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Sandworms of Dune Paperback – Import, March 20, 2008
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As the no-ship Ithaca flees through space, the heroes of HUNTERS OF DUNE finally meet the Enemy who followed the violent fanatics, the Honored Matres, back to their universe.
The thinking machines vanquished by Serena Butler's jihad were not destroyed, only driven into exile - and now, tens of thousands of years later, they are back. Can the resurrected heroes on board the Ithaca save our race from annihilation?
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- Publisher : Hodder Paperbacks; paperback / softback edition (March 20, 2008)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 624 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0340837527
- ISBN-13 : 978-0340837528
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.08 x 1.65 x 6.89 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #547,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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D the reader of past events that occurs in previous Dune books, as well as the current book. While I understand needing to refresh the reader about characters and events from previous books, doing it over and over was annoying at best, and disrespectful at worst. The same is true for plots and characters from the current book.
Second, the fact that Tegg and Idahoe were unable to detect the two face dancers that were sabatouging the ship was rediculous. They are supposed to be the two greatest Mentats of all time, and they could deduce that the two characters who traveled to a Facedancer planet and narrowly escaped were the most likely suspects. It's just not believable.
Some time ago, I had enjoyed their 6 Prequel DUNE series of books, and the 2 sequels were just as good - if not better!
I can't recommend Sandworms of Dune (and Hunters...) enough. So much inspiring moments, and wonderful action and 'looking deep' into so many great characters that make all the DUNE series so memorable and a joy to read, again & again! All I can say is a heartfelt "Thank-You!" to Brian and Kevin for all their 'Labors of Love' in the DUNE universe... Good Job, guys!!!
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For me however, I loved Dune for its well developed characters, consistent universe and believable and subtle plotting and counter plotting that took place. Unfortunately the authors can't deliver on any of these. They have characters that are all just one dimensional despite having a wealth of material to draw on, internal and external dialogues simplistic and idiotic, and have somehow managed to make a believable universe seem ridiculous where magic things take place. Frank Herbert managed to make you believe that the players were prescient or tactical geniuses and heroes. In this novel they all come across as little ordinary people all be it with some super powers.
Having said that, I would not be so harsh on the first book of the two if it wasn't a Dune sequel. It is better that lots of SF out there and quite readable.
However the real crime is this book, the second sequel which is truly awful and brings Dune to a cringeworthy conclusion. The characters become even more stupid, the plot more silly, the inconsistencies with “proper dune” more unforgivable.
The authors have absolutely no feel for Dune at all. better that they would have left it up to someone else to complete the Dune series. What they have done to the legacy of Dune is a crime.
Great job and worthy successor.
the ending is quite deus ex machina... won't say more so as not to spoil the story, and didn't seem to fit with Herberts ambitious universe. Characters do some really odd a silly things that perhaps another writer would have been able to explain better. I think that is the real disappointment with this book, it doesn't feel like the rest of the dune series.
One of the things I loved most was the little quotes at the beginning of chapters which were so insightful and relevant. those have disappeared, and so has most of the in-depth understanding of the characters and their motivations. I also feel as if the characters of Daniel and Marty were altered in order to fit in with the butlerian jihad books... which is a massive loss in my opinion.
My review is starting to sound bit negative, so I'll wrap it up. This is a good book, that provides a potential resolution to the cliffhanger Herbert left us with in Chapterhouse Dune... however it does tell that it was written by people unfamiliar with the intimate details of the characters and universe. Worth reading, but bear the above in mind