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Sorry but this is just bad.
on 12 July 2012
I want to preface my comments by saying that I think Frank Herbert's original Dune works are the best science fiction ever written. He was able to write political and psychological thrillers while he simultaneously created cultures and worlds as he told his stories. No wasted words, no wasted effort - absolutely masterful writing. His characters were fascinating, captivating, strong personalities with gripping ambitions, hopes and fears. As you read you were pulled into their personalities and experienced the stories through them.
Sadly this book reads like little more than an expository piece of backstory doing nothing more than telling and explaining. The characters read like cardboard cutout characters as their motivations and histories are explained, described, redescribed and retold repeatedly page after page. There is little life in the characters or their worlds other than what was so powerfully written by Frank Herbert in his original books. The characters are lifeless, flat, dull and boring and in short order I noticed I didn't care about them or what happened to them. Don't expect anything even remotely like the original books. I wanted to hear more of Frank's storytelling but you won't find any of it here.