Sandworms of Dune Paperback – 20 Mar 2008
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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)
Frank Herbert would surely be delighted and proud of this continuation of his vision. (Dean Koontz)
Those who long to return to the world of desert, spice and sandworms will be amply satisfied (The Times)
'A triumphant climax to the history of the Dune universe.' (Bookseller on THE BATTLE OF CORRIN)
'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)
Using Frank Herbert's final outline -- hidden in a bank safe deposit box for eleven years -- Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson now tell the grand climax of the story left unfinished in CHAPTER HOUSE: DUNE, and continued in HUNTERS OF DUNE.See all Product Description
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Thank you, rant over!
That was the first thing, in a long line of things, that annoyed me.
How on earth did DUNE 7 manage to become DUNE 7.1 and DUNE 7.2? One earlier reviewer stated that they thought it scandalous that some of us may think that the authors might try to milk this series for profit. The proof is right there sunshine, the proof is right there. This was one of the MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS EVER, we did not need warm ups, reminders or other superflua to 'get us back up to speed' no, we just needed the story.
As to the actual story, if you are prepared to grace it with such a honourable descriptive, no way pal. My review title says it all. Not in a million years did Frank Herbert intend his story to end this way. I can see that there would be a reason why the Duncan Ghola character had been kept around all that time. I can see him as the ultimate Super Kwizatz Haderach. Can even see that this as being one of the only true and original Frank Herbert ideas to weave its way through this mess of instant toilet paper. It makes more sense as such because not only has he been around for ages, he has all of his serial Ghola memories inside him. So in a FH kind of way, it would fit in the 'real' DUNE universe
As for the rest...
Characters appear for no real reason, then get killed. Characters appear for no real reason, do not get killed but do NOTHING. Characters who have been around for a while (by this time, about 4 books worth of 'aroundness'!) certainly long enough for you to get used to how they act and react...suddenly start to act and react totally differently to any previous description!Read more ›
Bearing that in mind, this one's still not very good. Sorry.
The writing, as before, is very average but serves the purpose. One extremely strong positive for this book is that the story really moves along, it does have one or two surprises, and there is none of the redundant material or repetition that marred its predecessor. The fairly flat writing serves it fairly well, as an already twisty plot could easily be marred by overcomplicated prose.
I'm disappointed that the writers decided to make two books out of this story, as it just wasn't necessary. This should have been one book with 50% of the first scrapped. It would have made a long novel, but a more focused, enjoyable, and better-paced one.
My primary bugbear is the same that utterly obliterated my hopes for the first instalment: the inclusion of elements from the prequels. I am certain that Frank Herbert harboured no intention of reviving the 'thinking machines' for his series' grand finale. The references to the Butlerian Jihad and the removal of technology from his stories to me was a literary device in order to create story about mankind's future, without it being tech-focused (which, realistically, you can't do without something like the Jihad in your story). I just think that Herbert Jnr et al needed an adversary to frame their ideas for the sequels - evident in the fact that the machines hardly make an appearance except at the end.Read more ›
The result is not a total disaster, but on the other hand, if my idea of top quality entertainment was shouting out "it's behind you" I'd go to the local panto.
Let's face it, anyone who's come this far in the series is going to buy this to find out what happens, and in that respect the book finally ties up all the big loose ends that were left hanging at the end of Chapterhouse. Whether or not you'll be left thinking that the resolution is a satisfactory (or even believeable) one is another matter. Too many characters and factions suddenly change the ingrained behaviour of a lifetime within the last few chapters, while others simply conform to irrational stereotypes, and a number of the key people from the last novel turn out to be essentially pointless fluff. To be honest, by the end I was hoping that Omnius would finally win just to have done with it.
Having said all that, I'm glad they wrote it, because it does finally bring some closure to the storyline after all these years. Kudos to the authors for even attempting it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not a fitting end to such an epic journey. Too much effort trying to link the story to the inferior prequels. Did not have the masters touch. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
Where to start? Absolute garbage; a travesty and an insult to anyone who has a love of Dune. Writing: Cheap and childish; Plot:Dull and predicatable; Characters: The established... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Andy FM
An amazing culmination of characters, skilfully crafted storyline. Outstanding left wanting more. Is there any more? I need more. Please!Published 6 months ago by Dean Gerrard
The ghastliest, most appalling book I've ever read. Couldn't finish it.
Read it only if you want to know, for whatever mindboggling reason, what literature is not. Read more
This is “part 2” of “Dune 7”, the much lauded (by the perpetrators – I can’t call them authors as this writing is bordering on “criminal”), final part of Frank Herbert’s Dune saga. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Arch-Pope Marmaduke I
was a bit nervous about reading these books given some of the reviews but they aren't that bad.
the ending is quite deus ex machina... Read more