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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Winds of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

Genre: Science Fiction

The Winds of Dune is the sixteenth novel of the Dune universe. The original novel of the series was written by Frank Herbert, Brian Herbert's father.  It is a widely held opinion that Dune is one of the greatest science fiction novels of all time.

Like other great novelists, Frank Herbert created such well developed settings, and characters due to the large amount of back writing he did to envision them.  Frank Herbert wrote six Dune novels before his death.  Afterwards, Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson used this wealth of information to write ten novels of the Dune universe.

This novel takes place after the second Dune novel, Dune Messiah.  Paul Muad'dib, the main character of Dune, has wandered off into the sands of the desert planet and is presumed dead.  His wife, Chani, has died giving birth to his twin children.  His sister, Alia has taken ruthless control of the empire.  Religious fanatics have committed untold pain and suffering throughout the empire in Paul's name.  Paul's mother, Jessica, struggles to honor Paul's true humanity when so many have turned him into a god.

I enjoyed this novel.  It furthers the Dune story by filling in a gap of the narrative between the second and third books.  Herbert and Anderson have done a great job of continuing the legacy of Frank Herbert and forwarding the story of Dune.

The Winds of Dune

Dune, the original novel

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