A wonderful collection that will delight fans of the DUNE series.
Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson have crafted a masterpiece from the notes, outlines and correspondence Frank Herbert left behind at his death, as well as conversations and brainstorming sessions Brian Herbert held with him.
In this companion to Herbert's groundbreaking series, the listener meets the author through his correspondence with his editor and learns how difficult it was to find a publisher willing to take a risk on his masterpiece. Included is Herbert's unpublished article "They Stopped the Moving Sands," which foreshadowed Dune. Herbert's son Brian, along with the coauthor of the current prequels to Dune, Kevin J. Anderson, found several boxes containing Herbert's notebooks, unfinished manuscripts, and notes for new Dune stories, as well as personal papers. Immensely fascinating is Spice Planet, written by Brian and Anderson from an outline and extensive notes left by the elder Herbert. The coauthors have also included some of their short stories about Dune. The final portion of the set, and one of its high points, is an in-depth interview with Scott Brick and Brian Herbert. Brick is an excellent reader, bringing the characters to life and showing the ability to bring the Dune world and its creator into focus. A necessary purchase for libraries where the Dune series is popular.-Nancy Reed, McCracken Cty. P.L., Paducah, KY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
'Unique among SF novels ... I know nothing comparable to it except The Lord of the Rings.' -- Arthur C. Clarke on DUNE 'Frank Herbert would surely be delighted and proud of this continuation of his vision.' Dean Koontz 'Those who long to return to the world of desert, spice and sandworms will be amply satisfied.' The Times 19991120 'Herbert and Anderson have met the challenge admirably. Within a web of relationships in which no act has simple of predictable consequences, they lay the foundation of the Dune saga ... A terrific read in its own right ... Will inspire readers to turn, or return, to its great predecessor.' Publishers Weekly 19991120