I'm a 26 year old gamer living in Texas. I'm a huge RPG nerd with somewhat of a penchant for good FPSs (BF3). I'm also a huge media junkie, though no reality TV. Graduated from college in 2007 and found a job. The extra income is great, but sadly it comes at the expense of having a lot less time to play games/watch TV. I own a 360, PS3, PS2 and Gamecube.
I'm currently playing:
Dragon Age 2
Need time to finish:
Valkyrie Profile: Silmeria
Really want to start:
Chrono Trigger DS
Star Ocean: Last Hope
TV Shows currently watching:
Big Bang Theory
How I Met Your Mother
Star Wars The Clone Wars
Game of Thrones
I know this post is NVGR, and a long wall of text, but I figured there are enough Science Fiction fans here to appreciate what I am about to say:
I have just finished reading Peter Hamiltonâ€™s â€śThe Temporal Voidâ€ť and I have to say, it is quite possibly the single best piece of â€śentertainmentâ€ť I have ever experienced. I consider myself an avid reader, TV watcher, movie watcher, anime watcher, and video game player. I have probably read around 75 novels (Iâ€™m only 23), currently watch around 10-15 currently airing TV shows, in addition to another 10 anime shows, have probably played close to 100 games (recently mostly RPGs), and the hundreds of movies I have seen. So, please appreciate that I would never simply claim that something is the most fulfilling experience Iâ€™ve had if I didnâ€™t firmly believe it.
What I believe makes the book so fascinating is the complete gamut of emotions that it is capable of evoking. I recall the deep sadness I felt as a child when I read â€śWhere the Red Fern Growsâ€ť, as Old Dan and Little Ann die; (Shadow of the Colossus spoiler)* the despair I felt as Agro fell off the cliff before the last colossi*; the empathy I felt with Zoe as she saw Wash die in Serenity; the joy of simply observing the life of everyone in Honey and Clover. Yet, all these now seem trivial in comparison to what I experienced with â€śThe Temporal Voidâ€ť.
For those of you whoâ€™ve read the first in the trilogy, â€śThe Dreaming Voidâ€ť, Iâ€™m not talking about the overall Commonwealth plotline, but of the life of Edeard, as narrated by Inigoâ€™s dreams. I wonâ€™t be so crass as to spoil anything, but each chapter I just kept waiting for the Commonwealth parts to end, just to get back to Edeardâ€™s life.
If youâ€™ve read this far, Iâ€™m assuming youâ€™re one of the people that care about the characters in whatever medium youâ€™re experiencing; that you are fully capable of empathizing with them throughout whatever they experience. And therein lays the beauty of â€śThe Temporal Voidâ€ť. Through the life of Edeard, I was able to experience great joy, laughter, eagerness, sorrow, despair, anger, and complete and utter rage. And it wasnâ€™t merely reading that that was the sentiment the characters were experiencing. I literally laughed out loud at some of the situations that presented themselves; sat at the edge of my seat with eager anticipation as to what the characters would find as they turned a corner; experienced a betrayal so deep that it chilled me to my core as it dawned on me; and complete rage, as if someone was killing a member of my family inches away while I was powerless to stop it.
I literally canâ€™t think of what other recommendation to give for the book than what I have just said. Sadly, you probably wonâ€™t understand much about Edeardâ€™s life unless you read the first book in the trilogy, â€śThe Dreaming Voidâ€ť. Currently, â€śThe Temporal Voidâ€ť is only available in the UK, so I had to use AbeBooks to purchase it. It turns out being quite expensive with the shipping, but I would have paid tenfold if I knew what was in store for me. The sequel and conclusion to the trilogy isnâ€™t expected until 2010 at least. Iâ€™m afraid the wait will be unbearable.
I know this was a lot of text, but I felt I had to write something about it; that I had to tell other people so that they could appreciate it as much as I did