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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (Aug. 4 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765322722
  • ASIN: B003H4RDUG
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.3 x 4.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #700,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dune Fan on Sept. 4 2009
Format: Hardcover
I am a big fan of the Dune series and really enjoyed the first six prequel books, they were well written and held my attention through-out. Even Paul of Dune, Hunters of Dune and Sandworms of Dune were enjoyable to read, not prize winners by any accounts, but just entertaining. This book however is pretty flat. I agree with the first review on pretty much all accounts and feel this is a book only for the people who follow the series and have read and re-read the books many times. It fills in the gaps of Messiah and Children, but seems to do it in a fairly un-interesting way. Almost making it seem that we did not need to know these details at all. If you are not an original Dune fan, put this book down and read something else. If you are a Dune fan (which is likely if you are reading this) and have the rest of the series already on your shelf, you are going to get the book anyways and judge for yourself. Like me. I will buy the next book too despite what anyone reviews, so will you.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Aug. 5 2009
Format: Hardcover
Apparently Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson aren't finished milking Frank Herbert's cash cow. First prequels, then sequels, and now a midquel.

In this case, "The Winds of Dune" explores the months after the blinded, grief-stricken Paul Atreides aka Muad'Dib wandered off into the desert. While Anderson and Herbert conjure some touching moments as the people in Paul's life deal with his loss, they don't manage to make the story come alive -- the prose and beloved characters are flat.

On Caladan, Jessica is shocked by the news of her son's apparent death, Chani's tragic loss, and the birth of her twin grandchildren. She rushes to Arrakis to assist Alia, now appointed Regent, and discovers that Dune has changed in many ways -- Paul's loss has only increased fanatical devotion (and equally fanatical division), and the ruthless Alia is determined to cement Paul's legacy.

Cue a novella-sized flashback about Paul's childhood, and how he and his friend Bronso of Ix ran away to join the circus... er, the Facedancer Jongleurs. No, seriously.

Unfortunately, Bronso of Ix has since become a sort of idealistic terrorist, disrupting Paul's "funeral" and spreading heretical pamphlets which seek to reveal Paul's flaws and atrocities. Jessica attempts to soften Alia's increasingly ruthless reign as her daughter prepares to marry Duncan Idaho -- but Bronso's determination to kill the legend of Muad'Dib leads to some very big new problems. But is all this Muad'Dib's will?

"The Winds of Dune" is one of those novels that might have been a decent sci-fi read if it had been based on its own universe.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By NeuroSplicer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Aug. 15 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If history teaches as anything is that heirs usually inherit only a fraction of their predecessors' talent and abilities. In the case of the Herberts, make that a tiny fraction. Trying to build onto the legend of a classic series of novels is only forgivable if one brings new life to the story and does so with fresh skill. Neither of which are achieved here.

Anderson's writing (I doubt that Brian Herbert contributed anything besides his last name and claims of finding yet more of his father's..."lost notes") is immature and trivial. Case in point: the word "panoply" means suit of armor. Frank used ancient words to spice up his prose and give it a patina of retro futurism - but he knew what he was doing. In these McDune novels, words such as panoply are used in a wrong way (p.223:"Alia scattered the cards on the table, a panoply of ancient icons modified..." simply makes no sense) and because the rest of the prose is so poor they stick out like sore thumbs.
On top of that, Anderson's dialogue seems forced and limited to a very small number of pre-rendered cliche phrases. His character development is not only inadequate but also does great injustice to the original works.
Alia seems to be stuck in a fugue state coupled with sadistic hysteria. The idea of the Duke's son (without any serious motivation whatsoever) accepting "jobs no one wants" and then running off to join a circus is absurd. And the notion that Paul is later liked only because he picked up how to use... Master Jongleur hypnosis on everyone is a direct insult to the character of the man that would later become the Kwisatz Haderach! Forget about the greedy writer(s), whoever edited and proofread this never bothered to even browse through any of the original DUNE books!!?
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The previous middle book was before Dune Messiah now this one is just a couple of months AFTER Dune Messiah. Every book Brian and Kevin write is a tribute to how big a loss Frank Herbert was the the science fiction world. Again I just don't accept the line of reasoning the book takes to force the story along. Alia's descent in to madness and evil (influenced strongly by the Baron) is supposed to take over 16 years. Yet we see Alia as capricious and selfish immediately, in spite of the noble path of her Atreides family. Also the Bene Gesserit are portrayed as practically evil, which is clearly not the vision Frank had in mind for them in his first 6 books.

That being said, it is a readable story, even if you won't be up late every night with the gripping prose. The primary storyline this time pits Alia up against Bronso; Pauls childhood friend who continues to write defamatory remarks about him. The characters are ok and so is the writing. I'm not as harsh as some the the other reviewers. If you are a Dune fan and want one more story, this one is ok... Even though it undermines Frank Herbert's work to some extent.

The authors are finally breaking out on their own instead of mooching off Frank. Lets see how their new series "Hellhole" does.
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