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Paul of Dune: Book One of the Heroes of Dune Kindle Edition
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Praise for The Dune Saga
“This vital link between the first two books of the Dune saga begins immediately after the close of Dune…This is good reading…. Standing well enough on its own for Dune novices, it goes without saying that it’s must reading for established fans.”
--Booklist on Paul of Dune
“Drawing on Frank Herbert’s massive body of notes, the coauthors of the new Dune series continue their expansion and illumination of the unexplored pieces of one of the genre’s most significant and powerful stories. A priority purchase for libraries of all sizes. Highly recommended.”
--Library Journal (stared review) on Paul of Dune
"Dune addicts will happily devour Herbert and Anderson's spicy conclusion to their second prequel trilogy."
--Publishers Weekly on Dune: The Battle of Corrin
"Sit back and enjoy."
--Booklist on Dune: The Machine Crusade
"The kind of intricate plotting and philosophical musings that would make the elder Herbert proud."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Dune: The Butlerian Jihad
From Publishers Weekly
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- ASIN : B00164X2WC
- Publisher : Tor Books; 1st edition (September 16, 2008)
- Publication date : September 16, 2008
- Language : English
- File size : 1527 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 660 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #64,871 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book has two interwoven parts, before and after the events of Dune. The chapters set before Dune are less interesting and resemble the more space opera aspects of Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson's Dune Prelude Trilogy. Also, there were quite a few pointless contradictions, most notably the fact that we see Paul traveling off Caladan before Dune took place (Frank Herbert's original novel clearly states Paul had never been off world).
However, the scenes set AFTER Dune did hold my interest. I thought the authors actually did a decent job balancing the tyrannical aspects of Paul's reign with his inner emotional struggle. While not portrayed subtly, it's a fascinating dynamic. We also get further character development for Stilgar, Gurney, and Irulan. My favorite part was the subplot with Count Fenring. I was always intrigued by him in Dune and am glad to see his story finally resolved.
Does this book really add much to your understanding of the Dune universe? Not really. Most of the important plot aspects are told or strongly implied in Dune Messiah. However, if you want to see more of Dune during the period after Dune and before Dune Messiah, those parts of the book at least hold some promise. Just go in with your expectations low and you might just get something out of the book.
But I'm afraid that I just didn't like this one. There is way too much that is out of character and too many huge events created that it just didn't fit in between Dune and Dune Messiah like it was supposed to.