Overall it was a decent book, though a couple of things stand out.
Performance-wise, the pause between chapters seemed to vary, sometimes greatly; sometimes, in the middle of a chapter, you would get an occasional long pause that would make you think you were moving into the next chapter. There seemed to be no rhyme or reason to it. Not a big deal, but it did feel a bit disorienting. Otherwise, it was the usual good narrative I've gotten used to and enjoyed with the Dune series.
From the story perspective, the authors introduced minor nuances in language that I'm pretty sure Frank Herbert would have never allowed in his dialogue. For example, never was the word "kid" used in any prior book, nor were there any oft-repeated exclamations of any kind, which this book seemed to be peppered with. The excessive amount of back-slapping going on with a couple of the characters also seemed to stand out quite a bit in the story.
Minor quibbles aside, the book did a fine job providing a cognitive history to the Atreides family history, and I enjoyed following the numerous stories the book tied together.
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