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Entertaining, but still lacking...
on 21 November 2003
I thought this book taken on its own was an enjoyable enough read, though I find myself continually frustrated by the long periods of jumping between all the characters I don't really like, and occasionally I was almost on the verge of skipping fifty or so pages just to read the next exciting action bit.
The biggest problem is, even if you take this book on its merits, it will always be in the shadow of Dune and it's sequels. And I don't think any author has the capability to pick up someone elses story and continue it in a way which will please everyone.
This book isn't bad, its just not as great as it could've been.