Post by Kevrob Post by David Johnston Post by Kevrob Post by David Johnston Post by Lynn McGuire Post by David Duffy
Ordinarily I like the weird. But the huge flashback from chapter 2 ? to
chapter 7 ?, that was not labeled, or even hinted a flashback, was
disconcerting. And Dan Livingston got it right, the book is Science
Fantasy, I should have labeled it as such.
Why on earth is this science fantasy, but not, say, _Second Foundation_,
with _its_ strange mind powers? If you were commenting on _Creatures of
Light and Darkness_, you might have a point...
As to structure, it sound like your complaint is that chapter two didn't just
start "Some years earlier...". You might enjoy it more on a reread, as
it is just so witty, excluding certain puns.
Cheers, David Duffy.
LOL is science fantasy because the gods are continually getting
themselves new human bodies using consciousness transfer.
Oh a swing and a miss. Technology like that is in lots of science
fiction. The real issue is that it takes extensive inspiration from
mythology and comic books and there's all that sword fighting.
I could say much of that about "Dune."
No comic book superpowers and the inspiration is history, not mythology.
Mentats? Paul Atreides has no mental superpowers, nor do the Bene
Gesserit? The Orange Catholic Bible and Fremen legends aren't mythology?
We aren't clear on what Mentats can do. It is claimed that they can
outperform electronic computers but we don't ever actually see that
happening--that might be a myth internal to the story.
We don't see any evidence of the Bene Gesserit having any
extraordinary mental powers other than the "racial memory" that they
get after taking the Reverend Mother drugs.
As for mythology, no, the Orange Catholic Bible wouldn't be
"mythology", it would be a construct produced in our future for some
purpose or other. We see very little of its content so we don't know
if it is "mythology", accurate history, an etiquette manual or
something else. And the "Fremen legends" aren't "mythology", they are
artifacts purposefully generated to serve a sociopolitical function by
the Bene Gesserit--did you miss the part about the Bene Gesserit
sending a Manipulator of Religions at some point in the past?
Post by Kevrob
The powers may be more "Mandrake the Magician" or "Saturn Girl,"
and less "two mutants fighting each other."*