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Paul of Dune by Brian Herbert
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Nov 25, 2011

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As many others have said about Brian Herbert's "Dune" series, it can't match the psychological and philosophical complexity of Frank Herbert's original series, and it often leaves too little to the imagination. This book certainly falls prey to that critique.

That said, it is a fun adventure that satisfies some of your "I wonder about..." instincts. The Dune universe is so rich that any time spent in it cannot be entirely wasted.

Still, the book does keep prattling on about "the necessity of the horrible jihad" in so many variations that it becomes obnoxious. Also, the "back story" to this back story (the plotline about Paul's childhood during the War of Assassins) seemed unnecessary filler, as though the material available for this "interquel" was itself insufficient.

Perhaps at the end of the day, the highest praise I can give this book is that it made me want to re-read "Dune Messiah."

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