Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. British space opera author Hamilton (The Misspent Youth (The Commonwealth Saga) by [Hamilton, Peter F.]. Misspent Youth [Peter F. Hamilton, Steven Crossley] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. After decades of research, scientists of the. A gripping near-future novel by bestselling author Peter F. Hamilton. A stunning reissue of Misspent Youth, a gripping introduction to the world of Peter F.
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Set in the very near future, this novel speaks to the shallow nature of our advancement. I highly recommend this book. He is best known for writing space opera. This article is about the novel. Now, where Hamilton makes it good is his characters and the interpersonal stuff.
As a matter of fact, this is pretty much a kind of family soap opera in a slightly more futuristic time than ours. Misspent Youth is a stand alone science fiction novel by the acclaimed British author Peter F Hamilton. Is it a good idea to read this book before Pandora’s Star? Seventy-eight-year-old Jeff Baker has revolutionised the world by inventing the ultimate method of information storage and allowing free use of it with no profits going into his own pocket.
Jeff comes home from the rejuvenation in his year-old body. Jeff Baker is the inventor of the storage crystal, the ultimate method of storing information. Maybe it was a brief, exhilarating ride. And while I know many people seek out stories of the bold and the beautiful as a wish-fulfillment exercise, I’m not so dumb as to confuse envying a character with liking him. Yet not really, there’s less about the tech, and more about the newly rejuvenated shagging anything in a skirt, including, eventually, his own son’s girlfriend.
Misspent Youth is a coming of age tale set against the backdrop of sometime in the fairly near future.
The type of behaviour is not unrealistic in that similar disasters do occur in step-families. The first is a global networking platform tha It might be best going into this novel not expecting anything. Apr 24, Chip rated it liked it. Pandora’s Star Judas Unchained.
At times it’s downright creepy with Annabel drawing comparisons between Jeff and his son’s sexual performace. Hamilton gives us a future of “intelligent idiots,” people who are brilliant technologically, but definitely misspsnt advanced in any sense emotionally or socially.
MISSPENT YOUTH by Peter F. Hamilton | Kirkus Reviews
Pandora’s Star is set inapproximately years after the events of Misspent Youth. Misspent Youththe first book set in Hamilton’s Commonwealth Universe, is another step on that path. As of the publication of his tenth novel inhis works had sold over two million copies worldwide, making him Britain’s biggest-selling science fiction author. I really did not get the point of this book, it started off well creating a futuristic society that has undergone dramatic changes as a result of necessity and intriguing new technologies.
After 18 months in a German medical facility, the year It is forty years in the future and, following decades of research and trillions of euros spent on genetics, Europe is finally in a position to rejuvenate a human being. The amazing act of charity he is famous for was motivated by spite, not goodwill. The difference is that they at least had some redeeming factor, usually in the form of a protaganist I could actually like or relate to.
Trouble invariably erupts as his newly-minted hormones have him chasing every young woman around him, to include a girl that Tim had been very much in love with. I liked Tim, he was just the right mix of sullen teen and adolescent with a good head on his shoulders. This page was last edited on 5 Decemberat We witness Jeff’s relationship with his old friends crumble, the arguments he has with his family and the relationships he has with many a young lady.
Hmailton is forty years into the future and, following decades of research and trillions of euros spent on genetics, Misspfnt is finally in a position to rejuvenate a human being. Our protagonist rose to fame in the early 21st century for advancing data storage technology by bamilton leaps, then cementing his geek god status the world over by open-sourcing all his work.
I am reading it because I have some completist bug for Hamilton.
Not only does this mean that Tim’s dad is no longer the old codger he was 18 months ago, but with the combination of wealth, experience and a load of hormones he’s turning into a babe magnet. With hindsight, it was never going to be as popular as my other works. Perhaps following along the same path that Tim’s feelings run, I liked him at the start, but he just did so much wrong things, as Tim’s friends would say, it was really hard to keep liking him.
Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This is really a young adult book with a small tinge of SF. My usual complaint about Hamilton is that his stories have no subtext at all but that cannot be said of this novel of loose morals and really bad behaviour. Now, here’s an irony: Misspent Youth follows the effect his reappearance has on his family and friends – his young ex-model wife Sue, his teenage son Tim, and his long-term pals, themselves all pensioners, who are starting to resent what Jeff has become.
When Jeff Baker, the story’s rejuvenated protagonist, scopes out his son Tim’s girlfriend Annabelle and tells himself You absolutely cannot, not with herany reader who isn’t a congenital idiot knows that he absolutely will. Commonwealth Universe 8 books.
Perhaps these were the bits Del Rey asked Hamilton to develop? It sound so much like a story about maladjusted working class youngsters in some large industrial town or the title of a Yokth Springsteen track.
Return to Book Page. Other books in the series. I’m a big fan of the Commonwealth Saga.
Misspent Youth by Peter F Hamilton