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Dune Messiah

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'Dune Messiah' is a short yet fast-paced book that tells the story of Paul as both the messiah of the Fremen and the emperor of the universe. He struggles with his heavy spicy induce prescience, because he can see humanity's destruction. He is known as a tyrant for what...
'Dune Messiah' is a short yet fast-paced book that tells the story of Paul as both the messiah of the Fremen and the emperor of the universe. He struggles with his heavy spicy induce prescience, because he can see humanity's destruction. He is known as a tyrant for what he has done to the worlds who try to stand against the Bene Gesserit's uncontrollable Kwisatz Haderak. Irulan fights for love and for her birthright to bear the heir. Paul is forced to accept the gift of the ghola mentat Hayt, and endure his physical blindness from the stone burner. The conspiracy set against him by a Navigator, Face Dancer, and Reverend Mother unravels into surprising and dramatic events that'll bring the 'Children of Dune', the future of Arrakis turning lush and green, and the continuance of the religion of Paul of Messiah by the efforts of Alia. Paul is trapped by knowing the future. Irulan forced to accept no love or child from Paul, while it may her birthright to bear the heir she is only his wife in name. Can a ghola regain its past?

posted by brjunkie on August 9, 2011

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2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Lost in Space?

This book is a prime illustration of why readers like myself have to come to despise science fiction sagas. Like Asimov's Foundation trilogy, Herbert's Dune series begins with a compelling first book but quickly loses the reader's interest. After the 1st book, bot...
This book is a prime illustration of why readers like myself have to come to despise science fiction sagas. Like Asimov's Foundation trilogy, Herbert's Dune series begins with a compelling first book but quickly loses the reader's interest. After the 1st book, both Herbert and Asimov proceed to eviscerate the heroes of their novels in favor of nebulous, far-fetched theories and hazy ideas. In Dune Messiah, Paul and Alia Atreides die and give way to the God Emperor Leto and his 4,000-year plan for humanity. The very notion is surreal and even ludicrous. No omnipotent being can possibly control billions of men on millions of planets for a thousands for millenia after his death, any more than an omniscient historian [Asimov's Hari Seldon] can predict the course of humanity for millenia after HIS death. Science fiction authors like Herbert and Asimov clearly don't care one iota about their characters or about character development. I don't understand how anyone can find the Dune series appealing after this travesty. If I'm missing something, will someone please clue me in.

posted by Anonymous on October 23, 2001

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2007

    Dune Messiah-Best of the DUNE sequels

    An okay book, I enjoyd it, but...It lacked the Magic of DUNE.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2004

    Very intense and exciting but....

    I'm a big fan of sci-fi sagas and fantasies and must say when I read the first thirty pages of this book I couldn't put it down.However somewhere along the way the intensity simmers down and you get this subplot of Paul's wife intriguing against him.Towards the end it draws to quite a bit of an anti-climax.It's a worthy read if you're a follower of the series.As a first for me it didn't really give me the urge to follow up on the preceding and succeeding titles.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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