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Sesses 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 sph. Having re read Dune and reviewed it here on GR recently I figured I should continue and read at least the initial trilogy with Dune Messiah and Children of Dune to get a better idea of the world that Frank Herbert created I am glad that I read Dune Messiah It is an excellent novel about destiny and fate and how much of it we can control We get insight into the Navigators here I noticed that unlike in Dune we actually meet a Navigator one of the three primary conspirators against Paul Maud dib which means that David Lynch most have read this book as well before making his cult classic movie of the first book We also learn about the Bene Geserits and the Mentats I found it particularly fascinating that the Butlerian Jihad which takes place a few hundred years before the action in Dune and Dune Messiah was actually if I understood correctly a war of humans against machines which the humans won Following this victory computers were banished from the known universe and instead Mentats and Navigators inspired by melange made from spice were bred to be human computers for political and financial strategy in the former case and for navigation in space time for the latter This fascinated me because I have read and watched so much science fiction where the machines win or are winning such as in Ghost in the Shell or Neuromancer or Blade Runner or Hyperion and Dune is one of the rare universes where humans won and yet at what cost Banning machines seems to have brought humans back to a medieval society with its aristocracies House Corrino House Harkkonen House Atreides and oppression and genetic manipulation Bene Gesserit And once the Fremen rally around Paul to destroy two of the three houses and install Paul as the new Emperor and as the Dune Messiah is this new regime really a new start for humanity or just another autocratic regime It sure looks like that latter and we get inklings of this as the Fremen go spread the Gospel of their Maud dib and subseuently spilling not just a little blood All of these things continue to torture Paul as they did in Dune and yet he is inevitably driven forward by this messianic destiny Enter the conspiracy of a Bene Gesserit priestess a rogue Navigator and a strange Face Dancer who want to topple Paul s regime well specifically kill his Fremen wife and force him to sleep with his sister Alia ewww so as to continue the genetic engineering project and re install the old regime over which each had control than under Paul Another piece of the puzzle here is the reappearance of Duncan Idaho mentor and friend to Paul as a Zensunni master which has unintended conseuences Zensunnism in itself is a fascinating blend of Sunni Islam and Zen Buddhism that also is followed by the Freman In essence Herbert created a universe where classic monarchal hegemonies come into conflict with religious fanatics in a sense we can see the Fremen hordes as marauding Zen Buddhist priests in ancient Japan fighting the Emperor well that is one image that came into my mind anyway so as not to wear out the old Western capitalism vs Islamic obscurantism trope While perhaps less expansive and mind blowing than the first Dune Dune Messiah still delivers punches as a great plot with convincing characters and lots of philosophical uestions On to Children of DuneI have since finished the whole canonical series and enjoyed all of itFino s Dune ReviewsDuneDune MessiahChildren of DuneGod Emperor of DuneHeretics of DuneChapterhouse Dune

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Ere of influenceAnd 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 Includes an introduction by Brian Herber. Dune MessiahBy Frank HerbertA Dune Retrospective by Eric AllenFour years after the publication of Dune those who cried out for a seuel were finally answered Frank Herbert returned to Arrakis for a book that was very different from the action packed first volume of the series but at the same time still held a lot of the familiar When I tell people that I actually enjoyed the seuel to Dune than the original the answer I get from the overwhelming majority is Wait Dune has a seuel People know of Dune nowadays through the 1984 cult classic movie Some people may be vaguely aware that the movie was based on a book but never bothered to pick it up or look for seuels Which is a shame because they re missing out on this little gem of a bookTwelve years after taking the throne of the empire for himself in Dune Paul Muad Dib Atreides has become something of a God or Savior figure to the Fremen who have taken up arms and spread out throughout the entire known universe bringing a Holy War to subjugate all beneath his rule All of this very much against Paul s own wishes He has become a figurehead standing atop the empire as Emperor while priests of the religion that worships him rule in his name He has made good his promise to begin turning Dune into a paradise and now the desert runs freely with water Another sign to his followers of his godhoodPrincess Irulan Paul s trophy wife and the means by which he secured the throne is anxious to follow her Bene Gesserit orders to bear the royal heir but Paul has no love for her and refuses it to her instead remaining true to his real Fremen wife Chani This leads Irulan to join a conspiracy against the Emperor meant to discredit him destroy his reputation and take the wind out of the Fremen Zealots sails Out of spite she has been feeding Chani contraceptives to prevent her from ever bearing Paul an heir but this plan failed and Chani conceived anywayview spoilerIt is discovered that Fremen are part of the conspiracy against Paul and while meeting with a man to get the names Paul is blinded in an attempt on his life Through the powers of his oracular sight he can still see though his body is blindLong story short after Chani dies in childbirth Paul wanders into the desert alone blind and broken never to be seen again and leaving the Empire in the hands of his sister Alia until his children are old enough to assume rule hide spoiler

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Book Two in the Magnificent Dune Chronicles the Bestselling Science Fiction Adventure of All Time 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 pos. You know what it s like Every decision seems so obviously sensible but one thing just leads to another We ve all had it happen to usSo last time I had my family murdered by our hereditary enemies I went into hiding in the desert too and linked up with the tough native fighters there I mean who wouldn t Since I had psychic powers it seemed pretty crazy not to use them to gain some respect Before I knew what had happened I was the clan s leader And you get some momentum you want to keep it up otherwise you just go backwards Suddenly I found I was ruling the planet I didn t expect it to be uite so easy to conuer the known Universe but that bit always catches you by surpriseOn the way I met this girl I liked her she liked me well you know how these things happen She gets pregnant Then shit I go and of course lose my sight in some kind of nuclear attack I m just kicking myself for being so careless Girlfriend dies in childbirth par for the course and since she has twins all my psychic powers are gone I keep meaning to find out why that happens but I never get round to itOh well I guess view spoilerI ll be left to die in the wilderness as usual and the kids will turn into godlike mutant sandworms hide spoiler


10 thoughts on “Dune Messiah

  1. says:

    It´s mainly a psychological warfare battle with psi weapons many conspiracies less action and very good dialogues Some favorite elements Sci Fi pregnancies are always a fertile ground for plot ideas bad pun intended and as each mo

  2. says:

    Only half the length of the original Dune the second book in the series takes place 12 years after Not as epic this is almost like a chamber western with political intrigue and references to great goings on but little action described The feel of the book is like a prelude to what comes next that the third book will be the true seuel to DuneFor fans of Dune no doubt and you really need to have read Dune first to know t

  3. says:

    You know what it's like Every decision seems so obviously sensible but one thing just leads to another We've all had it happen to usSo last time I had my family murdered by our hereditary enemies I went into hiding in the desert too and linked up with the tough native fighters there I mean who wouldn't? Since I h

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    Buddy read with Athena Once the drama begins The Emperor Paul Muad'dib on his ascension to the Lion ThroneTwelve years have passed since the Battle of Arrakeen where Paul Atreides wrestled the Imperium from the hands of the Padishah Emperor and seized the Lion Throne for himself Dune has become the political and economical centre of the universe and the izarate priesthood has spread Muad'dib's name throughout space and

  5. says:

    Having re read Dune and reviewed it here on GR recently I figured I should continue and read at least the initial trilogy with Dune Messiah a

  6. says:

    Dune Messiah Dune #2 Frank HerbertDune Messiah is a science fiction novel by American writer Frank Herbert the second in his Dune series of six novels Twelve years after the events described in Dune 1965 Paul Muad'Dib Atreides rules as Empero

  7. says:

    So I thought Dune was the best thing since the bound codex right? And I read it about five times over the course of my young adulthood And then I read Messiah and was pretty much completely dissatisfied Not enough to give it a poor rating since it is interesting I mean we all still care about Paul even if he is a whiner and it did k

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    Twelve years have passed since the evens of the last book Paul Atreides became an Emperor of the major part of the inhabited space worlds residing on planet Arrakis aka Dune The Jihad he launched enveloped lots of planets and Paul realized it is often so much easier to start something than put an end to it Literally everybody and their brother with even residual lust for power decided Paul the Emperor had over

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    Dune MessiahBy Frank HerbertA Dune Retrospective by Eric AllenFour years after the publication of Dune those who cried out for a seuel were finally answered Frank Herbert returned to Arrakis for a book that was very different from the action packed first volume of the series but at the same time still held a lot of the familiar When I tell people that I actually enjoyed the seuel to Dune than the original the answer I ge

  10. says:

    I really liked Frank Herbert's classic science fiction novel Dune when I first read it a few months ago so much so that I n