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  1. says:

    This is of a Brian Herbert pitty party than a biography of Frank Herbert The writing is as bad as his Dune sequel prequels Really, if someone is reading this there s a good chance they re a fan of FH and have read his books, you don t have to tell us what they re about every time they re mentioned I gave it two starts just for the information about FH I didn t know before.


  2. says:

    I m still waiting for the real biography of Frank Herbert.


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    Frank Herbert was a jerk But also a genius He was also capable of intense love, loyalty, and feeling In short, he was complicated That may not come as a surprise to many, especially when studying the life of an artist Complicated people often produce art that is as nuanced and disquieting as they are I recently read the original six Dune books and was curious to read a little about the mind that came up with such hauntingly weird stories There is a layered complexity to Dune that almost gets under your skin after about book four you will decide it s either a masterwork of culture and religion or pretentious crap Likewise, reading about Herbert himself may either inspire deep admiration or loathing.Some of what I learned was not surprising Herbert was an autodidact who eschewed mainstream academics He voraciously read everything he could get his hands on, with an emphasis on topics like religious mysticism, philosophy, and psychology Prone to wide emotional swings and bizarre fixations, he may have had a mental illness such as a bipolar or personality disorder Life was chaotic but adventurous to him he experienced on a daily basis than some people do their entire lives This is also an interesting look at a father son relationship, a kind of subgenre of biographies along with any book that centers around parents and children It reminded me other similar literary family dynamics, like Father and I, written about Lafcadio Hearn by his son, or the relationship between Mark Twain and his daughters There is a tenderness to such accounts that is often tinged with the bittersweet Herbert was, by even Brian Herbert s own admission, frequently abusive, physically and especially emotionally His family often suffered for the sake of his writing While his admirable and long suffering wife Beverly stoically shouldered the hardship, his children did not and could not be expected to understand why their father ignored them Brian frequently mentions that one of his father s greatest weaknesses was his inability to understand children To him their shortcomings seemed intentional one of many roadblocks in his quest to complete his work The tragedy of Herbert was that he produced something enjoyed by millions of strangers at the cost of his own, and his loved ones happiness We are tempted to judge such fathers alongside the judgments being made by the children to become angry at them if they are too forgiving, or too harsh, or even both It reflects the struggle we go through ourselves to admit things about where we came from or how we were raised a coming to terms with the emotional baggage that inevitably arises in any family unit In the end Brian had a very positive view of his father, one that developed over many years and took into account his many flaws as well as what seemed like true regret on the part of Frank Herbert and attempts to make things right later in life I can t excuse some of the things Herbert did like his emotional rejection of his gay son, Bruce , but I can respect the path Brian took to arrive at the conclusion he did It was his decision to make.If you are a fan of the Dune series, this makes for a fun coda after finishing Chapterhouse They say you should write what you know Terrible advice if you don t know or do much, but great if you lived a life as diverse and intriguing as Herbert s Much of what he did found its way into his fictional universes The time they lived in Mexico, his religiously strict aunts, when he jumped a broken bridge in a car Or when he researched desertification and the ecology of arid climates for a journalism story, something that would trigger one of the most famous sci fi epics of all time If you learn nothing else reading this book, it is to be endlessly curious Never stop learning and reading, especially if you want to create something.


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    I just finished this biography written by Brian Herbert andwowI really disliked it Let s just say I have personal reasons for reading this book This account read like a 13 year old s diary shoving snippets here and there oddly mashed, incomplete and a lot of times out of place The constant tug of pity me praise me irritated me the whole way through and made it apparent that Brian has unresolved daddy issues Cry me a river.What strikes me most about this book is how Brian wrote in regard to his younger brother Bruce The number 2 son an unnecessary, self propelling label I mean really, Brian was barely mentioned and mostly coupled with his unfortunate homosexuality that Brian and his whole family wished he wasn t This made Brian almost seem no better than a bigot with lines like Brian and his gay lover arrived or experimenting in homosexual practices because my father didn t give him enough attention Are you kidding me Maybe Brian turned to drugs, because he couldn t come to terms with his homosexuality which NEWS FLASH, isn t a choice This book was published in 2003, not 1973 Herbert did not even mention that Bruce died from AIDS, alone, in 1993 My heart goes out to him and the unfortunate family situation that he was born into Ultimately, this book did try and portray the fantastic life of an amazing author, but was overpowered by obvious misgivings felt by Brian I guess I could not expect any than this from a man who has made his living by coat tailing off the legacy started by his father.


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    Brian Herbert s Dreamer of Dune is a solid, if unpolished and narratively unfocused, look at his father Frank Herbert.As any of you reading likely already know about the man s work and legacy, I ll skip the preamble and go straight to brass tacks This feels like the first draft of a manuscript What interesting insights there are about Frank s life and work are marred by repetitive writing and a matter of fact writing style that comes off as plain boring It reads like babby s first novel Frank s full name is repeated constantly in the middle or end of paragraphs, the writing boils down to we went to x location, we did y thing and a lot of the compelling facts how Frank worked for politicians, the genesis of ideas that would later show up in Dune are buried beneath mountains of family drama and Brian whining about how much his daddy hated him.This runs into the exact same problem as a number of other biographies written by a author actor s child they feel that they were aggrieved and let their bias filter into the pages The only thing that sets this above those other biographies is that the material is JUST compelling enough to finish, although it was a chore doing so.Only recommend for diehard Dune fans Everyone else should skip it.


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    Interesting work, although maybe would have been better with some editing Brian Herbert reveals that his father, partly of Catholic Irish American background, was extremely anti English This shows in the Dune universe, where there is no reference to any specifically English cultural heritage out in the future, that I can recall Frank Herbert is also shown as a longterm Republican Party supporter, on the grounds of extreme anti marxism, and supporter of President Nixon He went on a mission to Vietnam to check on the development of agriculture, as part of his work as an ecological journalist, and to Pakistan, for the US government Not much on the themes in Herbert s science fiction, so a personal rather than literary biography, but revealing and worthwhile.


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    There is a lot of detail here about Frank Herbert s life I mean, a lot of tiny family detailsso a real peek into his daily life What is lacking is insight into the inspiration behind Frank Herbert This is a well written 2 D account of FH yet it shows that Brian Herbert doesn t or didn t really know what was going on inside his own father


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    The following originally posted at written by Erik Hanberg.He wrote one of the bestselling science fiction novels ever He won both the Nebula and the Hugo Awards the two most prestigious awards in science fiction NASA has officially approved the naming of geographic features on Saturn s moon Titan after words coined by him.He s from Tacoma, but no one here seems to know it.The man is Frank Herbert, and he is the author of the science fiction classic Dune, as well as five sequels set in the world that book imagined.Frank Herbert was born in Tacoma on October 8, 1920 his mother s 19th birthday His binge drinking father rarely held a steady job At the time of Frank s birth, his father operated a bus line between Tacoma and Aberdeen Among other jobs, he later sold cars, managed a dance hall, and worked for the Washington State Patrol.Frank Herbert had the kind of childhood that would cause statewide news alerts today, filled with tales that sound like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn rather than anyone s actual experiences.At the age of nine he rowed from Burley on the Kitsap Peninsula to the San Juan Islands alone, often hitching rides with tugboats by holding on to their hulls.In his youth, he went hunting alone and brought back game for his family to eat.At 14, he swam across the Tacoma Narrows there was no bridge until 1940.Shortly thereafter, he and a friend sailed nearly 2,000 miles round trip to the fjords of British Columbia.In Brian Herbert s biography of his father, Dreamer of Dune which provided many of the details in this article he writes that on the Puget Sound, Frank Herbert developed a deep respect for the natural rhythms of nature The ecology message, so prevalent in much of his writing, is one of his most important legacies Frank Herbert loved the Puget Sound, and anytime he traveled or moved away for a job, he always returned, calling the Sound his Tara, a reference to Scarlett s refuge in Gone With the Wind.Herbert s feats weren t all in the natural world, however At 12, he read the complete works of Shakespeare, and gobbled up Marcel Proust and Herman Melville Like many avid readers, he tried his own hand at writing, and at 14 he was given his first typewriter One day my father went for advice to a writer living in Tacoma who had sold a couple novels and several short stories, writes Brian Herbert The response Work like hell, kid Herbert took this counsel to heart His writing career included work as a journalist, a political speechwriter for a US Senator from Oregon, and as a short story writer before he was finally able to devote himself to writing his novels full time.When reviewing the life of Frank Herbert, one gets the impression that he was trying to live in every part of Tacoma and do all things quintessentially Tacoman At various points, he lived on Day Island, in Dash Point, Browns Point, and on the Eastside He attended Stewart Middle School and Lincoln High School He wrote for the Tacoma Ledger and the Tacoma Times At age 21, he and his sweetheart fell in love in Salem, Oregon, where they were then living On a whim, they drove to Tacoma to get married, because he thought it would be meaningful to have the ceremony in his hometown.In 1955, Herbert had a budding family in Tacoma and needed a car for them Being short on funds, as writers often are, he found a sweet deal on a used car 300 for a funeral home hearse He enjoyed wearing his darkest suit, impersonating a funeral director, and pulling his hearse up next to carloads of teenagers Herbert would leave them sobered, giving them a dark scowl and intoning a significant Drive carefully, and then peel rubber as he drove away.The origins of the novel Dune came to Herbert while visiting the sand dunes of Florence, Oregon But the idea of a world destroyed by environmental catastrophe and the environmental theme at the heart of Dune, draw directly from Herbert s life in Tacoma.Brian Herbert reveals the connection to Tacoma in Dreamer of Dune In a conversation with Dad, his lifetime friend Howie told me he said angrily, They re gonna turn this whole planet into a wasteland, just like North Africa Yeah, Frank Herbert responded Like a big dune By the time Dad said this, the elements of his story were coming together He had in mind a messianic leader in a world covered entirely with sand Ecology would be a central theme of the story, emphasizing the delicate balance of nature Dad was a daily witness to conditions in Tacoma, which in the 1950s was known as one of the nation s most polluted cities, largely due to a huge smelter whose stack was visible from all over the city, a stack that belched filth into the sky The air was so thick you could chew it, my father liked to quip The increasing pollution he saw all around him, in the city of his birth, contributed to his resolve that something had to be done to save the Earth This became, perhaps, the most important message of Dune emphasis added.In other words, Tacoma s pollution was so bad, primarily due to the ASARCO smelter, that it inspired Herbert s message of conservation It may not be a legacy that Tacomans want, but it is a legacy nonetheless.The growing environmental awareness of the 1960s, of which Dune was very much a part, led to environmental reforms and regulations to put a stop to the most egregious assaults on the environment ASARCO shut down its smelter, and on January 17, 1993 exactly 20 years ago this week its stack was demolished.Just as the iconic stack is gone without a trace save for remnants of its toxic plume , it seems all memory of Frank Herbert has disappeared from Tacoma as well How could a Tacoma artist with his fame, literary significance, and quirks of character have so little recognition in his hometown Thea Foss has a waterway Murray Morgan and Dale Chihuly both have bridges Where is the Frank Herbert Bridge or Frank Herbert Park Dune Boulevard The Frank Herbert Center for the Literary Arts The tourism slogan we currently use to promote Tacoma is Where Art and Nature Meet That describes Frank Herbert to a T.It s time to embrace the boy who swam the Narrows, who fished on Tacoma s beaches, and who grew up to be one of the most influential science fiction authors of all time.Erik Hanberg is a Commissioner on the Metro Parks Tacoma Board, elected in 2011 He is also the author of The Saints Go Dying and The Marinara Murders and will be publishing his first science fiction novel in 2013.


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    Dreamer of Dune is the biography of Frank Herbert the masterful creator of the Dune science fiction series, as told by his son, author Brian Herbert.I will say from the outset that this is one of the finest biographies I have ever read Brian Herbert helps the reader understand the real man behind the books as well as gives great insight into the genius that was his father That is no small task presenting someone in all his humanity and, at the same time evoking his brilliance and Brian Herbert shows that as an author, the acorn didn t fall far from the tree.


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    This is an essential read for anyone interested in the Dune series I loved reading about Frank Herbert s evolution as both a writer and a person Brian Herbert does an impressive job by writing about his father truthfully, examining both his strengths and weakness One paradox within Frank s character was how brilliant and gregarious he was with adults and yet was a vicious harbinger of discipline with his sons Brian and Bruce He went to great lengths to help his friends and was possibly the most faithful, loving, and devoted husband I have ever read about yet, he would strap his children to a lie detector test when they misbehaved, spanked them, yelled at them, and never showed them any love until their adulthood At first, I was disturbed to read about this tragic, cruel flaw in his character by the end, I really admired and respected Frank as a person He did change once his children grew up, and eventually he and Brian became the closest of friends I actually cried reading a few places where Brian finally challenged Frank as an adult about the cruelty inflicted on him and his brother Frank was unable to respond, and in one case shut himself in his room and sobbed over his failures I admired Frank Herbert for coming to grips with his treatment of his sons and at least trying to compensate At least, compensate where Brian was concerned.I was not sure about how I was supposed to feel about Bruce, Frank s younger son who was also gay Apparently, Frank could never accept this fact, nor could the rest of the Herbert family, and as a result, Frank and Bruce never fully reconciled Unfortunately, Brian provides little details about his brother He mentions how Bruce never truly stood up to his dad and gives a small amount of space to his drug use, but there is so much we never learn about him the most startling fact being that Bruce died of AIDS ten years before this book was published I do not know if his family always saw Bruce as an embarrassment or if Brian just wanted to protect his brother s privacy and legacy It seems it could be a combination as we learn about how unhappy he was, but Brian makes it very clear he himself as well as his sister, mother, wife, and father, were not happy that Bruce was gay I do not intend to make any assertions, but I came away from the book feeling Frank s prejudices left a residual effect on Brian, an effect of which I am not even sure he is aware It reminded me a bit of when I listened to a recent interview with Richard Carpenter Karen Carpenter s brother , who still did not seem to understand eating disorders Some may find this irritating or selfish, but to me it was heartbreaking both Richard Carpenter and Brian Herbert I kept wanting to know about how Bruce or Penny Frank s daughter from his first marriage related to their dad, but the book is mostly about Brian s experiences Again, I really think this had to do with Brian s wanting to protect his siblings privacy and not egotism, as some reviewers have alleged Honestly, this book provided so much insight into Dune, especially in regard to father son relationships and the novel s treatment of gender Herbert s wife Beverly, undoubtedly his soul mate, was the inspiration for Lady Jessica, which illustrates how he thought of her beautiful, wise, prescient, sensitive, and, above all, completely devoted to her duke and son What struck me was the on going theme of father son connections that completely contradicts his relationship with his own sons at least on the surface Frank s relationship with his own father was distant at best Both of his parents were alcoholics in the 1920s, causing Frank at a very young age to completely fend for himself I do not think he resented his parents for this, but there is an absence of love that undoubtedly affected his treatment of Brian and Bruce This theme carries through at least the first three Dune books, in which we see sons worshiping their absent fathers, almost revering the idea of them than their actual personalities In Dune, we see Paul revering his father, Duke Leto Atreides in spite of the fact that his mother and trainers were really the ones who raised him in Dune Messiah we see Paul become a father, but leave I won t say how to avoid spoilers when his twins, Leto II and Ghanima, are born in Children of Dune, Leto has at best a subconscious relationship with his father he relates to him through his collective memory I think this springs from his own relationship with his dad and, perhaps, the way he viewed himself as a father It is impossible to be certain, but I m sure there is something to this The paradox of this, though, is that he could imagine loving fathers and loyal sons, but he could not give this to his own children, mainly the boys This, too, broke my heart for the whole family, and it provided a clearer prism through which to understand Dune and Frank Herbert.There is so, so much to discuss about this book, mostly because Frank himself was such a complex personality I ll just leave with this thought if you are at least mildly interested in Dune, then you have to read this book.


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Dreamer of Dune: The Biography of Frank Herbert [PDF / EPUB] Dreamer of Dune: The Biography of Frank Herbert Everyone knows Frank Herbert s Dune.This amazing and complex epic, combining politics, religion, human evolution, and ecology, has captured the imagination of generations of readers One of the most po Everyone Dune: The Biography of PDF \ knows Frank Herbert s DuneThis amazing Dune: The Epub Þ and complex epic, combining politics, religion, human evolution, and ecology, has captured the imagination of generations of readers One of the most popular science fiction novels ever written, it has become a worldwide phenomenon, winning awards, selling millions of copies around the world In the prophetic year of , Dune was made into a motion picture directed by David Lynch, and it has recently been produced as a three part miniseries on the Sci Fi Channel Though he is best remembered for Dune, Frank Herbert was Dreamer of PDF \ the author ofthan twenty books at the time of his tragic death in , including such classic novels as The Green Brain, The Santaroga Barrier, The White Plague and Dosadi ExperimentBrian Herbert, Frank Herbert s eldest son, tells the provocative story of his father s extraordinary life in this honest and loving chronicle He has also brought to light all the events in Herbert s life that would find their way into speculative fiction s greatest epicFrom his early years in Tacoma, Washington, and his education at the University of Washington, Seattle, and in of Dune: The PDF/EPUB ç the Navy, through the years of trying his hand as a TV cameraman, radio commentator, reporter, and editor of several West Coast newspaper, to the difficult years of poverty while struggling to become a published writer, Herbert worked long and hard before finding success after the publication of Dune in Brian Herbert writes about these years with a truthful intensity that brings every facet of his father s brilliant, and sometimes troubled, genius to full lightInsightful and provocative, containing family photos never published anywhere, this absorbing biography offers Brian Herbert unique personal perspective on one of the most enigmatic and creative talents of our time Dreamer of Dune is a Hugo Award Nominee for Best Related Work.

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  • 592 pages
  • Dreamer of Dune: The Biography of Frank Herbert
  • Brian Herbert
  • English
  • 10 April 2019
  • 9780765306470

About the Author: Brian Herbert

Brian Dune: The Biography of PDF \ Patrick Herbert is an American author Dune: The Epub Þ who lives in Washington state He is the elder son of science fiction author Frank Herbert.