Chronicles of the Fallers / Peter F. Hamilton

Title / The Abyss Beyond Dreams and Night Without Stars
Author / Peter F. Hamilton
Publication Date / 2014 and 2016
Genre / Science fiction
Series or standalone / Duology
Page no. / 688 and 750
Overall Rating / ★★★★

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Goodreads synopsis of book 1: The year is 3326. Nigel Sheldon, one of the founders of the Commonwealth, receives a visit from the Raiel—self-appointed guardians of the Void, the enigmatic construct at the core of the galaxy that threatens the existence of all that lives. The Raiel convince Nigel to participate in a desperate scheme to infiltrate the Void. Once inside, Nigel discovers that humans are not the only life-forms to have been sucked into the Void, where the laws of physics are subtly different and mental powers indistinguishable from magic are commonplace. The humans trapped there are afflicted by an alien species of biological mimics—the Fallers—that are intelligent but merciless killers. Yet these same aliens may hold the key to destroying the threat of the Void forever—if Nigel can uncover their secrets. As the Fallers’ relentless attacks continue, and the fragile human society splinters into civil war, Nigel must uncover the secrets of the Fallers—before he is killed by the very people he has come to save.
This is the latest series set in the Commonwealth universe. I hadn’t read any of his previous books before reading these two, but I didn’t have too many issues in becoming immersed in this world. There may have been things I missed, but I didn’t find that this detracted from the story. I think this is great for both readers familiar with this universe and new readers. Hamilton gives enough background to allow readers who are new to the Commonwealth to easily become immersed in this world. I have to admit about being a little intimidated by the size of this books, especially because I was new to this world, but it turned out to be completely fine. I really enjoyed this universe, but as I mentioned I will have missed some of the world building because I haven’t read the other books set in this universe. It wasn’t bogged down by all the information, so I never felt that it dragged in terms of the world building. Overall I thought the world building in these two books were well done and I loved learning about it throughout the books.

 

Both books are over 600 pages each, but for the most part the plot is tightly paced and compelling. As I hadn’t read anything else by this author, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect when I started this and I ended up really enjoying both these books. While I did enjoy the plot, there were sections that were quite slow and I hate to say a little boring. Most of the time though I couldn’t put these books down. I think, with a book this size, it’s hard to keep it compelling all the way through, while also introducing the world and characters. Hamilton does a fantastic job at tying all the threads of the plot together. There is a lot going on in this duology and the author manages to keep each thread engaging. In terms of the characters, I thought they were all well written and liked their character development through the two books. It did take me a little while to warm to the characters, but after a while I was invested in them. I will say that these books suffer a little with pacing issues and I think some will find that they drag a lot, but I didn’t have that issue. I thought the ending was great

 

Overall I really enjoyed both of these books and I plan to read more books set in this universe. It is probably best that you read the other books in this world as it will give you a wider understanding, but I still enjoyed reading these books. Have you read this duology? I’d love to know what you thought. I’m sorry this review is short, but I have to admit that I’m slowly getting back into the flow of review writing. It’s been a while and I haven’t settled back into the flow yet, so apologises if this review isn’t very good. I tried my best :).  I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Series I’m In The Middle Of

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. Today I thought I would share some series that I am currently reading and loving. Some of these series are already completed, while others are currently uncompleted. I’ve actually got 22 series to share with you guys, which is quite a lot… hopefully I’ll finish a fair few of them this year. These are all series that I have been loving and I would recommend checking any or all of them out. Most of them are fantasy series (no surprise there) but there is also a sci-fi series, a thriller trilogy and a couple historical fiction series. Let’s get started.

 

  • Winternight trilogy / Katherine Arden / 3 books planned, 2 read
  • Songs of Shattered Sea series / Bradley Beaulieu / 6 books planned, 2 read
  • Lady Trent series / Marie Brennan / 5 books out, 2 read
  • Greatcoats series / Sebastien de Castell / 4 books out, 3 read
  • Spellslinger series / Sebastien de Castell / 6 books planned, 2 read
  • Queens of Renthia trilogy / Sarah Beth Durst / 3 books planned, 2 read
  • Fitz and the Fool trilogy / Robin Hobb / 3 books out, 1 read
  • The Licanius trilogy / James Islington / 3 books planned, 2 read
  • Millennium trilogy / Stieg Larsson / 3 books out, 1 read
  • Book of the Ancestor trilogy / Mark Lawrence / 3 books planned, 1 read
  • Dandelion Dynasty trilogy / Ken Liu / 3 books planned, 2 read
  • Gentlemen Bastard sequence / Scott Lynch / 6 books planned, 3 read
  • Cromwell trilogy / Hilary Mantel / 3 books planned, 2 read
  • Gods of Blood and Powder trilogy / Brian McClellan / 3 books planned, 1 read
  • The Book of Dust trilogy / Philip Pullman / 3 books planned, 1 read
  • The Kingkiller Chronicles / Patrick Rothfuss / 3 books planned, 2 read
  • Draconis Memoria trilogy / Anthony Ryan / 3 books planned, 2 read
  • Shardlake series / C. J. Sansom / 6 books out, 3 read
  • The Inter-dependency series / John Scalzi / 3 books planned, 1 read
  • The Bone Season series / Samantha Shannon / 6 books planned, 3 read
  • The Legends of the First Empire series / Michael J. Sullivan / 6 books planned, 2 read
  • Winnowing Flame trilogy / Jen Williams / 3 books planned, 2 read

 

Making this post I realised that I’ve been reading more trilogies, in comparison to longer series, and I’ve got a lot of series to finish :). Now I’ve probably missed a few series but these are probably all the series on my priority list. Have you read any of these series? I am loving all of them and can’t wait to finish each of them. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

TTT: Favourite Quotes

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.This weeks topic is favourite quotes. I love sharing my favourite quotes and I’ve already done 3 posts about some – you can them out here, here and here. For this post I’ve come up with 8 new quotes to share with you guys. Let’s get started.

 

  • “Every time you take one path, you must live with the memory of the other: of a life left unchosen. Decide as seems best, one course or the other; each way will have its bitter with its sweet.” The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
  • “History is the long shadow cast by the past upon the future. Shadows, by nature, lack details.” The Wall of Storms by Ken Liu
  • “Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it.” The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
  • “Stand aside, and try not to catch fire if I shed sparks of genius.” The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch
  • “Learn everything. Fill your mind with knowledge—it’s the only kind of power no one can take away from you.” Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  • “Sometimes when she told stories about the past her eyes would get teary from all the memories she had, but they weren’t tears. She wasn’t crying. They were just the memories, leaking out.” A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  • “Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilised by education: they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.” Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • “Remember, the past need not become our future as well.” Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

 

What are some of your favourite quotes? I think I need to start writing down some of my favourite quotes from the books I read as I’m reading them, instead of trying to remember them later on. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Places I Want To Visit

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. Today I am going to do a non bookish post, as you can probably tell from the title. I wanted to share some of the places that I would love to visit. I’ve been lucky enough to travel a fair bit through my life but there are quite a few places I really want to visit but haven’t yet. To be honest I’m an anxious traveller (or just person really) but I still love visiting new places. Let’s get started.

 

Places I’ve never been to:
  • China
  • Japan
  • San Francisco and Washington, USA
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Croatia

 

Places to revisit:
  • Hong Kong
  • Italy
  • Prague, Czech Republic

 

Hopefully I’ll slowly become more confidant with travelling as I do it more. Where do you guys want to go? Or where is your favourite place you’ve been? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

T5W: Books You Read Because of Blogging

Top 5 Wednesday was originally created and run by Lainey aka gingerreadslainey (Youtube channel) but it is now being run by Sam aka Thoughts on tomes (Youtube channel). Each week there is a different topic. You can check out the groups Goodreads page here for any more information and the future topics. This week’s topic is books you’ve read because of blogging. I’ve been blogging for just over a year and a half now which is kind of crazy. Anyway these are books that I’ve read because they were recommended to me or because I saw them floating around the bookish community.
That is all I have for today. There are definitely plenty of books that I see floating around the bookish community that I’m intrigued by, although I am always a bit wary of hype. What book have you read because of blogging? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Waiting on Wednesday…

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week I am waiting on:

 

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Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo / out 28th August – I have quite mixed feelings about this author. I had very mixed feelings about the Grisha trilogy but thought the Six of Crows duology was good. I am interested to see what I think about this one. Wonder Woman is awesome so of course I’m ready for a book about her. I’m sad to say though I haven’t seen the film yet… now I’m going to have to wait till it’s released on DVD. Anyway I’m looking forward to picking this book up when it’s out.

 

Are you guys looking forward to this release? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Best Books of 2017 So Far

Hi guys how are you all? Today I thought I would share some of my favourite books I’ve read so far this year. I’ve read 39 books so far and I’ve picked 8 of my favourites to share. No surprises that alot of these are going to be fantasy books :).

 

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Do Not Say We Have Nothing / Madeleine Thien / ★.5 / full review

 

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Ninth Rain / Jen Williams / ★ / full review

 

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Sins of Empire / Brian McClellan / ★ / full review

 

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The Bear and the Serpent / Adrian Tchaikovsky / 

 

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Red Sister / Mark Lawrence / ★ / full reivew

 

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The Moon in the Palace / Weina dai Randal / ★ 

 

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Knight’s Shadow / Sebastien de Castell / ★ 

 

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Daughter of the Forest / Juliet Marillier / ★ 

 

Honourable mentions: Legion of Flame by Anthony Ryan, Sons of the Shadow by Juliet Marillier and The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.

 

I have definitely read some fantastic books so far this year and I’m hoping to read more in the next half :). There are just so many books to read. What are some of your favourite books you’ve read this year? I hope you are all having wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa