If you love the Dune universe, you should definitely read this (and the entire "House" trilogy). Kevin Anderson and Brian Herbert are NOT Frank Herbert, and while they continue to produce stories that are worth telling, the style is not the same. The thought provoking themes that seem to be a pervasive undercurrent in Frank Herbert's novels do not seem to come through in the stories written by Kevin and Brian. Also, they have a habit of "filling in" the audience on events that most readers already know. The trilogy is written so that someone who never read Dune could read it and follow along.Regardless, I've read (or listened to) nearly everything the Kevin and Brian have written in the Dune universe. Taken for what the House Trilogy is, the series tells a good story which adds to the original dune series. In fact, having completed House Corrino, I've already started reading the Original Dune again, because I think it has added a lot of depth to Leto I, Jessica, Baron Harkonnen and others. If you take this trilogy for what it is, and understand that it was not written by Frank Herbert, I think anyone who enjoyed Dune would also enjoy this book.
Now, just to get them to write the other two novels planned in the Heroes of Dune series...
I've always heard bad things about this series, and it was pretty much as expected. I have been a fan of the entire Dune series for years, and have put off reading this particular trilogy until the end (I've read all of Frank Herberts, and all of the others written by Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson - notably, Brian and Kevin's abilities improve drastically). Of course, reviewing the Butlerian Jihad, I have not read the next two in the trilogy, and cannot say I'm particularly enthusiastic to do so. I am glad to finally be getting to know the story of the Jihad against the Thinking Machines, and may have to go back and re-read Hunters of Dune / Sandworms of Dune again after finishing this trilogy. However, the pace is slow, the writing repetitive.
I would encourage those who are a true fan of the Dune universe to read the Butlerian Jihad, but I don't feel that I have missed out by having put this series off to the end.
I downloaded this book based on an Audible recommendation, and I'm really glad that I did. This is a fantastically written story about a girl who is taken in by slaves on a plantation. If you are considering reading this book - you should!
I'm going to agree with other comments about this one...it was hard to turn off. The development of the main characters has been amazing, and somehow the new characters only add to the increasingly complicated story. I don't want to give away any spoilers... so I'll just recommend that everyone who has read the first two novels in the series continue and read this one as well!!!
I have generally liked Nick Sparks's novels, and have read roughly half of them. Most, as this one did, eventually bring me to tears. However, I had seen the movie for this one prior to reading/listening to the book. The book was incredibly similar to the film, and I don't think added much (books are generally much better than the movie, so that was a bit of a disappointment).
I have been a lover of all things sci fi for years, and somehow was never aware of this series. I heard about the movie coming out, and thought I'd check out the book (as I generally do) prior to seeing the film. I was instantly hooked. This is one of the finest science fiction novels I've ever read, and had a moral to it that added a lot of depth at the end. I'm working my way through the series and cannot wait to find out what happened after the conclusion of Ender's Game.
The stories of the ordinary people who had been brainwashed into believing they had "nothing to envy" were very touching. But also very sad. I very rarely read non-fiction, but this book was recommended by a friend and I would recommend it to others looking to learn more about the lives in North Korea. N. Korea generally only makes headlines when its leaders demonstrate their military might, but the typical American knows very little about the lives of ordinary citizens. It was shocking to learn of the famine and plight of the people. This book brought their daily lives into view in a touching way. I hope the author continues to follow the lives of her subjects and possibly even publishes another book. It would be very interesting to know if / how things have changed in the country since the demise of the Son - Kim Jong Il.
Possibly - but I'd probably listen to Ender's Game again first.
I only recently learned of this series, and read this book immediately after finishing Ender's Game based on comments here. I'm glad I did - and I may have to go back and re-listen to Ender's Game now. This book adds a lot of depth to the other characters learned in Ender's Game, and feels more like the beginning of a series rather than a stand alone novel. It takes a bit of time to get into, but just knowing where the character of Bean is going (having already read Ender's Game), was more than enought to stay interested.
Definately a challenging read - especially at first. Is the first audio book I've ever listened to where I think it would be easier to read in print. If the premise (or the movie) look interesting to you, stick with it for a while - it is very challenging at first but improves as you move through the different stories.
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