Winds of Dune
Heroes of Dune #2
Kevin Anderson & Brian Herbert
a direct sequel to Dune Messiah.
This looks at Alia as she is forced to deal with the Empire after Paul so abruptly leaves. Jessica plays a big part too. Where the Dune Chronicles were big in scope and vision, these books between books by Herbert and Anderson seem to be looking at the nitty-gritty, the small. And I don’t like that contrast.
Dune SHOULD be big and galactic and over-arching. I’ll continue to read these other Dune books, but I have no interest in buying them. Messing with immediate past, far past and ending the series is one thing, messing between books is another.
It is just messy and unprofessional.
Paul of Dune
Legends of Dune #1
Two stories about Paul Atreides. One is set between Dune and Dune Messiah. Tells of the beginning of the Jihad and the starting of the Empire of Maud’dib. The other is from Paul’s childhood. Both are interesting but it felt like they were put together in one book because neither had enough substance on its own. Enjoyable if one is a Dune fan, but I couldn’t really recommend it to anyone else.
The Road to Dune
a companion to the Dune series. Short prequel stories by B. Herbert and Anderson, letters by F. Herbert when he was first writing Dune, alternate and deleted chapters from Dune and Dune Messiah and a novella that was an unpublished forerunner to Dune. Extremely interesting!