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Paul of Dune (Heroes of Dune Series #1)

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7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

The Conquests of Paul

Until I had started reading his works in collaboration with Brian Herbert, my opinion of Kevin Anderson wasn't extraordinarily favorable. His forays into the world of Star Wars seemed like overambitious fan fiction, cutting too many corners and becoming notorious in my ...
Until I had started reading his works in collaboration with Brian Herbert, my opinion of Kevin Anderson wasn't extraordinarily favorable. His forays into the world of Star Wars seemed like overambitious fan fiction, cutting too many corners and becoming notorious in my view for using too many flimsy metaphors. As a science fiction writer, however, he's really found a niche in the Dune series, and this latest offering is as fine an example as one could ask for. As with any book set in the Dune Universe, you really have to know your stuff, but, strangely, less so in this book than in others. There's less of the technical jargon here than in past novels by Anderson and Herbert, or at least they're not as emphasized in this novel. Instead the novel is spent on the characters and their motives, building their stories. Sometimes this effort is too brief, as the story switches between characters and archs in quick chapters. As much as this novel, and presumably its sequels, are intended to bridge the gap between Dune and Dune Messiah, it also feels like a reintroduction, and often feels dangerously close to becoming too expository. Still, by now any fan of the series will have grown to love the characters and settings to the point where any new stories involving them would be looked forward to. At this point, Herbert and Anderson have become so comfortable in their ownership of these characters and this setting that it all flows very well and is very enjoyable. My overall criticism of Paul of Dune is that it feels abbreviated, even for a series book. But this is only a mild distraction, and I deem it an entertaining read and a promising beginning for the rest of the Heroes of Dune Series.

posted by Anonymous on September 21, 2008

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10 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

More Than Disappointing!!

I understand why Brian is riding on his fathers coattails, everyone's got to make a buck. I've read a few of his other attempts and they were ok I guess, not terrible, not great. But here, Brian and Anderson actually have the balls to overwrite Frank Herbert's finest wo...
I understand why Brian is riding on his fathers coattails, everyone's got to make a buck. I've read a few of his other attempts and they were ok I guess, not terrible, not great. But here, Brian and Anderson actually have the balls to overwrite Frank Herbert's finest work Dune! A novel that has been acclaimed by critics worldwide as one of the finest works of Science Fiction ever crafted.

Right out of the blue these two decide to make us believe that Dune (as written by Frank Herbert) wasn't entirely true. That when Paul was a child, Duke Leto attempted on not one, but two occasions to take a wife other than Jessica. Brian commits this assault against his father's finest work just to create a slimy under-plot to fill out this abortion of a book.
I'm beginning to realize that that if his father wasn't Frank Herbert, Brian would have never been published. Frank Herbert had more talent under one fingernail than any that Brian can honestly lay claim to. Where Frank sliced through intrigue with the skill of a swordmaster wielding a rapier, Brian stumbles about in the dark flailing with a battle hammer. And the addition of Anderson doesn't seem to help much.
A son should show more respect to his father.

posted by RichardB on March 26, 2010

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  • Posted March 26, 2010

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    More Than Disappointing!!

    I understand why Brian is riding on his fathers coattails, everyone's got to make a buck. I've read a few of his other attempts and they were ok I guess, not terrible, not great. But here, Brian and Anderson actually have the balls to overwrite Frank Herbert's finest work Dune! A novel that has been acclaimed by critics worldwide as one of the finest works of Science Fiction ever crafted.

    Right out of the blue these two decide to make us believe that Dune (as written by Frank Herbert) wasn't entirely true. That when Paul was a child, Duke Leto attempted on not one, but two occasions to take a wife other than Jessica. Brian commits this assault against his father's finest work just to create a slimy under-plot to fill out this abortion of a book.
    I'm beginning to realize that that if his father wasn't Frank Herbert, Brian would have never been published. Frank Herbert had more talent under one fingernail than any that Brian can honestly lay claim to. Where Frank sliced through intrigue with the skill of a swordmaster wielding a rapier, Brian stumbles about in the dark flailing with a battle hammer. And the addition of Anderson doesn't seem to help much.
    A son should show more respect to his father.

    10 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2009

    Worst Yet

    A huge fan of the original Dune series I have read the Frank Herbert books several times over and found them a great read every time. I have also read all of the prequels and sequels that Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson have penned and while I have never thought them worthy of the gold standard set by Frank Herbert, they have been entertaining. That is, up until now. With this book they have effectively destroyed any interest I might have read in reading any future Dune novels. This book was intended to fill in the gaps between Dune and Dune Messiah. It fails miserably. It proposes an interesting premise: history is in the eyes of the historian who records it. Then it proceeds to do nothing to develop this premise. The characters are mostly already known to the reader and nothing new is learned about them; no new ground is broken.It plods along so predictably that it is almost embarrassing. Furthermore , the continued repeating of expressions coined by Frank Herbert is beyond irritating. How many times can these authors refer to "Sapho stained lips"? The authors have done this in past books, but never to the extent that they do it in this one. It's shameless and it cheapens these beloved terms in this reader's humble opinion. One wonders, if there was nothing to write, why give adoring Dune fans this pablum? Surely we deserve better. The memory of Frank Herbert deserves better.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2008

    Yet Another Dog

    Kevin Anderson's 'get-in-get-out' approach to writing chapters 'no chapters longer than 3 pages' doesn't do justice to ANY of these Post-Herbert stories, which leaves the reader feeling cheated. One of the best traits of the original series is that Frank took his time to craft quality stories but it seems his son just wants to hurry up and tell a story, and to make a quick buck, no doubt, and this approach doesn't do the original series justice. In fact, these new books are beginning to cast an unfavorable light on the original series, and it's embarrassing.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2011

    Can't tell

    I've seen all of the seen all of the reviews and can't tell if it's GOODor REALLY A RIP-OFF!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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