The last survivors of humanity have just been deposited on Pandora, a horrific, poisonous planet rife with deadly nerve-runners, hooded dashers, airborne jellyfish, and intelligent kelp. The determined colonists attempt to establish a bridgehead on the deadly, inhospitable planet, but more trouble arises. Their sentient ship - backed up by an impressive array of armaments - has decided it is God and is insisting the colonists find appropriate ways to worship it.
In an attempt to help the people pass its test, Ship awakens chaplain-psychiatrist Raja Flattery from hibernation. Either the humans pass the test - or the human race could be destroyed.
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So what's happening here?
I'm 17 chapters in and have no idea what's happening. I just spent some time on Wikipedia and that helped a lot. If you haven't read Destination:Void (which is the REAL book one here) you might want to start there or at least read the Wiki. Herbert makes lots of assumptions that you're going to know what an eclone is, what Pandora is and who Flattery is right off the bat. Lots of poetry and riddles don't help. I think if you read the book twice you'll get a lot more out of it the second time.
Probably not. Not interesting enough so far. Ship, a jealous scientist, a psychiatrist trying to do something that we dont know anything about (yet), a lady that was never introduced. Nah.
Going to give this a few more chapters then give up on it.
Oboy, does it need different narration. The ladies seem like idiots. I listened to the whole thing, but if I had known I could return an audible book, I'd have grabbed a different one as soon as the first woman was voiced.
I like Frank Herbert even when the concepts are retreads of better books. I might buy a Bill Ransom just to see how they dovetail. Not the most inspired ending. Seeing how the ideas work through was marginally interesting, if you've any of Herbert's other stuff. Would rather have been able to skim a physical copy. There would have been a LOT of skimming.
- Milton Carl