Home Literature Stories Movies Games Comics News Discussion Forum
  Science Fiction and Fantasy News
Esslemont's Stonewielder Prologue and Cover (07-26)
Deals and Deliveries (9!!!) (09-12)
Iron Man: Femmes Fatales by Robert Greenberger (09-12)
Indiana Jones and the Army of the Dead by Steve Pe (09-12)

Official sffworld Reviews
Big Time, The by Fritz Leiber (05-29 - Book)
Rogue Clone by Steven L. Kent (05-25 - Book)
The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig (05-21 - Book)
The Wisdom of the Shire by Noble Smith (05-17 - Book)


Site Index

Book Reviews and Comments    Bookmark and Share

Page 1 of 1

Commonwealth by Peter F. Hamilton

(3 ratings)

Submit Review / Comment

More reviews by author
A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z

Submitted by Alex Hunt 
(Mar 22, 2011)

I have read both Commonwealth books back to back and they are indeed one book.
The plots and sub-plots are so intricately woven together that I can only speculate on how Hamilton kept track of characters and events. I am a software developer by trade so I know about flow and logic - my conclusion is he must have used a flowchart and some heavy duty techniques to map rationships. The characters, like all good characters, took on a life of their own. They behaved in a consistent and believable way at all times.
Well done it's up there with all those Nebukar winning novels of the past!

Submitted by James 
(Jan 04, 2009)

Phew... Itís been along time since I felt like taking a shower after reading a book. I believe I have sampled an infinitesimally small taste of what a rape victim must feel. My primary gripe is that MR. Hamilton was able to use so many words to tell such a small story. There were whole pages that did nothing but describe the vein pattern of the leaf of a species of plant that grows in the depths of a jungle twenty miles from where any of the plot takes place. Expansive and un-relenting world building is a trap generally confined to the novice authors. MR. Hamilton needs a new editor (or perhaps a meaner one).

Why would I torture myself by continuing what was obviously a painful experience for me? I really liked the Greg Mandel series, and hoped that some of that would be recaptured in the Commonwealth. I threw down the Void trilogy in disgust half-way through the second book, and wanted to give Peter an opportunity at redemption. I should have cut my losses with the Commonwealth series as well, but then I would not have had a right to write this review.

Unless you relish paragraph upon paragraph of peripheral, inconsequential tripe, and donít mind that you have to read 2,016 pages for one story (beginning, middle and end), then save yourself the pain of reading this (these) book(s). Most of us just donít have the patience for that kind of sacrifice.

The basis of the story was fine. I enjoyed the portions of the book that related to character and plot development. However, most of that development had little to do with the climax. Entire communities of character and plot were developed and then abandoned. There were whole planets that could have been cut from the story without damage to the overall arc of the story. Then entire work can be summed up with one word: BLOAT.

Sponsor ads



The Terry Pratchett Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now First Novel Prize!
05-31 - News
Stephen King's Joyland UK Promotion
05-30 - News
UK Publisher of Stephen Kingís New Novel Unusual Promotion
05-30 - News
Big Time, The by Fritz Leiber
05-29 - Book Review
Rogue Clone by Steven L. Kent
05-25 - Book Review
The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig
05-21 - Book Review
The Wisdom of the Shire by Noble Smith
05-17 - Book Review

05-10 - News
The Tyrant's Law by Daniel Abraham
05-04 - Book Review
Galaxy's Edge 1 by Mike Resnick
04-28 - Book Review
Poison by Sarah Pinborough
04-21 - Book Review
Bullington, Beukes and Bacigalupi event
04-19 - News
The City by Stella Gemmell
04-17 - Book Review
Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan
04-15 - Book Review
Tarnished Knight by Jack Campbell
04-09 - Book Review
Frank Hampson: Tomorrow Revisited by Alastair Crompton
04-07 - Book Review
The Forever Knight by John Marco
04-01 - Book Review
Book of Sith - Secrets from the Dark Side by Daniel Wallace
03-31 - Book Review
NOS4R2 by Joe Hill
03-25 - Book Review
Fade to Black by Francis Knight
03-13 - Book Review
The Clone Republic by Steven L. Kent
03-12 - Book Review
The Burn Zone by James K. Decker
03-06 - Book Review
A Conspiracy of Alchemists by Liesel Schwarz
03-04 - Book Review
Blood's Pride by Evie Manieri
02-28 - Book Review
Excerpt: River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay
02-27 - Article
Tales of Majipoor by Robert Silverberg
02-24 - Book Review
American Elsewhere by Robert Jackson Bennett
02-20 - Book Review
Evie Manieri Guest Post
02-19 - Article
The Grim Company by Luke Scull
02-17 - Book Review
Red Planet by Robert A. Heinlein
02-11 - Book Review

New Forum Posts

About - Advertising - Contact us - RSS - For Authors & Publishers - Contribute / Submit - Privacy Policy - Community Login
Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use. The contents of this webpage are copyright © 1997-2011 sffworld.com. All Rights Reserved.