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The Road To Dune (Dune)

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A compilation of material celebrating - and adding to - the epic 'Dune' novels. It includes out-takes from the original 'Dune' by Frank Herbert, correspondence with Frank Herbert relating to the original 'Dune' and short stories by Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson.
Paperback, New Edition, 497 pages
Published March 31st 2006 by Hodder And Stoughton Ltd (first published November 1985)
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Nov 23, 2015 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dune fans
This was a very entertaining collection of deleted scenes, short stories, and letters about the novel Dune and its sequels. It's definitely one for the Dune enthusiast and probably won't be much use to the casual fan.

"Spice Planet" takes up most of the first half of the book. The cover advertises this as a "new" novel by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson. In reality, it is a short novel length work that they put together based on an outline by Frank Herbert. This outline was a very early dra
Feb 17, 2014 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting book but I will warn you that you really do have to be a fan of Dune to appreciate this book. Now this is not as dumb a statement as it sounds you see Frank Herbert was a very complex person who was passionate about certain things - it can be seen in his writing but also in his research and perseverance to see things through.
Ok so why be a "real" fan to appreciate this book. As has been told and retold many times the genesis of the new or extended Dune books came about wh
Jun 03, 2016 Bea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dune-franchise
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May 25, 2014 Dominic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dune has often been called the science-fiction version of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, but unfortunately we don't have nearly as much scholarship on the making of Frank Herbert's Dune. This book helps to remedy that, at least partially. Brian Herbert provides several short commentaries on the origins of the Dune story. It'd be nice to have gotten more insight; this is certainly nothing like Christopher Tolkien's History of Middle-earth.

That said, the real meat of this book is the earlier draft o
Rafal Jasinski
Jeśli wierzyć dwóm panom, K.J. Andersonowi i B. Herbertowi, i w oparciu o ilość zbędnego materiału, jaki udało im się wyprodukować na bazie "domniemanych", często "cudem odnalezionych", zapisków Franka Herberta, to można uznać, że twórca "Diuny" był jedynym swego rodzaju pisarzem, który odniósłszy ogromny sukces na polu literatury science-fiction, pisał był więcej "do szuflady" niż z myślą o publikacji.

Przyjmując w dobrej wierze, oświadczenia niechlubnych spadkobierców znakomitego pisarza o tym
I had huge expectations of this book, as I love reading about the background and history of my favourite books and authors. Unfortunately, I felt just a little let down. Don't get me wrong - I did enjoy the read, but it's unlikely something I would return to again and again.

The 'alternative' Dune novella was good - just enough hints of what it was to become, while remaining a brilliant little story in itself. I enjoyed the letters between Frank and various friend and publishers, and wish this se
Randy Mccallum
Apr 08, 2014 Randy Mccallum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fantastic book. There is a great story that serves to explain how the idea of Dune came out and then a novella that is the precursor to Dune. While not everything is the same as the book it gives you a great idea of how ideas developed throughout the process. There are also a few stories about how the book came to be published and John W. Campbell's influence on the Dune universe.
There are also several short stories that fill some gaps in the Dune universe. Unfortunately it's been a whil
Apr 14, 2015 Jerome rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just a skim through this book to get to the "deleted chapters & scenes" from Dune & Dune Messiah,especially the new chapter, "From Caladan to Arrakis" which should have been a part of the original Dune novel to bridge the gap in time in that section-it should have never been edited out!(IMHO)...
Also this book includes several letters that i skimmed through & also,"Spice Planet"(an alternate dune novel) by Brian & Kevin (from frank's original outline)that i didn't attempt now,but
Byron  'Giggsy' Paul
great companion to Dune
Roger Bailey
As an author creates a work of fiction it is normal to do a lot of revising. Entire sections and chapters may be removed or added. It is also not uncommon for others to get into the creative act and that was the case with Dune. Frank Herbert's agent, editor and publisher made demands about revisions. They demanded that chapters be removed and the ending changed and so forth. After Herbert's death a lot of this excised material along with many notes were found in his papers. It was enough to show ...more
Nov 18, 2012 Andrewcharles420 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the 'Spice Planet' (Duneworld) novel this book opened with. It wasn't nearly as long or complex (or good) as Dune, but had a lot of similar (and similarly exciting) material, but was set much more like a 50s/60s pulp sci-fi novel in complexity and length. I also enjoyed the letters between Frank Herbert and his agent, editor, and publishers which gave a very interesting insight into his goals in writing and the process of the writing of Dune. After that I thought the quality and c ...more
Mar 09, 2008 Banaticus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dune fans
One of the Dune RPGs was my very first computer game, back in 1992. I own the VHS 1984 movie and the DVD miniseries. To put it mildly, I really like the series. Yet it's been over a decade and a half since I last read the whole series back to front and since that time Frank Herbert's son, Brian Herbert, and Kevin J. Anderson (whose work I admire) have written seven move books in the series with two more planned. So I've decided to reread the entire series ...more
This is a really cool book for any Dune fan. It includes letters Frank Herbert wrote while writing and editing the first novel, drafts of chapters from Dune and Dune Messiah, which are absolutely fascinating.

My one complaint is, although it's called The Road to Dune, this collection mostly showcases Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson's work. The first half of the book is an alternate Dune novel entitled Spice World that Frank Herbert outlined. Unfortunately BRIAN Herbert wrote the novella, so t
Dave Johnson
its no surprise that i am a Dune nerd. i've read nearly all of them. i've even read other Herbert books and have enjoyed them. so, i guess im a Herbert nerd. im not as big of a fan of the newer dune books that Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson have authored, though. this was a mix of both. i know that sounds strange, but there are tidbits of all three in here. what drew most of the readers were the deleted scenes from Dune and Dune Messiah. those were alright. but when you read them, you figure ...more
I had hoped this would be extremely interesting, but unfortunately it turned out to just be "quite" interesting. Written by Herberts son, Brian Herbert, with Kevin J. Anderson, the main part is taken up by the novelette "Dune World", written on the basis of Herberts discarded initial outline for the story that turned into "Dune" and its sequels. It is a quite interesting read, much flatter and simpler, but you can see the start of many characters and concepts that made it into "Dune". As such it ...more
May 13, 2016 Campo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a companion book for the Dune series. As such it has some short stories, missing chapters and information regarding Frank Herbert, his wife and the process of writing and publishing the original Dune.

The noteworthy part of the book is Spice Planet, the draft of thankfully Dune didn't end up. As after writing it he desired to work it anew. The are some names an characters that resemble their Dune counterparts and some don't. You truly appreciate Herbert's decision of writing the book from
Jul 28, 2015 Dan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes good scenes or chapters are deleted because of time or space constraints. That is not the case with the segments in Road to Dune. Frank Herbert and the editors deleted these scenes and chapters because they did not fit in with the evolved story or they were superfluous and uninteresting. Leaving these out of the finished product was a good choice. The short stories were mediocre at best.

Don't waste your time on this book, there are better things to read.
This book has not had many very good reviews, but some people found parts of it interesting. As I picked it up brand new on CD for $2 and can resell it for more than double that, I thought I would give it a try.
Overall, I have to agree with most peoples opinion. The letters and extracts from Frank Herbert, to and from, people such has John W. Campbell and Jack Vance were very interesting. These document a lot of the story of how Dune was conceived, written and marketed. The novella 'Spice Planet
May 14, 2016 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting behind the scenes look at how Frank Herbert developed, changed, and polished his now classic book “Dune”. The book is divided into three sections, an original three-part story called “Spice Planet”, the Road to Dune, and Short Stories. This book should be in the collection of all hardcore Dune fans. Aspiring writers will appreciate the trials and tribulation Herbert faced with publishers and editors.
Klára Semifréda
Jun 30, 2015 Klára Semifréda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Povinnost pro každého milovníka Duny. Vždyť kdo by se nechtěl dostat k vynechaným kapitolám z první písečné trilogie, Frankovým náčrtům a jeho osobní korespondenci s přáteli a vydavateli? Fascinující útržky, které vedly k napsání mé nejoblíbenější knihy na světě. Jsem moc ráda, že se Duna vyvinula tak, jak se vyvinula, protože původní příběh, Planeta koření, není nic víc než průměrná, dobrodružná sci-fi knížečka. Ta však oproti své následovnici postrádá hloubku, kvůli které se k Duně tak ráda (a ...more
Feb 23, 2015 Andrew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The draft version of Dune, Spice Planet was interesting reading, but only for Dune and Herbert fans. As a story itself, if compares very poorly with the finished work, and has very little to recommend it, reading like some some kind of really badly derivative fanfic/amateur work. It really is amazing seeing how a novel develops, and this is one of the best scifi novels in prototype form.

The letters give even more background detail and illustrate how lucky we are to have ever received Dune in it'
Oct 09, 2011 Karan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dune
This book was in thirds. The first third this book was an "original" edition of Dune, which was quite different from the published book, but an interesting story. The next part was was letters that Frank Herbert wrote, or was written to him from publishers, etc., which I pretty much skipped because it was dull. The final part is missing chapters from Dune, some of which are better that they weren't included in the published book and some were interesting. Finally, they had little short stories t ...more
Jeremiah Demster
Nov 14, 2014 Jeremiah Demster rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dune
I am a huge fan of the Dune universe as a whole, and I think elder Herbert's ability to weave intricate yet far reaching plots. I saw this book as an opportunity to explore the development of his thinking as he created his worlds. For my own curiosity I was not disappointed. I relish any chance to revisit Arrakis. Each of the short stories, which had the feeling of b-roll or ideas being worked out for the final book, gave more insight into the larger tale I was already so familiar with. I recogn ...more
Sep 09, 2014 Jamie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Spice Planet, which was an alternative Dune novel, that features different names and events. I skipped the unpublished scenes included in the book--maybe I'll read them if I ever re-read Dune.
I have to rate this book by halves.

The first half, Herbert's proto-Dune novel 'Spice Planet' (which I keep calling 'Spice World'), has some novelty because you can see glimpses of the later work, but as a whole is really terrible, and I could only make it through the first 60 pages or so. 1 star for that half.

The second half covers some of the writing process for Dune as well as cut chapters and excised passages from the first few novels, and this is my reason for buying the book. It may be apoc
Apr 30, 2013 Israel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
This book is more of an historical document for fans of the great Frank Herbert. It gives you insight into how he created and refined his masterworks.

The book includes two parts. Part one is all about how Frank created, which is an awesome but short read. Then we have the long part two, which is a straight dump of cutting room floor material and old drafts of the Dune series. This material, frankly is just not easy to read.

Granted, it is fascinating to see that Mr. Herbert created in one huge
Apr 16, 2010 Joy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frank Herbert, creator of Dune, left behind for his son Brian boxes and boxes of ideas, outlines, and unpublished materials. This book contains SPICE PLANET, an earlier and never-published adventure in which Herbert first shaped the world of Dune. There are sections that were left out of DUNE when it went to publication. Brian and Kevin Anderson together wrote several short stories set in the Dune universe. None of these give an idea of DUNE as the work of genius it is. THE ROAD TO DUNE is inten ...more
Rose Anderson
This book re-ignited my long ago interest in the great DUNE series.
Jonathan Greenyer
Jan 22, 2016 Jonathan Greenyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
better than the Herbert books. But characters are thin.
Nathan Johnson
There was plenty of information included in this book. Some of it was interesting.
The pieces that were cut from the original Dune novel were interesting, but it would have been better to read them in a special edition of the original book with these scenes added. They tend to just be confusing if you haven't JUST gotten done with the book.

The best part about this is the precursor story that Frank Herbert wrote. This story was great on its own, but made better by the fact that the reader can see
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Frank Herbert was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author.

He is best known for the novel Dune and its five sequels. The Dune saga, set in the distant future and taking place over millennia, dealt with themes such as human survival and evolution, ecology, and the intersection of religion, politics, and power, and is widely considered to be among the classi
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