distrans wrote:I like this Duncan and siona less each time I read this book
I don't think they're supposed to be likeable in the way some of the characters in Dune were. What they're supposed to be are problems: the right kind of problem people who defy containment. If you think about what Siona's DNA is supposed to represent, and if we assume that her personality is in some way reflective of this, then we should assume that she'd be an impossible person, disagreeable, unreasonable, and wild, while yet retaining the intelligence that goes with avoiding patterns. Such a person would be a nightmare to know in life even though her instincts were what the human race needed to survive. No one said it was supposed to be 'nice.' As for Duncan his rigidity to his morals can be grating since it always appears that Leto knows so much more and that Duncan is a dullard in comparison. And yet for all that I think Leto preferred a stubborn mule to a slave.