I don’t see the “what are you reading thread”, so I guess I’ll stick this in here:
So, I finally ordered the Hunters of Dune & Sandworms of Dune books from Amazon, and they sent them sepparately, so I’ve only received Hunters and proceeded to devour it (I also ordered the Darksword trilogy, got the first 2 books).
Hum, so I’m not sure where all the hate for the books comes from… Mind you, I’ve only read Hunters so far, it might all go tits-up with Sandworms for all I know, but so far it’s rather okay. Yes the style is quite different, which is only to be expected, but I was surprised at how “Dune-ish” it read. I’m not sure how to describe it, it’s like a more condensed and to the point style, which to be honest I’m all for after the utter drag of Chapterhouse… It’s shorter chapters and there are quite a few clearly stated timejumps throughout… those timejumps feel a bit awkward (and a bit lazy and unpolished in terms of style, they could’ve incorporated them more smoothly troughout the text), but on the other hand, there are so many that I’m kinda glad they just went ahead and used that system, it makes for an easier read. I don’t know, I can understand the stylistic differences and how it’d be percieved as inferior to Frank’s, but it didn’t bother me at all… Frank could be waaaay too wordy and stuffy and had some horrible pacing issues… Hunters is very functional in that regard, so I rather enjoyed it… plus I feel they captured the “feeling” quite well… I didn’t feel like I was reading something else, so that’s a huge win.
Now, in terms of plot, I’m rather fine with Hunters at least. I have an idea of how it all ends cause I spoiled myself a long time ago, but reading Hunters, it seems the vast majority of what happens had indeed been seeded by Frank in previous books, so in that regard it felt like a true continuation of the story, except for a couple of characters and plot-points that feel forcefully inserted. One of the most controversial things (I’ve read in reviews) is the reveal of the Ennemy, and how it contradicts what Frank laid out in Chapterhouse… At first I was also a bit on the fence about that point… While I was reading, I knew who the Enemy was already, but I kept feeling that they could’ve gone in a better direction with it… But then I thought about it, and what they ended up doing kinda makes more sense than both what I was thinking or what Frank hinted at. So I’m gonna wait for Sandworms and see how or if they pull it off, before passing final judgement.
But so far, honestly it’s not the horrible blunder everyone says it is. It’s not bad at all actually. Sure it has some missteps, but then again Frank did his BIG share of missteps as well throughout the series. I really hope they manage to pull it all off in Sandworms… and I hope I get it soon… u_u