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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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Open Preview See a Problem? To me, the Hive is a cocoon from which the new human will emerge. Procreative Stump-related news articles: Inhabitants of the compound built a vast network of tunnels and caverns beneath the ground, and their society is modeled after that of social insects like ants of bees.

As in ‘Dune’, Herbert is not shy about mincing important characters, but due to this book’s shorter length he has to achieve a lot more destruction in a shorter period of time. Jan 17, Kirt rated it really liked it. The grotesqueries of the hive are where the book gets truly interesting. They are incredibly smart, eloquent and while the plot usually moves at a glacial pace, each paragraph is loaded with mind blowing revelations, or interesting ideas.

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I remember just loving it. A very intelligent exploration of biology, sociology, and ecology! Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page. David Pringle gave Hellstrom’s Hive three stars out of four and called it “a powerful novel”.

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Hellstrom’s Hive

The narrative flips between the Hive perspective and the Agency’s perspective, as each finds out more about what the other is doing, the Agency trying to find out about the weapon the Hive is working on, and the Hive trying to keep Outsiders away and in the dark long enough to reach some accommodation with them. Views Read Edit View history.

Herbert’s scenario of a human hive is a particularly entertaining food for thought. The essence as another reviewer has put it in a nutshell: This is a powerful story with intriguing characters and a couple of genuine heroes.

Quotes from Hellstrom’s Hive. Thematically, there are no true protagonists and antagonists.

Not only are the old mass markets falling apart, but my version was riddled with typos and formatting errors. Mad scientists are ten a penny in SF, and insect people with a hellstrm mind have been used as villains in the genre, usually rather tiresomely as stand-ins for Communism and the Red Threat in golden age SF, so on the surface it looks like there’s nothing new here.

In his own words, this created a “peculiar kind of tension”. Fan fiction is much maligned these days, understandably when bad slash fic of an already poorly written tale of a Mary Sue and her abusive dead boyfriend can top the bestseller list.


Hellstrom is the leader of a secret community which has modeled itself after hellsstrom populations. It absolutely is one of his stronger novels, although I like Soulcatcher and The Dosadi Experiment a bit better. Underneath that farmhouse and barn and generator buildings is miles and miles of tunnels, and thousands upon thousands of people.

A group of government hjve are sent to investigate a mysterious farm in Oregon. An outside group is curious and trying to infiltrate their compound to find out more of exactly what is going on, and hellstrim kind of potential secret invention the hive might be developing.

Val’s Random Comments: Hellstrom’s Hive – Frank Herbert

Dune is the sole helstrom why every desert planet in every universe has giant sand worms. Yep, I assume that if I red the books at 16 I would probably find them boring too. Yes, this is a very creepy novel. He also seems to go back to ecological concerns for his books fairly often. Mar 30, Andrewcharles rated it it was amazing Shelves: Japanese Swordsmiths Take On Asteroids ‘