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Sandworms Of Dune (Dune Chronicles #8)

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  6,561 ratings  ·  233 reviews
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.

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Published July 1st 2008 by Tor Science Fiction (first published January 1st 1994)
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Drew Athans

This is part two of Dune 7, or at least Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson's interpretation of how Frank Herbert may have intended it based on a supposed outline and notes they'd found of the book. I ripped apart part one of Dune 7, Hunters of Dune, in my previous review, but believe it or not, that book was better and more enjoyable than this one, but not by much. Sandworms of Dune was one of the worst books I've ever read, in terms of plot, pacing, character development
Shitworms of Dune.
I did it, I finished this book, after it sat on the shelf for 3 years with a bookmark stuck in at page 202. Maybe I should say "mired." And all I'd like to say is


Seriously, god. It was like the last season of Lost with the fucking waiting room. Alex Krycek and Scully's miraculous alien baby. The Gilligan movies. Joey getting his own show...


I'm guessing Baby Herbert (or more likely "I'll blast it with my superweapon that I JUST DISCOVERED IN MARY SUE'S SEKRIT POCKET"
Oct 02, 2007 Ampoliros rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: recycling projects
I would enjoy a serious response as to how people feel justified in giving this 'book' more than 1 star. I can understand some people would find it entertaining, barely, but as a continuation of the series its an insult right in the face of the fans. The characters are flat cardboard cutouts of their former selves and sometimes of each other. The plot holes are big enough to ride a sandworm through, and the ending is worth of a summer blockbuster film that spends all it time with action and then ...more
This is the worst book that I have ever read in my life. I did so only out of respect for Frank Herbert. I now wish that his son's hands would be crushed in a terrible car accident so that he can't cause any more damage to the Dune storyline. I have to read the first 6 books in the Dune series now to cleanse myself of this crap and remind me why his father's Dune was wonderful in the first place.
I love Frank Herbert. I love Dune. I have read the original six novels multiple times each. When Brian Herbert and KJ Anderson started writing the prequels, I gave the first one a chance. It was horrible. I didn't read any more. Then the two new novels came out, based on Frank's own notes for the last Dune book, and supposedly bringing the story to its ultimate fulfillment. I read them both, the second being this book.
It's horrible, of course. KJ Anderson and Brian Herbert are not much when it c
I gotta admit, this book fucking sucks.

There's hardly a bigger disappointment than when someone takes a series you love and cherish and whores it out, right? Actually there is. At least they could have whored it out to a writer with some talent or style. So instead of...

"There is in all things a pattern that is part of our universe. It has symmetry, elegance, and grace—those qualities you find always in that which the true artist captures. You can find it in the turning of the seasons, in the wa
I have always loved Frank Herbert's Dune series. So it was not surprising that I felt compulsed to buy Sandworms of Dune (SOD), a "sequel" to the Dune series written by his son Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson. SoD, like its predecessor Hunters of Dune, is based on Herbert's notes for how he wanted to conclude his 6 volume centuries spanning series. Frank died in 1986, and while his son wrote what I feel was an incredible biography about his father, I think his attempted sequels are shameful, fa ...more
Terri Haber
I didn't finish this book. I couldn't. Much like television (only better), my enjoyment of books comes from a certain level of going to the land of pretend. We love books because it takes our imaginations someplace else.

There is a point in the book where I couldn't suspend my disbelief anymore. The plot for the book had been moving along glacially, and all of a sudden it jumps forward with a plot device that was ridiculous and depended on characters, who were normally exceptionally intelligent a
Kinda like a high school's fun to see everyone again, but you're REAL glad you're not still in school. After I got over the nostalgia factor, this book was a bit tedious.
All the familiar characters are there -- Duncan Idaho, Paul Atreides, Leto II -- but it's as if they all passed through some kind of stupidifying field that lowered their IQs by about fifty points and made them start speaking and acting in stilted clichés. This and Hunters of Dune, the other "continuation" of Frank Herbert's Dune series read like novels Frank may have written after a debilitating stroke that wiped out most of his higher brain functions. Actually, no. Even a brain-damaged Frank H ...more
Jan 04, 2008 June rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any Dune fan
Years ago as I closed the book "Chapterhouse Dune" I could hardly wait for the next book in the series. Then Frank Herbert had the audacity to die. I thought I would never know what was going on!

Brian Herbert, while not exactly his father, has done a more than adequate job in tying up all the loose ends. In fact, he wrote all of the back stories that had been mentioned in all of the Frank Herbert Dune books. While I may never know if Brian's completion of Dune is what Frank had in mind, I am sti
Very disappointed by the ending of the Dune Saga. Although I think it tied into what Brian Herbert has written in the absence of his father, I can't believe that Frank Herbert would have finished such a magical and powerful series with such a weak and predictable ending.
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Nov 20, 2007 Matt rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dune completists
I would really only recommend this to those people who have been wondering how Chapterhouse:Dune ended for about 30 years. I don't really have any problems with some of the major plot points from both this and Hunters of Dune, but the prose is so stilted and pedestrian, especially when compared to Frank Herbert's work, it makes it almost impossible to appreciate. It's like letting Michael Bay direct a sequel to 2001: A Space Oddyssey. Like all of Brian Herbert's and Kevin J. Anderson's work, the ...more
I hated this book - if I could give it zero stars, I would.

I know people who love this book just LOVE it... so I tried. I read it almost to the end - with ten pages to go, and I decided that it was really, quite enough for me.

I am really not a sci-fi fan. Clearly. All the ideas of monsters churning through the sand and wearing suits that recycles your body's water. . . yes, I can see how people find this brilliant, but I just found it gross. Sorry, peeps.
Nutshell: long-running narrative comes to conclusion in mistitled mess.

Should have been titled Clone Orgy of Dune, because most of the narrative involves weird clone micropolitics. The eponymous sandworms are mostly boxed up on a ship (they get to play in the catastrophe after (view spoiler), but that doesn’t really move the story along) or hiding deep underground on burnt up Arrakis; the worms that have more narrative impor
I hate to leave a book before I finish it. I feel I have a commitment to give each book a chance and see it through to the end. I become very attached to characters.
I really tried to finish this book. I got through the first book in the series on pure momentum from the original Dune series. I really wanted to believe that this was Duncan, but it was not.
If you are so attached to the Dune universe that you can stomach this, than more power to you, but I do not recommend tainting your memory of
Jennifer Lizcano
I think the only positive aspect of Brian Herbert finishing his father's work is that nerds like myself get to find out how he planned the ending. Well, in a fashion. I feel like I read a literary skeleton.

Too bad the finale was utterly ridiculous and disappointing.
Eric Allen
Sandworms of Dune
Book 8 of the Dune Chronicles
By Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
Based upon an outline by Frank Herbert

A Dune Retrospective by Eric Allen

Continuing the outline titled "Dune 7" left by his father, Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson released this, the final volume in the Dune Saga. There are those who love it, those that are indifferent to it, but many more who hate and criticize it. Yes, I understand that the writing style is not the same as that used by Frank Herbert, and tha
Radu Stanculescu
May 27, 2015 Radu Stanculescu rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one.
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--- isti tekst kao i za Hunters of Dune ---

Very disappointed. Basically Leto's Golden Path was a waste of time and had nothing to do with how the series ended except as a coincidence. Why bother with Golden Path if it wasn't important. What was up with "The Oracle of Time" If it had that kinda power why wait 15000 years to use it.
Basically the writers invalidated everything written previously. They say this was Herberts vision but I don't beleive them.
The concept of the book was a wonderful idea but the actual application of the ideas w
Certainly inferior to the books by Frank Herbert still a very enjoyable ending to the great saga of Dune.
I started reading the Dune books, in chronological order, back in February - so finally getting onto the last book was kind of exciting and a bit sad at the same time, mixed up with a bit of relief that I could get onto something else!

Anyway, I started reading the book and soon found myself swinging back and forth between disappointment and eagerness to find out how the story ends. The disappointment comes from the usual - these 'new' Dune novels are nowhere near as deep, well-written, or though
John Shumway
*Same review for the Dune Universe*
GREAT books! VERY time consuming! Worth the time!

Ok here is the deal. If your not sure about starting a series this big, here is what I would do.
1. -- Read the 1st one by Frank Herbert "Dune" if you like it...

2. -- Read the "Legends Of Dune" series. Its 3 books written by Frank's son Brian and a author I really like by the name of Keven J. Anderson. Its a prequel that is so far in the past that it doesn't spoil the Original Dune series in any way, and you could
A fitting and satisfying resolution to the Dune series. While many increasingly disparage the evolution of the storyline with each successive book, I find the entire series engaging, enjoyable and internally cohesive – each development naturally leads to the next crisis and then to the next twist. For me, the entire series is one cohesive unit. I applaud B. Herbert and Anderson for their efforts in producing Dune 7 (Hunters and Sandworms). While the duo may not be blessed with Frank”s genius or ...more
Ian Mitchell
I've approached the Dune prequel/sequel novels with a relatively open mind, recognizing that they weren't written by Frank Herbert and couldn't possibly be expected stand up to the originals. On their own merits, I've found them enjoyable, if a bit lightweight, despite some fairly clumsy writing in spots.

Having said that, I found Sandworms of Dune in particular a bit frustrating, mostly because I could see tiny hints about what the conclusion of the Dune series could have been like if Frank Herb
Most of this book is deus ex machina. Character development to support the ultimate quisatz haderach is entirely lacking. As in HUNTERS OF DUNE, the disconnection caused by the chapter-by-chapter switches in storylines results in a book that is as easy to put down as it is to pick up. Too bad, because those storylines could have had momentum if given the chance. One example of crying neglect is the development of Leto II. Several of the main characters from DUNE are regrown from ancient cell sam ...more
The "original" Dune series finally came to an end, and now we know why all those prequels had to be written before we could get here.

It's a fitting tribute to - but not an exact match - to Frank Herbert. Brian Herbert cleans everything up nicely.

All the major plot lines came to a satisfactory end, if not a particularly innovative one. The story itself is incredibly gripping, and I think I read the whole thing in two days.

My only complaint is one that can't be helped: Brian is perfectly capable
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Brian Herbert, the son of famed science fiction author Frank Herbert, is the author of multiple New York Times bestsellers. He has won several literary honors and has been nominated for the highest awards in science fiction. In 2003, he published Dreamer of Dune, a moving biography of his father that was a Hugo Award finalist. His other acclaimed novels include Sidney's Comet, Sudanna Sudanna, The ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Dune Chronicles (8 books)
  • Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1)
  • Dune Messiah (Dune Chronicles, #2)
  • Children of Dune (Dune Chronicles, #3)
  • God Emperor of Dune (Dune Chronicles, #4)
  • Heretics of Dune (Dune Chronicles, #5)
  • Chapterhouse: Dune (Dune Chronicles, #6)
  • Hunters of Dune (Dune Chronicles, #7)
House Atreides (Prelude to Dune, #1) The Butlerian Jihad (Legends of Dune, #1) House Harkonnen (Prelude to Dune, #2) The Machine Crusade (Legends of Dune, #2) House Corrino (Prelude to Dune, #3)

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