Dune Messiah (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Dune Messiah (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Frank Herbert
     
 

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With millions of copies sold worldwide, Frank Herbert's magnificent Dune novels stand among the major achievements of the human imagination as one of the most significant sagas in the history of literary science fiction.

Dune Messiah continues the story of Paul Atreides, better known-and feared-as the man christened Muad'Dib. As Emperor of the Known

Overview

With millions of copies sold worldwide, Frank Herbert's magnificent Dune novels stand among the major achievements of the human imagination as one of the most significant sagas in the history of literary science fiction.

Dune Messiah continues the story of Paul Atreides, better known-and feared-as the man christened Muad'Dib. As Emperor of the Known Universe, he possesses more power than a single man was ever meant to wield. Worshipped as a religious icon by the fanatical Fremens, Paul faces the enmity of the political houses he displaced when he assumed the throne-and a conspiracy conducted within his own sphere of influence.

And even as House Atreides begins to crumble around him from the machinations of his enemies, the true threat to Paul comes to his lover, Chani, and the unborn heir to his family's dynasty.

Editorial Reviews

The Barnes & Noble Review
Dune Messiah, the second book in the Dune saga, is a dramatic departure from its Hugo and Nebula Award–winning predecessor. The action and adventure in the first novel are replaced by a sort of internalized drama -- Paul Atreides (the messiah Muad'Dib) is the most powerful human in the known universe. He alone controls the spice melange, "the ultimate coin of the realm." Without spice, the Guild Steersmen can't navigate space; the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood's Reverend Mothers lose their powers. Without spice, billions of Imperial citizens could die from withdrawal.

One would expect an assortment of forces to conspire to take control of Atreides' immense power. Among those plotting to destroy him are the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood, who are trying to create a royal offspring that they can control; the Guild, who are trying to steal a sandworm to start the spice cycle on another planet; and the Bene Tleilax, who have brought back Paul's weapons master, Duncan Idaho, from the dead by creating a ghola out of his flesh.

While Dune Messiah may not have received the critical acclaim that Dune did, it is just as masterfully written. In fact, once I finished the third book in the series, Children of Dune, I had a newfound respect for Dune Messiah. All the (small) concerns I had about unusual character developments and strange plot twists were all answered quite satisfactorily. Paul Goat Allen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780808520733
Publisher:
San Val, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/28/1987
Series:
Dune Chronicles Series, #2
Edition description:
THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,128,991
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 7.25(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Frank Herbert was born in Tacoma, Washington, and educated at the University of Washington, Seattle. He worked a wide variety of jobs-including TV cameraman, radio commentator, oyster diver, jungle survival instructor, lay analyst, creative writing teacher, reporter, and editor of several West Coast newspapers-before becoming a full-time writer.

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Dune Messiah 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 162 reviews.
MSGalligan More than 1 year ago
As a relative newcomer to the Dune collection, I started reading the books in a supposed "chronological" order that includes the Brian Herbert/Kevin Anderson books interspersed w/ the Frank Herbert originals. Dune Messiah, while short, was excellent - even moreso when read immediately following the Paul of Dune installment. Best part was the return of Duncan Idaho, in any form. Interesting to see the Guild's involvement in the conspiracy when you consider how Norma Cenva might have viewed the collusion. Recommended read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All of you people out there writing reviews are comparing this book to DUNE and this book will never be DUNE. I loved DUNE personally, but DUNE was something that in my opinion happens once in a lifetime. It was such a mastery of all the topics touched upon in the novel and it brought together many concepts that should be lived through everyday life. Dune Messiah on the other hand is still an amzing novel. It however is made to show the imperfect sides of our beloved Paul so we constantly push it to the side. It truly leads up to the events of the next book and is needed to bridge the gap. stop hating.
bookwormTE More than 1 year ago
Even though this may be the shortest book in the series. i think it is underrated sequel. some people think it is too short and boring. I liked it. I thought it was a good sequel to dune. it seemed to touch on more profound ideas to me. It was fun returning to Maud dib. the ending is a surprise. also, this book pretty much sets up the third book,Children Of Dune.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dune Messiah contains all of the power and captivation of Dune, yet has exceeded the original in intelectual stimulation and sheer excitement. While Dune focused more upon the ascention of Maud'dib, Dune Messiah concentrates upon the beginning of the fulfillment of his destiny as the Kwiswatz Haderach and his fateful yet necesssary demise. I hate to say it, but this one's better than the classic if anything, it'll make you think, and perhaps, rethink, most of what you know about Paul Atreides and the enigmatic land Arrakis, known as Dune.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dune Messiah: known to people as 'a real stinker', or 'a wonderful novel'. Why do those who say it is horrible think this way? It is because this small novel holds BIG messages. Those who think this novel sucks are blind to what this book really holds. It is very complex in writing, and ignorant beings just can't read it. You truly cannot read the Dune series and skip this book, it isn't possible. Frank Herbert is a true genious, and this book IS as much of the series as DUNE is. I do not recommend it, I tell you to read it. If you don't read this book, then you are not a true Dune fan, that is the truth of it. This relatively small novel is too important to skip for all you REAL fans. Get ready for a philosophical roller-coaster...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. It takes a little while to get going but it pays off. If you plan on reading the other dune books, then this contains to much information to skip.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A nice book for Dune fans
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its not DUNE
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A fan of Frank Herbert, and will always be. Great Science Fiction for the archival collections.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book in the Dune series. Good science fiction read.
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Although the book starts out a little slow the original genius of frank herbert comes to life in this second installment. I forgive him for creating the slow beginning because it was nessecary to create the character development. Overall this was a fabulous book with hidden plots and an intriguing sequel to dune.
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