The fourth is the most interesting because it eschews convention and is is basically a very self-centered book
But you're probably objecting to the various more-or-less bullshit theories that Leto is always postulating on that book. And the spontanous orgasm. And gary stu 'not a stud' Duncan. And the lame 'romance', that seems more like ideation (but that's the point).
Personally, i think second (the lame 'council of villains') or third is the weakest, due to Alia's lazy villain, thou it has interesting parts, like the duel of visions and Duncan's 2nd death. If taken in parts, i think the absolute nadir of the series is on the penultimate book, when super hero 'significant name' Miles kills a whole province with his new superpowers. Sure, there were physical 'superpowers' on the series before, from the Bene Gesserit to the Face Dancers, passing the Fremen and Sardukar and even the HM on the very last book. But nothing like that.
Also the resurrection and reinforcement of the sexual servitude drug theme was probably unfortunate.
On the other hand, i very much liked those books focusing on the Bene Gesserit, but i always liked them more or less. They had the strongest scene on GEoD too. What can i tell? I'm a sucker for bickering and pseudo-historical rationalizations, which is probably why i like GEoD in spite of it's bad parts. There was not enough bickering there thou.
The next planned book was probably some kind of facedancer conquest / dune personalities revival on facedancers/ghola bodies.
I'm not one to give thanks that a book was not written, but this would have me nervous. There was a potentially interesting part with the 'language of the world', 'the pearls of awareness', and the apparent jungian literalism on some parts but i think the potential for wizbang superpowah freakout would be high. Besides the Bene Gesserit were being 'corrupted' ;_;
Edited by Serious Callers Only, 29 December 2012 - 11:15 PM.