Sisterhood of the Sun: Daughters of Eve
by Martin Schiller
This is the third and final installment in the Sisterhood of the Sun trilogy by Martin. As is fitting he weaves all of his or her story lines together into a singularity that is not really given away by anything I remember from the first two books.
Some folks have multiple personalities by design and others just come by it naturally. That covers the human side. The alien side is much more complex and is built to a culmination using the human characters in the story as carefully aligned mirrors. One message we can take away from this tale is that the Galaxy and beyond, the Universe, is a big place and any bragging that one of us understands either of them fully at this stage is…”Boolkekk”.
The quality of the work is nested in the author’s world building and how societies can appear benevolent when in fact they have only your enslavement high on the list. Though there are some editing misses, none of them detracted from my enjoyment of the story. Four out of five gratitude points from me.
by Frank Herbert
This is the sixth book in the Dune series written by Frank Herbert and I have to say I was getting a little bored during and after God Emperor of Dune. There is something very different in this volume that brought it back to life for me. Chapterhouse is the name of the planet where much of the story takes place.
The Honored Martres are waging a war against the Bene Gesserit and trying to conquer the old Empire broken by the Tyrant, famine and the scattering. Genetic manipulations, Golas, simu-flow thinking all rage through this book and the child-mentat-gola Miles Teg is instrumental in seeming to turn the tide in the war.
The twists came for me in the very end. Up until then I felt the Tleilaxu face dancers were just a tool used by the Bene Tleilax factions who had the Ixilatal tanks which at some level are explained to be actual wombs. They had produced all the hundreds of iterations of Duncan Idaho for the Tyrant and then were all but exterminated by the Honored Martres.
This was the final book in the original series by Frank Herbert, he died soon after. This audio version was narrated by a team of four and produced by Random House audio so the quality is quite high. I am giving this one a five out of five, well done.
The Sandman: Volume 1 Preludes and Nocturnes
by Neil Gaiman
I blame my friend CJ McKee for this. At the accelerating age of fifty I have now formed a new addiction to comic books. Not into capes so much so here this goes.
Preludes and Nocturnes begin with a turn of the (20th) century warlock who summons death to trap it but nets its sibling, Sandman. As time marches on the warlock and his company are out waited by the immortal Sandman. Once released he exacts revenge and recovers what he has lost by drifting in and out of Gotham City, Arkham, the Justice League of America and other things from the world of comics.
The stories are well written, the artwork is excellent and I’m now a fan. I’m not going to rate this just recommend it to any who like the darker side of comics. It is published by Vertigo, an imprint of DC. This is a valid reason for going dead-tree and not digital.
Exodus: Empires at War Book 1
by Doug Dandridge
Exodus is the name of the only surviving ship to exit Sol system after the conquering aliens laid waste to Earth and Human kind. They travel in subspace for millennia to form an Empire and outgrow the old aliens’ technology base. Will it be enough?
This was a 10 hour audio book and the storyline was so crammed it felt rushed. It would slow down for some things then speed up for the sole purpose of telling a thousand year story in ten hours. The innovation bit was really over done here. There was enough stupendous tech developments dropped in this one book to keep a forty book series going. I could have liked this if it had been paced better but it wasn’t which resulted in 3 out of 5 from me.