Hunter’s of Dune: Review

Okay, so I haven’t finished it yet, but I’m halfway through with it and so far….I’m friggin’ loving it. I read the final Frank Herbert Dune novel, “Chapterhouse Dune” and was devastated when it ended with a kind of cliffhanger. That was when I was 14. I’ve waited over a decade for the continuation and so far I have not been disappointed. At the end of Chapterhouse the heroes escaped in a no-ship with the genetic material of most of the major characters from their history such as Paul Atraides, his parents, his children, Chani, Stilgar, etc. They begin to clone them in preparation of facing an unknown Enemy that’s chasing them. It’s all in preparation for some Ragnarok type end of the Universe final battle. In short, pure, Epic, Awesomeness. More when I finish.

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~ by Minimum Wage Historian on August 13, 2011.

7 Responses to “Hunter’s of Dune: Review”

  1. How’s the writing compare to Herbert’s? I’m always interested when someone else picks up in the voice/universe that isn’t theirs originally (i.e. James Bond, LOTR, Bourne, etc.).

    • The book is written by Frank Herbert’s son and Kevin J. Anderson. They are going off of notes and outlines left by Frank Herbert but the writing style is indeed different. They realized that they couldn’t copy Frank’s style, so they just tried to keep the spirit the same which I think they’ve accomplished with high honors. It still feels like a Dune novel.

      • Mmm…Herbert’s son (and Tolkien’s too) are particularly interesting examples because of the expectations of the readers in relation to the family tree and the reader’s expectation of some family insight into the writing (style/structure/whatnot). I would suspect that the weight is heavier on the writer in those cases.

  2. I can’t imagine following Frank Herbet’s Dune series. That’s a HUGE pressure but he had help and in my opinion they’ve done a fantastic job. Brandon Sanderson who wrote the Mistborn series (freaking awesome btw) had to take on the “Wheel of Time” series, a Monster in the fantasy genre. No pressure!

  3. Do they go through the mecanics (sp) of the cloning process? It may help me in the clone story that i’m going to pick up and write again at the end of the month. If they do i would like to see how they intergrated it into the story. Also i would like to see how well the authors joined their thoughts within the story. A friend and i have thought about writing a story together but are hesitant. Cant wait to pick back up creative writing again after a period of acedemic (sp) writing. It will fel good!

    • Yes, they go into the cloning process, mechanics and even psycology of all the cloning stuff. It’s very detailed because they’re cloning all the famous characters from Dune’s history, Like Paul, Chani, Lady Jessica, Stillgar, etc.

  4. Dune’s desert setting came from the research Herbert began in 1957 for an article he never finish about a United States Department of Agriculture experiment using poverty grasses to stabilize damaging sand dunes, which could “swallow whole cities, lakes, rivers, highways”. Cool huh? Came across this info researching Metallica”s discography. Have no idea how Metallica and Dune correspond, but need to complete my CD collection . Yeah I’m old school. But my focus was lost and I started to research this science stuff. It also taught me how setting can also be a “character” within a book. There is a book about the science of Dune. Seems interesting.

    http://exploringdystopia.freeforums.org/review-the-science-of-dune-t517.html

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