Pandora’s Star by Peter E. Hamilton (quick review)

Pandora’s Star is a sci-fi novel by the established author Peter E. Hamilton.

In short: Excellent.
If you enjoy sci-fi or liked any of his other books (Reality Dysfunction, Neutronium Alchemist, Naked God to name a few), then this is worth the purchase.

The story is concluded (or so I’m told) in Judas Unchained.

The book begins humbly and opens into a full space opera style story. I grabbed the book while on holiday, and have consumed all 1200 pages very quickly.

Characterisation is very good, and the links to our own time are scattered throughout so we keep a frame of reference. A highlight for me was the reference and obvious knowledge of historic space exploration, as many of their problems are adapted to a futuristic context, and applied effectively.

This is also a book for the technology buffs, as all the super-science devices are well thought out, and their impact and application on the society are mixed within the story.

Be warned that this is definitely a book one of two, as nothing is really resolved in the first book, rather the book ends leaving a few good cliff hangers, and some excellent questions to ponder.

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Tuesday’s patch v2.0.3 notes

The patch yesterday held some alterations, and hopefully they’ll announce a new round of bans for the nasty gold sellers who send in game mail.

Click through to read the notes. Thanks to a well prepared guild-mate for the notes via email.

This patch has changes for most classes, and it appears that Druids, Hunters and Rogues were particularly focused. Rogues and Druids get a talent refund. And we all get to check our mods again – not me though, I’ll wait till next week.

Also the macro / scripting language looks to have a few tweaks too.
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Back in the game

Howdy all,

Another new year and all sorts of goodies to look at already.

The warcraft cookie contest and artwork contest were particularly good in December, so check them out here.

Its also not long until millions of geeks take annual leave, or quit school / relationships / work to play the Warcraft expansion. Lets hope the hype is right, and also hope that the large download chugging away in background is almost all we need.

I’m expecting a huge spike in the number of players in every server, and look forward to the “place in queue” to gently count down to zero, and a new pile of newbie players to be born. Conversly most of the existing players will try the new races, but lets just wait and see exactly how many abandon old toons for the funky new models.

(Do the blood elves make a good sound when they die?)

I also expect to be downloading my mods again, and a fair amount of instability in the first few days. Hopefully as an Aussie our play times will be off-set enough to not suffer a total meltdown.