I have little experience with him but from what I’ve read so far in The Dreaming Void, I’m pretty awe-struck. It’s incredibly detailed, a fascinating take on future societies and well-written, and from looking up his bio, follows along with his space opera style of multiple main character convergences.
What did he flub so badly about the ending in the last book?
The protagonists find a machine that turns one of them into a god. He then waves his hand, and makes the army of space-faring undead that had been driving the plot of the entire trilogy simply disappear.
In case you’re unaware of this, The Dreaming Void is sort of a sequel to Pandora’s Box and Judas Unchained, although it’s set over a thousand years after the time of those books. They’re all part of the Commonwealth series.
Misspent Youth (2003) a novel set around 2040
Blessed by an Angel (2007) a short story
Pandora’s Star (2004) and Judas Unchained (2005) a two-art novel set around 2380
The Dreaming Void (2008), The Temporal Void (not yet published), Evolution’s Dream (not yet published) trilogy set around 3590
Very reluctantly, I must agree. He had a tremendously detailed, interesting, inventive, multilayered universe that he developed across six big books, with interesting characters and some genuinely engaging issues… and then he just pissed it all away in the last 20 pages. And the hero
not only defeated the legions of the undead practically with a wave of his hand, he then pulled the galaxy closer together - actually moving every star and planet, IIRC - so that every human world and colony was cheek-by-jowl with every other! 'Cause he’s, y’know, omnipotent and all, and deuterium costs had been going up so sharply.
Based on the first volume (which I picked up at a used book sale), it would have been 3 slim volumes if he’d managed to leave out the gratuitous sex. Yeah, I get it, your hero gets lucky in all sorts of ways.
I can seriously, without any scruples needing to be suppressed, opressed or needing to be dragged into a back alley and beat bloody with a cudgel, recommend Pandora’s Star and Judas Unchained. He creates a gorgeous, consequent universe (for a given amount of consequent - this is science fantasy, after all) with likeable characters, a permeating dry wit, a good storyline and an epic sense of scale.
I asked for a recommendation at my nearby Outland and the girl helping me asked if I’d ever read George Martin. Yes, of course, I said and she asked – but have you ever read George Martin write sci-fi? And she thoughtfully pushed both books into my hands and wrote them up, knowing that as soon as I was done with one the waiting to get the other would physically hurt. And she was bang on the money, as well - Hamilton does feel like George R.R. Martin. In space.
I’m done slobbering now. Move on. Nothing to see here.