Starting a new thread because I ain’t got no search function.
I just read Dune for the first time and I have to say I really liked it. For the most part I thought the characters were interesting and deep, though some were one-dimensional caricatures when it served the story. What really was interesting was the depth and realism of the political elements to the story, which I don’t know that I’ve ever really seen in another work of Sci-Fi.
Where the book failed somewhat in my opinion was in it’s slight devotion to the fate fairies. I realize that the prescient abilities of Paul and to a lesser degree the Guild were something of a focal point of the plot but it made some of the action a bit predictable. Because of Muad’Dib’s ability to see the future (and distant present) the climax of the book seemed a little anti-climactic. When the main character is able to basically know most of what is happening and going to happen there’s really no chance for twists and turns in the plot. The bad guys really never had their moment which took away much of the suspense.
Further removing the drama of some of the action was the author’s use of excepts from Princess Irulan’s various historical books which often told of what the outcome to a given chapter would be at it’s start. The author spent a lot of time delving into the rationale and internal dialogues of the main characters which helped lay out the politics and depth of their choices, but there wasn’t often where the outcome was in any doubt.
In some ways you could say that Paul is one giant deus ex machina.
First, what did everyone else think of the book? I’ve no doubt that this has been done over and over again but I’m not able to find the old thread and I suppose it’s been long enough that it could be fun to do again.
Is it worth my time to watch the 1984 movie adaptation? How about the Sci-Fi miniseries?
And the main reason for this thread, do you recommend that I pick up the sequels to the original? It’s basically a 6-part series which is a pretty huge scope. In many ways it reminded me of Ender’s Game and I found that I loved the first book and Ender’s Shadow but I found Shadow of the Hegemon to become tiresome. Considering the political depth of Dune it seems like the rest of the books have a lot of detail left to mine, however I can see the prescient nature of Paul and some of the quasi-religious/prophetic overtones to become a little frustrating and redundant. What say you…is Dune Messiah worth my time?