Heretics Of Dune: The Fifth Dune Novel: The inspiration for the blockbuster film

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Heretics Of Dune: The Fifth Dune Novel: The inspiration for the blockbuster film

Heretics Of Dune: The Fifth Dune Novel: The inspiration for the blockbuster film

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There is little doubt in my mind the first Dune book(which was meant to be a trilogy in of itself) was meant to be the only book. The story of Duncan Idaho is an interesting one, but it’s drowned in some of the worst space opera I can think of. I then re read the reviews and tried to dip into the book at various stages to get the 'four person perspective'. The previous novel covered a long period of time (3, 500 years long reign of Leto II) , but it was a time dominated by a single man/god/tyrant so it was pretty monotonous (even if very interesting from some points of view). I think maybe that is why series are so popular, it is a chance to shut the door, close the windows and embrace another world.

This book seems to go way deeper into the inner workings of the various competing forces than previous books.My understanding is that Herbert originally meant for Heretics of Dune to be the first part of a trilogy.

There is an incident towards the end of Heretics of Dune which neatly illustrates why this is the finest book in the Dune series since the original. And still, the march of the Atreides family through history continues on, and the mankind continues to advance along along Leto II's "Golden Path," the enigmatic course of action by which he has safeguarded mankind from ultimate catastrophe and, thus, extinction. Why this could only happen AFTER the death of the God Emperor is anyone's guess, but whatever, I'm sure it made sense to Herbert as he was writing the book and who am I to tell Herbert what is stupid in his own universe?Leto II's Golden Path is reaching its culmination as well, and yes, Duncan Idaho is still reincarnated as a Ghola yet again.

It's not the same Duncan in every book, but he's got the same memories and personality so it works to hold the series together. With Leto's death, a very complex economic system built on spice collapsed, resulting in trillions of people leaving known space in a great Scattering. There's a chapter where one of our grand protagonists goes for a wander through a city full of normal people doing non-epic things - a class of people conspicuously absent from the Dune series up to this point.There’s a sense that things are coming full circle as the reborn Duncan is trained in the arts he once taught to young Paul Atreides.

The whole sex addiction making slaves of an empire comes across as little more than silly fetishism to me and doesn't work in my mind. Sandworms, of course, are at the heart of the mythology of ‘Heretics’, which features some of Herbert’s most lyrical writing about these evocative beasts. Instead it feels like a whole lot of different scenes that have nothing to do with each other being tied together by the fact that they just happen to occur around the same characters. Chief among these is the hidebound priesthood that adopts the seer Sheeana, whose lineage can be traced back to Siona in ‘God Emperor’ (and even further back to the aristocratic Atreides themselves.It lacks the original's extraordinary novelty and its mythic, archetypal plot, but this is a thoughtful, intelligent and well-structured work that stands with Herbert's best. The leather of Bene Gesserit in this novel is Taraza, a strong Mother Superior who seems to always be one step ahead of others. This is a concept as old as stories themselves, so why do so many authors these days have trouble identifying to the readers who their book is about and why we should care about them?

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