Hunters of Dune
Dune 7 #1
Brian Herbert & Kevin Anderson
I feel like I am being generous in giving this a 3 star for this re-read.
Now that the “Oh Wow, a Finish!” shine has been wiped from my eyes/mind, the mechanics of the writing shine through.
And that is NOT a good thing. Baby Herbert and Anderson are simply not the wordsmith’s that Frank Herbert was. Not to say that it is terrible writing, but it is blase and doesn’t have the gravitas that Frank’s writing did.
Storyline-wise, it is plodding with some excitement. If one had not read the prequel books by Baby Herbert and Anderson, the reveal about the ancient enemy would have fallen completely flat or gone over your head. It seems to me that Frank would have brought about this in a completely different way, as there were no references to any specifics about the robot empire of the Butlerian Jihad era.
Overall, I don’t know if I want to read this book again, as I would be afraid I degrade it another star upon that reread.