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Sandworms of Dune Hardcover – August 7, 2007
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I was also VERY disappointed in the fact that nothing is revealed of Gilbertus Alban's fate. Erasmus thinks a lot about Serena, but you'd think that he'd have some thoughts about his ward, because out of the entire population of humankind, Serena and Gilbertus are both undeniably very important to Erasmus.
The thing with Norma Cenva and Omnius was one of the most ill-thought out ways to wrap up things, and the fate of some of the gholas, Leto II, Sheeana, etc, was all one HUGE disaster. The ending left me feeling unfulfilled and frustrated. I plodded through what, over 1000 pages (Hunters/Sandworms) only to see this crappy ending that RAPED my fond memories of Dune to the fiber of their very being.
One of the central themes to Frank's Dune books was that we must free ourselves of any one guiding force - hence Leto II Atreides' Golden Path to force the Famine Times and the Scattering, so that humankind would not be united under one ruler and become diversified, finding new ways to survive and learning how to adapt.Read more ›
Seaworms? Honestly? You mean to tell me that after thousands of years of experimentation in sandworm propagation, that a half-baked Tlielaxu was the first to think of such a thing? What was the point in doing this? the seaworm plotline was unnecessary for this tale, and does much to diminish the worm mythology.
The rest of the story reads like an unbearably protracted curtain call for all the most famous characters of the Dune universe. The re-introduction of many of these characters was pointless, and contributed little to the development of the story. Such extreme disappointment. I would have preferred a beautifully illustrated coffee table book, containing prints of Herbert's actual notes. Harumph. I would wager that they wouldn't have much in common with this novel as it was published.
Stop milking the cash cow, at let the beauty of the original Dune novels stand on their own. Fellow readers, avoid the temptation to buy this book just to satisfy your craving for a hint of melange. Instead, find an old, beat-up copy of God-Emperor somewhere, and reacquaint yourself with the real deal.
What is worse is that it makes a mockery of the themes Frank Herbert explored in his originals: Where they discussed the problems of handing over decision-making to mechanical things and power structures, the new books talk of an evil robot trying to eradicate mankind for no apparent reason.
After Frank spent 6 books demolishing the hero archetype, charismatic leaders and our dependency on them and warning us about 'putting all our eggs in one basket' as a species, this book applauds religious fervor to incite mankind to band together under a single leader.
If you liked Frank Herbert's work for the multilayered plotting, believable characters, well crafted universe and themes of humanity, politics and overall philosophical approach to science fiction - you will feel your fond memories violated.
If you thought Dune was an action novel with a few draggy bits but a lot of lasers, giant worms and über-cool heroes and villains - then you might enjoy this and other KJA&BH work. You would also be wrong...
The House trilogies were still readable because they were a "reverse engineering" of Frank Herbert's original 6 books, the Butlerian Jihad trilogy (the pre-prequels) was pure fantasy mixed with guess-work, dropping little clues here and there to make us Dune fans go, wow, here's another clue!
The 2-book finale, was nothing from Frank Herbert's outline. Having an outline and actually writing it out properly are 2 completely different things. These 2 authors have NOT done Frank Herbert justice and I'm sorry to say, it was just another sad attempt to boost sales with an epic franchise. If they had an outline to the Dune finale, why did they need to write prequels and pre-prequels, just write the finale already. Or perhaps it was because with the way they wrote, nobody could understand the ending?
There seems to be another set of trilogy in the works, but I guess, after this novel, they won't see the light of day, I hope!
I don't know what is wrong with [...] or whether or not there's a delete rat in the listing getting good, honest reviews of this book deleted. They claim that it doesn't follow guidelines, but guess what, there are plenty of reviews in this list that don't follow guidelines and are still here.
This past weekend has seen a mass deletion of 1 star reviews which have been truthful, honest, forthcoming and played a part in helping many readers avoid a tragic waste of time to reading this book.
Perhaps [...] has some kind of status quo of how many 1 star reviews a certain item can have. Or perhaps, someone from the Herbert family, be it, immediate or extended or relative or whatever, threatened [...] with a lawsuit. Of course, these are all speculations, but justified ones.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Will waste your time. It really is disappointing to see the name of such a great author besmirched by the moron who came up with this marketing trinket.Published 6 days ago by Josh Rabinowitz
The Dune books are all so great. Frank Herbert was a genious. A+++Published 1 month ago by C. Shamp
Way too wordy, way to much explaination, way to much intrigue. It almost seems like the author went out of his way to fill the required number of pages with words, rather than tell... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael Smith
Have been a Dune fan for years. Loved the book. I know some people were disappointed with this book, but if you have followed the story lines and themes of the rest of the series... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Paco 1985
a reasonably fun read, but sonny-boy has never managed to equal his father....Published 2 months ago by Giancarlo Vespucchi
Sadly, what began with some promise years ago - a continuation of the Dune saga - has also long ago become a deeply monodimensional money machine. Read morePublished 3 months ago by L. S.
I finished the book because I wanted to see how it ended. But Brian does not have the life lessons, World view and moral messages . Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
Good conclusion to the Dune saga. Some predictable outcomes. As an avid Dune fan I must say this: sandworms do not belong in water. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer