|Submitted by Anonymous |
(Jun 20, 2004)
Pre-warning: This may contain a few spoilers
I found this series of books to be one of the most interesting, honestly surpassing that of the 6 Dune books, which I also enjoyed. McKie I found to be one of his greatest creations, surpassing Paul Atreides, Joao Martinho, and Dasein. I enjoy the way he handles the situations given to him. As when he was about to be killed and was at the last minute sent through a jumpdoor, where he formulated a new plan. I may just be the sucker for a love story, as Dosadi especially touched on that for me. Another good part is McKie is unique, not in the fact that he's part of a government agency that are mostly antagonists in books, but also that his physique isn't that of the classical hero. He's a short, dark-skinned, red-haired, Gowachin frog-deity looking guy. His plans were beautifully formulated, from forcing Taprisiot contacts to cutting off Beautybarber supplies. He also had a way with getting at Mliss Abneth with his threats of pain to himself. The Caleban Fannie Mae, while next to impossible to understand was a very well-crafted creature. The race that especially interested me was the Pan Spechi, the Creche, the Ego-transferrance. It also gives ideas on heeding gifts that at first seem like perfect ideas. They found the S'Eye jumpdoors nearly ended all sentient life, after using them for their own means. Also the book contained much in the way of honor, as the Caleban couldn't break her contract with Abnethe, which added a partial fear factor into it, as her and her creatures and aides could appear anywhere. Also the impending 'flagellations' that came with each contact. The oddest things in it that I found were the chairdog, beddog, and his Tutsalee honeymoon planet house house creatures. They're made reference to as living creatures, yet used as pieces of furniture. I guess in closing I'd have to say this, and The Dosadi Experiment are must-reads for Herbert, or any Sci-Fi fan if you want insight into flaws of government, law, and sentient life in general.