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Hunters of Dune feels like a continuation of the Legends of Dune series rather than the original six Dune novels. The general story is fairly interesting, but the individual subplots and characters lack the important subtleties of Frank's original series. For fanatics of Dune, this is a must-read glimpse into Frank's vision for the direction of the series.
Unfortunately, even the authors admit in the introduction they could never match his writing abilities. Personally, I wish Brian Herbert would simply publish the all of the notes and outlines that Frank and quit writing Dune books.
There were several issues that kept me from giving this more stars. Among them include:
* Scott Brick reads this book with a melodramatic tone (think William Shatner parody).
* Each chapter was too short; just as the plot picked up, the authors changed to a different plot.
* Many of the characters were underdeveloped and lacked the subtle details that really humanized the characters.
* Too much time was spent reviewing all of the "prequels". In the first 4 hours, at least 2 hours was spent repeating material from prior books.
* Authors go out of their way to include material from their spin-off books, even at the expense of logical or common sense.
* The book is written to a 7th grade level. Harry Potter has a more advanced vocabulary and sophisticated plot.
* Some sections feel "padded" to stretch the story out to fill two novels. There's a sequel due out next year.
* Authors use bad plot devices and cliched techniques to create suspense and drama: to create a misguided sense of danger, they use a vague third-person reference like "the pit boss" or "the Reverend Mother"; that's a dead give-away that it's not who you think it is.
* Bad analogies and too much flair in descriptions.
* Authors lack subtleties. Compare Frank Herbert's style of refering to about axolotl tanks with Brian/Kevin's style. I feel no disgust or revulsion when listening to B/K.
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Narrator was great.
They claim to have used a trove of notes from Frank Herbert to write the two Dune 7 books.
The only way that's true is if they scrawled their garbage over Frank's notes to conserve paper.
The Golden Path becomes your generic "savior unites humanity for the final showdown" rather than a continuous process preventing mankind from stagnating, there's no way their interpretation of the Butlerian Jihad came from Frank, people randomly pop into shared memory for no reason even though that's not how any of this works.
I'm just going to pretend none of this ever happened; the series ended with Chapterhouse.
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