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Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. British space opera author Hamilton (The Misspent Youth (The Commonwealth Saga) by [Hamilton, Peter F.]. Misspent Youth [Peter F. Hamilton, Steven Crossley] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. After decades of research, scientists of the. A gripping near-future novel by bestselling author Peter F. Hamilton. A stunning reissue of Misspent Youth, a gripping introduction to the world of Peter F.

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It’s taking piracy to extreme, or rather it’s piracy legalised and accepted by society and content creators being forced to accept it as well. Then again, it must be severely disturbing to go from old and physically creaking, back to the bloom of youth, while still remembering most of the eighty-odd years you’d lived before, so perhaps he should be cut some slack.

Jeff Baker, founder of the datasphere, is the first ha,ilton to be chosen for a new and highly expensive rejuvenation treatment, which completely reverses the aging process in almost every way.

The story envisions that after the invention of the “datasphere”, traditional publishing industries finally lost control on their copyright, and the development of new novels, music and movies collapsed. Unfortunately the message seems rather underwhelming; if you be A commonplace of recent “hard” SF is the idea of very long lifespans and rejuvenation of the body. After all, not only is Jeff world famous and probably the most influential man of his generation, but he got to shag his son’s hot model girlfriend!

Trouble invariably erupts as his newly-minted hormones have him chasing every young woman around him, to include a girl that Tim had been very much in love with. At times youtj downright creepy with Annabel drawing comparisons between Jeff and his son’s sexual performace.


Misspent Youth by Peter F. Hamilton

I started reading this one first to catch a glimpse of the Commonwealth Universe, as it takes place years before the events in Pandora’s Star. The first subject is Jeff Bakerthe father of the datasphere which replaced the Internet and hakilton extraordinaire.

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The man who made yout possible gave the tech away instead of getting filthy rich. But it takes forever in this book, despite the tired parade of worldbuilding ‘sci-fi concepts’ at the start.

He dies surrounded by his family and loved ones. He’s almost the same age as his son. Jeff literally gave his billion-dollar idea away free but still managed to make vast amounts of money. Thanks for telling us about the problem. We need to help our patrons sift through the information deluge and help them judge which information is relevant and trustworthy and which information is better discarded.

Due to the threat of English nationalist terrorists, the family must be closely guarded by heavy-handed Euro-cops. This page was last edited on 5 Decemberat Be the first to discover new talent! If you wanted ha,ilton read the Void Trilogy and your OCD forced you to read this book, then you’re probably me. Perhaps these were the bits Del Rey asked Hamilton to develop?

Sexist in all directions, demeaning, and downright creepy. Hamilton usually writes high stakes, universe spanning epics with a myriad of well developed characters.

Misspent Youth

In fact, if Robert Jordan had had the skill these two authors possess, the Wheel of Time wouldn’t have been so horrible, causing many people to drop out after the third or fourth book. As the riots begin, concerned for Misspsnt safety, Jeff changes his mind about supporting the EU and youtb the conference to charge through the riots to find his son.


The whiny teenage son, the trophy wife, the slutty girls and the newly nympho scientist all make for hard going. So far, so good. Jeff returns to his wife and teenage son as a 25 year old man. Open Preview See a Problem? His sex drive is driving him crazy.

Pandora is the place to start from I believe. A core group of three or four characters all interacting to form a fairly dysfunctional family experience character development and individual changes that his stories don’t usually get the opportunity to delve too deeply into considering how much is always going on with as many chara I was almost scared away by the 2 star review this book seems to carry with it, but I’m glad I picked it up anyway.

Tim is extremely happy when he starts going out with gorgeous Annabelle. It sound so much like a story about maladjusted working class youngsters in yourh large industrial town or the title of a Bruce Springsteen track.

From there you should have a good idea how the rest of the novel will play out. Jul mixspent, Luke rated it did not like it.