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Book Title: Hidden Empire|
The author of the book: Kevin J. Anderson
Date of issue: July 24th 2002
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A sprawling space opera. Big cast of characters, colonization of other planets, alien civilizations, FTL travel and space battles. Kevin J Anderson weaves a story of epic proportions and scope, using broad strokes to keep the plot moving forward, never allowing the multiple POVs and story arcs to get bogged down in too much detail or get sidetracked into tangents of spontaneous creativity (I’m looking at you again Hamilton).
Speaking of other scifi writers, I’m currently reading Alastair Reynold’s Revelation Space series and one of the interesting things that I’m noticing is the difference in the way Relativity is handled by different authors. How do you keep cohesion between story arcs that occur light years apart? Anderson employs FTL travel as means of travel as well as a form of telepathy via the “world forest” – sentient trees that share a single consciousness across the galaxy. Instant communication across light years is made possible by human “green priests” who share a telepathic link with the trees and are thus able to communicate with other green priests on other planets. So all the story arcs can occur in the same timeframe and information can be shared between characters light years apart without having to deal with relativity. Reynolds, on the other hand deals with the effect of relativity on the plot by having his story arcs told in parallel but in different time frames. He did this in Revelation Space and more noticeably in Absolution Gap. This way Reynolds embraces relativity as a sort of plot device to get some interesting convergences of story arcs.
Back to this book, Hidden Empire does have some almost unforgivable “annoyances” that put my desire to keep up with the series in doubt. Namely, the characterisation and dialogue. The characters just felt flat to me. Part of me understands that this is because the book is more event driven than character driven, but when you combine this with some forced and often stilted dialogue it starts to grate. I’m one who prefers the “show don’t tell” style of writing. Anderson on the other hand spoon feeds the reader, even going so far as to have characters narrating their own shared history to each other just for my benefit. It just didn’t feel natural to me.
The other negative was the audio narration. I thought George Guidall did a great job with Roland in the Dark Tower series, but he was just awful in this book. At first I thought he was passable, but after a while he just seemed to exacerbate the problems I was already having with the book. I gave up on him about halfway and swapped the audio for the kindle version. Much better. A lot of my “issues” became more tolerable after that.
At the end of the day, the actual story is pretty good. The plot elements are interesting, the world building is epic and there are plenty of essentials for space opera fans. I still think I would have to be in the right mood to come back to the series knowing what I’ll be in for – but I do believe I may at times feel like revisiting this Universe...just in small doses. Or maybe it will just get buried in my TBR. Time will tell.
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Read information about the authorYes, I have a lot of books, and if this is your first visit to my amazon author page, it can be a little overwhelming. If you are new to my work, let me recommend a few titles as good places to start. I love my Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. series, humorous horror/mysteries, which begin with DEATH WARMED OVER. My steampunk fantasy adventures, CLOCKWORK ANGELS and CLOCKWORK LIVES, written with Neil Peart, legendary drummer from Rush, are two of my very favorite novels ever. And my magnum opus, the science fiction epic The Saga of Seven Suns, begins with HIDDEN EMPIRE. After you've tried those, I hope you'll check out some of my other series.
I have written spin-off novels for Star Wars, StarCraft, Titan A.E., and The X-Files, and is the co-author of the Dune prequels. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series and the Nebula Award-nominated Assemblers of Infinity. He has also written several comic books including the Dark Horse Star Wars collection Tales of the Jedi written in collaboration with Tom Veitch, Predator titles (also for Dark Horse), and X-Files titles for Topps.
I serve as a judge in the Writers of the Future contest.
My wife is author Rebecca Moesta. They currently reside near Monument, Colorado.
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