Thank you disillusionment.

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Long time readers know that I am eternally grateful to Frank Herbert for giving me The God Emperor of Dune. The Dune series, and especially this novel, forever changed me when I was a lad and helped shape who I am today.

I made a vow to never read what has become known as Hunters of Dune or the forthcoming Sandworms of Dune by the schlock writing team of Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson.

These two novels, if you can call them that, are the supposed fruits of finding Frank Herbert's notes for a 7th Dune novel to come after Chapterhouse: Dune.

I gave in and read the awful direct prequels of House Atreides, House Harkonnen, and, House Corrino because I knew they could never taint the original books.

I even went to far as to suffer through the super mega godawful Butlerian Jihad, Machine Crusade, and Battle for Corrin "books" that sets up the Brian Herbert/Kevin Anderson version of the Dune universe because I knew that these certainly could never taint the original books.

These 6 pieces of drivel popped out once a year like clockwork like so much garbage mass-market sci-fi.

But the thought that they found Frank Herbert's notes locked in a safety deposit box makes for better fiction than this crap ever could.

Today I was looking up something Dune-related and came across some Google results that sounded like awful laughable bad fan fiction.

What I didn't know when I was reading them was that they were basically spoilers for Hunters of Dune.

Whatever Flash 9 bug, god, God, gods, faire folk, Kwizatch Haderachs, Flash 9 demon, magic elves, or what-have-you that made my web browser crash at that moment I thank you.

Thank you.

Now I need to get back to writing that novel about Frank Herbert coming back to life as a zombie and eating the brains of the publisher's of this prequel and sequel shitfest.

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Which is more damaging to Dune?

The crappy sequels

OR

"To Tame a Land"?

http://www.duneinfo.com/caladan/lyrics.asp

Kevin J. Anderson sticks in my memory as the author of some seriously bad Star Wars novels. How bad were they? They included the first ever references to Star Wars characters using the "facilities" aboard the Millenium Falcon.

Sorry he's been allowed to defile another (once) great franchise. It's always sad when creators (or their estates) sell out and allow this kind of thing without regard to how it ultimately tarnishes the source material (see Lucas, George).

I've only ever read the original Frank Herbert books and GEOD is easily my favourite of the series...

The new books by Brian Herbert/Kevin Anderson i've avoided like the plague, same as the made for TV films. Because some things just shouldn't be allowed...

Thank you for the Alanis Morissette reference in the title. ^^

Frowny: Thankfully, I've never heard that. Ugh!

Bruticus: The two Sci-Fi films are actually well done. Other than having to reduce some story points, and unfortunately aging Leto II and Ghanima to teen years instead of 9. They are pretty true to the books.

Nala, one of my friends has said pretty much what you just said so i dunno, i might borrow them off her and give them a go. Can always turn it off if i don't like it i suppose...

Couldn't be any more confusing than the Lynch version. . . (which I've seen with the Ed Asner prologue as well as the Virginia Madsen one, and no, it doesn't help at all.)

The problem with the Lynch version is the amount of material they had to excise to get a running cut; it's like trying to read the first book whilst driving past the pages at 60mph.

Add me to the list of patrons that consider reading Herbert at a young age to leave a lasting impression. Great stuff.

Also, scarily, it was my understanding - at least before "The Great Deluge" - that Kevin J. Anderson's Star Wars novels were some of the better ones... eek!

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