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Ambitious continuation of the Dune saga
on 11 June 2013
You need to read these books in sequence. Of the previous three Dune books (Dune, Dune Messiah and Children of Dune) I have always felt that Dune Messiah was probably the weakest (and definitely the shortest). The third book, Children of Dune, was a return to form and God Emperor of Dune further expands Frank Herbert's universe. Together with Dune itself this is probably my favourite. I don't want to give away the plot for those who have not read it, but like the others in the series it is a multi-layered story with elements of economics, manufactured religion, psychology, politics, mysticism, ecology and evolution.
Frank Herbert followed this with Heretics of Dune and Chapter House Dune, both of which are also well worth reading.