Friday, January 4, 2008

Sandworms of Dune


Here are my reviews of the last two Dune books, Hunters of Dune (the 7th book) and Sandworms of Dune (the 8th and final Dune book).

Hunters of Dune

Read the Last Two Dune Books!

(No spoilers)

This is one of the best books that Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson have written together. I’ve read all of the original Dune books and the prequels, and this one is in my top two, the first being Sandworms of Dune.

I agree with most of the criticisms of the other reviewers here on Amazon, but I did find the book to be very intriguing. The big mysteries from the original series and the events set up in the prequels are finally coming out. Frank Herbert cannot be outdone, but at least we Dune fans get a taste of what was supposed to happen at the end of the series.
All of the crazy stuff that Frank Herbert put in starts to seem a little more palatable and understandable. This is the best characterization of the Duncan Idaho ghola yet. There are quite a few very intriguing characters throughout this epic and I was very interested in most of them.

If you are a fan of the original Dune books and read up to Chapterhouse, you should read the final two books. I waited for Hunters of Dune to come out in paperback, then bought it. I was surprised when I started reading it because it was so tense. The book grabbed me from the start and that’s not easy with me, as I’ve become very hard to please since I’ve become a professional writer.

However, after reading this one, I had to buy the final book, Sandworms of Dune, in hardcover. I just finished reading that book last night. I read the last three hundred pages in one sitting. It just didn’t let me go.

I say read the last two books of the series. The prequels are not required, though House Atredies was pretty good.
Sandworms of Dune

I read the last 300 pages in one sitting
(no spoilers)

I really enjoyed this book. It grabbed me from the start and I read the last 300 pages in one sitting. I had to keep going and just couldn’t stop reading. Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson did a pretty good job of keeping the tension up and pulling me forward toward the conclusion. All of the crazy stuff that had happened in the prequels and previous Frank Herbert Dune novels all made sense at last.

This book pulls it all together into a cohesive whole. I’m sure Frank would have done it in a more subtle way, but he died before he could write the ending. I’m glad that his son and Kevin Anderson wrote these books. I love the Dune universe and was very entertained by the whole last book. I could nitpick a few points at the end, but there were some great twists. I did see a few of them coming, but there were a few that were totally unexpected. I admit to getting a little emotional toward the end. It moved me to get a little misty-eyed. I think the authors did an admirable job in pulling it all together.

Yes, Dune fans, Hunters of Dune and Sandworms of Dune are books that you have to read.

Paul Genesse, Author

Author of The Golden Cord
Book One of the Iron Dragon Series
Five Star Books (April 2008)

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Just thought I'd let you know that I received a copy of The Golden Cord and I'm looking forward to it! I'll let you know when I get it finished!