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Sorry but this is just bad.,
This review is from: The Sisterhood of Dune (Dune Schools of Dune Trilogy 1) (Paperback)
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.
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Initial post: 3 Apr 2013 10:30:55 BDT
Bobby Y says:
I've not bought this book, but I did try several of the sequels/prequels (written by the same two authors) and found all to be pretty poor and one dimensional, with none of the original Frank Herbert Magic - just as this reviewer has described for this latest book.
I've decided to expunge all except the original six Dune novels from my mind. In that way my experience of some of the best SF ever written is not soiled by these third rate additions to the series.
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