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Paul of Dune [Hardcover]

Brian Herbert , Kevin J. Anderson
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16 Sep 2008 Dune (Book 6)

Here at last is the missing history of Dune, its empire and its ruling family during those twelve action-packed years. It is a story of love and idealism; of ambition and intrigue; of war and reconciliation. Above all, it is the story of how Paul Atreides - a young man who achieved absolute power over a thousand planets when scarcely more than a boy - comes to renounce that empire and seek a new way forward for the people he rules.

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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (16 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765312948
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765312945
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16.3 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,051,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'[Herbert and Anderson] do a great job in investing the plot with heft and complexity and the narrative with pace and momentum, and conveying the sheer ferocity of the betrayals and duplicities . . . a rare, rattling page-turner that no Dune adherent will pass up.'

(Kirkus Reviews on SANDWORMS OF DUNE 20070615)

'Frank Herbert would surely be delighted and proud of this continuation of his vision.' (Dean Koontz 20070615)

'Those who long to return to the world of desert, spice and sandworms will be amply satisfied' (The Times 20070615)

A triumphant climax to the history of the Dune universe. (Bookseller on THE BATTLE OF CORRIN 20070615)

'For those of us who grew up with the world of spice and sand - how gratifying to revisit characters who felt like old friends, now brought to a satisfying conclusion.'

(My Weekly 20070615) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The untold story of the twelve lost years between DUNE and DUNE MESSIAH based on Frank Herbert's own notes and hints.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Paul Without Paul's Attention to Detail 16 Feb 2009
I promised myself that I would never read another Herbert/Anderson 'addendum' to the original Dune series after the disaster that was The Butlerian Jihad. However, due to forgetting to send in my negative desire for this book to the SF book club, it showed up on my doorstep, and obsessive reader that I am, I eventually cracked the covers of this book.

Surprisingly, it's not an unmitigated disaster, but rather a book that fills some holes between Dune and Dune Messiah, and almost managed to convince me that this extra material 'fit' with the original. However, there are some strong inconsistencies with the original, most notably in the portrayed actions and feelings of certain Fremen Maud'Dib worshipers, a rewriting of history to allow Paul to be offworld prior to the events of the original Dune, and a fleshing out of some the characters of the originals, most notably Irulan, that doesn't truly match Frank Herbert's portrayal.

While still having the short chapter/quick switch between scenes and characters that are now the hallmark of the Herbert/Anderson writing style, for this particular book such treatment actually works, as the plot threads are sufficiently many and convoluted enough to allow for such treatment. And the portrayals of the various characters weren't so obviously wrong as to cause me to throw this book away in disgust. However, this is very faint praise, merely an acknowledgement that the original characters of Frank Herbert were very powerful, real people, and as this book follows these original people, with only a few new persons thrown in, some of that power still permeates this book.
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful
By apeman
Paul of Dune... where to start? At the beginning.

This book has a strong start. I enjoyed revisiting Dune after too long, getting re-acquainted with favourite characters and seeing first hand the battles of the Jihad that I had secretly wished to see in Dune Messiah. I can't fault the writing style in this first section, and any inconsistencies with FH's original master works are pretty minimal. I've read other reviews that have picked on them, but, although they were a little distracting, I didn't really take issue with them.

However it was not to last - near the end of the first section there is a big spiel about Irulan's role. I love Dune - it was THE formative book that I read all those years ago, and Dune is Science Fiction - a genre that uniquely relies on consistency. So imagine my thoughts when the authors of this book, plainly breaking the fourth wall through Irulan's character, declare FH's original masterpiece nul and void. They effectively de-canonise it and re-class the defining work of the series alongside the Dune Encyclopedia as an in-universe document with all the inherent flaws that go along with that.

Needless to say I never saw it this way.

This conveniently allows the authors to ignore what was previously laid down by FH and trample the original subtleties of Dune into the ground. And to make matters worse the writing style takes a nose dive.

Of course the writing style is "different" and I don't have a problem with the fact that the authors did not attempt to copy FH's style. Fair enough - some of my favourite books are not by FH... but to remind the reader that (for example) Alia is a Reverend Mother and not a child repeatedly again and again and again in a short chapter cannot be considered a positive stylistic quirk.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By NeuroSplicer TOP 100 REVIEWER
To anyone familiar with the original DUNE universe, Frank Herbert's vision was so rich and majestic that as a reader I did not want the story to end. Well, at this point I very much wished it had.

PAUL OF DUNE had everything going for it: an interesting timeline, a detailed setting and unresolved cliffhangers. Yet it manages to fail.
This book picks up the action just after the first book (and movie) of the series (DUNE) and before the second (DUNE MESSIAH), a very interesting period of 12 years for which, so far, we only had hints and suggestive glimpses of. At the same time, a number of flashbacks flesh-out the details of the life of an adolescent Paul Atreides.
Wheels within wheels? No. Rather more like a lone, rusty wind-wheel turning in the soft breeze of decadent Kaitain. Let the good times roll...

According to Dorothy Parker, there are books "not to be tossed aside lightly, [but] thrown with great force". This is one of these books. My study coffee-table now has the indentation to prove it.

I received this book over a month ago. I tried to read it numerous times but was so discouraged that I kept giving up. The first 100 pages can be summarized in just one phrase: "Paul is devastated by the ongoing Jihad but it is inevitable as the lesser of many evils, according to his prescience". Paul says it. Irulan makes notes about it. Alia has inner voices echoing it. OK, we get it, please move on!
Which prescience, one must note, apparently is a very fickle commodity as we keep hearing of it but never actually seeing it action.

What has became of Paul, the leader of men and conqueror of worlds? THAT little man is the...Kwizats Haderach? THAT is what the Bene Gesserits were selectively mating people for, for thousands of years?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Amazing book. A must for the people that love the original books
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5.0 out of 5 stars another stunning piece of the jigsaw
Another piece of the Dune Saga slots into place, and with ever part that becomes clearer more anticipation forms for what could come next
Published 5 months ago by J. Varney
3.0 out of 5 stars Amazon/Kindle has got it wrong!!!
This book details what happens between DUNE and DUNE MESSIAH, not as shown in the Amazon/Kindle title line. Read more
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Published 18 months ago by A. Chatterjee
1.0 out of 5 stars Re-read Frank Herbert instead
Once again Brian Herbert desecrates his fathers litterary heritage.
Your time is better spent rereading Frank Herbert than wasting time on the sons mediocre attemps at milking... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Niels Skovlund
1.0 out of 5 stars Just awful
I'm a huge fan of the original series and can only really talk about Paul of Dune in that context.

The original set of books is adult, esoteric and challenging. Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2011 by Andy Wise
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Lost Opportunity
This latest addition to the 'Dune' series is set between Frank Herbert's original 'Dune' and 'Dune Messiah' and attempts to fill-in the twelve year gap between the timelines of... Read more
Published on 17 May 2011 by Mr. T. O'brien
2.0 out of 5 stars A Book To Annoy With (almost) Every Page Turn
I've enjoyed Brian Herbert & Kevin Anderson's expansion of the Dune universe. The six prequel books genuinely add something and if you read them in order, by the time you get on... Read more
Published on 18 Sep 2010 by tmcd35
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