I’ve read 19 books in this series, never once feeling the profound reality that Frank Herbert was able to impart in his original books. I finally figured out why this is the case. Frank Herbert wrote a true masterpiece that enthralled everyone, including people like me who do not normally read science fiction. Therein lie his genius, and therein lies my lack of connection to the volumes written by his son and friend. The latter write what I see as typical science fiction—robots, space ships, planetary travel etc... I only read them because I wanted to maintain that deep personal connection I’ve always had to Frank’s original Dune world. Alas, that is not what I experience in the non-Frank books. And it hits me again that we lost an irreplaceable, insightful Kwisatz Haderach when we lost Frank Herbert. And nothing less will do.