The Smallest Minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. - Ayn Rand
I quite like Dune. I first read it during high school when it was published as a serial novella in Analog magazine. He did a bit of polishing and adding to it before releasing it as a novel.
Dune was awesome. I slogged my way through the rest of the series (even Herbert's kids' novels out of morbid curiosity). But like the Matrix, Dune shoulda stopped at one.
The 1st sequel wasn't that bad.
Really, it's not bad at all. Just not as good as Dune.
The 2nd sequel gets to "well, readable", and it's on a very steep slipperly slope from there.
I read the first of the kids books.
Man, not just bad, but George-Lucas-retcon bad.
Dune was awesome, right up until the last five pages or so.
At that point, it was a huge bait-and-switch. Wait, you mean we don't get to see the big jihad??
Dune was the only good book that Frank Herbert wrote, in my unhumble opinion.
Yes. I've said several times that Frank Herbert had one, tremendous novel in him, and DUNE was it. Everything else he wrote was blah.
Bait-and-switch...? I was under the distinct impression that Paul's whole goal was to prevent the Great Jihad. Which I guess makes him the anti-Muhammed.
I made it to "God-Emperor of Dune" and had to stop. I might pick it up again now that I'm older.
That was as far as I got when I gave up.
But I still re-read Dune.