Sandworms Of Dune (Dune Chronicles, #8)
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Sandworms Of Dune (Dune Chronicles #8)

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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 andLady Jessica--to use their special talents to meet the challenges thrown at them.

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Hardcover, 494 pages
Published August 7th 2007 by Tor Books (first published 2007)
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Stacey
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

WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT?

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...

Ugh.

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"...more
Drew Athans
***CONTAINS SPOILERS***

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...more
Ampoliros
Oct 02, 2007 Ampoliros rated it 1 of 5 stars
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
Teggan
Jan 09, 2008 Teggan added it
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.
Steve
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...more
Zach
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
Diana
Kinda like a high school reunion...it'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.
June
Jan 04, 2008 June rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
Frank
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...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...more
Bryan
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
Monika
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.
David
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Akiko
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.
Rachel
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...more
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.
Radu
Sep 08, 2008 Radu rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one.
Shelves: science-fiction, cluj
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Matt
Nov 20, 2007 Matt rated it 1 of 5 stars
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
Ken
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...more
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...more
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...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...more
Joy
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
Arian
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...more
Spooky
I was honestly surprised by the ending, but it seemed to happen so fast and hurried. I particularly didn't like the way Duncan suddenly realized he was the most powerful man in the universe because simply told him he was. It's like telling Clark Kent "Hey, you're Superman" and then he suddenly realizes he can fly, stop bullets, has x-ray vision and all that crap. WTF?

Secondly, after floating around in the no-ship for nearly two books, I was praying for them to just be caught already. It was dru...more
Dom
My first reaction upon finishing this book is that at least it had a plot, unlike "Hunters of Dune." The Gholas are all grown up and they actually do something. Unfortunately, most of them don't do anything particularly interesting. Why were all of these Gholas resurrected? Sheeana claims it's to help the coming battle with the Enemy. Yet, do they really play a role?

Admittedly, there are some nice character moments. I loved seeing Dr. Wellington Yueh struggle with guilt for past actions. Again,...more
Jeff
Just really awful. Even by Brian Herbert standards.

In his obnoxious campaign to re-write Dune history he has changed a lot of stuff, and not for the better. Reading this is like watching a bad cartoon of Dune. Many (most) of the characters are shallow and 2 dimensional, including the "resurrected" ones. I kinda of wish I had just stopped at "Hunters of Dune"...what has been seen cannot be unseen. I need eye bleach.
Antoman
This was one of the most disappointing reads of my life. This book (and Hunters of Dune, to a lesser degree) reads like bad teenage fan fiction based in the Dune universe.

Throughout the novel, the two-dimensional and largely interchangable characters blunder blindly through the plot. None of them display the forethought and intelligence (not to mention prescience!) that was a hallmark of Frank Herbert's writing. This is especially galling given the fact that these people had already been estab...more
Justin
Of course I knew that KJA and Brian Herbert would rape hump the corpse of his father and the minds of Dune fans all around. I refuse to read any of his books beyond this one.

Just google this book and you will find many horrible reviews...
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