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The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some four hundred light-years in diameter, contains more than six hundred worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over one thousand light-years away, a star ... vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears. Since the location is too distant to reach by wormhole, a faster-than-light starship, the Second Chance, is dispatched to learn what has occurred and whether it represents a threat. In command is Wilson Kime, a five-time rejuvenated ex-NASA pilot whose glory days are centuries behind him. Opposed to the mission are the Guardians of Selfhood, a cult that believes the human race is being manipulated by an alien entity they call the Starflyer. Bradley Johansson, leader of the Guardians, warns of sabotage, fearing the Starflyer means to use the starship--s mission for its own ends. Pursued by a Commonwealth special agent convinced the Guardians are crazy but dangerous, Johansson flees. But the danger is not averted. Aboard the Second Chance, Kime wonders if his crew has been infiltrated. Soon enough, he will have other worries. A thousand light-years away, something truly incredible is waiting: a deadly discovery whose unleashing will threaten to destroy the Commonwealth ... and humanity itself. Could it be that Johansson was right?… (mer)
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Pandora's Star is one of the few books that I've heard glowing reviews about by people with similar interests only to read it and not enjoy it. What's funny is I think the story is amazing. Similar to "The Mote an God's Eye", it focuses on a far flung star system. In this case, the system, and it's neighbor, are encased in a Dyson Sphere. Did they erect it, or did someone else? What distanced me from enjoying this book was my lack of ability to connect with the characters. It was much more situation focused than character or major plot focused, leading to discussions of things I had no interest in when so much else was happening in the world. Some of my lower rating is also because I gave up on it a few times, which lead to a disjointed reading experience. ( )
  adamfortuna | May 28, 2021 |
Peter F. Hamilton's "Pandora's Star" is a crazy-huge-scope space opera with a wide variety of very interesting and unique alien varieties. It is one of the only Sci-Fi stories I've read where there were aliens that were comprehensible but very different from humans in psychology. There are a wide variety of characters all over the moral/pragmatic spectrum, and many of them act as the protagonist for a while without the author clearly endorsing or condemning their choices. ( )
1 rösta wishanem | May 27, 2021 |
A great start to the Commonwealth series. Epic in scope, with great characters and great action and great technology. Everything you'd ask for from an epic scifi novel. I thought this was excellent. ( )
  Karlstar | Apr 26, 2021 |
Mote in Gods Eye but in 5x the number of pages. Abandoned 1/2 way through.

Restarted and this time I made it all the way. You know, this is a really peculiar book. I think it might be better after you've read it once-- sort of like retaking a math course. Once you know the characters, you can immerse yourself in the world. The trick is to get past the first 2/3 of the book, where exactly three things happen that move the plot forward... I counted. Once things start happening, though, they keep happening until then end where it just stops.

And that's when I finally tripped to the fact that this is not an 800 page retelling of MIGE; its a 1600 page retelling of the original, plus the logical sequel (not the one actually written which wasn't that good IMO).

Ok. So to sum up: get past the first 600 pages where *nothing* happens except background after background on about a billion characters, and realize that you're going to have to read a whole 'nother book after this one and if you can do that, settle back into the really, really populated stage- I mean crowds of actors, operatic crowds of actors - and you might enjoy it. ( )
  frfeni | Jan 31, 2021 |
Quoting Sara King; "Hard science fiction, a.k.a. technobabble, is the dry stuff that reminds you of college physics textbooks explaining cool new ideas in a very logical way. I mean, it’s neat, but you can forget the main character’s name in a couple days." And that's pretty much how I found this book. Dry. And really long-winded with forgettable characters. I really didn't care whether or not any of the characters in Pandora's Star made it or not. So, unfortunately, I quit this book. ( )
  bored_panda | Jan 8, 2021 |
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The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some four hundred light-years in diameter, contains more than six hundred worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over one thousand light-years away, a star ... vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears. Since the location is too distant to reach by wormhole, a faster-than-light starship, the Second Chance, is dispatched to learn what has occurred and whether it represents a threat. In command is Wilson Kime, a five-time rejuvenated ex-NASA pilot whose glory days are centuries behind him. Opposed to the mission are the Guardians of Selfhood, a cult that believes the human race is being manipulated by an alien entity they call the Starflyer. Bradley Johansson, leader of the Guardians, warns of sabotage, fearing the Starflyer means to use the starship--s mission for its own ends. Pursued by a Commonwealth special agent convinced the Guardians are crazy but dangerous, Johansson flees. But the danger is not averted. Aboard the Second Chance, Kime wonders if his crew has been infiltrated. Soon enough, he will have other worries. A thousand light-years away, something truly incredible is waiting: a deadly discovery whose unleashing will threaten to destroy the Commonwealth ... and humanity itself. Could it be that Johansson was right?

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