At the end of Frank Herbert's final novel, Chapterhouse: Dune, a ship carrying a crew of refugees escapes into the uncharted galaxy, fleeing from a terrifying, mysterious Enemy. The fugitives used genetic technology to revive key figures from Dune's past--including Paul Muad'Dib and Lady Jessica--to use their special talents to meet the challenges thrown at them.
Based directly on Frank Herbert's final outline, which lay hidden in two safe-deposit boxes for a decade, Sandworms of Dune will answer the urgent questions Dune fans have been debating for two decades: the origin of the Honored Matres, the tantalizing future of the planet Arrakis, the final revelation of the Kwisatz Haderach, and the resolution to the war between Man and Machine. This breathtaking new novel in Frank Herbert's Dune series has enough surprises and plot twists to please even the most demanding reader.
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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.
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Sand worms of dune reign supreme
The culmination of the most complex, intellectually stimulating scfi series ever written, is as was the story itself, grandiose and full of itself. But for good reason, clearly it is the product of 3 of scfi's most gifted minds. Epic is a word inadequate to describe it's scale, simply magnificent and engaging from end to end the entire series makes sense and we readers are rewarded with perfect closure.
Do yourself a favor and read the entire prequel to original sequence to sequels in one back to back exercise, the richness of detail and the continuity makes this work the grandest of all scifi, a tantalizingly original a masterwork of 2 generations.
Enjoy the best scifi has to offer...I'm off to brew some spice coffee and to check the blue within blue of my eyes.
Sandworms of Dune
Wow. Since I first read Dune about 15 years ago I eagerly devoured anything I could find by Frank Herbert, and his son certainly possesses his writing talent. Anything by Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson automatically make it into my vast collection on books. This book was the perfect culmination to the greatest scifi series of all time. I was not dissapointed. It was the genius of Frank Herbert that first encouraged me to explore my own creativity, and the tradition continues. I can't wait for what's next.....
A must read after the rest of the series, but it just doesn't compare to Frank Herbert's works.