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The Science Fiction Book Club (SFBC): The Classic Sequels to Frank Herbert's Dune. The Science Fiction Book Club (SFBC): The Classic Sequels to Frank Herbert's Dune.


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30 review for Dune Messiah & Children Of Dune

  1. 4 out of 5

    M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews

    Overall a pretty solid arc, with the events in the two books, they can be read as two parts of one story. The movie that combined these two also did a pretty great job in telling the story, I recommend it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mark Hartzer

    Like 'Dune', I read these 2 sequels many years ago and wanted to re-aquaint myself to the saga. 'Dune Messiah' was originally written in 1969 and 'Children of Dune' written in 1976, but I'm looking at the Science Fiction Book Club version that I picked up in 2002 for my son. If you didn't like the original 'Dune', you won't much like these either. But if you were caught up in Herbert's desert world of Dune, then these 2 additions are a welcome fleshing out of his vision. (Sorry for the pun.) Lik Like 'Dune', I read these 2 sequels many years ago and wanted to re-aquaint myself to the saga. 'Dune Messiah' was originally written in 1969 and 'Children of Dune' written in 1976, but I'm looking at the Science Fiction Book Club version that I picked up in 2002 for my son. If you didn't like the original 'Dune', you won't much like these either. But if you were caught up in Herbert's desert world of Dune, then these 2 additions are a welcome fleshing out of his vision. (Sorry for the pun.) Like 'Dune', Herbert weaves threads of religion, ecology, personal relationships and prescience into a compelling (if oft confusing) narrative mostly following the Atreides family. To me, one of the signs of a good book is one's disappointment in finishing because you wish it would continue. Both of these stories fit the bill. Now that I've once again finished these trio of stories, I'll see if I can find my old copy of 'God Emperor...' somewhere. I wish to continue the saga.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jimmy

    1-23-09 DUNE MESSIAH: Paul is now the Emperor of the universe, and he is worshipped as a God, by all on Dune. This is further complicated by him battling other planets to bow to him and his sister's attributes to his godliness. Alia is also troubled because she can not see the future that Paul so easily sees and is not able to avoid. There is a plot out against Paul's life, and the Bene Gesserit are determined to salvage his blood line. 7-29-11 CHILDREN OF DUNE: The planet once called Dune is no 1-23-09 DUNE MESSIAH: Paul is now the Emperor of the universe, and he is worshipped as a God, by all on Dune. This is further complicated by him battling other planets to bow to him and his sister's attributes to his godliness. Alia is also troubled because she can not see the future that Paul so easily sees and is not able to avoid. There is a plot out against Paul's life, and the Bene Gesserit are determined to salvage his blood line. 7-29-11 CHILDREN OF DUNE: The planet once called Dune is now known as Arrakis, because of the dramatic and rapid environmental changes. Arrakis is being transformed into a green planet. This is one of the several abominations that are mentioned in this book. Alia, the regent, plans to make the spice even rarer than it is now. With only a handful of worms, there will not be enough spice for all in the Imperium. Another abomination is the religion of Muad’Dib, which the Preacher speaks out against. The Preacher’s goal is to bring Paul down from a religious god to just a man. However the question on everyone’s mind is, is the Preacher really Paul Atreides? The obvious abomination is that of Alia, filled by all the voices in her genetic line. She repeatedly and purposefully goes into a spice trance, which is the invitation to her possession. The twins fear the possibility of abomination which Alia is not able to withstand against. Adding to Alia’s stress is her mother Jessica’s return to Arrakis, as a Bene Gesserit. (view spoiler)[She instructs Gurney on how to test 9-year-old Leto II for possession. Leto is captured at the taboo Sietch Jacurutu and forced to undergo the spice trance. Where in he defeats sub coming to possession and succeeds in finding his own self/person while at the same time he is aware of all the others of the entire Atreides genetic line in his own skin. Every fiber in Leto’s being is saturated with spice. (hide spoiler)] His Golden Path is the only way to escape from what has been done to Arrakis. (view spoiler)[His skin will become not his own as he physically transforms himself into God Emperor. Princess Wensicia tells her son Prince Farad’n of her plot against the Atreides twins. Believed to be a dandy book lover by his mother and useless in her plans to take back the Lion Throne, Farad’n takes Jessica’s advice and has his mother exiled. By the Preacher’s order, Jessica is eventually sent to Salusa Secundus where she teaches and transforms Farad’n from Corrino into Bene Gesserit. Now he is considered suitable for marriage to Ghanima, which will be the starting point in the Bene Gesserit breeding program that the God Emperor takes over. (hide spoiler)]

  4. 4 out of 5

    Drew

    Dune Messiah - 4.5/5 stars. Children of Dune 4/5 stars.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jim Grimsley

    Goes like this. Tense situation implied. Everybody has heightened awareness. Prescience, spice sense, Bene Gesserit, Tleilax, mentat. Think think think about current problem. Something happens. Switch to next scenario. Repeat. The problem is that writing about sitting at the top of an empire of this magnitude and complexity is just hard. Feels inert even when something is trying to happen. I admire the ideas. Have waited since the 60s to reread Dune Messiah; hated it when I was young. Never read Goes like this. Tense situation implied. Everybody has heightened awareness. Prescience, spice sense, Bene Gesserit, Tleilax, mentat. Think think think about current problem. Something happens. Switch to next scenario. Repeat. The problem is that writing about sitting at the top of an empire of this magnitude and complexity is just hard. Feels inert even when something is trying to happen. I admire the ideas. Have waited since the 60s to reread Dune Messiah; hated it when I was young. Never read Children of Dune. Now that I am reading them, I find myself mostly in awe of the scope, the layers of ideas one after the other, but the books are a slog. If Paul and Leto were female characters they would be Mary Sues. Always seeing, seeing, thinking, thinking, always right. At last some action comes. Doesn't quite save the books. But I will always admire this universe and am looking forward to the newest movie version of Dune.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Darkened

    today i had finished read this one.i read the whole dune series.and,after i lll read one thousands nights-arabian tales.and after....a year,or two i lll not read nothing,cause illl have other preocupatios

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sophie Carbone

    Weirdly enough I felt like Dune was fine as a stand-alone, but these other two in the series were good as well! They were still a great continuation of the story lines and I’m interested to see what happens next.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    You can get lost in the worlds of Frank Herbert...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jacob

    Dune Messiah wasn't the epic tale the first novel was. It was a totally different reading experience. Of course, everything that made the first book great (introduction to the strange desert planet, Paul discovering himself and coming into his own, discovering the mysterious Fremen, etc.) couldn't be repeated. This book did open up to the larger Dune universe by way of introduction to the Tleilaxu and their creations. In a relatively short amount of time, Paul has gone from the young Kwisatz Had Dune Messiah wasn't the epic tale the first novel was. It was a totally different reading experience. Of course, everything that made the first book great (introduction to the strange desert planet, Paul discovering himself and coming into his own, discovering the mysterious Fremen, etc.) couldn't be repeated. This book did open up to the larger Dune universe by way of introduction to the Tleilaxu and their creations. In a relatively short amount of time, Paul has gone from the young Kwisatz Haderach to the cynical, world-weary, bitter Emperor - but I guess having to rule the universe and being worshipped as a god will do that to you. I did enjoy this book, but not as much as the original. Children of Dune started out pretty slow for me. I was still getting over having the "good triumphs over evil and everything is right in the universe" ending of the original Dune spoiled by the sequels - I even considered putting this one down, but then about 150 pages in something happened. I realized I had become totally edge-of-my-seat invested in this dodgy, layer upon layer of grey universe with its morally ambiguous characters. By the end I had come to appreciate what Herbert achieved in smashing all of the idols of the original Dune novel (though it's still my favorite). All in all, highly recommended - but if you like happy endings, you may want to stop after the first novel.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    Umm. Can I just say that I don't get it? What is all the hype about? I don't like any of the characters and I don't see the point of the plot. It is just a mishmash of a bunch of power-hungry people as far as I can tell. I think I will TRY to finish the series, but I am not hopeful. This is not even close to my top 10 favorite sci fi books. Umm. Can I just say that I don't get it? What is all the hype about? I don't like any of the characters and I don't see the point of the plot. It is just a mishmash of a bunch of power-hungry people as far as I can tell. I think I will TRY to finish the series, but I am not hopeful. This is not even close to my top 10 favorite sci fi books.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Robert Coyle

    Hmmm.... too many speeches on loop. At the end it gets a bit power ranges. The first two books were great... and this kept me reading until the end... but I am not down with the conclusion at all... or at least the way it was handled. I feel a little guilty give a 3 but I have to leave room for the previous two books.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Yashima

    This one really did confuse me a lot of times. Too much philosophy and I admit I skipped some of it by just reading across it without grasping the meaning. I finished the book rather quickly and enjoyed the story. However after the finale I am not sure I want to read the next books of the series. Too much confusion and do I really want to read about Leto after this ...?

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chantelle

    Wonderful and descriptive writing. Story line was very good. I found I was loosing interest in reading as the series progressed. I think that had more to do with my own tastes in books and story line then a reflection of the quality of the book

  14. 4 out of 5

    Madkropotkin

    Amazing! Dune Messiah is a very good book, not as good as the original Dune, but a very good book. Children of Dune is superb, even better than Dune. I loved the way the book ended. Everyone who liked Dune should check these books out.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Odom

    I definitely found these more difficult to enjoy than the original Dune. Children of Dune was especially far-fetched for me, even for a science fiction novel. They are still worth the read, but don't expect to fly through them as quickly as you might have read Dune. I definitely found these more difficult to enjoy than the original Dune. Children of Dune was especially far-fetched for me, even for a science fiction novel. They are still worth the read, but don't expect to fly through them as quickly as you might have read Dune.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Wagoner

    Such a letdown...sigh. Gone is the adventure, coming-of-age, and immersive world, replaced by tedious talking head fests centered around politics. Maybe DUne was so good he had nowhere to go but down.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Faith

    Not my normal reading, very sci/fi, but I loved it! Lots of politics but not so much I couldn't follow. Not my normal reading, very sci/fi, but I loved it! Lots of politics but not so much I couldn't follow.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    Loved it. The Golden Path is set before the reader and it is one that we can all realte to. Paul no longer bears the burden of being the only hope for humanity. Leto II is the new torch bearer.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ken Baker

    I swear, if he lectures me one more time...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lydia Thomas

    awesome book now to go find the 3rd book of this series

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    Only have read Dune Messiah, but it was amazing.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chris Meger

    A sci-fi argument about the importance of the separation of church and state, and the burden of real power? Also, some really fun "wheels within wheels" action. A sci-fi argument about the importance of the separation of church and state, and the burden of real power? Also, some really fun "wheels within wheels" action.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tatiana

    I added this two parter because it's the only link to just Dune Messiah. book two of the Dune Trilogy. I read all six books the summer of my second year in college. I had some time on my hands... I added this two parter because it's the only link to just Dune Messiah. book two of the Dune Trilogy. I read all six books the summer of my second year in college. I had some time on my hands...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Leigh

    I never get tired of these characters. They are just amazing and Children of Dune had some of the craziest twists and turns. Never a dull moment with House Atredies.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Marcus

    While Dune Messiah is a little "messy" at least it is short and the events set the stage for one of my favorite installments in the series Children of Dune. While Dune Messiah is a little "messy" at least it is short and the events set the stage for one of my favorite installments in the series Children of Dune.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tommyb

    Fiction,Science Fiction

  27. 5 out of 5

    John Wheeler

  28. 4 out of 5

    Zlogorek

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Borgne

  30. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

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