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Title: Mentats of Dune
Series: Schools of Dune #2
Author: Kevin Anderson & Brian Herbert
Rating: 2 of 5 Stars
A direct sequel to Sisterhood of Dune. The Mentats are truly coming into their own while placed between the battles of the Anti-Technologist Jihadis and Venport and his newly birthed Spacing Guild.
At the same time Vorian Atreides is whining and whinging his way across the universe trying to make up with his several generations removed family. And the despicable Harkonnens set in motion the feud that will consume both families.
And lots of other bits and bobs.
This book got the “trash” tag. Not because the grammar or writing was crap, but because Anderson and Herbert are so small minded that they can’t write anything in the Dune Universe without ruining it with their banality.
I’ve read all the sequels/prequels and forgiven this Duo quite a bit, but this was just crap. Many, many instances of something about to happen, chapter ends, then the aftermath 2-3 chapters later, while the actual event isn’t written about.
It was a deliberate choice, but it was a poor choice and made them look like the posers they are.
I am a big Frank Herbert Dune fan. Which is why I judge these more harshly than if they were just some random SFF books. These are money makers and it shows. And as I’ve said before, these 2 authors don’t even make one half of the writer that Frank Herbert was.