Except possibly that the number of double-handed face-palms I experienced when reading them increased to the 'flattened-face'-threshold.
Hmm, maybe I should sue Mr. Hamilton for injuries to my face?
To be honest, I would consider this book of nearly therapeutical value for people who do not suffer from automatic face-palmage at outrageous stupidity. Because for anyone suffering from insomnia this book could be considered a definitely non-addictive solution for their condition.
Don't buy, don't read. You can spend your time more productively watching paint dry.
Wie bei der Night-Dawn Triologie muß man es einfach mögen, in viele viele Details eingeweiht zu werden.
Aus meiner Sicht ist hier der Weg das Ziel - es ist nicht das Ziel die Geschichte "Alien-Invasion/Flucht abzuwenden", das geht sicher in weniger Seiten. Nach einem Viertel ist man einfach in der Welt drin. Und in der Kürze liegt die Würze ist es def. nicht
Es hat ein paar logische Fehler - aber es gibt einen Zusatzstern für den Einstieg - ich sage nur "Yo, dudes, how's it hanging?"
Was ich mir von Peter Hamilton wünsche: Bitte schreibe eine kurze Anleitung wir man eine Story zwischen 2000 und 3000 Seiten schreibt - mit 4 bis 5 Handlungssträngen und 50 Hauptpersonen und schick sie an George R.R. Martin PER EINSCHREIBEN ;-)
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