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The Machine Crusade: Legends of Dune by Brian Herbert
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
I have to disagree with the previous poster. I've read both the original Dune novels and the previous and current prequels by Anderson and Herbert. I was amazed by the quality of this book. Whereas it is not the most complicated book ever, one should not over-value the original Dune books. These were very good (in fact, some of my favourite) but full of stereotypes of good (Atreides) and evil (Harkonnen). As are the new novels.
However, where the previous four prequels over-emphasized action scenes, and never quite seemed to come loose of the original novels, these finally develop a whole new storyline (not only trying to explain plotlines of the original novels). The action scenes are… Read more
The Butlerian Jihad (Legends of Dune) by Brian Herbert
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
...I found it an enjoyable read, though it in no way is as deep as the original Dune novels. On the other hand, maybe we should stop compare these newer Dune novels to the older ones, and just view them as a new series altogether (especially in this book, few of the original story elements remain... Arrakis is only spoken of sporadically, Caladan is not spoken of, etc...)
The book is a quick read (though I was not as quick as the previous reviewer, reading 606 pages in three hours, is a fast 200 page average :)) - it's enjoyable all through... But that's it. Don't expect anything deeper than just enjoyable well-written english...
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