Dune: The Duke of Caladan by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

Title: Dune: The Duke of Caladan.
SeriesThe Caladan Trilogy #1.
Writer(s)Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson.
Publisher: Tor Books.
Format: Digital Copy.
Release Date: October 13th, 2020.
Pages: 320.
Genre(s): Fantasy.
My Overall Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.


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32 thoughts on “Dune: The Duke of Caladan by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

  1. I don’t know… the original novel, and the two sequels are just so good, and always felt reading more is more likely to just lead to disappointment… there are so many “good enough” sf books, why water down THE Dune?

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      1. I despise them. I probably would say nothing about them if it were their personal works on discussion (on second thought, I doubt that, I’d still comment) but what has me is that they are taking somebody else’s work and polluting it. I can’t forgive them for that.

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  2. Your evaluation of this book is a great deal kinder than mine was for the first couple of books this duo produced, particularly where the excessive telling vs. showing took over the narrative. Since then I have never looked at any of these prequel or sequel books, because I knew that on that way lay madness… 😀 😀
    Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I enjoyed the review but there’s a good chance I’ll never get this far. Perhaps through a personal flaw I have a real hard time picking up books that are continuations of a well known series/universe but by different authors, unless it’s a universe that was originally created as a collaborative multi-author series. I just can’t help but feel they often get watered down and lose their magic, very similar to how it’s so often best to watch the first movie and not bother with any of the endless stream of sequels spewed out. But enough being negative, you did a great job with the review and I hope folks who pick this book up are able to get past my prejudices and enjoy the book.

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    1. When I read and finished Dune for the first time last year, I told myself that maybe it’s safer that I stick to that masterpiece, rereading it here and then but with the hype for Villeneuve’s movie, I was too curious to discover for myself what Brian Herbert and KJA wrote up this time around. I think post-mortem writers of beloved characters or worlds (like Sherlock) don’t work for me much. I’m sure completionists and people who just want to revisit this world with a new story will enjoy this though. Thanks for reading, Todd! 😀


  4. I have loved all of the Dune prequels that I have read so far. I found them mostly easier to understand than the original, because it has such a philosophical bent to it. Possibly, if I were to live so long as to have time to reread the original, I might understand it better. But I think once I go through the rest of the volumes on the Butlerian Jihad and the various schools of Dune, I will probably have read more of the story than I can remember by then.

    Also, don’t forget that even the original Dune had multiple narrative threads.

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    1. I am glad to hear from someone who adores what BH and KJA have created so far in the Dune saga. I hope you get the chance to try this one as well in the future, further expanding the Dune stories for you.

      Yes, it did have multiple narrative threads but I preferred its multilayered narrative to what is built here. The political and philosophical undertones of those threads were just much more intriguing to me than in this new book.

      Thank you for taking the time to read my review and sharing your point of view on the ongoing Dune universe.

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  5. Great review Lashaan! I haven’t read the original books, but it definitely sounds like a great story 😊 I love when a universe is so complex that there’s the possibility to add a whole new series of books to the original story! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. To be honest, I think it’s difficult to write a successful prequel to any series. It’s like a task with a huge amount of restrictions, because obviously everything has to fit in with the main series. Furthermore, the fans will have a lot expectations, which might be difficult to meet. And perhaps it takes away the option to use your own imagination and speculate what might have happened in the past.

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    1. Exactly. And I think the authors here fell into that trap where they thought it would be a good idea to foreshadow a lot of elements from the original Dune story here. It doesn’t help that they also picked a period (ONE year before the main event) to start their prequel trilogy. I feel like they’ve put themselves between a rock and a hard place right there.

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