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Sandworms of Dune by Brian Herbert
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did not like it
bookshelves: burns-like-cold-iron, attorney-for-all-humanity

Nutshell: long-running narrative comes to conclusion in mistitled mess.

Should have been titled Clone Orgy of Dune, because most of the narrative involves weird clone micropolitics. The eponymous sandworms are mostly boxed up on a ship (they get to play in the catastrophe after (view spoiler), but that doesn’t really move the story along) or hiding deep underground on burnt up Arrakis; the worms that have more narrative importance are genetically engineered sea-worms that make super spice for Evil.

Speaks the truism that “profits determine all our fates” (56), which is the kinda talk that makes this an interesting series. Nevertheless, happy ending is improbable, considering the “infinite number of enemy vessels” (371), relying on oracular intervention which some have designated an unearned deus ex machina; it certainly is not a Chekhov’s gun in the father’s six books, though it probably will come across as established by the son’s prequels.

Clone orgy is completely unnecessary; at one point, the Evil robots state that they have two Paul clones: “the challenge lies in determining which Paul Atreides will be the better kwizatz haderach” (400), which results in a knife duel to the death, of all things (why have a duel at all? aren’t two knife duelists better than one?). In the end, the knife duel doesn’t matter. Seriously. It’s all for nothing. Ugh. Entire endeavor, like the Star Wars prequels, is a wasted opportunity to do something cool.

Recommended to those who look down at discarded copies of themselves, those who consider the economy of bloodshed, and new Fremen with the whole besieged galaxy as their desert.
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