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Somewhere between the islands of Koh Tao and Koh Phangan I finished Frank Herbert’s “The Santaroga Barrier”. Many people know the author of “Dune” – a great book filmed into a movie by David Lynch. I had no idea he had written so many other books.

The Santaroga Barrier by Frank Herbert

The Santaroga Barrier by Frank Herbert

I really liked the book – everything but its ending. It does not follow standard science fiction conventions and at times it reminded when I was younger; devouring Stephen King’s novels withouth second thoughts. And it could so be a Stephen King’s novel I reckon. First thing it came into my mind half way through the book was how different was from Dune’s world and story. I guess it shows the author’s multiple talents but it is not what you expect from Frank Herbert after having read “Dune”. The similarities are there nonetheless though. “He who controls spice, controls the present and therefore the future” becomes in this book “He who controls Jaspers…”. Jaspers is a substance that gives the habitants of Santaroga some strange powers and resistance to the “exterior” world. Are they the rebels of their time or just some strange close-minded village people.

Read it and find out 😉


Written by csm2mk

June 16, 2009 at 2:06 PM

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  1. thanx για την καρτούλα!! ήταν πολύ όμορφη!


    June 18, 2009 at 12:33 PM

  2. I agree with 0comments…


    June 18, 2009 at 1:34 PM

  3. Diego -> ;PPPPPPPPPPP


    June 21, 2009 at 4:01 AM

  4. Am in found of visit to more islands.

  5. i don’t get your comment ;( please comment again!!!


    July 15, 2009 at 2:35 PM

  6. Yeah, you’re right to a certain degree. There are patterns in Frank Herbert’s work. History, economy, ecology and psychology all play a repeated role in Herbert’s fiction (so no surprises, right?).

    I don’t think Herbert truly as a “science fiction” writer, as is the case for Dune. Most of his other work really deals with real people, in real world situations – – but with a little “spice” added to illustrate his view or points. Therefore linking his fiction to the science fictional or speculative imaginary world. “Santaroga Barrier” isn’t so bad, not his best by no means. He was just marking time in between Dune novels, I believe. None of his other work can compare, in my opinion, to Dune and sequels. But that doesn’t mean there not worth reading or not interesting. Just a little flawed, is all. For the record, I love of all of Frank Herbert’s work.

    paul galfano

    August 12, 2009 at 6:49 PM

  7. It is so nice to have feedback from a fan! I think you are right, I just have to read a bit more of Herbert’s work. Thanks for the input indeed! Mat


    August 13, 2009 at 3:28 AM

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