Here's the B&N review Sev mentioned:
A New Dune Book
by Gnomicron [=KJASF Spayshul Pooter Robert Junker on Amazon]
Reader Rating: (4 stars)
June 13, 2009: The Winds of Dune was great book that adds to the tapestry of the Dune Universe.
When Frank Herbert wrote the original (and still classic) series, he left a good many years uncharted during the course of the series. This new set of books (starting with Paul of Dune) does a good job of filling in some unanswered questions. I enjoyed the flashback scenes in this book quite a bit.
Frank Herbert, undeniably a master storyteller, could sometimes be a little dry in his writing. Herbert and Anderson do a good job at making the narrative a little more approachable. The writing was crisp and it flowed well.
Starting from Jessica learning of her son's death and dealing with Alia's learning how to run an Empire, this book moves swiftly from start to finish. There were quite a few parts where I couldn't put this book down.
The least interesting character in this book was Irulan. But then, she never was one of my favorite characters. She's never really felt well-rounded to me. She still doesn't in this book.
All in all, I enjoyed this book (and the previous book in the trilogy) and would highly recommend it to other sci-fi fans.
OK, this moron obviously can't read. Or write all that well, either.
On the drive down to the office this morning I was trying to imagine what flashbacks this thing could possibly contain.
- There's still most of the Fremen Jihad period between PoD
that was never touched.
- Paul's boyhood when Jessica was teaching him all her wierding ways. I'd put money on there being some of that in there, since they left it out of PoD
- New incidents during the space of Messiah
that FH neglected
to tell us about.
Can anyone think of anything else?
"Let the dead give water to the dead. As for me, it's NO MORE FUCKING TEARS!"