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3.0 out of 5 stars synthetic spice, August 31, 2006
This review is from: Hunters of Dune (Hardcover)
This is not the real thing. Frank is gone and all we have left is his outline and other authors. Nevertheless Dune 7 just HAS to be written so that we get some kind of resolution to all that build-up in the last two books. This is a barely passable attempt, however since I can't see anyone else getting the privilege to write the "official" sequel, in some ways there is little point in complaining.

But this book has major flaws and I felt conflicted ploughing through it, it reduces the Dune universe to a kind of potboiler pulp fiction mess. Some of the rot set in in Frank's own writing - too much Bene Gesserit, too many gholas, enough with the genetic memory stuff. Rebecca has the personal memories of 4 million people - ok, I'm losing my ability to suspend disbelief here. Too many special Atreides special powers.

This just cranks the handle a few more times (in some ways I pity the authors trying to resolve the whole thing).

Here are some more of the things I don't like :

Sadistic cruelty in the story handled in a "wait until you hear what he did next!" manner.

Consistent failure to observe the "show don't tell" rule for writing. For example the description of Murbella's attack on Hellica and the rest of the Honored Matres on Tleilax coimpletely lacked any drama or tension or even much interest.

Absurdities like teenage gholas escaping face dancer futars that had just eviscerated a bunch of honored matres, on foot!

But having said all this, I feel it's -entertaining- pulp and I definitely found it a page turner - more because of my feelings about the original 6 books than any newfound pleasure in these authors work.

Some of us are in the "must-read" category for these books as soon as they come out in hardback, due to the original material link to frank herbert via his outline. Anyone else, still on the fence though, I'd say wait for the mass market paperback which will be cheaper.
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