I just finished this book and enjoyed it a great deal. Some elements of the plot were awfully forseeable but that did not bother me too much. If you have already read the full Dune series (including the great prequels) and the Foundation series, and are looking for a series with similar scope and ambition, the Saga of the Seven Suns is one you will likely enjoy.
The appropriate place for this review is really book one of the series. Anyone who has read this far in the series will of course read the last two books.
That said, words are insufficient to describe the level of disappointment I experienced reading this book.
King spent years building up to this conclusion and this book shows that his creativity just faded away.
This book was absolutely fantastic and the best of the Dune prequels by far. I loved seeing the formation of the Harkonnen-Atredies feud and thought it was richly complex and superbly done. The birth of space folding and the Bene Gesserit were also executed fantastically. As I passed the halfway point I started limiting myself to only an hour a day, to make it last longer. Really, one my favorites of all time - and I'm pretty picky.
Ugh. Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead were two of my favorite books because each presented a new "aha!" concept. Speaker for the Dead was especially interesting to me with the concepts of the third life and the philotic connections. In those books, Card made his point in a subtle way that I enjoyed greatly.
Sitting through Children of the Mind was like going to a bad college lecture in which the ponderous professor *tells* you his lesson instead of bringing it to life through an example.
The story here was slow, and it went nowhere. The characters were endlessly lecturing themselves and each other. And Card seemed to spend half of ths book reprising the concepts in the previous ones.
All in all, a great disappointment.
First of all, this book was all of three hours. Before it even started, it was over. Second, the story was pretty lame. Q is one of my absolute favorite characters and I very much enjoyed hearing him narrate, but other than that, this title was not worth the time.
People will be certainly reading Asimov's stories in print hundreds of years from now. His Foundation books are perhaps the best science fiction ever written. When I chose this title I was hoping only for a few gems and expected to hear the stories narrated by a professional actor. To actually hear Asimov's voice telling his own stories was, for me, wonderful. Sure he sounds a little funny - like the way he pronounces robot as "row-bit" - but to me there was something fantastic about hearing his inflections and his comments as he read his own stories. Some of the stories were wonderful and others were merely clever. All were worth listening to. Compared to the other audio books I have listened, this one is one of the very best.
I just finished reading the book and have not listened to the audio version. I enjoyed the book a great deal. It was wonderful to learn about the first person who rode a worm, and the origin of the crysknifre. Ditto on the history of the machines who took over and their struggles to learn from their programmers. I was interested to see an earlier encarnation of the Harkonnens when they were brave and noble. I am looking forward to seeing how the relationship between Atredies and Harkonnens go wrong. It was fascinating to see the distant history of the Bene Gesserit and how they developed. Likewise the contrast between the humans as slaves while also being masters was well done. Overall I was very impressed and am looking forward to the Machine Crusade.
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