Top positive review
Great insights into Dune
Reviewed in the United States on May 7, 2014
Dune has often been called the science-fiction version of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, but unfortunately we don't have nearly as much scholarship on the making of Frank Herbert's Dune. This book helps to remedy that, at least partially. Brian Herbert provides several short commentaries on the origins of the Dune story. It'd be nice to have gotten more insight; this is certainly nothing like Christopher Tolkien's History of Middle-earth.
That said, the real meat of this book is the earlier draft of Dune, as well as deleted and alternative chapters. These are fascinating as they repeat many of the same themes as the final book but a much simpler plot. Unfortunately, again I wish Brian Herbert had provided more commentary to point out the differences between the drafts and the final text. How would the story have changed if some of the chapters about the trip from Caladan had been included?
Overall, I definitely recommend this to Dune fans, but also feel it could have been so much more.
Note: I have not read the short stories by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson because I have not read their other books (the short stories are sequels to some of their other work).