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Heretics of Dune Mass Market Paperback – August 15, 1987
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“A monumental piece of imaginative architecture…indisputably magical.”—Los Angeles Herald Examiner
“Appealing and gripping...Fascinating detail, yet cloaked in mystery and mysticism.”—The Milwaukee Journal
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
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With millions of copies sold worldwide, Frank Herbert's magnificent Dune books stand among the major achievements of the human imagination.
The planet Arrakis -- now called Rakis -- is becoming desert again. The Lost Ones are returning home from the far reaches of space. The great sandworms are dying. And the children of Dune's children awaken from empire as from a dream, wielding the new power of a heresy called love...
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Heretics of Dune certainly takes us through new questions and hypotheses, however you get the sense Frank Herbert is setting us up for a closing argument of sorts. His re-introduction of characters into their own changed futures, allows him to once again sum up previous conclusions and bring everything together. Though, the next novel, Chapterhouse Dune, does not necessarily close his story and hypotheses, those final two novels written by Herbert become more enlightening as you read along. Heretics is by far one of richest and most emotional of the series.
But in comparison with both the original Dune triad and the immediately proceeding God Emperor of Dune especially, it simply feels disjointed and below par. Part of this, of course, is the complete lack of any of the original characters; even the long-lived Leto II has been dead for millennia. Duncan Idaho is present, but so much younger, and so changed, as to be unrecognizable. The story as a consequence feels less like the next step in a saga and more like an entirely new series set in a (distantly) related setting.
Ultimately one reaches the conclusion in reading that Dune is best served when read as a tetralogy. Heretics, indeed.