I have read many books by retired Navy Pilot Stephen Coonts, and had heard that this one was severely different in theme from his other stories. Was nI have read many books by retired Navy Pilot Stephen Coonts, and had heard that this one was severely different in theme from his other stories. Was not planning to read it initially, but when I was able to acquire a full sized copy at work free of charge... eh when in rome. This is only the second novel I have read by Coonts that was not a "Jake Grafton" story. The other one "Fortunes of War" seemed so much like a Grafton story at first, that I didn't realize it wasn't one, until the title character had not yet appeared by page 90, at which time I went on Goodreads to learn the book I was reading was unrelated. The simpler way to explain this is as follows, For whatever reason, when writing a story that isn't a Grafton story, Coonts shifts the Military focus to The Air Force... This story begins rather differently than any other book I've read by the author, and later it begins pondering evolutionary questions in a way that none of his former books ever have. But then when the action reaches it's dramatic climax, the plot has become something so comical and entertaining that it surely has come from the creative mind of retired attorney and Naval Aviator Stephen Coonts. Characters are not great in this story, but the storyline itself is pretty good. Had a lot of fun reading it, and I commend the author for breaking his own mold enough to surprise his most vivid readers....more
Michael Crichton's first novel to be penned under his own name started out with a lot of potential. The descriptions he gave of a US government responMichael Crichton's first novel to be penned under his own name started out with a lot of potential. The descriptions he gave of a US government response to an outer space induced potential catastrophe was some of the finest descriptive writing I can ever remember reading from the author. Unfortunately the science of this novel was a bit more complicated than many of the other novels which I have read by him, and in the end the resolution to this story fell within the advice that Crichton gave over and over again for the remaining 30 years of his life after this book was published. - Don't worry, do nothing, you can't kill the earth, just relax and overall everything will work itself out and life will go on. I enjoy that morality, but it seemed more satisfying in Jurrasic Park, Airframe and State of Fear than it did in this novel. Took away one or even two stars for being dissatisfied with the ending of this one. Character depth was pretty bad in this novel also, this can sometimes be a trademark of Crichton's but the two novels i've read by him with the best character development are Disclosure and Prey. Would still be willing to read his final published novel "Next" someday....more
Yes I like most human beings love Dick, Philip K Dick that is... There are 24 ironicly humerous short stories in this collection. I enjoyed reading o Yes I like most human beings love Dick, Philip K Dick that is... There are 24 ironicly humerous short stories in this collection. I enjoyed reading one or two of them here and there over the course of over five years while taking a break between other authors. Some of my favorite stories in this book were "Sales Pitch" "Second Variety" "Foster, your dead" and "Tony and the beetles". More recently I enjoyed reading "War Veteran and Paycheck". I highly recommend this collection if your interested in science fiction themed short stories. Second Variety was the basis of the movie "Screamers" Once you read this collection your also good to watch the movies "Total Recall" "Minority Report" "Next" and "Paycheck" having read the source material for those movies. In all cases, when the source material is only 30some pages long, you gotta add more story for a 90minute or longer movie, problem is that if you don't care for the added story content, you probably won't like the movies overall. ...more
It's not very often that I read a novel that leaves you obsessing over the charachters weeks after you have completed reading the story. "Dune" by FraIt's not very often that I read a novel that leaves you obsessing over the charachters weeks after you have completed reading the story. "Dune" by Frank Herbert is one of those rare stories, each and every charachter is absolutely facinating.
Dune was published some 40 years ago, and was adapted for the screen twice. First in 1984, which was (at that time) the most expensive box office flop in movie history, and then in 2000 as a mini-series on the Sci-Fi channel. The more recent version spawned a sequel based on one of the sequel books (and their have been quite a few of those), but getting back to the original story most fans including myself will tell you that while the 2000 version is a closer representation of the source material . The 1984 movie was a lot more fun to watch.
It's a pretty weird story, and its definitly not for everybody, but remember this, before their was Star Wars, before their was Star Trek, before their was the Matrix, their was Dune.
To sum it up, it kinda goes like this, in the year 10 thousand, people need spice like we need oil today. Spice fuels spaceships for traveling and also helps people expand their mind. Spice mining can be performed on the dessert planet of Arakkis (Dune). Their are two royal families who wish to control spice mining, the Attredies, and the Harkonnen. Paul Attreides, heir to the title of Duke of his House is forced to flee his families kingdom, and go into exhile along with his mother after his Grandfather, the Baron of the House Harkonnen kills Paul's father "The Duke" and overthrows the House Atredies with military might which was supplied by a crooked Space Guild with a hidden agenda.
Now, known as "the Muad' dib" Paul then lives among the Sand people (known as the Fremen) for three years where he learns that he is a prophet who has been written about in several different circles of oracle prophecy, where he will be the the one who will bring knowlege, peace, and enviormentalism to the desert planet which currently lacks all, but first he must raise a new army to return and destroy his grandfather and his grandfathers house. When I described this story to a co-worker recently, I realised that in the end, its actually quite a lot like Disney's "The Lion King" with elements of the Matrix lol.
Dune is much more complicated than just what I have listed above. For more on Dune, rent either version of the movie, and then read the novel. Also for all my fellow dirtbag Iron Maiden fans... "To tame a land" on the Piece of Mind album is about the story of Dune.
Maybe this book is a product of it's time, but for lack of a better term, I just couldn't "grok" it. This book sucks, I will never read another HeinleMaybe this book is a product of it's time, but for lack of a better term, I just couldn't "grok" it. This book sucks, I will never read another Heinlen novel.
On the flip side, one positive thing I can say about this novel as opposed to most any other book I've despised but read to the final page anyway, this one has a surprisingly satisfying ending....more
This was the first novel I read by Philip K Dick, and I greatly enjoyed it having been propelled to read the book based on my immediate fascination wiThis was the first novel I read by Philip K Dick, and I greatly enjoyed it having been propelled to read the book based on my immediate fascination with it's film adaptation. (Blade Runner) As I continued reading Dick's other most acclaimed novels after this one, and as I lost sight of where those stories were actually going I stopped to ask myself the question"If you had never seen the movie "Blade Runner" prior to reading "Do androids dream..." Would you have actually liked that book so much? Or even at all?"
I conclude honestly, No in all sadness I admit I probably would not have even given this book a good review if Ridley Scott's 1982 film had not proven the monumental vehicle to get me to find this book and further pay twice as much for the book as other brand new paperbacks novels were being sold for at that time.
But all the same, please... watch the movie Blade Runner, appreciate the story and appreciate that the set design and other special effects used were extremely well done for 1982 standards and if the movie so drives you to, pick up this book about six months after watching the film and I think you will find a very refreshing and exciting story has just passed through your brain. You will discover a very interesting writer even if not everything he writes about can be easily understood....more