I had forgotten just how badly Frank Herbert wrote in his Dune series. As a kid, when I read some of this series, not in order and while I was too young to understand everything I was reading, I had a hard time getting into the book sometimes. As a kid I just assumed it was because these books are geared towards adults, but now that I am reading the whole series, in order, as a 30-something adult, I must say Herbert’s writing style sucks.
So why are his books still around? Because the world he dreamed up in these books is so cool, and the ideas he portrays capture the imagination. His characters are almost all unlikable, and I cringe whenever Jessica, Alia, or pretty much any other main character turns up in a scene, which means I am cringing my way through the books, but the ecology of the sandtrout that become sandworms in the desert planet of their own fashioning is great. The idea that humans are now reversing the many centuries of sandtrout- altered desert into a green planet again is also interesting.
I am only on book 3 this time around, and it has been decades since I last read the later books in the series, so I actually don’t recall much from when I read these books as a kid. I read the first two books again this spring, and finally checked out the third book from the library so I can finish the series (I own books 4 and 5), so today in between blogging and reading books to review, I’m slogging through Children of Dune.
Have you read these books? What did you think of them?