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Soul Catcher Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 1979

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''Deeply felt and magical . . . An eloquent evocation of the old earth-life religion contrasted to the walking death of whites.'' --Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Frank Herbert was born in Tacoma, Washington, and educated at the University of Washington, Seattle. He worked a wide variety of jobs--including TV cameraman, radio commentator, oyster diver, jungle survival instructor, lay analyst, creative writing teacher, reporter and editor of several West Coast newspapers--before becoming a full-time writer. He died in 1986.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Mass Market Paperback/3rd Printing edition (July 1, 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425042502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425042502
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,617,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I don't lend this book, because I don't want to take a chance on losing it.
In all his writings, Frank Herbert had a way of getting to the core of ideas of the spirit. In "Soul Catcher" he managed to convey the meaning underlying the actions of Charles Hobuhet in such a way that I was able to set aside my cultural preconceptions. Even though I wanted Hobuhet to free the captured boy, I began to accept where his spirit world was leading him. I've read very few authors who could accomplish what Herbert did in this small novel.
A mark of a good book is when it haunts you for years with flashes of memory. This one does.
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By Vilbs on September 8, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is one of those books that will stay with you a long time. When I finished it I just lay there in bed thinking about it. I loved it..... I hated it.... I loved it... it's just one of those books. It was easy to see why the copy I loaned from the library still had a big sticker across the front labeling it a "BANNED BOOK".
The narrative deals with Charles Hobuhet, a hurt, sensitive and vindictive young native american man and his kidnapping of a young white boy that he intends to sacrifice in reparation for all of the wrongs done against his people. It's also a dark look into the human spirit, and the bond that forms between captor and captive. The ending of this novel will stay with me until the end of my days, and I reccomend it for anyone in search of challenging and meaningful literature.
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Format: Hardcover
This small mid-career novel is an interesting read for long-time Herbert fans or for people interested in treatments of Native American mythology in science-fiction/fantasy.

Like many Herbert novels, it features a young central protagonist (David Marshall) who is both threatened and taught by a mentor figure. In this case, his mentor is also his kidnapper-- Charles Hobuhet, a disturbed young Native American who becomes Katsuk (the avenger) after his sister is brutally raped by loggers.

While written with Herbert's usual sensitive feel for character and motivation, Soul Catcher lacks much of the complexity found in other Herbert titles. While in some places the simplicity feels intentional and fable-like, in other places it seems as though the novel were essentially unfinished. Certain aspects of Katsuk and the Marshall family are hinted at and never developed. Herbert's typical trope of scattering external viewpoints (newspaper clippings, past writings of the characters) throughout the book is present, but erratically employed and nearly fades out completely by the end.

The very simplicity of the book may make it as appealing for some readers as it may disappoint fans of Herbert's more political offerings (Dune or The White Plague). I would not recommend it as an introduction to his novels. However, it is an interesting digression in his career and contains many of the elements that make his overall body of work so impressive.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
It is truly amazing to read some of Frank Herbert's early work. Soul Catcher is a search of the human soul in a wilderness setting with a Native American twist. It is a great read and keeps you wondering up til the very end...which is VERY shocking I might add. If you enjoy a good fictional human interest story this is a must. Not to mention that it was written by one of the greatest authors to ever grace the pages of the literary community. Try it, you might be pleasantly surprised. I know I was.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
HOQUAT - something that floated out far out on the water, something unfamiliar and mysterious.
They came from across the sea, fell in love with the land and took it by all means necessary. From the People, and yet they called themselves people too.
Now in a hoquat state and hoquat society, where but a few of the People remain true to the old ways, a man raises. Charles Hobuhet, imitation white man. But the spirit world knew him as Katsuk, the avenger, balancer of heaven and earth, the center of the universe. He had set out to teach the world a lesson, a one that wouldn't soon be forgotten. All he needed was an Innocent, one David Marshall, his 13 year old hoquat captive.
Deep, masterfully portrayed characters with the ease only the great ones possess. Intriguing, well paced, immersing a reader in a dark, eery, eye opening glimpses of human soul, spirit and character. Enthralling read, leaving you without the need to understand it all, as you feel it, giving you a chance to surpass the hoquat flaw, of thinking about it with words.
Not a sci-fi book as such, but never the less a great one that reminds if not teaches that: " Science doesn't liberate from the terror of gods."
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Another wonderful book from Frank Hebert, a master in the genre. It is not a science fiction. It rather defies any sort of parameter and categorization. I think this sort of a narrative could only be written by a first hand witness, or someone who was involved in the events themselves. Or someone with uncanny imagination such as Frank. In any case, the book came at a right time, and as a I have read it before, I gave it to someone else. I suggest getting "Soul Catcher" as it is an adventure, very different from anything that I have read, mainly because it is so dense and real. It is about shedding an old skin and emerging true.
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