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RETRO-REVIEW: A Second Chance at Eden by Peter F. Hamilton

Note: I am in the middle of reading the incredibly long (but very good) Pandora’s Star by Peter F. Hamilton. In the meantime, I thought I’d post a pre-blog review of one of Hamilton’s earlier works that I read back in August of 2001.

REVIEW SUMMARY: A must-read for fans of Hamilton’s Night’s Dawn trilogy.


BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A collection of 7 stories set in the “Night’s Dawn” universe.


PROS: Bite size stories whet the appetite for more.

CONS: Not as enjoyable for those not familiar with the Night’s Dawn trilogy (subtract a star).

BOTTOM LINE: A fun read for anyone; required reading for Night’s Dawn readers.

A Second Chance At Eden is a well-done collection of short stories set in the universe of Hamilton’s “Night’s Dawn” trilogy (The Reality Dysfunction, The Neutronium Alchemist and The Naked God). This novel was released before the third book in the trilogy but could be read anywhere in the sequence.

I like the short story format for quick SciFi fixes and Hamilton does not disappoint. Each story holds your interest and further explores the rich tapestry created in the trilogy. Included are plot twists, action, mystery and a big handful of references back to the other three books. While some stories (“Sonnie’s Edge”, the title story, “Escape Route”, “Candy Buds”, “The Lives and Loves of Tiarella Rosa”) were better than others (“New Days Old Times”, “Deathday”), all the stories were an enjoyable diversion.

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1 Comment on RETRO-REVIEW: A Second Chance at Eden by Peter F. Hamilton

  1. Having read this when it came out, I think the collection works better as an endcap to the Night’s Dawn sequence. The sheer number of ahas about where aspects of Hamilton’s universe originated is better appreciated after the novels are finished, IMO.

    That said, my favorite stories of the bunch were Escape Route and the title story.

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