Hunters of Dune Mass Market Paperback – Jun 26 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
After two prequel trilogies to the legendary SF epic (the Legends of Dune and Prelude to Dune series), Frank Herbert's son Brian, in collaboration with Anderson, launch a new trilogy that takes up where Herbert Sr. left off with Chapterhouse: Dune (1985). This entertaining if over-the-top update begins three years after the refugee "no-ship," Ithaca, has fled Chapterhouse and the brutal Honored Matres, a corrupted faction of the all-female Bene Gesserit order led by Mother Commander Murbella. Duncan Idaho, Murbella's ex-love slave, guides the ship carrying reincarnated warrior Miles Teg, the dissident Rev. Mother Sheeana and 150 other refugees. While Murabella deals with violent rebels from within, another more sinister enemy... secretly infiltrates the Honored Matres... Herbert's ecological and religious concerns now seem oddly prescient, but this sizzling update, still filled with crazed women who sexually enslave men, sometimes borders on campy 1950s B-movie parody.
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“One of the monuments of modern science fiction.” ―Chicago Tribune on Dune
“I know nothing comparable to it except The Lord of the Rings.” ―Sir Arthur C. Clarke on Dune
“A portrayal of an alien society more complete and deeply detailed than any other author in the field has managed . . . a story absorbing equally for its action and philosophical vistas. . . . An astonishing science fiction phenomenon.” ―The Washington Post on Dune
“Powerful, convincing, and most ingenious.” ―Robert A. Heinlein on Dune
“Herbert's creation of this universe, with its intricate development and analysis of ecology, religion, politics, and philosophy, remains one of the supreme and seminal achievements in science fiction.” ―Louisville Times on Dune
“The kind of intricate plotting and philosophical musings that would make the elder Herbert proud.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Dune: The Butlerian Jihad
“Sit back and enjoy.” ―Booklist on Dune: The Machine Crusade
“Dune addicts will happily devour Herbert and Anderson's spicy conclusion to their second prequel trilogy.” ―Publishers Weekly on Dune: The Battle of CorrinSee all Product Description
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Standing on a giant's shoulders they first decided to create a protoDune World. Their next Trilogy introduced or "explained" tiresome Cymecs, a flaccid jihad, shallow characters, all with a simplified repetitive narrative. What is this? DUNE FOR DUMMIES?
Salivating over a larger audience, they decided their readers are barely intelligent enough to function by themselves. Hence, the vapid prose.
Now this one...Ah, it takes the cake. One of the appealing points of the Original Dune universe was its retro novelty. No races, no religions, no nationalities from old Earth. Yet, on the Dune canvas the timeless human psyche was projected in a virtuoso way. The same fears and desires, the same virtues and cardinal sins - all in worlds of sand, worms, Sardaukar, personal shields. And Spice.
Rabbis celebrating passover in Dune? What 's next? A Richard Simmons ghola promoting the new Ixian Thigh-master? Every other religion evolved (remember the Buddislamists?). What do they imply is wrong with Jews? What kind of half-baked racism is this? Not to mention a continuity blunder.Read more ›
With "Hunters of Dune", my enjoyment ended. I finished the book only because I felt I had to finish it. At times it was confusing and at times the surprise was more a let down. It was a case of 'like I didn't see that coming 100 pages earlier'.
To sum it up, its just not that good.