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Sandworms of Dune Hardcover – August 7, 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
Longtime collaborators Herbert and Anderson set themselves a steep challenge—and, in the end, fail to meet it—in this much anticipated wrapup of the original Dune cycle (after 2006's Hunters of Dune). A large cast scattered across the cosmos must be brought together so that the final, all-powerful Kwisatz Haderach may be revealed in the ultimate face-off between humankind and the machine empire ruled by the implacable Omnius. Though pacing is brisk and the infrequent action scenes crackle with tension, only two minor characters—gholas, who are young clones with restored memories, of Suk doctor Wellington Yueh and God-Emperor Leto II—acquire real depth. Everyone else is too busy reacting to mostly irrelevant subplots like sabotage aboard the no-ship Ithaca, a plague devastating the planet of Chapterhouse and the genetic engineering of marine-dwelling sandworms. The lengthy climax relies on at least four consecutive deus ex machina bailouts, eventually devolving into sheer fairy tale optimism. Series fans will argue the novel's merits for years; others will be underwhelmed. (Aug.)
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By the time of this second volume of the third Dune prequel trilogy, battles and plagues have nearly destroyed humans and their planets. Sheanna revives the ghola cloning project to pit genius against numbers. Almost all the saga principals have been re-createdPaul, Jessica, Letos I and II, Chani, Stilgar, even Wellington Yueh and Baron Harkonnenand are hiding on the no-ship. The eleventh ghola of Duncan Idaho keeps an eye on things. Naturally, such a crew generates intrigue, dissension, and many actions unintentionally at cross-purposes. Some of the re-creations learn from the past, some don't. Meanwhile, Omnius and Erasmus, leaders of the thinking machines, search for the no-ship; failing to find it, they finish the destruction of any planet capable of supporting human life. When the clones and the thinking machines finally confront each other, the conflict proves pretty gripping. Its plot derived from Frank Herbert's notes, Sandworms should fascinate Dune fans. The series' long run by now begs the question of whether, since Sandworms ties up so many loose ends, more of what has been learned about the construction and destruction of ecologies, and about thinking machines, in the 42 years since Dune was first published couldn't figure in the promised ninth prequel volume, Paul of Dune. Murray, Frieda
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A fresh criticism. Anybody else think HOW Omnius was vanquished more than a bit flaky and weak?? The Oracle of Time simple wishing it and she (in effect) disappears (wipes out, eliminates, turns off , whatever) OMNIUS and all his possible backed up archives?? Employing the "tachyon net" that kept showing Frank and his wife (oops Daniel and Marty (oops Omnius and Erasmus)).... Gee IF it was that simple Norma (Cenva ?) why IN THE HECK did it take you so long???
Political correctness (that liberal mental disorder) also SEEMS to have pervaded this (and a few other) book(s) from Frank's son Brian and his co-conspirator Kevin.
Way in my past (reread the how old part) I used to say "Bad Dune was better'n NO Dune". Well I was WRONG. This was really bad Dune and will lead to NO MORE Dune for me. I've read the umpteen "prequills" and "tweeners" and DO NOT look forward to any more. Can't figure out HOW (or why) I gave this book even two stars.
If you are about to read this book after finishing the original 6 books plus Hunters (as I did). Stop. Read the Butlerian Jihad trilogy first. I realized this was necessary about a charter or two into this book and stopped reading it. I went back and read the others and then came back to finish this book. It was definitely the right choice.
While Brian and Kevin's books certainly have a different style than the elder Hebert's books, they are great books to read in their own right and they blend beautifully with the original books.
If you've read Hunters, it may have left you wondering if the new books were worth pursuing. Now that I've read five of the new books, I'd definitely say yes.
This book ties the whole story arc together, unifying the forces behind the Butlerian Jihad with the legacies of the Atreides and the Bene Gesserit. The ending represents the best of all these books and I believe is consistent with Frank Hebert's original vision.
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.