Sandworms of Dune

Sandworms of Dune

Dune 7 #2

Brian Herbert & Kevin Anderson

4 Stars

 

Part 1:

The End of the Dune Saga! Lets see. Sandworms are modified to live in water. Facedancers plot to bring down Humanity AND Thinking Machines. Omnius and Erasmus are sweeping all before them. Norma Cenva, aka the Oracle of Time, aka the Guild Navigators ‘god’, is searching out for Omnius, to completely eradicate ‘him’. The No-ship passengers are captured by Omnius. In the End of All, ie Krazilec, Oracle of Time removes Omnius; Duncan Idaho[who is the last and perfect Kwisatz Haderach] melds with Erasmus, much like Leto II did with sandworms, so that Humanity and Thinking Machines may live together instead of seeking mutual destruction; Erasmus activates a death code in the Facedancers and tells their leader he was aware of their plots the whole time; sandworms, with the Leto II ghola absorbed into them hence making them not so susceptible to water, make the homeworld of Omnius their new home. There is a lot. This is what happened.

My thoughts on it are another whole matter…

(Link removed as that blog no longer exists. It now exists as Part 2)

 

 

Part 2:

The Saga of Dune is Far from Over!

That phrase makes all True Dune Fans shiver with anticipation and delight.

And now, the Saga of Dune is done! Let me recap my history with this extraordinary series.

When I was 12 or 13 I read Dune for the first time. I don’t know exactly how to describe it. I was hooked, even at that age, and yet I seem to remember that I knew there was more to the story than what I was getting out of it at the time. Dune has a huge re-readability factor. It never fails to amaze me, grab my attention and just make me go “Wow!”.

Now, the Quarryville Library I saw the sequels to Dune, namely:
Dune Messiah
Children of Dune
God Emperor of Dune
Heretics of Dune
ChapterHouse Dune

The covers for the Chronicles of Dune[as the collective books are known]were from the 70’s and early 80’s and were earth colored, drab, and boring! Even though I liked Dune a lot, I was not sufficiently mature enough to quite make the connection that the sequels could be just as intriguing, even if the covers really did turn me off.

By the time I was 17 though, I had read them all. They made a big impression on me. Not as impactful as the first, but still, the series as a whole was deeply lodged in my Bookworm Soul 🙂 ChapterHouse Dune ended at a cliffhanger, and since Frank Herbert died soon after it, I, along with millions of other fans, were resigned to never knowing Frank’s Ending Vision for Dune.

So imagine my delight when in ’99, Frank Herbert’s son, Brian, along with Kevin Anderson, began writing prequels to the Chronicles of Dune. Not so good as if they had written the ending, but hey, I needed a new Dune fix, and these were it. Started out with an immediate[chronologically speaking] prequel dealing the generation before Paul Atreides. This Prelude to Dune series was good stuff. Next came the Legends of Dune, a series set 10,000 years before Dune, which explored how that universe came to be setup in the geo/political/religious/techno way it was.

As good as these 6 books were, there was always the Dark Cloud hanging over every Dune fans’ head, what Happened after ChapterHouse? Truth be told though, we weren’t sure we wanted to know. Brian and Kevin, as good as they were, simply could not write in the style that Frank stylized for the Chronicles of Dune. That being the case, could they make up a good enough ending that wouldn’t ruin it all for us? The answer, we universally clamored, was a resounding “No!”. However, a box of undiscovered notes by Frank, with an extensive outline for Dune 7 was discovered, and with Frank’s ghostly hand guiding them, Brian and Kevin began to Finish the Saga of Dune! Originally titled Dune 7 by Frank, Brian and Kevin split it into 2 books, Hunters of Dune and Sandworms of Dune.

And I have finished it. My summary of the plot of Sandworms of Dune can be found Here. (Link removed as that blog no longer exists and exists now as Part 1)

But now, it can be said, The Saga of Dune is Finished. I am satisfied

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Nicholas Nickleby Part II

Charles Dickens

Historical fiction

548 Pages

5 Stars

 

Nicholas marries Madeline, Kate marries Frank Cheeryble, Ralph hangs himself after Smikes dies. Good prevails and Evil fails.

Nicholas Nickleby Part I

NICHOLAS NICKLEBY PART I

Charles Dickens

Historical fiction

556 Pages

5 Stars

 

A man dies, leaving his wife, son[19] and daughter[15] to the mercy of his brother. Said brother is a money-loving scoundrel. The son, Nicholas, sets out to earn money to support them while the Uncle throws the daughter[Kate] into the path of a foppish nobleman and the older lord who is leaching off of him, to entice them for money’s sake. Ends with Nicholas returning to London and getting into a fight with the older lord.

Forgotten Beasts of Eld

Forgotten Beasts of Eld

Patricia McKillip

3 Stars

 

a young sorceress is given a child to raise. He goes back to his father when a teen and the sorceress is caught up between her love for the boy, her love for a prince and her fear of the boy’s father.
Not so poetic as some of her others, but it made for an easier to understand story.

Shaman King #7-9

Shaman King #7-9

Hiroyuki Takei

Manga

 

Yoh finishes the prelims, saves Ren and they become friends. The Tournament takes place in America and book nine ends with the Patch Jumbo Jet dissolving and dropping all the contestants at 40,000 feet, and if they survive the drop, they have 3 months to make it to the Patch reservation.