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Hellhole by Brian Herbert
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Judged on its own performance, Hellhole is a fun space opera; hardly artful or incisive, but would likely make a good mini-series. Yet comparisons with Frank Herbert’s seminal masterpiece are inevitable, particularly when both books concern planetary politics, alien races, strange religious beliefs, and mad dictators intent on galaxy domination. Dune was almost biblical in its construction, an expansive, encompassing, engrossing piece of world-building that meticulously crafted theological underpinnings to guide its fantastic universe. Hellhole is a blunt instrument, a sledgehammer retelling of the settlement of America, except this time, the settlers make peace with the indigenous peoples rather than slaughtering them wholesale. Dune was fresh; Hellhole is recycled.

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Reading Progress

March 15, 2011 – Shelved
April 13, 2011 – Started Reading
April 13, 2011 –
page 30
5.8%
April 13, 2011 –
page 48
9.28%
April 13, 2011 –
page 59
11.41%
April 13, 2011 –
page 80
15.47%
April 13, 2011 –
page 140
27.08%
April 14, 2011 –
page 158
30.56%
April 14, 2011 –
page 179
34.62%
April 14, 2011 –
page 215
41.59%
April 15, 2011 –
page 239
46.23%
April 15, 2011 –
page 275
53.19%
April 15, 2011 –
page 290
56.09%
April 16, 2011 –
page 371
71.76%
April 16, 2011 – Finished Reading

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