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Sandworms of Dune

(Dune #8)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  10,689 ratings  ·  402 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.

Hardcover, 494 pages
Published August 7th 2007 by Tor Books (first published 2007)
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Oct 29, 2016 rated it liked it
"I don't know how to put this, but I'm kind of a big deal. People know me. I'm very important. I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany."
- Ron Burgundy

However you cut it, Dune is kind of a big deal. From Frank Herberts first publication of the genius god-emperor masterpiece in 1965 to Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Andersons collaboration to complete his vision, this book, this idea, this series is huge for the speculative fiction genre. Franks posthumous notes for
Mar 20, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

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
"There is no real ending. Its just the place where you stop the story."
- Frank Herbert

After all this time, we have come to the journey's end. And the contribution of Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson to the wonders of that journey should not be frowned upon. While I personally wanted more from the last book in the series, I truly believe that the authors followed in the footsteps of the Dreamer himself and did the series justice.

War has come to the Known Universe. The Enemy has revealed
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I look back on everything I've read and learned, wrapping up this series is a truly enormous task. I mean, this has got to be one of the most ambitious works to ever try to clean up and jam down our throats, like, ever.

I'm not saying it succeeds, mind you, but I've got to give these guys props for the sheer weight of their balls.

It's really hard to describe a lot of the action, setting, or even the big characters without giving away the grand majority of what makes this book great. Yes.
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"
Jan 09, 2008 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.
Jan 07, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: adventure
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 gracethose qualities you find always in that which the true artist captures. You can find it in the turning of the seasons, in the way
Oct 02, 2007 rated it did not like it
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
Dec 12, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Jul 11, 2008 rated it did not like it
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, ...more
Apr 21, 2009 rated it did not like it
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 ...more
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked it, mainly cause all those little questions that had been nagging me for 3o years got answered. Plus the ending made sense, I could see how FH got there and was going there via the whole series. No, the writing isn't Frank's but it was true to the vision and I call that a win.
Terri Haber
Apr 06, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
Dec 15, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 24, 2008 rated it it was ok
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.
Nov 20, 2007 rated it did not like it
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, ...more
Apr 27, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: hardcover
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.
Karen’s Library
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I swear I had read Sandworns of Dune a long time ago right after it first released, but I have NO recollection of the end to Frank Herberts original Dune series.

I think I should have remembered some of the key items (like gholas). So since I have no memory, I guess this was a brand new read for me.

I didnt mind at all that this book was not written by Frank Herbert. I think Brian and Kevin did a good job on following the storyline and bringing this book full circle. I had read all of their
Mar 17, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
John Shumway
Nov 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*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
Jun 25, 2007 rated it did not like it
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.
Jennifer Lizcano
Dec 23, 2007 rated it liked it
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.
May 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Certainly inferior to the books by Frank Herbert still a very enjoyable ending to the great saga of Dune.
Eric Allen
May 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Aug 30, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spec-fic
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
Apr 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: scifi, dune, brian, herbert
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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 doesnt really move the story along) or hiding deep underground on burnt up Arrakis; the worms that have more narrative
Radu Stanculescu
Feb 02, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one.
Shelves: sf, cluj, 2008
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Apr 26, 2015 rated it liked it
In the end it was all a bit of an anti climax, whether that was due to it not being Frank Herbert writing or whether it was down to not really knowing how to finish such an epic series, I don't know, but it was a shame.
I have enjoyed the "main" series (not including the various Brian n Kevin prequels) to varying degrees, but all have generally been entertaining and worth reading, but this book gets the lowest rating of them all.
It makes me wonder if it's worth reading the prequels??
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Brian Patrick Herbert is an American author who lives in Washington state. He is the elder son of science fiction author Frank Herbert.

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“It won’t be long now.”
Such an odd old holy man, young Scytale thought. Even compared to the smells of disinfectant, medicine, and sickness, he’d always had an odd smell about him.
Sounding compassionate, Yueh said, “There isn’t much we can do.”
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The Rabbi nodded. Like an executioner announcing his plans, he said, “Too weak. He’s going to die now.”
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His father’s death had opened the barriers. At last Scytale retrieved what he was supposed to know, the critical data bank of a Tleilaxu Master, all the ancient secrets of his race.
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