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text 2019-06-02 03:08
Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert
Dune Messiah - Frank Herbert

First I have to say this was a chore for me to read.  It was a decent enough book but most of it was plotting and politics and that became a little dry for me.  Then I let my mind start serving a couple of other masters of my downtime, watching movies over the holiday weekend and spending a couple of hours (like 20+ hours) playing with Arch Linux and getting some success, so now I'm gonna move to another distro.  It's called distro-hopping.

 

Back to the book. This is Herbert's followup to Dune, which was published in sections in a couple of magazines before released as a book.  It was not accepted kindly by book reviewers, and I think I would have enjoyed it better if I just had read it without interruptions.  I do have to say that the last quarter of the book was a lot better than all the plotting against Paul and the politics of both sides.  The last quarter made the book worth the read.

 

Now, I'm going to read something much lighter that won't boggle my mind quite as much as this Dune series.

 

For a rating, I give it 2.5 stars.

 

Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert

Book 2 in the Dune Trilogy, one of the many books of Dune.

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review 2018-02-20 12:51
Dune Messiah
Dune Messiah - Frank Herbert

I can honestly say that this will be the last book I read in the Dune series. I have been warned after the next one it just gets even more convoluted. That's a shame. I really loved the story-telling in the first book, but this one made barely any sense and there was very little dialogue. You just keep reading what someone was thinking, what they were doing, and the machinations at the court. I started to skim towards the end. The last couple of pages were the most exciting in the whole tale.

 

Dune Messiah takes place 12 years after the last book. We have Paul Atreides as the new Emperor, married to Princess Irulan. Paul and Irulan are married in name only though. He is still with Chani, and though they have been together this whole time, she has not gotten pregnant. The Bene Gesserit, Spacing Guild, and Tleilaxu decide to put pressure on Irulan to help them with dethroning Paul since she still desires to have a child with him.

 

Honestly you would think that the above would make the book more interesting, it does not. It doesn't help that due to Paul and his ability to know all things/sense all things he already knows there is a conspiracy against him and he even knows what Irulan has been up to. So it's just people wandering around trying to make chess moves against each other while holding up a sign saying "I am so going to get you this round."

The characters were very flat in this one. Alia is Paul's right hand or something. I don't even know. We focus on her and her emotions a lot in this book and I was not a fan. We hear about Jessica a lot, but she's not heard from at all. Paul claims to love Chani, but it felt very flat to me. We also have a ghola of Duncan Idaho. I still don't get why he accepted it since you know, trap and all, but just go with it.

 

The writing was not that great and the flow was awful. Everything felt like it was taking a thousand years. The setting of Dune didn't seem as awe-inspiring as it did in the first book. I really felt like I needed a chart to understand how everyone was connected/not connected to each other.

 

 

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text 2018-02-17 13:07
Reading progress update: I've read 331 out of 331 pages.
Dune Messiah - Frank Herbert

Ehhh not that great. This was not as gripping as the first book to me at all until the very end.

 

I don't see me continuing this series. The second book was way too light on dialogue and even plot. If I think too hard about things I just want to sigh and mumble plot holes. 

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text 2018-02-16 20:36
Reading progress update: I've read 99 out of 331 pages.
Dune Messiah - Frank Herbert

Feel guilty for staying this, but not feeling this one. It's so boring. It's been 12 years since the first book and the Bene Gesserits are still trying to take out Paul and force Irulan to help.

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review 2014-12-23 00:00
Dune Messiah
Dune Messiah - Frank Herbert 2014 re-read. A much less in scope book from the initial Dune masterpiece but one that delves into the characters that were introduced in it. I really enjoyed this re-read much more than the first time I read it and will be continuing my re-read of the rest of the series in 2015.
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