I’ve been a fan of the film Dune for ages. I also liked the TV mini series. The Children of Dune TV mini series was a bit too random for me. A remake of Dune is in the offing. With that in mind it is a little surprising to me that I’ve never got round to reading the book until now.

I think it’s safe to say I loved it. It’s one of the coolest things I’ve read in ages. Watching the film and TV series did not spoil it for me in the slightest, and quite unusually, reading the book has not lessened my love of the film.

The characters are brilliant. There is a lot of wisdom in the book too. In a previous post I mentioned one quote. I could pick out loads that are incredibly well observed and interesting. It ticks so many of the boxes for me I’m just sad there are not more of the same quality. Having discussed this book with some of the Oakies, they’ve advised me the rest in the series are pretty bad and the books written by his son are terrible. I’m not sure if I will read more, because I’m not sure I want to risk the disappointment. I’ll think on it.

I’m moving on to Cold Days now. Go Harry!



Author: Tim...

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5 thoughts on “Dune…”

  1. The original movie is something like 5 hours long. I’ve waited to hear if the entire movie as shot would ever be released as it misses quite a few scenes that would make a lot more sense of the movie.
    On that subject, various channels are playing “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” with scenes cut out from the rest of the movie. As I’ve seen this many times it was a bit disconcerting to see the uncut scenes for the first time and wondering how I missed them the previous times. I should add I had no idea I was watching the film with the scenes restored.

  2. Completely agree Tim. I bought the whole original series but only got around to reading the first one so far. The cash in books after Frank Herbert’s death stand out to me like something brown and stinky in the street. You know it’s going to be shit if you step in it!

  3. Tim

    I read them all as a teenager. From my recollection, Dune was brilliant and I enjoyed all the rest of the original 6 apart from one but I can’t remember which one, God Emperor I think. The later ones don’t have the same pace and plot twists as the first but go for the epic sweep and grand concept approach to SF.

    I picked up one of the follow ups in a charity shop. Half way through the first chapter I wish I’d left it where it was.

  4. If you liked Dune try some other Frank Herbert. My favorites are Soul Catcher, The White Plague, The Dosadi Experiment and Under Pressure. Destination: Void was also good, but the rest of that series went downhill fast.

  5. Dune is one of my alltime favorite sci-fi series. The movie with Sting was ok but not even close to the books.

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