NOTICE: (Updated March 5, 2010)

Beginning December 19, 2009, Books 'N Border Collies will be posting but only intermittently while I pursue personal goals. I plan to share some reading I'm doing, but there will be no reviews. I will, however, be sharing my exploration of vegetarian cooking and the cookbooks and websites I use to educate myself. I hope you enjoy it!

Lezlie



Wednesday, December 17, 2008

PAUL OF DUNE (Guest Review)

by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

When I was offered a copy of Paul of Dune to review, I nearly passed it up. But Peter, a devoted Dune fan, was more than happy to pick up my slack. :-) Here are his thoughts on the latest in the Dune series:



Paul of Dune fits chronologically between Dune and Dune Messiah, with some flashbacks to Paul’s childhood. For those hardcore fans that abhor the Herbert-Anderson team’s writing, this book will do little to change opinions. For the most part, I found this book entertaining and a must-read, if only to see what happens. I wanted to learn more about the evolution and fall of Paul, to spend more time in his head (in the style of God Emperor of Dune), but there was little of this in the book. The authors seemed to skirt around developing Paul as a character. Perhaps out of reverence? Anyway, on the upside, I loved the Count Fenring storyline and its surprising conclusion. If you’re curious, check it out from the library. You can always buy it later.

Peter

3 comments:

Chain Reader said...

I've only read Dune, and have considered reading more. It sounds like I should stick with the original author before moving on to this. A series always does make you hungry for more, even if the writing isn't as good.

Lightheaded said...

I need to reread Dune! I loved that book a lot. Unfortunately I haven't read anything past that first book (although I have at least three of the sequels written by Frank Herbert himself).

Oh well, I love that the timeframe here is just right after the first book :) Let's see, maybe I should reread the first one and see whether or not am inclined to pick the sequels :)

Anonymous said...

I strongly recommend reading the original six Dune books written by Frank Herbert. If you are still fascinated then fill in the story with the Herbert/Anderson books. -Peter