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Winds of Dune : REVIEW. Bronso gets distilled October 6, 2009

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winds.of.dune The Winds of Dune is the last sequel — or rather midquel – in the ongoing extended Dune series.

This book follows Paul of Dune by publication – and was originally supposed to be called Jessica of Dune. Why that name changed I don’t know.

This books is about Jessica from beginning to end. It is perhaps the most personal Jessica Atreides novel ever written as it deals with her own struggle to reconcile the legacy of her son and get along with her daughter

The secondary story – the trials of Bronso of Ix was also kinda cool and the way he met his end was shocking.

The world of Dune keeps on adding new chapters, thanks to Anderson and Herbert. Some might not like the additions, but personally I do. They keep bringing me back to Arrakis, to Paul and to Shai-Halud.

The devil – as always is in the details. Much of this book, plain and simple is filler that didn’t need to be there. Were it not for our love of all things Dune (and the need to write a review), we honestly might have given up on this book mid-way because of the extra cruft.

In the end, the journey was worthwhile and Winds of Dune is a decent read.

Paul of Dune – REVIEW October 11, 2008

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What? Another Dune prequel? Yup. But dont’ be discouraged this one is awesome.
Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson have done many Dune prequels (House Atreides, House Harkonnen, House Corrino and pre-prequels – (The Butlerian Jihad (Legends of Dune, Book 1), The Machine Crusade (Legends of Dune, Book 2) and The Battle of Corrin (Legends of Dune, Book 3)) .

Paul of Dune is actually a prequel for Dune Messiah – a more direct sequel to the original Dune. Or is it?

Half of Paul of Dune deals with events before the Original Dune. The point is supposed to show how events in Paul Atreides past influenced his decisions as the Emperor. It’s not a bad idea going back and forth with the different time periods and it bring us back to that Golden era of Dune with Duke Leto and the Baron Vladamir Harkonnen still alive and both at each other’s throats.

The future part – with Paul as Emperor is brilliantly written and fills the gap that the original Dune series always had. To be honest, the original Dune novel was always my favorite and Paul of Dune is truly a more fitting sequel than what had previously been available.

Yes this is a great read – and a must READ for all Dune fans –

Another DUNE Movie Adaptation set for 2009 March 19, 2008

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We love Dune. Frank Herbert’s Dune and even the prequel/sequel books done by his son and Kevin Anderson.

The David Lynch movie…aaah not too bad.

The SciFi Channel made for TV version …ok

But now another one is in the works set for 2009 release. We first heard about this back in August of 2007..but now it looks like it’s definately for real.

WHY????

Why not do the Butlerian Jihad? or one of the other prequel ideas? too long??