The brilliance of Asimov comes fully to bear in this time traveling prequel-of-sorts to the Foundation/Robot series. Mixed with the imagination and depth one comes to expect from the grand master of science fiction is wonderfuly insightful commentary on the nature of humanity and the structure of society that goes further than even Foundation in trying to explain who we are, where we are going, and why. Time travel, too, is given it's due and even to those well worn by many a hokey star trek episode the End of Eternity will feel fresh, and even exciting, as Asimov opens up the possibilities, and reprocussions, of human existence.
Hellhole is a wonderful character driven story that strives to match the imagination of Frank Herbert's Dune series. It many ways it succeeds but it is hampered by the intention to make a Hellhole trilogy with a cliffhanger steeper than any other I've seen in literature. If you're not expecting it you can easily feel cheated but taking the events of this first book as a vignet into a larger, continuous universe you can still come away with an appreciation for Hellhole. It's still a very rich novel and one that has been better contrstructed than some other collaborations between Anderson and the younger Herbert. Enjoy, but do keep in mind what you're getting into.
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