Hellstrom’s Hive is a good example of this, taken on face value the novel is just as good a novel as Dune (if not better) but differs incredibly in. I recently picked up one of his non Dune related novels titled Hellstrom’s Hive and it does seem like a faint echo of Dune. When I first started. If you can find a copy of Hellstrom’s Hive, by all means read it. I’ve read a good handful of Herbert’s non-Dune books over the years (most of.

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The only thing about this book is the ending is kinda weak. The green brain had insects adopting human like characteristics. Blaylock 1 James S.

In this metamorphosis, I find the most basic pattern for my understanding of the Hive. The Hive is interesting because it genuinely appears as a Utopia to all the people within it, but all the outside viewers see it as horrific. Frumious on Speaker for the Dead, by Orson…. The presence of human characters in the book forces the reader to confront not just the philosophical implications of the idea being discussed, but also to evaluate our gut reactions and to consider tangible consequences of ideology.

Audiobook sounds like someone reading Wind in the Willows. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: As a teenager, SF stories were my favorite. The same painstaking level of detail, and slow methodical progress of the plot that actually worked well in Dune is actually painful at times.

Val’s Random Comments: Hellstrom’s Hive – Frank Herbert

What they find there goes beyond their wildest dreams — they uncover a bizarre social experiment: Maarten Troost 1 J.


Lee 1 Philip Hinchcliffe 1 Philip K. Finally, they convert some of their prisoners into “sexual stumps,” a term I will not explain but suffice to say it may be the most grotesque image I have come across in fiction.

Frank Herbert was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author. This is a powerful story with intriguing characters and a couple of genuine heroes.

Hellstrom’s Hive

The teams they send to investigate disappear without a trace. Compared to “Dune”, this is not even worthy of comparison. The relationship between ecology and evolution is extremely close, deeply implicated in organic changes among a given animal population, and profoundly sensitive to the density of numbers within a given habitat. While the people of the Hive may have settled down in the US since the s, they’ve existed in small numbers as a secret society for at least a hundred years before that.

Japanese Swordsmiths Take On Asteroids ‘ By moving between both Hive perspective and motivations, and the all-too-human pawns and powerbrokers in the secretive government agency investigating it, the book forces the reader to consider competing models of social organisation. What remains, is nostalgia.

The Hive is discovered by a particularly nasty secret Agency, an ultrasecret Cold War espionage arm of the executive branch, with all the callous attitude toward human life contrasted with the Hive desire not to kill unless in self-defense that one might expect from such an Agency.

Too fantastic to believegiven the semi-realistic nature of the story. When the insect reaches the limits of his capability, he miraculously transforms into an entirely new being. As for the overall story itself, it is incredible, and I had a hard time stopping many times. Fan fiction is much maligned these days, understandably when bad slash fic of an already poorly written tale of a Mary Sue and her abusive dead boyfriend can top the bestseller list.


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But huve want to add human intelligence to the mix. By the time they do get an agent inside, the weapon is operational March 27, at Aug 21, Thomas rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Jul 23, Keith Hellstfom rated it liked it.

Email Subscription Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Unfortunately in this book Frank Herbert used that skill in what I guess is an attempt to gain a larger public, trying to write a regular spy thriller for the 50’s with some SciFi blended in. I rather enjoyed the twist ending, pretty bleak – rather fooled me given the direction of the third act.

Hellstrom’s Hive – Wikipedia

The Dune saga, set in the distant future and taking place over millennia, dealt with themes such as human survival and evolution, ecology, and the intersection of religion, politics, and power, and is widely considered to be among the classics in the field of science fiction.

Apr 07, Shawn rated it really liked it. Despite an ending that could have been better I enjoyed Hellstrom’s Hive a lot the second time around. Follow me on Twitter! Nov 08, Rob rated it really liked it Shelves: Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

Characters areof course, thinking about thinking about thinking about what the other side is going to be doing.