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Who has read the Dune Series

 
 
Baldimo
 
Reply Tue 4 Dec, 2018 12:55 pm
I'm looking for opinions on the best and worst Frank Herbert Dune books. I'm not discounting the books written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, they are not part of the original 6 books.

As a reminder the books in order of release:
Dune
Messiah of Dune
Children of Dune
God Emperor of Dune
Heretics of Dune
Chapterhouse Dune

Please let me know your favorite and least favorite and why.
 
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Tue 4 Dec, 2018 01:18 pm
@Baldimo,
Baldimo wrote:

I'm not discounting the books written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, they are not part of the original 6 books.

If you were NOT discounting the later books? That means you're considering them. Not discounting is a double negative. Assuming you meant to write "I'm not counting the books written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. They are not part of the original 6 books."

I've only read the first book. As a story, it was fairly written but not compelling enough to draw me into the later books. Mostly underwhelming experience.
Baldimo
 
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Reply Tue 4 Dec, 2018 01:36 pm
@tsarstepan,
Quote:
"I'm not counting the books written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. They are not part of the original 6 books."

That is what I meant, excuse my poor wording.
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engineer
 
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Reply Tue 4 Dec, 2018 02:49 pm
@Baldimo,
IMO, Dune is clearly the best and by a good margin. Messiah is a typical weaker middle novel. Children is an outstanding conclusion to the original trilogy. God Emperor was tough and is probably the weakest of the six. I really enjoyed Heretics and Chapterhouse, maybe Heretics slightly more.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Tue 4 Dec, 2018 10:33 pm
Dune was good, and Heretics of Dune was good. In my never humble opinion, the rest were weak. I will add a caveat, all of them are science fantasy and not science fiction. Any time someone has a propulsion system which can overcome light speed, by any means, that is fantasy, and not science.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Wed 5 Dec, 2018 10:24 am
@Setanta,
Setanta wrote:

Dune was good, and Heretics of Dune was good. In my never humble opinion, the rest were weak. I will add a caveat, all of them are science fantasy and not science fiction. Any time someone has a propulsion system which can overcome light speed, by any means, that is fantasy, and not science.

At any point (outside of the speed of light detail) was Dune ever considered hard science fiction? Or always science fiction opera?
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