The Nano Flower

The Nano Flower (Greg Mandel, #3)The Nano Flower
Greg Mandel #3
Peter F. Hamilton
Ebook, 608 Pages
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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A highclass hooker has sex with a 15year old boy and ends up becoming his lover and his legal ward.

Aliens.

I didn’t really enjoy this book as much as the first, or even the second. And it really put the kabosh on my desire to read more by Hamilton.

A Quantum Murder (Greg Mandel #2)

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A Quantum Murder
Greg Mandel #2
Peter F. Hamilton
Ebook, 384 Pages
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

This was a classic “locked room” mystery. But on a much larger scale.

And it deals with implanting memories and is totally based on the premise that a mind can be recreated in another human and hence that human becomes the first person who’s mind it was.
(Which is bogus, because we are more than our memories. But I digress.)

The Mandell’s are farmers, enjoying the bucolic life, trying to forge a new life together. Then they get dragged into a murder mystery and wormholes, and FTL and psychic glands all get involved.

While sex was hinted at, not so subtly, in the first book, in this book we have a scene or two that stop just short of the explicitly graphic. Which doesn’t bode well for Book 3.

Mindstar Rising (Greg Mandel #1)

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Mindstar Rising
Greg Mandel #1
Peter F. Hamilton
Ebook, 383 Pages
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

I had heard of Peter Hamilton and associated his books with huge tomes of Hard Science [fiction]. And some of the people who talked about him weren’t the kind of people I really wanted to get book suggestions from, so I had put off reading him.

I am glad I chose this trilogy to start. I was really impressed with this book.

It was a good scifi action book that didn’t overwhelm me. Greg Mandell came across as the worn out ex-specialist that he is. Him marrying, at the end, a busty redhead with a muscular body, who is almost half his age didn’t hurt anything either.

Julia, billionaire heiress, was a good counter to Mandell’s world weariness. Her youthful energy, drive and desire to overcome everything helped lighten the overall tone of the plot.

The overall plot, of the giving of a tech company over to Julia, while other consortia do their best to make her fail, and Mandell being all psychic [he has a gland that helps him to read other’s surface thoughts] was thoroughly enjoyable.

While I gave this the cyberpunk tag, and I do think it deserves it, it is more along the lines of subdued England First cyberpunk. England is taking over the tech world, not the japanese. But all the other marks of CP are there: inflation, money, drugs, guns, computer hookups of all kinds; they just simply aren’t as IN YOUR FACE as say Snow Crash. For which I am thankful.