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www.morpheustales.com GREAT NORTH ROAD By Peter F. Hamilton www.panmacmillan.com

that does fail to live up to expectations, but those are expectations that have been building for so long nothing is likely to satisfy. It’s still a good ending, but it’s not great, and the rest of the book makes you want a great ending. There is epic, and then there is Peter F. Hamilton Epic. The man writes on an astounding scale, space operas that encompass generations, multiple planets, and grand schemes and intrigues. Although this is a rare single-volume story, and far shorter than Hamilton’s Night’s Dawn Trilogy which kept me enraptured for several weeks, this is still a massive book. At 1200 pages, it took me seven weeks to read, when on average I would have read about seven books in that time For anyone who hasn’t read a Hamilton novel, then this is the perfect introduction, before embarking on one of the trilogies, which I would highly recommend. But this isn’t Hamilton’s best book. I can’t wait to have the time to start on the Commonwealth Saga and the Void Trilogy, which have been waiting on my shelf for a few years, and may still be there until I retire. After reading the intricate plotting and details of a Hamilton book, I fear that reading a normal novel just won’t satisfy me. For those prepared to dedicate the time needed to be absorbed by this book, you are in for a treat. By Stanley Riiks

The story starts in 2142, in Newcastle. A Newcastle which is home to Northern Interstellar, the controlling company of the gate to St Libra, a planet virtually owned by Northern Interstellar and the North family of clones who run it. St Libra is the home to the majority of Earth’s bioil supply, bioil being the fuel for almost everything. When a dead North is found in the Tyne, Detective Sid Hurst is given the lead in the case, and an unlimited budget by the HDA, a kind of futuristic X-Files-like agency that believes an alien is responsible. The investigation sets off a planet-wide search of St Libra to find the monster, and the wrongly imprisoned Angela (accused of a similar murder twenty years before) is released and taken to the planet to help with the search. But this is barely the beginning, as there are multiple North factions, criminal activities, guerrilla attacks on the expedition, the murder investigation runs into wall after wall, not to mention the Zanth… That doesn’t even include the various pasts which include torture, murder, fraud, theft, and more. Although Hamilton is not a thrill-aminute writer, (for that seek out Andy Remic’s action-packed novel), there is still never a dull moment. Even the character backstories and history are entertaining. It is usually difficult to keep up the effort of reading and remembering the various characters in such a large book, but Hamilton actually makes it easy. This is space opera at its absolute pinnacle. Hamilton is the master of his universe, and gives it to you in every detail, writing in a way that makes everything at the very least interesting. The various plots pull together at the end, with a denouement

THE BLOODLINE FEUD By Charles Stross www.panmacmillan.com Part fantasy, part SF, all fantastic action! Miriam is a reporter who stumbled across a money-laundering story she thinks will make her career, but then she is fired and starts to receive death threats. Then she’s given a locket that allows her to travel 23

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