Sandworms of Dune (Dune 7 #2) ★☆☆☆☆

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Title: Sandworms of Dune
Series: Dune 7 #2
Author: Brian Herbert & Kevin Anderson
Rating: 1 of 5 Stars
Genre: SF
Pages: 628
Format: Digital Edition

 

Synopsis:

Duncan and the crew of the Ithaca, along with several gholas, have adventures and get caught by Omnius. Duncan, as the best Kwisatz Haderach EVAH!!!!!, is the apex of humanity and does some kinky stuff with Erasmus, the thinking Robot. Then Erasmus dies. But not before Norma Cenva, the Oracle of Time, has saved the day with her Guild and using her magic powers makes all the versions of Omnius go poof.

Murbella singlehandedly forces the known forces of humanity to band together, only to have it all fall apart due to the machinations of the face dancers. But Norma Cenva, Oracle of Time, saves the day with her guild!

Before Erasmus dies, he kills all the face dancers across the whole universe using “technology”, ie, magic. And Norma Cenva, the Oracle of Time….oh wait, not this time.

Now Grand Poobah Duncan, more powerful than any human who has ever existed, must guide humanity and the rest of the thinking machines, into a future where they all get along while singing kum by ya and roasting smores around a campfire.

 

My Thoughts:

Back in 2007, I read and reviewed Sandworms of Dune. Overall, I was wicked happy with it, giving it 4stars. That was, unbeknownst to me then, simply due to the finishing up of the storyline of Dune.

This time around I read as a more mature Dune fan and I have to say, I felt like throwing up at this juvenile, facile and stinking putrescence of a book. I didn’t even take notes of all the things I found abhorrent as it would have given this way more attention than I wanted to give it.

Trained Bene Gesserit Sisters being ambushed in plain sight by what amounts to no more than farmers. Duncan ignoring everything that came before about the dangers of prescience and claiming that he was better than both Paul and Leto II and so the dangers didn’t apply to him. Everything that Frank Herbert wrote about, using Paul, as Paul Muad’dib, as the Preacher of Arrakeen, Leto II as the Tyrant, simply flushed down the toilet like it was a huge stinking turd so that that mediocre jackass authors could do what they wanted with this story. I want to blaspheme it makes me so angry.

The writing was just atrocious with its utter banality. Frank usually didn’t write about the Great Big Events either, but he always used the small stuff afterwards to show how the GBE affected everything around it. His writing was masterful in that regards. Anderson put his stamp of complete mediocre writing on this book very heavily. Ham handed and dull, what a combo.

Normally, a bad book like this gets me raving and writing up a storm. This time, I’m just disappointed. Really disappointed. The kind of disappointment that makes a father disown his only son. I’m giving this my “worst book of the year” tag I’m so disappointed.

I now declare:

Henceforth, let it be known amongst the nations, to all peoples, kindreds, tribes and tongues, that Bookstooge, whose works the mighty look upon and despair, shall only read Dune as a standalone. Paul Muad’dib shall live happily ever after and his reign shall be long, prosperous and fair. The known universe shall benefit, from the lowliest servant to the mightiest lord and all shall love Paul and call his named blessed.

Bookstooge thus declares it and thus reality shall alter to his will.

All Hail Bookstooge, Emperor of the Known Bookiverse!

★☆☆☆☆

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Hunters of Dune (Dune 7 #1) ★★★☆½

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Title:
Hunters of Dune
Series: Dune 7 #1
Author: Brian Herbert & Kevin Anderson
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: SF
Pages: 644
Format: Digital Edition

 

Synopsis:

Duncan Idaho, Sheena and others escape in the noship Ithaca. They journey in another universe altogether for years before coming back to ours. Once back they have multiple run ins with the Old Couple, who are revealed to be Erasmus and Omnius, who are in control of the new Face Dancers and for some reason need a kwisatz haderach of their own to “win” Krazilec. Sheena ends up recovering lots of genetic secrets from their resident Tleixu master, Scytale. She ends up resurrecting many of the Atreides and their retainers “because”. Duncan wants to keep on the move to avoid the Old Couple while other Bene Gesserits on board want to find a planet to settle down on to restart the Bene Gesserit Order without the “impurity” of the Honored Matres that Murbella introduced.

Meanwhile, Murbella has forced her New Sisterhood down the throats of the Bene Gesserit and Honored Matres. Not all Honored Matres submit though and Murbella must subjugate them so as to show a united front for when the Unknown Enemy makes it appearance. She also must contend with the Spacing Guild and Ix and the tech world of Richese. She begins pouring the New Sisterhood’s spice reserves into Richese to build a fleet unlike anything the Old Empire has ever seen.

Khrone, the leader of the New Face Dancers, while under the control of the Old Couple, has plans of his own for the Face Dancer Myriad. Using the last Lost Master of the Tliexu, Krone raises a ghola of the old Baron Harkonnen and one of Paul Atreides.

This book ends with the forces of Omnius beginning the invasion of the Old Empire.

 

My Thoughts:

Ok, this is my 3rd time reading this. What struck me the most was how busy this was while taking 20 years. A lot of hurry up and wait. The second thing that struck me was this book did not fit in with the previous 2 by Frank Herbert. If you hadn’t read the Legends and Houses of Dune trilogies by Herbert&Anderson, much of this is inexplicable and makes no sense. Frank Herbert wouldn’t have written a book like this. I can see the bare bone ideas that Frank might have used but some of the specifics, not at all. The third issue I had was that in the previous 2 books the Honored Matres were presented as this completely overwhelming force but here they fall before Murbella and the New Sisterhood like a row of dominoes. It didn’t scan.

I found that as long as I didn’t stop to think too hard about things, I had a better time with this. It’s nice to get the final story of Dune but really, it feels as much a sellout as a dedication to a great series. I wasn’t sure if how this would turn out after my 2 other times, but it was still decent. Now though, no more re-reads of this. I’ve still got Sandworms of Dune to finish this duology, but once I’m done with that, I’ll stick to just re-reading Dune every decade or so.

I would recommend this for a hardcore Dune completionist and that’s about it. If you made it through Heretics and Chapterhouse, then I don’t see that kind of person having a hard time with this. They might not like it a lot, but it will scratch the itch of wondering where Frank might have taken us. Consider this authorized Dune fan fiction and you’ll have a good grasp of the style and skill.

★★★☆½

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Hunters of Dune (Dune 7 #1)

Hunters of Dune

Dune 7 #1

Brian Herbert & Kevin Anderson

3 Stars

 

I feel like I am being generous in giving this a 3 star for this re-read.
Now that the “Oh Wow, a Finish!” shine has been wiped from my eyes/mind, the mechanics of the writing shine through.
And that is NOT a good thing. Baby Herbert and Anderson are simply not the wordsmith’s that Frank Herbert was. Not to say that it is terrible writing, but it is blase and doesn’t have the gravitas that Frank’s writing did.

Storyline-wise, it is plodding with some excitement. If one had not read the prequel books by Baby Herbert and Anderson, the reveal about the ancient enemy would have fallen completely flat or gone over your head. It seems to me that Frank would have brought about this in a completely different way, as there were no references to any specifics about the robot empire of the Butlerian Jihad era.

Overall, I don’t know if I want to read this book again, as I would be afraid I degrade it another star upon that reread.

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

Hunters of Dune (Dune 7 #1)

Hunters of Dune

Dune 7 #1

Brian Herbert & Kevin Anderson

4 Stars

 

The immediate sequel to Chapterhouse. I liked it, a lot! Follows the escaped no-ship, which breeds some gholas of Dune’s past, and Murbella, who rises to unite the Bene Gesserit and the Honored Maitres against the Enemy who drove the HM’s into the Old Empire. Meet Norma Cenva, who is the Oracle of Time now, and Omnius and Erasmus, who survived and for the past 15,000 years have been building up forces to once and for all wipe out humanity. Very complex threads. The 2 prequel trilogies are a must read to fully understand the ending and certain references. I look forward to the concluding novel.