Direct Descent
Frank Herbert
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Feb 21, 2020 - 15:05 PM By Frank Herbert

Earth has become a library planet for thousands of years, a bastion of both useful and useless knowledge esoterica of all types, history, science, politics gathered by teams of pack rats who scour the galaxy for any scrap of information Knowledge is power, knowledge is wealth, and knowledge can be a weapon As powerful dictators come and go over the course of history, tEarth has become a library planet for thousands of years, a bastion of both useful and useless knowledge esoterica of all types, history, science, politics gathered by teams of pack rats who scour the galaxy for any scrap of information Knowledge is power, knowledge is wealth, and knowledge can be a weapon As powerful dictators come and go over the course of history, the cadre of dedicated librarians is sworn to obey the lawful government and use their wits to protect the treasure trove of knowledge they have collected over the millennia.
  • Title: Direct Descent
  • Author: Frank Herbert
  • ISBN: 9780441149056
  • Page: 260
  • Format: Paperback

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Sean Feb 21, 2020 - 15:05 PM
I didn't hate it, like everyone else seemed to have.It is possible that there are a lot of people out there who don't understand one of the primary roles of SciFi: to tell a story about the future that teaches a lesson. In this case, the lesson was about the dangers of isolationism to the point of denying reality, which is exactly what Earth's inhabitants in "Direct Descent" did. Well, most of them. Part of the fun of this story was discovering the other group on the planet, forgotten by the del [...]
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Karl Lehtinen Feb 21, 2020 - 15:05 PM
An absolute stinker from Herbert. And coming from me, that is saying a lot. I love just about everything he's written. This is not one of them. This is absolutely horrible.I think there are actually drawings in the copy I used to own.Not good ones.If you see this in a used book store you have my permission to drop it behind the shelf.
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S. W. Feb 21, 2020 - 15:05 PM
Much too short! Read this in less than 2 hours through the course of a lunch hour that turned into two! Perfect length for me, but need lots of those two hour spasms of intellectual imagery and escapism!
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Freesiab (Bookish Review) Feb 21, 2020 - 15:05 PM
I didn't enjoy part one of this book but part two was much more relatable. I think Herbert gets carried away on tangents and I lose the story but I didn't get lost all the way this time. Perhaps it was keeping this a novella that worked in its favor. I liked the small details where you could really see Herbert's fantastic imagination. For some reason he always reminds me of Aldous Huxley but not in the good way.
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sh(e)reader Feb 21, 2020 - 15:05 PM
I finished up my audiobook and needed another this was available for instant download from my library and it was a quick read. Really quick. It was over before I knew it. Not because it was great, but because it's really short.As this was a random grab, I really had no idea what I was getting into. Apparently this is older than most of my reads, and it did come across differently. Not dated really, as it was set in a future still a future today. It was just odd. Stilted. It had two parts, relat [...]
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Test Feb 21, 2020 - 15:05 PM
To quote another, this feels as a "literary doodle" by Herbert. I've liked some of Herbert's other non-Dune works, but this one felt "off". More a means of communicating some ideas (most of which I rather enjoyed) than a work of it's own. With Whipping Star, the name itself was a clever little hint. And it feels like Herbert tried that with this, but I don't get the "punch-line" of what the name means.
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Book Nerd Feb 21, 2020 - 15:05 PM
This book is about librarians who always obey the government.Hooked yet? You should be. Because it's actually a really good story.Direct Descent reminds me a lot of Asimov's Foundation books. It's about solving problems with intelligence when the only alternative seems to be violence.It is very short but every book doesn't have to be 500 pages.
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Lori S. Feb 21, 2020 - 15:05 PM
2-1/2 really. Interesting idea which started out as a short story in 'Astounding Science Fiction' in 1954 (and probably should have stayed there!).Earth is a hollowed out shell of itself, having been stripped of just about everything to power ships to get men out into the universe. It's now a huge Library, with archives saved from everywhere the Collectors or "Pack Rats" can get to for information. In return, there is a constant stream of information going out into the known universe, most of wh [...]
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Rob Feb 21, 2020 - 15:05 PM
This novel is without a doubt the worst think I've read by Herbert. It's a very weak attempt at expanding a short story that barely had enough body to make it work in the short format. Some people feel that Herbert's skill as a writer usually cannot keep up with his insights and ideas, a few even go so far as to declare anything beyond Dune unreadable. Personally I am a bit more tolerant of what are usually considered flaws in his writing. In this novel however, I have failed to find anything th [...]
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M.M. Strawberry Reviews Feb 21, 2020 - 15:05 PM
I have been a huge fan of Dune for a long time, but I have also enjoyed Frank Herbert's other work, such as Santaroga Barrier or The Dosadi Experiment, so I decided to give this a try.This doesn't really read like a novel as it does a short story. The plot is sparse, and the point of the story in the beginning was rather different from the end. This story started off great and I was wondering what kind of messages or lessons would be imparted, but the story fell very flat. This story feels more [...]
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*Kashi* Feb 21, 2020 - 15:05 PM
a Very Short Read. I Guess People will always judge or compare Herbert's work to his Masterpiece "Dune". I think that is unfair. Anyhow this book has some interesting ideas, what I found is that the Characters weren't Correctly Developed; and it seems that he was somehow forced to finish this stories real quick shows elements of Herbert's Signature work: Human Mind-Psychology Ecology Power Struggles Geriatrics Drugs (Anti-s) Knowledge & Information Integrity
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Blake Feb 21, 2020 - 15:05 PM
Picked this up for $0.50 at Goodwill. It was good enough that I finished it, but certainly not impressive. The premise is somewhat interesting and original: Earth is a library planet and is basically the unwanted stepchild of the universe despite the value of its contents. Themes include the importance of information, history, and knowledge; dictators' often ignorance of the importance of history and knowledge; and the struggle of a government entity to survive government cutbacks. It's really t [...]
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Steven Jr. Feb 21, 2020 - 15:05 PM
It has a storyline that takes a twist from the usual futuristic/space epic since it involves a planet's protection of an archival system. It takes place mostly on the planet its set on. The edition I have (Berkley, 1985) I especially like because it has some nicely drawn and inked illustrations that you see in so little science fiction novels (so few novels period) today. I actually like stories like these better than the author's "Dune" series.
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Jeff Crosby Feb 21, 2020 - 15:05 PM
I first read this "novel" when it was published in 1980 with line illustrations. It is really two related short stories that form a novella. When I first read it, I was not a librarian. Now I find some of Herbert's concepts funny, but the narrative remains clever and entertaining. It was well worth a second read.
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Patrick Jones Feb 21, 2020 - 15:05 PM
This really shows itself as one of Herbert's first publications. He can't hide his ecological interests, nor his passion with the human mind; but this book is too simple to really give him a chance to stand on the soap box as his later novels allow him. It's better than any of my first starts, but I can't say that it is quintessentially Frank Herbert. Maybe Brian Herbert, but not Frank.
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Josimpilo Feb 21, 2020 - 15:05 PM
(Ljudbok)En kort liten framtidsbok. Väldigt speciell historia, jag gillar den fast den är lite konstig och ibland svår att hänga med i. Den hade gärna fått vara längre och förklara lite mer av den värld man kastas in i.(Läste någonstans att den innehåller mycket bilder, vilket innebär att göra ljudbok av denna kanske inte var det bästa valet.)
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Marc Feb 21, 2020 - 15:05 PM
This was okay, though certainly sub-par compared to Dune(!). I read it b/c of the interesting take on archivists, and that's my profession after all. It was funny to see the sneaky archivist "hook" the would-be destroyer of knowledge with records from the archive (thus showing the importance of keeping the archive operating).
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David Feb 21, 2020 - 15:05 PM
The book is actually two stories with the same setting and similar plots. Earth has become a giant library. The people who work/live there have code, first among them to comply with whatever government is in power in the galaxy, even if it seems that doing so will lead to the destruction of the library. Nice short read. Destination: Void would have been better if it was this length.
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Mike Feb 21, 2020 - 15:05 PM
This is a typical Frank Herbert story, where he looks at odd ways people might interact in some future world. Although I have much enjoyed other books by him, this one just did not suck me in. It might have just been my mood at the the time.
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Peter Feb 21, 2020 - 15:05 PM
Two not really related short stories padded out with lots of line drawings.
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Emma Feb 21, 2020 - 15:05 PM
It is boring. I am not a fan. I need more action and this book didn't deliver that. Felt like two books smashed together. Not reading this again.
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Kev Feb 21, 2020 - 15:05 PM
Interesting story well told
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Erik Feb 21, 2020 - 15:05 PM
It's a kids novel I guess. It's a bunch of ideas with barely a plot. The illustrations make it worse.
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer Feb 21, 2020 - 15:05 PM
I would consider this a graphic novel, as it was heavily illustrated. Good story.
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Tim Feb 21, 2020 - 15:05 PM
I didn't finish this. Couldn't bring myself to do it. It was boring. Unintersting.
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Jason Feb 21, 2020 - 15:05 PM
Whenever I read a Frank Herbert story, I can't help but think that it takes place in the Dune timeline - whether far in the future or far in the past. Direct Descent is no exception. The book is actually two short stories. The first story sets the stage for a planet Earth that has been carved empty to story the wealth of humanities knowledge in a massive library within the Earth's mantle. It is interesting in that the tale seems to be a political commentary about politicians that do not heed his [...]
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Direct Descent By Frank Herbert Earth has become a library planet for thousands of years, a bastion of both useful and useless knowledge esoterica of all types, history, science, politics gathered by teams of pack rats who scour the galaxy for any scrap of information Knowledge is power, knowledge is wealth, and knowledge can be a weapon As powerful dictators come and go over the course of history, tEarth has become a library planet for thousands of years, a bastion of both useful and useless knowledge esoterica of all types, history, science, politics gathered by teams of pack rats who scour the galaxy for any scrap of information Knowledge is power, knowledge is wealth, and knowledge can be a weapon As powerful dictators come and go over the course of history, the cadre of dedicated librarians is sworn to obey the lawful government and use their wits to protect the treasure trove of knowledge they have collected over the millennia.

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