Just forced myself to read the two-volume conclusion to the Dune saga, supposedly based on an outline and other materials written by Frank Herbert and found on 5 1/4" floppies
in a safe-deposit box some years after his death.
Frank Herbert may have had the ideas in these 2 books, but his son Brian and co-writer Kevin Anderson couldn't be a worse pair of authors to bring this story to life. The denouement
Duncan Idaho is the ultimate Kwizatz Haderach? Omnius and Erasmus survived the Butlerian Jihad and have spent 15,000 years rebuilding the Synchronized Worlds to fight Kralizec (OK, we saw that in Leto II's prescient visions in God Emperor)? Norma Cenva has existed as a disembodied mind since her disappearance into the Void and in a classic deus ex machina
appears at the time of greatest peril and removes Omnius to a different universe? Humans and machine life agree to just get along with Duncan Idaho able to guide/control both humans and machines with his powers?
Gah. I should have known it would be this crappy. Hell, I did know based on the prequel novels, but I just had to finish the story. Maybe someday Brian will publish the exact content of those two floppies and we can all excoriate him for the **** job of exposition he did with them.
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them. Ralph Waldo Emerson.