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Dune Messiah (The Dune Chronicles, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – July 15, 1987
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Praise for Dune Messiah
“Brilliant...it is all that Dune was, and maybe a little more.”—Galaxy Magazine
“The perfect companion piece to Dune...fascinating.”—Challenging Destiny
Praise for Dune
“I know nothing comparable to it except Lord of the Rings.”—Arthur C. Clarke
“A portrayal of an alien society more complete and deeply detailed than any other author in the field has managed...a story absorbing equally for its action and philosophical vistas.”—The Washington Post Book World
“One of the monuments of modern science fiction.”—Chicago Tribune
“Powerful, convincing, and most ingenious.”—Robert A. Heinlein
“Herbert’s creation of this universe, with its intricate development and analysis of ecology, religion, politics and philosophy, remains one of the supreme and seminal achievements in science fiction.”—Louisville Times
From the Back Cover
With millions of copies sold worldwide, Frank Herbert's magnificent Dune books stand among the major achievements of the human imagination.
Set on the desert planet Arrakis -- a world as fully real and rich as our own -- Dune Messiah continues the story of the man Muad'Dib, heir to a power unimaginable, bringing to completion the centuries-old scheme to create a superbeing...
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I also remember, while reading the first installment in this series, needing to have a glass of water with me the entire time I read -- and feeling incredibly guilty for every sip I took. The sequel created less of an immersive feel, but the world-building is still insanely detailed. A touch inaccessible a times, but showing how well Herbert knows his world(s) and doling out information only as the reader needs it.
For an epic science-fantasy, there was a lot of sitting around and talking in this book. But when the talking is about managing a world-spanning galactic invasion and a conspiracy to destroy that invasion from within, the lack of "traditional" action is never felt. Things still end with a bang (literally), as the tensions mount and mount.
I definitely understand why this book was combined with its sequel when SyFy made its second miniseries. However, as much as I love that miniseries, I also found that I thoroughly enjoyed the philosophical meanderings in this book about what it means to be a man -- and a god. I'm very glad that I read this, even over a decade after my introduction to Herbert's amazing universe.
Still, I really enjoyed it. My only complaint is that the author never made it really clear why Paul was powerless to stop the galactic jihad being waged in his name. If anyone can point me to any scholarship on this, I would be grateful.
But trust me, the unpredictable ending makes up for it. Every single bit of it. That, and Duncan Idaho.
And in the 21st century's lingo, "Paul, you are the dopest! Hang in there."
The Dune series is the greatest book series of all time. It is so complex that it has been impossible to make into a movie.
Finally, there are so many great truths and life lessons in the book that I encourage everyone to read it.