Youngsters of Dune, the third e book in writer Frank Herbert’s Dune collection, explores the lives of Leto and Ghanima Atreides, the dual kids of Paul Atreides, the hero of the primary novel. TV author Andrea Kail was impressed by the e book’s considerate examination of advanced concepts.
“It is a very philosophical e book, rather more than that Dune was,” Kail says in episode 559 of the Geek’s Information to the Galaxy podcast. “The variety of historic and philosophical references in right here simply amazed me.”
Science fiction writer Matthew Kressel agrees Youngsters of Dune is a brilliant, well-researched e book. “I attempted to determine all of the non secular references,” he says. “I’ve Buddhist, Hindu, clearly Christian, Jewish references, historical Egyptian. There may be additionally Jungian psychology. I imply, there’s a lot in it.”
Youngsters of Dune excels in the case of concepts and world-building, however the pacing and characterization can really feel a bit dated. Science fiction writer Rajan Khanna warns that the e book is at instances pointlessly obscure. “Plenty of stuff is revealed proper earlier than it turns into related, and it may have been woven collectively a bit higher,” he says. “And there’s a lot of coy enjoying with the reader. “Oh, I will speak about issues that nobody else is aware of,” and that aggravated me.
Geek’s Information to the Galaxy presenter David Barr Kirtley admires the ambition and imaginative and prescient of Youngsters of Dune however did not essentially take pleasure in studying it. “It appeared like an mental train,” he says. ‘It did not appear to be it [Herbert] was that within the characters. He had all these concepts that he wished to discover, and he was sort of into the characters, it learn to me, as a result of he was actually within the concepts.
Hearken to the total interview with Andrea Kail, Matthew Kressel and Rajan Khanna on episode 559 of Geek’s Information to the Galaxy (above). And take a look at some highlights from the dialogue beneath.
Matthew Kressel on world constructing:
I discovered myself typically simply blown away by how deep and resonant and highly effective the concepts are, and by the depth of thought that Herbert put into this, and simply going again and going by means of all of the plot threads and the way they match collectively , and the way he needed to plan that from the start, and simply the philosophical undertones of it. … I nearly really feel like Herbert himself makes use of spices and sees the way forward for humanity. This e book feels actual. It looks like it’s a lived world. Whenever you learn this e book, you expertise it with the characters, and it’s so vivid and so actual in my thoughts. I believe it is simply nearly as good as the primary e book.
David Barr Kirtley on character motivation:
My largest drawback with this e book by far is that I discovered it continually irritating not understanding, “Which facet is that this individual on?” What do they really need? Are they a double agent? Are they telling the reality or hiding one thing on this scene?’ I am advantageous with a number of characters the place you are undecided what their agenda is, however I felt like there was simply nobody right here that I may relate to and be with emotionally. So usually, characters have plans and there is a throwaway line to clarify their motivations that was 100 pages earlier, or 100 pages later, or does not seem in any respect.
Andrea Kail on Jessica Atreides:
Jessica is a foul man. She is extremely egocentric. She is egocentric in giving start to a son when she must be giving start to a daughter, which results in all this. She is egocentric if she takes the Water of Life when she is pregnant. She is aware of what it’ll do and she or he does it anyway. She sacrifices her daughter to avoid wasting her son. After which she ran after her two-year-old daughter and left her there alone to cope with the implications of her actions, as an alternative of staying on Dune and being the information she wanted. Alia’s demise is particularly as a consequence of Jessica, and I got here away from this shocked at what a horrible individual Jessica is.
Rajan Khanna as Leto Atreides:
The second largest factor I hated about this e book was the super-powered worm meat Leto, as a result of he simply begins throwing doorways, punching worms, and leaping off cliffs. I am like, ‘How does that occur while you’re simply carrying the sand trout in your physique? How can this organism, which is supposedly very primitive, provide you with tremendous power? I assume if you wish to slide by means of the desert, that is what they’re designed for, however how can it’s tremendous robust towards stuff like that? I don’t perceive. …I really like superhero comics and films and all that stuff, however it felt like immediately a comic book e book hero jumped into this Dune novel I used to be studying, and it was stunning.
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