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The Winds of Dune - Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson Frank Herbert's Dune Legacy left readers with six books. His son, Brian Herbert, with the help of Kevin J. Anderson, took up the mantle with novels that fit neatly into the Dune timeline, including The Winds of Dune.::: Where It Fits :::The Winds of Dune picks up where Dune Messiah left off. Muad'Dib, the god-like Emperor formerly known as Paul Atreides, has walked off into the desert after being blinded in an attack and after his beloved concubine Chani has died giving birth to their twins.His younger sister Alia has been left in charge as Regent until the children are of age, and their mother Jessica has left her home on the Atreides home planet of Caladan to attend her son's funeral services.As with all the Dune books, The Winds of Dune is full of political intrigue, flashes into the past to discover where loyalties develop that are later questioned, and analysis of what happens when a religious figurehead's worship runs wild through a universe.::: Something is Missing :::While Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson stay true to the characterizations of established Herbert canon characters, including Gurney Halleck and Duncan Idaho as well as the Fremen, The Winds of Dune still feels less like part of the canon and more like some really good fan fiction you'd find. The senior Herbert was a master of weaving complicated plots with layers of truths that left the reader guessing at every turn. Reading the canon novels made the reader feel like they were reading something that was half history book and half religious text. The Winds of Dune lacks that same dense feel, resembling something closer to a popular novel using the same characters. The intrigue is much more easily guessed, and the religious aspects seem more like something to be critiqued rather than experienced.The Winds of Dune is also a novel that requires reading at least the first two books in the canon series, if not the entire thing. It's assumed that the reader is familiar with the vocabulary and culture of the senior Herbert's universe, and any novice reader would be left confused by everything from military techniques to weapons to Fremen customs. Series readers are used to repeats of a little bit of back story, but The Winds of Dune assumes that you've already assimilated it. If I hadn't read the original six novels as many times as I have, I'm sure I would have missed a good portion of the plot, as well as been confused by the expansive cast of characters.For established Herbert fans, The Winds of Dune is a good read, adding a little bit into a gap that existed in the original series. Somehow, though, it leaves you wishing that Frank Herbert had been alive to write it himself.This review originally appeared on Epinions: http://www.epinions.com/review/Book_Jessica_of_Dune_Brian_Herbert_Kevin_J_Anderson/content_515839528580

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