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The Jesus Incident by Frank Herbert
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May 23, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: re-reads

In Herbert's 'Destination: Void' human clones were forced to achieve an A.I.-breakthrough with their colony space craft's computer in order to survive. 'The Jesus Incident' is set countless years after that, with the sentient craft, known as Ship, worshiped as a deity by the humans ship-side and those scrabbling out an existence on the dangerous planet of Pandora (and there are disbelievers among the humans as well). Ship does seem to possess god-like powers, and is on the verge of wiping out the human race unless humans figure out how to correctly 'WorShip.'

Herbert weaves enough different themes here -- non-human intelligence (both human-made and alien), religion, ecology, genetic engineering, political power structures, psychological manipulation, cloning -- and likewise juggles a large enough cast of characters that the novel is close to 'Dune' in complexity. However, none of the characters are as absorbing as the best characters in Dune, and the different themes are not quite as well blended as in that book. The pacing is also uneven, with the plot bogging down mid-book and suddenly going into turbo mode for the admittedly gripping climax. But despite those complaints, enough of the book is fascinating to make it worth reading in general, and a must for Herbert fans.
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May 23, 2007 – Shelved
June 22, 2009 – Shelved as: re-reads

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