The Great Dune Trilogy Hardcover – 1984
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The Great Dune Trilogy
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DUNE MESSIAH: For some reason this short sequel to Dune, which really just acts a bridge to get the reader to Children of Dune, has attracted some negative comments in the past but I still can not fathom why!? Dune is a very self-contained story and you can stop right there and not continue if you wish, but if you do choose to read Messiah then you get a turn-around of the relatively optimistic(?) ending of the first book and in my opinion a very exciting launch of a greater universe for the Dune novels. Dune Messiah is actually a very tight and well paced book, with great characterisation and an excellent plot that comes together nicely at the end - the short length is actually ideal in my opinion and the book doesn't overstay it's welcome; it also leads very nicely into the next book. 4.Read more ›
It’s rather spooky to look at Dune again in the light of the Iraq War, since we have in this book a situation where a desert people are militarily outclassed and dominated by a Superpower which wishes to retain control over the desert’s vital resource.
In this case it isn’t control of oil which is being fought over, but the melange spice of Arrakis, just as vital to transportation between stars as oil is for transportation between cities.
One could possibly compare the USA with the Evil Empire of Shaddam (even that name has a spooky resonance, but with the wrong side) and the planet Arrakis with the Middle East, but one would have to examine Arab-American relations in the Nineteen Sixties to get much mileage from that.
Undeniably, the Fremen are essentially Arabic in flavour, but he rest of Galactic Society is based around a feudal aristocratic system of powerful Houses, presided over by the Emperor Shaddam. It is an aggressive and brutal system in which assassination and treachery are rife.
Interlacing this network of families is the Sisterhood of the Bene Gesserit, an organisation which has its own reasons for an intense interest in the melange spice, a strange organic substance which can endow its users with a form of prescience and telepathy.
Another major player in the politics of the galaxy is the Spacer’s Guild, a professional group of mutated humans who use the properties of the spice to sense changes in space and steer ships through hyperspace across the galaxy.Read more ›
They are told with such grace, and subtlety, the dialogue is so cleverly writen that the action regularly takes the backstage. Epic scale, sheer brilliance and uncanny foresight will guarantee that these books will remain beautiful, timeless classics. Ahead of the game in almost every area both then and now.
Do not let these gems pass you by. Honestly
In fact "Dune" was the first real Science Fiction book I read, my previous literary experience being steeped in the genre of Fantasy from the likes of J.R.R. Tolkein and Terry Pratchett.
I was very surprised about just how much I enjoyed this book, and I'd advise anyone that isn't into Sci-Fi and thinks it's just lasers and robots to immediately reconsider.
"Dune" is quite epic in style and atmosphere, although like many groundbreaking novels it does not seem thus at the start. I find Arthur C. Clarke's words on "Dune" quite relevant at this moment:
"[Dune is] Unique among SF novels...I know nothing comparable to it except "The Lord of the Rings""
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I gave this book only 3 stars because I absolutely LOVE the story of Dune, and all the rest of the series, but left off the last two stars because of the actual condition of the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Crystal Warrior
I first read this over half a century ago and recently read it again. I found it had lost nothing of its impact over the years and remains my favourite science fiction book and the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by tisane
It was a present, when it said Trilogy, I was thinking three books, so it is quite heavy, but he seems to be enjoying itPublished 12 months ago by Karen M.