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 main characters are the agents of an unknown secret organization, hellstrim one with their own peculiar vision of how the problem they face should be dealt with according to their interests.
The hive people by contrast are cooperative and supportive but their culture is repellent on almost every level.
Hellstrom’s Hive, by Frank Herbert | the Little Red Reviewer
Jun 12, Carlex rated it really liked it. Einen Schnitzer erlaubt er sich jedoch mehrmals: What would happen if mankind structured itself as an insect hive, or more generally, if individualism takes the backseat and the common welfare is placed above the interests of the individual. Still, Herbert at is worst is still a hell lot better than most writers at the pinnacle of their creative performance.
Frank Herbert 11 Comments. As always when reading things which are a little older it is interesting to see through the lens of the past, I find particularly with SF as the contrast is so much clearer and it so much easier to separate the forward thinking concepts from the morality or views or mores of the day.
The novel focuses its attention on the core hiv of a human hive society, built on the principles learnt from insects, and it delves deep into the implications hellstroj that idea. Hellstrom’s Hive is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert. By the time they do get an agent inside, the weapon is operational The format of the book could have been improved with chapters, and perhaps italicized fonts for quotes of non-storyline texts an out of character lapse for this author.
Quotes from Hellstrom’s Hive. They’re trying to breed a “domesticated” form of humanity, with different strains, like hellstrkm most notable is the scientist strain, with gigantic heads and useless bodies, who are working on a strange electromagnetic weapon to protect the Hive for when it is inevitably discovered by “wild, Outside humanity”.
An entertaining novel about genetics and social experiments, so the novel is also a bit speculative. Haven’t read them all, but I was hoping this one, my first foray into his non-Dune world fictional books was not going to be all “Fremen are bees or ants and that’s enviable. I think that the core plot and ideas could easily be compressed into pages and would make for an excellent short story.
An insidious, well thought out story that is well written, creepy, properly gripping and thought provoking. Oct 09, Chris rated it liked it Shelves: Hellstrom’s mysterious Project 40, not out of any public interest but because it smells like big money and everyone wants a piece of it for themselves. Frumious on Speaker for the Dead, by Orson….
I got a little burned out at the end, but it was a really fun month! What remains, is nostalgia. As I say, a good science fiction novel, which deals with a little-treated subject in the genre. Agents are immediately sent to covertly investigate his remote and secluded farm compound where most of his nature films are being produced. I found their procedures very logical at an almost Vulcan level – which I like.
It is about a secret group of humans who model their lives upon social insectsand the unsettling events that unfold after they are discovered by a deeply undercover agency of the US government. The essence as another reviewer has put it in a nutshell: In some ways this is a spiritual sequel to the green brain. In Hellstrom’s Hivea group of early settlers in America decided to pursue a different evolutionary path.
Thrilling, scary, eerie, one of my favorites from Herbert! Hellstrom is the leader of a secret community which has modeled itself after insect populations. An outside group is curious and trying to infiltrate their compound to find out more of exactly what is going on, and what kind of potential secret invention the hive might be developing.
He is best known for the novel Dune and its five sequels. Everyone in the Hive is chemically manipulated by pheromones, hormones and compounds regulated in their food.
A woman’s torso, kept alive for the purpose of using the womb as an incubator. I still think The Dosadi Experiment is his best non Dune novel but this one is not that far behind. I read all Dune books when I was 16 or so and I found them mostly boring, apart from the 1st and the 3rd which were only slightly boring.
Herbert makes the storyline more nuanced by being careful to increase your sympathy for the Hive, and by carefully selecting those who encounter the Hive so you’re less sympathetic to them than you would otherwise be.
It absolutely is one of his stronger novels, although I like Soulcatcher and The Dosadi Experiment a bit better. Redhead January 28, at 1: The idea, and I think Herbert pulls it off, is to make both sides equally sympathetic and unsympathetic in their own ways.
These Hiveborn live as bees or ants would, believing all humans from the Outside are wild, undomesticated, and dangerous.
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The films left out most of what makes up the story, so that was terrible, too, but in a different way. Audiobook sounds like someone reading Wind in the Willows. The same painstaking level of detail, and slow methodical progress of the plot that actually worked well in Dune is actually painful at times.
Apr 18, Xian rated hellstorm liked it. Messiah is widely considered to be the weakest book of the Dune saga, so it puts HH right at the lowest point of this great authors form and it shows.
I was hooked early on and intrigued by how Herbert gets away with some slightly unconventional writing – no chapters but section breaks, and POV shifts that delve into head-hopping, bordering on overwriting – but it works. In hindsight, the science part often is severely outdated, the ideas only worked in the context of the past. Herbert often mixed horror with his science fiction and I kind of wished he had hellstroj more on the hivve in this novel.