Whipping Star

Whipping Star In the far future humankind has made contact with numerous other species Gowachin Laclac Wreaves Pan Spechi Taprisiots and Caleban and has helped to form the ConSentiency to govern among the sp

In the far future, humankind has made contact with numerous other species Gowachin, Laclac, Wreaves, Pan Spechi, Taprisiots, and Caleban, and has helped to form the ConSentiency to govern among the species After suffering under a tyrannous pure democracy, the sentients of the galaxy find the need for a Bureau of Sabotage BuSab to slow the wheels of government, therebyIn the far future, humankind has made contact with numerous other species Gowachin, Laclac, Wreaves, Pan Spechi, Taprisiots, and Caleban, and has helped to form the ConSentiency to govern among the species After suffering under a tyrannous pure democracy, the sentients of the galaxy find the need for a Bureau of Sabotage BuSab to slow the wheels of government, thereby preventing it from legislating recklessly BuSab is allowed to sabotage and harass the governmental, administrative, and economic powers in the ConSentiency Private citizens must not be harassed, and vital functions of society are also exempt.Jorj X McKie is a born troublemaker who has become one of BuSab s best agents Drafted for the impossible task of establishing meaningful communication with an utterly alien entity who defies understanding, McKie finds himself racing against time to prevent a mad billionairess from wiping out all life in the ConSentiency.

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Whipping Star

  1. Frank Herbert was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author.He is best known for the novel Dune and its five sequels The Dune saga, set in the distant future and taking place over millennia, dealt with themes such as human survival and evolution, ecology, and the intersection of religion, politics, and power, and is widely considered to be among the classics in the field of science fiction.He was the father of fellow author Brian Herbert.

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  1. Original.Whipping Star by Frank Herbert, first published in 1970, explores among many things the complexities of communication heightened by hyperbole as between xenological species but also as an allegory for human relations I once cross examined a troglodyte who was being intentionally evasive and it was maddening Reading passages in this book was akin to that experience, yet Herbert uses it as an illustration of the frailty of relational semantics Another aspect of this book that was disconce [...]


  2. Mind blowing.Like a lot of Herbert fans, I was introduced to Frank Herbert through Dune and its original quintet of sequels And like a lot of Herbert fans, I kind of stopped there It was only later, years later, that I bothered to read some of his other books And while the Dune saga still represents his most complete vision and best storytelling at least through the first four books , and is deservedly his best known work, I ve started to realize that some of his most truly impressive feats of i [...]


  3. I picked this from the shelves on impulse I wanted to reread it for pleasure, to confirm my memories of the book Also, I continue my leisurely effort to remember and or explore Frank Herbert s non Dune books.And what a fun novel It s a bit hard to describe The story takes place in a future where humans and aliens coexist across the galaxy The plot begins as a villain attempts to kill a Calebian, an alien with the power to teleport anyone across star systems Our protagonist, Jorg McKie, is an age [...]


  4. The ultimate SF wordsmith, Frank Herbert takes on an ambitious project with the classic book Whipping Star In a universe made smaller by instantaneous travel, a mystery unfolds as the creatures who make such travel possible are disappearing In fact, many have transferred their connectives such that there is just one, the Caleban named Fannie Mae Jorj X McGie of the Bureau of Sabotage BuSab , an agency responsible for slowing down a hyper efficient universal government, is specifically called to [...]


  5. I ve only read some of his Dune books, so I thought to expand a bit This wasn t really worth the effort I think it s supposed to be a farce about communication If so, the humor part mostly passed me by What was left seemed mental masturbation than story There were some ingenious aliens, but that was about it.


  6. 2.5 stars Not in the same category as the Dune series but what it Overall, a decent to good story and some very good writing, especially in the conversations between the human and alien characters.


  7. The attraction of SF books is that they are like telescopes, looking at some point into the far future They aren t hemmed in by the here and now, instead, in that tiny piece of glass at the very end, you get to see myriad possibilities tinted with a hint of reality, with some futures, of course, being far realistic than others SF books come in different genres You have military, political, biological, psychological, mystery, romance, etc, one common point being they are based on a futuristic so [...]


  8. This Frank Herbert fella wrote the book Dune which was a semi sleeper for me as it walked around this barren planet with some aristocracy stuff going on, got to try to read it again maybe I m missing something This other WHIPPING STAR is swell though Frank s little obtuse and abstract words and concepts hobble around and die and later get picked up and slapped back to life when you are completely confused and he nonchalantly needs to explain the word concept for the story s sake which works most [...]


  9. Here s a basic premise of this novel A seemingly divine being is discovered that allows instantaneous travel from any known point in the universe to any other It is dying If it dies, anyone who has used its abilities, which means nearly every known sentient being in the universe, will die with it because they are all now connected This sentient being has entered into a binding contract with a woman in order to learn about life in our dimension Unfortunately, this woman is a sadist and wants to a [...]


  10. Whipping Star is one of Frank Herbert s non Dune books that Tor has been reprinting in recent years This 1970 novel is the first full novel in the ConSentiency universe, which up to this point consisted of only two short stories Both of them are contained in the collection Eye and may very well be included in other short fiction collections Like these short stories, Whipping Star features the unusually observant BuSab agent Jorj X McKie as a main character This universe is also the setting of wh [...]


  11. I read this book as a part of Vintage SciFi Month and truly enjoyed it Yet again Frank Herbert is proven to be a master at his craft As with others of his books this one is primarily dialogue and quite philosophical I will post in the review on my website.


  12. Having never read any of Herbert s work besides Dune, I was very surprised and a little disappointed to find that he had written such a generic example of period science fiction as well I always sort of imagine Dune springing forth fully formed from his head, but it s obvious just from reading this that he had a career as a sci fi author, and that much of the work he published was simply not of the same caliber This one could almost have been re written as an episode of Star Trek The Animated Se [...]


  13. I had started reading The Dosadi Experiment, and realized that it was not the first book in the McKie Saboteur Extraordinary series So since I was pretty darn lost after 40 pages , decided to back up and read Whipping Star to get a handle on the basic story recurring characters By the end of Whipping Star, while I felt less lost, I still didn t get the impression I really grasped what the heck was happening in this story When Frank Herbert wants to get into the minds of aliens, things can get ve [...]


  14. A galactic dominatrix flogs the last living member of a species that makes real time travel across light years possible Thing is, if that thing dies under the perverse ministrations of the galactic dominatrix who is whipping it, everyone who has ever traveled using this creature basically every sentient being in the galaxy will die.I am not kidding That is the plot to this fantastic novel which might surpass even Herbert s own mighty Dune saga for its sheer alien weirdness and delightful whimsy [...]


  15. The idea of sentience is critical to understanding this story What makes a being sentient What truly is pain How can we relate to something so vast we can t even quantify it Whipping Star is a life or death struggle to answer these questions and .


  16. One of my few Desert Island books, along with Samuel Delany s Driftglass and Jack Williamson s Seedling Stars, LOTR, anything by Barbara Tuchman, Winston Churchill, Oliver Sacks Wait, the list is getting too long.Let me start again What are the natures of intelligence, communication, pain, compulsion, identity, compassion the role s of government The prose it s Herbert after all, is dense, intense, often confusing frequent re reads , but full of the excitement of ideas, by a very good writer.A s [...]


  17. I can t explain how I feel about this book without this first paragraph There are minor spoilers in it, but nearly all of them are made pretty clear early on in the novel Whipping Star s plot or less boils down to this a sadistic, psychotic woman with vast amounts of wealth who was obliged to undergo conditioning so she wouldn t be able to tolerate seeing pain in others any has her minions nonetheless whip with an actual bullwhip a godlike alien visible to humans as a small star the size of a b [...]


  18. This is an odd book, even for Frank Herbert, which is not to say I didn t like it The title Whipping Star , I thought, was going to have some fascinating metaphorical meaning, but nope, it actually involves someone using a leather whip on a shining bright ball of gas in space I m not joking The ball of gas in question is actually a life form called a Caleban, which exists on another plane or dimension of existence, and I m still not quite clear as to why the character actually has a thing for wh [...]


  19. This book probably only deserves one star It s really bad in some respects and pretty much the paragon of bad science fiction There s really no plot Herbert gives a crisis, which seems completely unmotivated, like the actions of most of the characters, that you just can t seem to care about Some stuff happens, then some poorly conceived mystical quasi scientific revelation unsatisfyingly solves the crisis in the last dozen pages A bunch of nonsense mathematical sounding terms get thrown around d [...]


  20. I thought Whipping Star is one of the interesting novels by Herbert I have read It is not a very heavy read like some of his other works, but definitely worth my time The short tempered McKie makes for an interesting character There are some parallels with Lewis Orne, main character in the novel The Godmakers as well as number of short stories, but McKie is much better developed His humanity gives the reader a firm anchor in the ConSentiency, with it s numerous alien characters This universe ma [...]


  21. I listened to this book on a playaway from the library and it was quite good It s a space detective story, but for me the best parts were the interspecies interactions The way the main alien species communicates with the other sentients of Herbert s worlds makes for a lot of hilarious, sometimes grimly so, miscommunication The main character is a hard boiled type, but he works for the bureau of sabotage, which does all it can to keep the governments on their toes an interesting premise The vario [...]


  22. A masterpiece of a short book A page turner from start to finish, Whipping Star condenses the herbert experience into a tight, well implemented package Smart dialogue, incredible world building, exotic aliens and customs, and an interesting plot This book is very well edited, i didnt think the book spent too much time in one particular area in negligence of others.The ending is a little short, but its at least its not a cliffhanger More detail could have been put into Athnea, i think her charact [...]


  23. It was an amazing journey in the realms of psychology and philosophy, centered on solipsism or at least in conjecture with it.Our reality exist only in our mind, but what kind of reality is there outside our mind How could we explore a reality outside our minds Aristotle, Plato, Frege, Wittgenstein, Russell, even John Ellis and others tried to understand it and we see this struggle from a different perspective in this book, in a fictional universe I highly recommend it to introspective people.


  24. Don t remember it that much since it was a long time ago that I read it Seems like I enjoyed it though Date read is a guess.


  25. Short summary A highly amusing read A mix of very dry and often, but not always, sarcastic humor with several interesting ideas However, this book is not without heart Another thing to note, is a lot of the humor is language based.Some about the book The book rests on and deals with the limits of communication and language, both between humans and even so, between alien species It is the main theme and it suffuses everything, which is not a problem, because it is a good subject.This means a lo [...]


  26. I didn t finish this book I got about 1 4 of the way into before it became too stupid to bear The first major stupidity was the existence of a department of saboteurs to keep government from becoming too efficient The story then moves on to magic aliens who can move people anywhere in the universe One of these aliens enters into a contract that will kill it Previously unknown was that anyone who traveled with the help of one of these aliens will die when the alien dies So most of the sentient li [...]


  27. I wobbled between two and three stars for this one As a massive Dune fan, I was hoping for something similar with Whipping Star, since this is also scifi by Herbert It definitely isn t similar Herbert s stellar no pun intended world building still shines through, but the story lacked solid coherence The plot was frankly ridiculous, but it was treated in such a serious way that I kind of wondered if I was missing something important By far the best part of the novel is the linguistic gymnastics t [...]


  28. A member of a branch of government specifically responsible for disrupting government finds himself in an investigation of a woman who has secured a BDSM contract with an inter dimensional alien in order to both fulfill her sexual desire for flogging, and, as a bonus, bring about the apocalyse She needs this alien because she has been modified in a way that makes her incapable of causing suffering to any sentient being, and these aliens exist on all planes and don t have any obvious sentience Al [...]


  29. It s part LeCarre style spy intrigue, part 70 s sci fi, part Herbert style commentary on the divine If I hadn t been consumed with reading for work, this would have been a much faster read for me, and was thoroughly enjoyable, tho there were moments where it felt like it dragged a bit with the intrigues Definitely looking forward to the Dosadi Experiment.


  30. The concept of time travel is always very interesting and of sentient beings who can bridge the gap of travel not only between stars but between time even Fannie Mae is one of those being and her struggle to keep her fellow beings alive and to communicate this need is a major part of this book.


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