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Rendezvous with Rama
Rendezvous with Rama
by Arthur C. Clarke
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but frustrating for lack of info, February 28, 2002
For those of you who are going to be picking up this book for the first time, there are some things you need to know regarding this book. To begin with, do not expect any of your questions to be aswered. This novel serves one purpose: to keep you guessing and interested in the next novels. Bear in mind that this novel is well written and easy to read. But you WILL NOT find any answers to your questions about what is going on. The main focus is that there is an alien vehicle in our solar system, and we go to visit it to see what it is all about. Now, don't ask who, what, when, where, and why it was sent, because you will not find out in this novel.
Overall, this novel is very good. It is simple to read, and Clarke seems to be a master of keeping you in suspense. I should know, because when I was done with this novel I turned and started the sequel. Therefore, you can say that Clarke's writing ability is masterful since he had me guessing the whole time. It is not overly complex, and really, this book is simply just setting the table for the future novels. But, it is highly enjoyable, and should be picked up to really appreciate the wealth and richness that can be found in the rest of the Rama series.


House Corrino (Dune: House Trilogy, Book 3)
House Corrino (Dune: House Trilogy, Book 3)
by Kevin J. Anderson
Edition: Hardcover
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sets the stage for the Masterpiece., February 14, 2002
Dune House Corrino continues the storylines that these two authors created in the first two novels. Perhaps the best part of this book, is that it ties up some loose ends, and takes you to within fourteen years of the original Dune novel. Following the completion of this series, I found that Dune was MUCH easier to read, and a lot better the second time around.
Dune House Corrino will show how the empire is totally dependant on spice, and it will show how the importance of the Guild surmonts even the Emperor himself. This novel centers around the Spice War that the Emperor has created. It is an enjoyable read, and easy to get through.
Again, this novel follows the similar paths of writing style as the previous two prequels. The book is rather enjoyable and easy to follow. But it lacks the complexity of the original Dune novel. Perhaps the greatest reason to enjoy this book, is to find out what mentioned in the Dune series, but not elaborated about. These two authors did a tremendous job in trying to bring these prequels to the level of Dune, but they did not reach the pinnacle in this series. After reading this novel, it is important to pick up Dune and read it, whether that be for the first or tenth time. This novel will help ease the complexity of Dune. I recommend this novel and the previous two in order to partake in the full Dune experience.


House Harkonnen (Dune: House Trilogy, Book 2)
House Harkonnen (Dune: House Trilogy, Book 2)
by Kevin J. Anderson
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars House Harkonnen shows the dark side of politics, January 24, 2002
I read House Harkonnen right after finishing House Atreides, and I found that House Harkonnen had more to offer than the first novel. Although both books lack the power and writing style as the originial Dune, this novel is very good due to its dark and deceitful side of politics. It is a great novel because you can finally see why the Atreides were beloved rulers and the Harkonnens were basically slave drivers.
The Harkonnens in this novel show their true mettle and viciousness. Murder, sabotage, and patricide hold no meaning to this family. On the other hand, compare this house to House Atreides and you will see that these houses have two different methodologies of how to rule their subjects.
This second novel in the prequel series is better than the first due to the "harsher" side of the Harknonnens. Their immoral behavior makes you want to read on, and see how much worse it can get. Again, this novel does not have the aura of the original Dune, but the authors have made a valiant attempt to recapture the glimpse of Dune in these novels. Basically, these novels are history books leading up to the Dune series. And I must say, these are some of the best histories book leading up to a series that I have read.


House Atreides (Dune: House Trilogy, Book 1)
House Atreides (Dune: House Trilogy, Book 1)
by Kevin J. Anderson
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good prequel to an excellent series., January 9, 2002
Duen: House Atreides is an good prequel to the fantastic Dune Series. However, this novel is not on the same caliber as the orginal Dune series.
The novel is easily read, and at times is very fast paced. Furthermore, it gives historical background for important characters such as Leto Atreides. Furthermore, it also spells out some interesting questions, such as: Why is Baron Harkonnen so disgustingly ugly? It also answers why Duncan Idaho has such contemt for House Harkonnen. Bare in mind, these are only samples of the interesting aspects of the Dune series brought to life in this novel.
These authors should be commended on a tremendous attempt to share the same vision as Frank Herbert. However, although the vision may be similar, the writing is not. Herbert displayed a very intelligent backdrop for his characters and his world. These authors attempt to do the same, but lack the overall depth that Frank had. Furthermore, the authors for this novel create an environment that is highly intricate that contains the "wheels in wheels" philosophy. Again, these two should be commended on their attempt to mimic Frank's style. However, they are a little more forward with explaining the politics in the novel.
Overall, those people who loved the original Dune series should pick up this novel. However, don't expect the excellence that Frank Herbert created. These two authors are very good, and do a great job, but it just is not quite the original.


I Will Fear No Evil
I Will Fear No Evil
by Robert Heinlein
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Idea Destroyed by Constant Sex Theme, November 8, 2001
To begin with, this novel started out as a highly intriguing idea. A man is going to die, and wants to try a radical idea of a brain transplant. Fortunately for the main character, he has his brain transplanted into his FEMALE secretary following the gnag related murder of the secretary. Up until this point, it was a rather interesting read about how money CAN buy you anything you want. But then we go downhill fast.........
Once the main character Johann regains his consciousness, he realizes that he is in a female body. However, he is not alone. It seems that the "spirit" of the secretary is still housed in this body. This is where it gets interesting...........
Heinlein does his best to blur the lines of heterosexuality and homosexuality in this novel. The "man" in a woman's body literally goes around kissing both memebers of the sex and sleeps with both members of the sex. Twisted around the constant sex drive of the individual is the debate about identity. In this novel, it is found that the brain is the identity of the human, not what the individual looks like.
The novel was not interesting because it was centered around sex...............the whole time. Therefore, I feel is fails to qualify as a real good science-fiction novel Yes, it is in the future, and yes it had an interesting pretense. But the basis of the story deals with individual ideas based around who the main character is sleeping with next. I won't even bring up the issues that are raised with pregnancy covered in this book. The best bet is to avoid this novel and pick up some of the other novels that Heinlein has written, because this book does not do justice to the author's ability as a creative writer.


The Madness Season (Daw Science Fiction)
The Madness Season (Daw Science Fiction)
by C. S. Friedman
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Sci-fi that raises the bar in this genre, September 5, 2001
When I started reading this book, I realized that I was reading an outstanding novel in the science-fiction world. You may ask, "why is this reading outstanding?" Well, to begin with, the novel starts off with the world being enslaved by an alien race that very little is known about. The alien race is known as the Tyr, and the have enslaved the human race for hundreds of years. The novel thrusts you into this slavery with no real clue how the humans have become dominated. Immediately, our main character is taken hostage and we find out that he has been living for hundreds of years. This leads to the second reason this novel is entertaining. We find out that Daetrin is a shapechanger. Now, in my limited experience of reading sci-fi, I have not come across many shapechangers. The ones that I did have been cast in a negative light. However, our main character in this novel is going to be our reluctant hero. The novel is even more enjoyable, because our hero is so reluctant to identify what he really is on the inside. He has spent years trying to change what he was to be human.
The novel is well worth the chance to read. It has many things to offer in the way of excitement and hidden mystery. Overall, the book should be read, and you will enjoy it!


Earthfall (Homecoming Saga)
Earthfall (Homecoming Saga)
by Orson Scott Card
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding novel....and the last good one, April 18, 2001
Earthfall is perhaps the best novel of the Homecoming Series. Sadly, it is the last good novel in the series due to the poor production in the last novel.
But....back to this one. This novel has it all. There is action and hatred in the early part of the story on the starship. Battle lines have been drawn, and sides have been chosen. Death is a distinct possibility between some of the family members. Some of the scenes in the early part of this novel are very intense and descriptive. You can almost feel the emotion come out of the pages. It leads to some interesting times and some spiteful feelings.
Once the starship reaches Earth, things become very interesting. The humans are caught in the middle of a battleground that has been going on for years. Unfortunately, these two creatures are in need of one another. Family ties are now permantely broken, and now Earth creatures are also picking sides. Murder will occur, and certain key people will have their spirits broken. Revenge and hatred are found in the humans and the creatures they communicate with. There is also a lot of science to be found, and new flora to locate. Card does an excellent job creating a "new" Earth, complete with ignorant humans on the surface.
Perhaps the greatest letdown occurs at the end. Finally, the family has split into two. You will see what direction the members will take. But you won't know anything else. The final novel fails to pick up right where this leaves off. So enjoy this book, and come to your own conclusions as to what happens next!


The Ships of Earth (Homecoming Saga)
The Ships of Earth (Homecoming Saga)
by Orson Scott Card
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The pressure is mounting, and the tide is turning., April 18, 2001
Hatred, jealousy, envy, and conspiracy to murder are found in this novel......and the problem is that everybody involved is family!! This novel represents the third novel in the Homecoming series. And this novel turns the heat up in the brewing family feud.
Card does an excellent job in this novel of creating a strenous situation in Nafai's family. By the end of the novel, the blows will fall, and one person will be the victor. Card's ability to create complex characters is evident in this novel and thought provoking.
Another great part of this story is the history we learn when an individual finds the spaceships to earth. Now that they are almost going to Earth, pressure mounts, and a leader is needed. Who will it be?
On the downside of this, a lot of time has passed in this novel. Due to the time difference, it is hard to keep straight which parents have which children. I kept refering to the front pages to see who sired whom.
Overall, this book is a great addition to the series. It is well written, and has some great character development. Pressure is mounting in the family, and the ending is awesome. I would recommened this novle to anyone.


Earthborn (Homecoming)
Earthborn (Homecoming)
by Orson Scott Card
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bad closure for the series., April 18, 2001
This is novel five of the Homecoming Series. And unfortunately, it is the worst one. While I was looking for a great conclusion following the fourth novel, what I received is a totally different thing.
Perhaps the most important thing is that the characters Card worked so hard to create in the first four novels don't exist anymore, except for one. I was flabbergasted to see that these characters did not play a role in this novel.
The second thing I did not care for was the fact that too much time has passed between the fourth and fifth novel. When the fourth book ended, there were many questions as to how life would change following the exodus by Nafai. But, we are left examining what occured hundreds of years following the exodus.
One of the positives of this novel is that there is some great social problems found in this novel. There are examples of slavery, and male chauvenism. I believe that Card does his best to destroy these two topics and shows how society should live.
This novel is not what I expected. It fails as a great concluding chapter in the homecoming series. If all else, avoid reading this novel, because it might destroy the image that you have created in the first four novels.


The Call of Earth (Homecoming #2) (Homecoming Saga)
The Call of Earth (Homecoming #2) (Homecoming Saga)
by Orson Scott Card
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars keeps the good series moving., April 6, 2001
This second novel of the Homecoming Series picks up right where the first one stopped. However, a key addition to this novel is the outside force of the warrior Moozh. Now, Moozh is seizing a golden opportunity in which to overthrow Bascilica. However, Moozh thinks that he is going against everything the Oversoul has in mind for him, but little does he know the true story. He will be shocked by the end of the novel, and his surprise will bring certain characters full circle in their life history.
This novel is just like the first one, in that the characterization is excellent, and the pace is fast. The novel kept me intrigued from the get-go, and also added more tension between certain members in the family. You will be able to see the pressure building that will eventually lead to a climax in later novels. In comparison to other novels in the series, this one shows the most unique aspects of the series. There is interaction between different cultures, and you catch a glimpse of life on Harmony. Furthermore, the reader gets to see part of the whole plan designed by the Oversoul to bring Volemak's family together. Enjoy this and get ready for the next one!


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