Posted By SandChigger on October 4, 2008
I’m loath to even begin with this one; it’s more mindnumbingly boring and dull than any of the others. But that only stands to reason, no, seeing how there is no real reason for this book to exist. (That was evidently the conclusion reached by Frank Herbert himself. Pity Brian is not as smart a man or writer as his father.)
I went through last night and made my own table of contents for it, since again, as usual, they don’t even provide a minimal one.
As I’ve noted already elsewhere, the book consists of seven parts, four set in the “Emperor Muad’Dib” present, during the Fremen Jihad, and three “Young Paul” flashback sections four years before the events of Dune, when Paul was 12.
There are a total of 99 “chapters”, the shortest of which is a surprising one page. (The few lines of the epigraph and the large blank space following it take up about half a printed page, so the chapter is spread over two physical pages. I haven’t determined the length of the longest yet.) In future posts here I believe I will refer to the “chapters” by their position in their respective part/section; so “II-8″ will be “chapter” 8 of Part II. All page numbers will refer to the US edition.