Dune Messiah Mass Market Paperback – Jul 15 1987
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In 1965 Frank Herbert published Dune. After it was heralded as a masterpiece of science fiction, he wrote the briefer Dune Messiah in 1969, concentrating eponymously on Paul Atreides, and then, sensing the sales potential, added sequels. They were continued by his son, culminating in the just published finale, Sandworms of Dune. Now, 38 years after its publication, four narrators capture Dune Messiah on discs, while listeners, with no glossary, try to recall the meaning of its esoteric nomenclature. The audio gets off to a lively start as the book opens with nearly all conversation, playing up the camaraderie between the narrators who have partnered on several other readings of classic sci-fi novels. While the cast works well together, some of the male narrators emphasize a stately dullness. Kellgren, the sole feminine voice, supplies real emotion and a true sense of awe. (Oct.)
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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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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The good: Good pacing, Frank Herbert is a very good storyteller, and Dune - his magnum opus - is no exception. Characters you want to win, villains you find disgusting, and all the intrigue and mysticism you could ever ask for are prevalent in Dune (and the sequels!) There is a reason Dune is considered the LoTR of Sci-Fi, because it will take you on an epic adventure packed with space ships, new tech nobody has shown you before, and radically different social structures in an epic spanning thousands of pages when it is said and done. As a Sci-Fi I cannot recommend this book enough.
The bad: The first 100 pages or so really cram a lot of new, foreign stuff at you. For some this can alienate the reader from the universe as they try to grasp these concepts. I know people who have put the book down due to this. I would say keep going if you are finding yourself not understanding concepts. It gets better, and when you reflect on what you read earlier once you are farther in the book, it all comes together in a brilliant way.
The neutral: Very long book can go either way for people, at almost 900 pages and the sequels coming close to it, you are in for a long ride.
Although Herbert continues to use the Prophet Mohammad's life as a scaffolding for his story, he departs widely from the Koran's account while still retaining an essentially Arab flavor to the story. (These books are, by the way, incredibly popular in the Muslim world.)
Those minor criticims aside, the story continues towards its headlong conclusion in the Golden Path. To say much more would spoil it for the uninitiated. If you liked Dune, read this one just to get to "Children" and, the piece de resistance, "God Emperor of Dune" where Herbert's mastery becomes complete and the Golden Path is revealed to us in all its terrible majesty.
The last two books before cancer and grief killed him were almost after thoughts. After Leto II, what was there to say?
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Tried to read it in high school Finished it this time Just not that ImpressedPublished 5 days ago by Brad Sharpe
Got 40hrs to kill? This is a word for word of the original book. Great for working in the shop as background, the narration is second to none. Read morePublished 2 months ago by A. Mitchell
A classic. Read this book in the eighties, my son was reading it, I picked it up. Brought back so many memories I had to buy it myself. Couldn't wait for him to finish! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tom
Arrived fast, was a fairly quick read too. A good novel, though in my opinion not as good as the original Dune or the Prequel to Dune series.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The book rocks, but the product was not as described. Many of the pages were bent that weren't mentioned and the book overall had a sharp bend in it.Published 3 months ago by Gary Baanstra
Book is amazing, binding not so much.. Few pages fell out.. Get what you pay forPublished 4 months ago by Mark