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Sandworms of Dune (Dune 7 Series #2)

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

For anyone familiar with the Dune universe

Reading this book was like coming home to a friend I didn't even know I'd missed. I fell under the spell of the six original Dune books as a teenager, read two of the prequel books in adulthood. For anyone familiar with the Dune universe, there is a very familiar feel t...
Reading this book was like coming home to a friend I didn't even know I'd missed. I fell under the spell of the six original Dune books as a teenager, read two of the prequel books in adulthood. For anyone familiar with the Dune universe, there is a very familiar feel to this book, with integral characters. Yet, several things are different enough to hold a reader's interest. I kept reminding myself to pace, to go to sleep, so I could savor the next chapter, but it was hard to do.

posted by LisaJYarde on August 31, 2011

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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In Sandworms Brian and Kevin finally succeeded in destroying a man¿s greatest legacy to Science Fiction Literature. One of the main things I always enjoyed about Frank Herbert¿s novels, was the ability of formation of the mind as a separate entity capable of many things...
In Sandworms Brian and Kevin finally succeeded in destroying a man¿s greatest legacy to Science Fiction Literature. One of the main things I always enjoyed about Frank Herbert¿s novels, was the ability of formation of the mind as a separate entity capable of many things, the evolution of mind over matter, without the reliance of other things. Of course one of Herbert¿s main points as well as dilemmas was the trade off of reliance on one thing 'machines' to another 'the spice', in essence the trade off of one addiction for another without getting to the root of the problem. Now while I do believe after finally finishing the last in the Dune Series of novels that indeed an outline did exist for future work, I do also believe that the authors took many liberties with this book including in pulling a lot of it out of thin air. The reason I believe this is the revelation of Duncan Idaho, I have always questioned why he was always a constant in all of the six original novels, that there was something indeed special about him, something more than him than just have fanatical loyalty and devotion to all Atreides he served. Also the question of perhaps machines possibly returning did cross my mind with not only Leto¿s withholding of the spice, but also he himself destroy any Mentat¿s he knew about or of in fact he destroyed many Idaho¿s for this very reason of the Bene Thilex creating gholas with mentant powers. There was a reason for this one that was never answered in the original novels. Also, the face dancers as well they had become so good that even the Bene Gesserit couldn¿t really detect them any longer, why because they had evolved as well had become more human to the point they believed they were indeed the person they were to impersonate. However, this is where the ¿outline¿ of Herbert¿s greatest work ends and the tragedy begins. First off the Atreides were special individuals with abilities once combined with the Harkonnen¿s that made them what they were, to take away from the greatness of Paul who could see what others could not see and his son the God Emperor who could see all but said nothing and accepted the sacrifice oh behalf of humanity, belittles this man¿s work. The true objective of the original novels was to teach the consequences on the reliance on any substance be it organic or synthetic and that in trading one for another they had truly learned nothing even 15,000 years later. To bring back fairytale endings of all the original characters being brought back to life, Paul, Alia, Jessica, Leto I, Leto II, Liet-Kynes, Dr. Yueh, and Stilgar is bringing a Hollywood story where the good guys win in the end which isn¿t the purpose of the books at all. As for Duncan being the true Kwistaz Hadarach in any of the novels he never displayed any supernatural powers at all with the exception of his fanatical loyalty and the importance of his genes that not even the Bene Gesserit seemed with all of the prescience seemed to grasp. It was not only disappointing for them to have brought back Erasmus and Ominus but to have Erasmus turn into something not only human but understanding and then merging with Duncan Idaho to give to him the power of the Kwistaz Haderach the one who could be many places at once because he was now a machine with a HUMAN MIND. You can only fill so much into a shot glass before something spills out and this was a flood of too many characters, too many inconsistencies and too much of a disappointment of fans who loved, lived and shared these novels with others. If you don¿t want to get angry read this novel if you must with a grain of salt or try to look at it as a car wreck that you don¿t want to look at but can¿t help staring at as you drive by ¿

posted by Anonymous on August 24, 2007

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2007

    Terrible. Absolutely Terrible

    With every book that the Anderson/Herbert partnership produces, I become more and more disappointed. They have been left a rich universe of potential, and rather than shepherd and enrich it, or even allow it to come to an end, they have strip-mined it to the point where I am no longer sure that I will choose to read their next Dune novel. This novel was poorly written, and so overwhelmingly expositional that I suspect a good editor would have reduced the manuscript by a hundred pages without removing ANY content. After waiting since I was 17 for this book to come out, I was actually physically sick as I finished the last page.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2008

    Falls far short of expectations

    As an avid Dune reader from the Frank Herbert days, I looked forward to the 'conclusion' of the saga. These last 2 books are supposedly based on the master's notes, found long after his death. While I can stretch my imagination to believe that Frank Herbert conceived of this basic storyline, I found the books themselves to be predictable and shallow. The earlier attempts at bringing life to the Dune world were quite good - but they were investigating the past. In looking forward along the original Dune timeline, the authors have failed to live up to the incredible tale that is the original series. Where God Emperor, Chapterhouse and Heretics succeeded in painting a grand universe filled with an infinite variety of mystery and color, these 2 final books shrink it down to something simple and mundane.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2007

    terrible

    Terrible book. I just finished reading it, after waiting so many years for the ending, and am very disappointed. If you want to be transported back to the dune universe, read the original books again and use your imagination and make up your own ending. I guarantee it will be better than this book. I am officially done reading anything put out by these authors.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    Shame on you

    What a sorry patchwork, poorly-written and unworthy end to the epic saga - I have read them all. All the more disappointing because some, if not most of the Brian Herbert contributions have been excellent. This one left me dissatisfied, disappointed and incomplete.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2007

    High hopes but poor results for the conclusion to the epic Dune series

    Sandworms of Dune is the long-awaited conclusion to the Dune series, which is often hailed as the greatest science fiction series of all time, and this novel is the culmination of the until recently titled ¿Dune 7¿. Based on an outline written by the Dune series¿ original creator Frank Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert wrote Hunters of Dune (released in 2006) and this novel to complete storylines introduced in all six of the original Dune books as well as their own additions to the Dune universe, the ¿House¿ trilogy and the ¿Legends¿ trilogy. Written by Frank Herbert, the original Dune series or Dune Chronicles (as it is sometimes referred to) consisted of six books: Dune, Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune, and Chapterhouse: Dune. Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert have added eight additional books to the Dune universe including the recently released Sandworms of Dune. Regrettably, Sandworms of Dune does not offer readers the same complexity of storytelling as the original Dune series provided. The character development is minimal at best, taking the reader through a multitude of characters that are flat. The plot, which held much potential at the conclusion of Chapterhouse: Dune, was uneventful at points (lagging horribly through the first half of this novel) and predictable until the ultimate conclusion. While the end of the novel is quite unexpected, it is far from consistent with the original Dune series¿ tone or themes, and in fact, the climax seems completely out of place and implausible to someone who was an avid fan of the original series and has read the recent additions to the Dune universe as well. Much of the difficulties with Sandworms of Dune derives from its inconsistencies not only with the themes and tone of the original Dune Chronicles but the additions to the Dune universe: the ¿House¿ and ¿Legends¿ trilogies. Technologies, human abilities, and acts by certain factions within humanity are completely uncharacteristic of the cannon of this universe, and these inconsistencies make it difficult for the avid fan of the Dune universe to accept them. For those who have enjoyed the original six books of the series and are considering Sandworms of Dune, you must ask yourself if it is worth the effort. To understand what has occurred after Chapterhouse: Dune, one would have to not only read Hunters of Dune (the first part of the conclusion) but also the ¿Legends¿ trilogy to have a basis to understand Sandworms of Dune. In all, such a reader would be required to read through five novels to be able to understand the lackluster conclusion to the original Dune series. For those that have read every novel from the Dune Universe, my review will not sway your opinion, just as another¿s would not have swayed mine. I have read every book related to Dune including reference books like The Dune Encyclopedia and so on, and I chose to read Sandworms of Dune because I hoped for the best. You will read Sandworms of Dune, and you will be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2007

    A reviewer

    Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson have finally belittled every Frank Herbert idea/concept by use of hyperbole and bad writing. From Ultra-Spice to Ulitmate Kwisatz Haderach, this book dismantles everything important in the original novels. If you are a fan of Frank Herbert, I highly recommend that you read this book, get angry, and be vocal about your dislikes to the Herbert Partnership. It's time some other authors reintroduced some genius to these books.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 17, 2009

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