Generations of a tormented human-alien people, caged on a toxic planet, conditioned by constant hunger and war - this is the Dosadi Experiment, and it has succeeded too well. For the Dosadi have bred for vengeance as well as cunning, and they have learned how to pass through the shimmering God Wall to exact their dreadful revenge on the Universe that created them....
©2002 Frank Herbert (P)2010 Tantor
I think the story was conceptually extremely interesting, but there are many points where you're forced to make large leaps— plot points happen without explanation. It feels as if you're supposed to accept the super powers of a character, that just appear over the course of a week, without ever delineating what those powers are (really). Different things happen that are just explained away as obviously within the purview of the new powers. It just felt a little forced at points.
Frank Herbert is an excellent story teller and this is another example. The story is deep enough to keep your interest and flows at an even pace. Scott Brick does another wonderful job of bringing the book to life.
Born with earbuds.
While SciFi, this book plays out a lot like a spy novel. It is very heady and psychological with all the intrigue of undercover plants and double agents. Characters believe they are fully in control, only to find out that they've been played and all of their actions anticipated.
Not everyone will enjoy the ambiguous way the story unfolds or the lack of direct explanation of what is happening, but for those that do, this novel is quite remarkable. The court room scenes where the attorneys have to believe enough in there clients to put there life on the line with their clients are especially entertaining.
I'm a speaker at Odd Salon in San Francisco as well as an actor, singer and all around performing monkey. I am crazy about Frank Herbert!
No. Analog beats digital every time. Sorry.
The Gowachin Trial. Lots of elaborate legal maneuvering through an alien legal system by a canny human in a crazy, multi-layered society that spans a galaxy.
Jorj X. McKie, the main character, Keela Jedric as well. Scott Brick is kinda my audio book hero. He could read ramen ingredients and make it sound interesting.
If you like Dune, you may well like the Jorj McKie novels. Herbert's overarching themes of interdependence, ecology, feints-within-feints and real science are all on display in The Dosadi Experiment. Moreover, it is a great premise and a great page-turner of a novel. Somewhere between detective novel and galactic action adventure, The Dosadi Experiment is well suited to audio and this one rocks.
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