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Reads like it was written by a 13 year old,
This review is from: The Winds of Dune (Paperback)
I am a big fan of the Dune series of books. The originals written by Frank Herbert in his very distinct style are some of the best examples of good science fiction I have ever read. While some of them can be a bit dry or overly philosophical in their content, they are still entertaining and thought provoking reads that leave you thinking long after you have set them down.
Given this I was naturally excited when I heard that Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson had chanced upon some previously undiscovered notes of Frank Herbert's, and were going to use this material to finish the story that was left hanging at the end of Chapterhouse: Dune. However, before I could find out how the epic was to end I had to endure three direct prequels and three distant prequels. And to be honest, I found them OK to read. I admired how neither of the authors attempted to replicate the writing style of Frank Herbert, as to do so could have easily looked like cheap mimicry, and I was interested in exploring a bit more of the Dune universe as it stood before the events of Dune and thereafter, and I was of course very interested to find out how the strange and unique setting had arisen out of the ashes of an ancient and long ago war. I was aware that the books were much more...accessible (you could read 'simple') and had distinct traces of trash sci-fi universes filled with shootey lasers and planet killing robots or whatever passes for entertainment among the ADD sufferers who are responsible for giving Stargate enough ratings to literally go on forever, but I didnt really mind. They were still interesting stories set in an interesting universe and had enough dark undertones that I could forgive them for deciding that the Dune universe had amazing weapons and technologies that were continently ignored by everyone for the next 5,000 year time period that the original series spanned, and was ruled by villains who were cartoon-like in their sheer stereotypical, cackling, gloating-just-before-victory-and-thus-seeing-their-plans-undone-because-the-hero-used-the-extra-time-to-somehow-save-the-day ridiculousness.
Then I read what I thought were the final books in the whole affair, and I set them down with some relief, because I knew at that point that they could not do any more harm to the Dune universe, nor could they tarnish what joy I still felt when I thought back to the series as a whole. Because, lets face it, with each successive novel the writing became a little bit more childish, and the bad guys became a little bit more cartoonish and the settings and stories became a little bit more ridiculous.
Until I saw Sands of Dune in the bookshop. My heart sank at that point, because I knew that I had to read it, because I am probably some sort of Dune fanboy, and because I knew in my heart of hearts that this was going to be an awful read. But I could not believe they could do such a bad job of it. Even I was unprepared for just how terrible this book was going to be. The writing feels like the are just phoning it in. The story could easily be the off-cuts of some Star Wars novel that Anderson was working on that he had discarded for being terrible but was then Dune-ified by doing a 'Replace All' exchanging 'the Force' for 'spice'. The setting is the Dune universe in the same way that Star Trek is set in the Star Wars universe, the characters are more or less as they were in the original novels except somehow in the intervening time they all got brain damage, and the story is as thought provoking as having a decidedly average poo the morning after the night before.
I dont even know why I am bothering to review this at all. Most of the people who will pick this book up will be fans of the original and like me would have read it even if it was printed in sewage instead of ink, and every other page was scat porn, and the front cover was covered in flashing LEDs saying 'I am a Paedophile'. But seriously, do yourself a favour fellow fanboy, and please just dont bother. Just go back and read the whole original Frank Herbert written series again.
Also, I am sorry, but one other point - who the f*ck do they think they are? Do you think if it was in Frank Herbert's original vision to have books set immediately after Messiah that he would have written them himself? What a pair of arrogant pricks.