Recently, a workmate of mine lent me The Dreaming Void, by Peter F. Hamilton. I've read the first hundred pages, which were mostly spent on talking about the world's history and various technologies. The characters' motivations were mentioned, but I didn't get a feel of their personalities, and so wasn't able to really get into the book. Maybe some of you have read this book and will disagree, which is cool. I hardly ever read science fiction books at all. Do they tend to be setting oriented? How does one become attached to a book that's not focused on the characters? Of course, it comes down to personal tastes, but I don't know, it's just something that's crossed my mind. Thanks.