So back when this thread was started, I went out and tried to read the “House” books. I don’t remember if I made it all the way through one and then part way through the second, or if I just made it part way through the first. Either way, not great and I couldn’t make myself finish them.
In the meantime, I got distracted and read some other stuff. However, a month or so ago I broke “Dune” out again and started reading. The mention at the beginning of the Butlerian Jihad sparked some interest in that again. So I checked out “The Butlerian Jihad”. It was pretty painful, but I forced myself to think it was interesting and finished it. However, I was pretty disappointed just how long it was taking to get around to things. I mean, we call this book “The Butlerian Jihad”, but the freaking Jihad doesn’t even start until the very end.
Nevertheless, I finished it and then started “The Machine Crusade”. About 250 pages in I just couldn’t believe I was forcing myself to suffer through this. I wasn’t worth it. Sure, I was interested and finding the origins of the many factions. But what a waste of words. The story moved at a snail’s pace. Most offensive, to me, was the absolute lack of tact or finesse in the stories. Every point felt like it was being driven into my head with a sledgehammer. I just couldn’t force myself to finish.
Now I find out they have written two books to “fill in the gaps” between some of the original books. Talk about milking the cash cow do death. Screw Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson.
I will read the original 6 books by Frank Herbert. Then I may, emphasis on the may, read “Hunters” and “Sandworms” just to see how things wrap up. But wow, those prequels are just awful.