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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Novel Review – Hellstrom’s Hive | WWEnd

When I first started reading the book I actually thought that this was one of his earlier novels, and that the familiar themes ecology, eugenics, social conditioning were simply indicative of authors primary interests which were later expanded and fully fleshed out in Dune.

Your email address will not hellstro published. For me this is a so-so book.

The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction: The green brain had insects adopting human like characteristics. Lines adapted from the film are used as introductions to most of the chapters. This leads to another of their button-pushing habits: Still ends up being a good book, but the secret agent characters and event order detract from the insightful evolution the Hive represents.

The main characters are hivd agents of an unknown secret organization, each one with their own peculiar vision of how the problem they face should be dealt with according to their interests.

I reread it recently to see how hie stood the test of time and was quite pleased. For example, they know that insect appetite is ultimately destructive unless kept in check, and being intelligent, they intend to keep it in check themselves, by being very ecologically sound in their science, and recycling everything for food.

Hellstrom’s Hive, by Frank Herbert

Character development is negligible in this genre anyway. It seems like a blast from the past with the communist “hive” and the government “Agency. An outside group is curious and trying to infiltrate their compound to find out more of exactly what is going on, and what kind of potential secret invention the hive might be developing.


For the hive it’s a necessity to exist in harmony with the environment, not consuming more than can be reproduced. Oct 08, Richard Pebbleston rated it it was amazing. They genuinely find the Hive a safe and caring place. The plot is more a thriller than an SF story.

I own all six books in the Dune saga, and I more or less consider them an epic Science Fiction masterpiece. You may say what you want about Herbert, but his books pack more thought provoking ideas about philosophy, religion and life per page than any other work in the SF genre.

Pheromones and other chemical clues keep different castes of hive humans obedient to their roles–and enhance breeding programs for select qualities. It is basically the clash between two governments that starts small and escalates.

Audiobook sounds like someone reading Wind in the Willows. I got a little burned out at the end, but it was a really fun month!

Hellstrom’s hive is literally that–a human colony shaped and programmed like a hive of insects. If the race for food is to be the deciding conflict, let no one say it came without hellatrom warning. Is the name taken from the Hellstrom Chroniclethe Academy Award winning indie documentary about the lives of insects?

There is no doubt that Herbert could write and it is great to read such a well written book which even with the dating nature of it and the not quite so believable nature of the book today, still was gripping hlve engaging and had real characters and a plot which I did not know for sure where it was going to I am being a bit generous here with the four stars, but I still think this book deserves more than a simple three stars of ‘I liked it’.

Which leads to a very scary society. Explores interesting themes such as human evolution and the concept of a Human Hive and – ‘wild humans’ lol. It is well written, and uses that distinct 3rd person, objective, omnipotent narration style that you know and love from the Dune books. Not only are the old mass markets falling apart, but my version was riddled with typos and formatting errors. Also, reading Dune was really similar to reading Tolkien — it was the source — the work that everyone was ripping off.


Hellstrom’s Hive – Wikipedia

They place no value on individual life and the bulk of their population is chemically neutered, pacified, and have their language skills removed to be more like worker insects. There are mute drone workers hivd stripped out of free will, grotesque and sterile science specialists with withered bodies but superhuman intellect, inbred dim witted and docile hulks used for heavy lifting and etc.

And as the insect population grows, each individual naturally needs more. Seeing where Herbert got his inspiration did significantly change my perception of the novel so I guess it was worth watching the rather poor movie after all. Jun 12, Carlex rated it really liked it. March 27, at 4: A woman’s torso, kept alive for the purpose of using the womb as an incubator.

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. At the time of the writing, the U.

He advances the story well using the point of view of multiple charac I bought this book on a lark because we have some dear friends named Hellstrom and it’s written by Frank Herbert so, how bad could it be, right? In ‘Hive’, these are among the aspects that Hellstrom and his people consider most important to their society.

The Dune saga, set in the distant future and taking place over millennia, dealt yellstrom themes such as human survival and evolution, ecology, and the intersection of religion, politics, and power, and is widely considered to be among the classi Frank Herbert was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author.

In my mind this book seems to be a light warm up or perhaps a much needed combo breaker that helped Herbert to get into the mood for Children of Dune.