Paul of Dune (Heroes of Dune #1)
What I loved most about Herbert’s original six-volume Dune series was how h...more
Final comment: Well, I finished it. God it was torture. I couldn't recommend it to anyone, even a diehard fan-...more
The setting of the series is the year 10,193. It traces the life and progeny of Paul Atredies, Mua'dib to his followers, a Messiah-like figure who saves the planet Arrakis (Dune) from the heavy handed rule of an evil house - the Harkonens - under the auspices of a bad empero...more
Dune stands as of the most brilliant books ever written. The Dune Universe stands as of the one the most brilliant story settings as well.
Frank Herbert, the original author, wrote sequels to the Dune, but I never got into them as much because most of the original characters died off. This book attempts to fill in the gaps of the events after Paul make the Emperor.
Most readers hate the book because it isn't Dune. It's not Dune. It's more like spectacular fan fiction from the Dune Universe. And I'...more
I was deeply saddened by the death of one of the greatest Science Fiction writers of all time.
Then to my delight, the team of Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson catapulted the Sci-Fi fan base back into the world of "Dune" with some of the best written and imagined stories from the early days of the Dune legacy...more
I would like to once again completely reread the series--at least all six books by Frank Herbert (as I recall, I suffered through two and liked one or two of the books). I've also li...more
This was a good "Gee, I wonder what happened between...." type of book. I honestly liked it, but it wasn't the best new Dune book that I've read.
In the original Dune novels, or in the TV mini-series, for that matter, there's a considerable gap in time between books. One story ends with Paul defeating the Emperor of the Known Universe, and the next story starts with him firmly entrenched as a god/dictator with this whole religion that's grown up around him. However, we really don't know how all...more
When the first of the Brian Herbert/Kevin Anderson books came out, I enjoyed the way they provided a new look at this world, and fleshed out the "backstory" of the various families and groups that drove the original series. The fact that much of their work was based on...more
Not nearly as bad as I thought this book would be based on reviews I had read before. I know this is going to sound blasphemous to some, but although Frank Herbert is a far superior writer, I wish there was a little more of his son Brian and Kevin Anderson in his books. Frank can be a little long winded and confusing at times. Conversely, I wish there was a lot more Frank in these new "McDune" books- there is nothing profound in this book.
But that's ok. It is what it is, and I enjoyed it as jus...more
When I read Dune in the late ‘60s I was fascinated by the depiction of this future(?) society with it’s wonderful technologies mixed with it’s medieval intrigues. The Harkonnens were evil, the Corrinos were corrupt, and I rooted for the noble Atreides. The Bene Gesserits, the Spacing Guild, the Mentats, the Suk doctors, and the other groups provided a sturdy framework for the story.
Some of the echoes of our world were interesting, like The Orange Catholic Bible, and some were odd, li...more
Again, another unnecessary addition to the Dune series. If Brian and Kevin had put all their effort into writing Dune 7 than piddling around with two prequel trilogies, then we MIGHT have a worthy read.
But no. They just couldn't stop at Dune 7 and move on to go back to writing their own original series. No. Dune is their cash cow, and they're going to milk it, by gum!
What Brian Herbert has accomplished is take a science fictio...more
I don’t recall how much time passes between Dune and Dune Messiah, but i...more
That being said, I am a little disappointed. While Brian Herbert is able to create a passable version of his father's intricate universe, the whole experience feels unpolished, like a piece of particularly good fan-fiction instead of a genuine Dune novel. Whereas Frank Herbert's story seemed to come together at a slow but satisfying pace, adding depth to characters...more
The book stands on own it's though, I read this whilst waiting for my order of Dune Messiah to arrive. Paul of Dune is the bridge between the first two books of the Dune Chronicles series. We pick off right after the final events of Dune.
I am a firm believer in the notion that in order to understand and event, you need to understand all prior eve...more
I enjoyed the subplot of the Fenrings' daughter. That part was well done, and raised some interesting questions about human cloning and biological engineering. The rest of the book, though, fell flat for me. While superficially interesting,...more
Obdivuhodné je jen to, že pro milovníky původní Duny - toho nádherného a intrikami prolezlého světa stvořeného mocným demiurgem Frankem Herbertem jsou i další díly od Briana Herberta, který je spíš úslužným a mnohem méně talentovaným stínem svého velkého otce, povinným čtením. A to i když předem víte, že kniha vás nedokáže strhnout dokonalým pop...more
A number of years ago Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series was left unfinished due to his, unfortunate, death. This left a sort of void at the end of the series and it required filling. Or did it? While I tend to be rather ambivalent about the idea of sequels (in terms of literature), I find that there is something fundamentally impossible about correctly making a sequel/...more
Brian and his wife, Jan Herbert, have been happily married for forty years (as of 2007). They have three daughters, Julie, Kim, and Margaux Beverly. Brian also has an elder half-sister, Penny; their younger brother, gay activist Bruce Calvin Herbe...more