Dune Messiah Paperback – 1 Sep 1972
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Unique among SF novels . . . I know nothing comparable to it except The Lord of the Rings. (Arthur C. Clarke on DUNE)
One of the landmarks of modern science fiction . . . an amazing feat of creation. (Analog on DUNE)
The epic that began with the Hugo and Nebula award winning novel Dune continues in Dune MessiahSee all Product Description
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I love sci-fi but don't read much of it because I prefer fantasy. DUNE feels like a perfect blend of the two. A war of noble houses set in space. Paul Atreides is heir to the duchy- and to say that he is well trained for the job would be an understatement. His father, Duke Leto, is given charge of Arrakis- a hellish desert-world and the sole source of "the spice" which the entire universe needs. A very prestigious assignment, but treachery and peril comes with it. Paul finds himself thrown into the mystery of Dune and its fierce natives, the Fremen. Is he the savior their prophecy speaks of?
I was first blown away by DUNE at the age of 16, and have since considered it "the one to beat". In 8 years, very few books have made me question that judgment: Game of Thrones, Foundation, Lord of the Rings, Ender's Game. I had to reread it to be sure I wasn't just naïve at the time. Was it really THAT great? Absolutely.
What really sets this apart from other books is its length. Whilst this has never ensured consistent quality (quite the opposite in many cases), Herbert has filled the 600-odd pages with superb prose that never wanders, never sags and always is delightful to read. The story is told from multiple points of view (often changes occur within a paragraph), so we learn effectively about the characters but we are never confused by this style. Every thought is recorded for our digestion which means the characters of Dune are wonderfully complex, each with their own nuances and failings. However I don’t imply that the book is full of dense, terse, symbolic writing that would make English graduates salivate. Rather the plot moves along with a large amount of dialogue and the subtle action sequences ensure even the most impatient reader is never bored.
The story revolves around Paul Atreides of the House Atreides. In a galaxy far away and far into the future, Dune features no aliens and few of the usual SF trappings. This is essentially a character-driven story so a hard SF fan may not enjoy it to the extent that I (and others) have. As we follow Paul and his family relocate themselves to the planet Arrakis/Dune as new rulers, much of the first act is concerned with the ducal court that surrounds Paul.Read more ›
The low mark reflects problems with formatting on the Kindle version. Repeatedly, almost once per page, I find instances where quotation marks are missing. Speech starts from characters and I find myself not realising that the story has transitioned from description to speech, meaning I end up going back a sentence to get the full context.
Hopefully Amazon will get the publishers to update the Kindle version with corrected formatting.
In conclusion: great real book, not a great electronic book.
Dune is built on a grandiose scale, one of interstellar travel, imperial emperors and apocalyptic reckoning. It is one of few books I know of that not only boasts a glossary of terms, but also essays on the ecology and religion of the subject [planet]. It also requires the digesting of a myriad of `made up' terminology, and the buying-into of some metaphysical shenanigans. In amongst all this there is always a danger that everything can become so detached from our reality that the story lacks a familiar grounding and is diluted by consequence. However, it is through the central characters, namely Paul Atreides and his mother Jessica, that the story is really held together as a tale of personal attrition, retribution, and discovery.
I cannot believe it has taken me so long to get around to reading this, I will certainly be reading Dune Messiah now.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Can't complain about the text itself. It's a classic of sci-fi. But this particular edition won't stand up to repeated readings. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mark McCorkell
Fantastic book! Written extremely well and for a science fiction convert like me, it is captivating and I can't stop reading!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Novel is quite good - definitely improves after 50 pages. This edition is awful, however. Packed full of spelling errors and odd formatting codes which seem to be left overs as if... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mr. S. J. Stiles