Comments to Pandora's Star by Peter F. Hamilton
Submitted by Anonymous (Jun 07, 2010)
The review kinda of missed a rather key point of the novel. The book is called "Pandora's Star" and yet in your review you seemed to think it was merely a planet that vanished. It was two entire stars! Maybe a bit nit-picky but that's really the major point of the first novel (exploring the disappearance of stars).
Submitted by Rick Joslin (Oct 27, 2009)
I am in the midst of listening to Pandora's Star as an audiobook. I agree with most of what your reviewer wrote, but especially with the statement that a dramatis personae (or list of characters) would be very useful. In fact, I came upon this site looking for such a list, so far unsuccessfully. I've gotten so lost occasionally that I had to go back a few chapters to re-orient myself to which characters I was currently reading about. The author's website has a "cast of characters" for another of his books/series; maybe such a document will be forthcoming for Pandora's Star. The story itself is very compelling, at least so far.
Submitted by David Taylor (Jun 25, 2007)
I found Pandora's Star far too long and in dire need of some stricter editing.
There were whole sub-plots that seemed unnecessary and did nothing to further the story or even really flesh out the universe, where I found myself doggedly ploughing through just trying to make it to the next interesting/important part.
Even the important parts could have been tightened considerably, with many paragraphs of needless detail just getting in the way and making it a labourious read.
It is a good story ruined by a self-indulgent author whose prose should have been massively pruned by his editors, but wasn't. The book could easily have been 1/2 or 2/3 the size, and much better.