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Dune Messiah (Dune #2)

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Dune Messiah continues the story of the man Muad'dib, heir to a power unimaginable, bringing to completion the centuries-old scheme to create a super-being."Brilliant...It is all that Dune was, and maybe a little bit more."--Galaxy Magazine
Mass Market Paperback, 331 pages
Published July 15th 1987 by Ace Books (first published November 1st 1969)
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"Once more the drama begins."
- The Emperor Paul Muad'dib on his ascension to the Lion Throne

Twelve 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 Qizarate priesthood has spread Muad'dib's name throughout space and turned him into not only an emperor with absolute power, but a
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Sep 05, 2007 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
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 keep my attention.
You haven't seen foreshadowing until you've read Dune Messiah. It takes that to a whole new, grotesque level. And pretentiousness. Thought Du
Eric Allen
Nov 19, 2012 Eric Allen rated it really liked it
Dune Messiah
By Frank Herbert

A Dune Retrospective by Eric Allen

Four years after the publication of Dune, those who cried out for a sequel 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 sequel to Dune more than the original, the answer I get from the overwhelming majority is, "Wait . . . Dune has a seq
This was a good sequel to a great book, which is actually harder to pull off than we give authors credit for. When they set the bar so high with an exceptional first novel in a series they're expected to meet or better it which is not an easy task. I think it was very well done in this case.

12 years have passed since the end of Dune. We're thrust into a world where the long term consequences of actions taken in the first book are evident and seldom what we expected or what was intended.

There we
Aug 15, 2013 Apatt rated it liked it
I don't normally look at reviews of a book prior to writing my own take on it, but sometime I just draw a blank after finishing a book. Some books are harder to review than others, sometime because I feel ambivalent about them, sometime I don’t fully understand them, and sometime I don’t know the reason, they just are. After finishing Dune Messiah I feel like I need some kind of launching pad to start off the review, some inspiration or perhaps I will resort to simply ripping off somebody’s revi ...more
May 28, 2010 Jamie rated it it was ok
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 named it one of the best books I read that year. But upon finally getting around to the sequel, Dune Messiah I'm pretty disappointed. It's really boring.

Don't get me wrong, I can see some of the impressive literary clockwork that Herbert assembles in the book. Where Dune told the story of Paul Muad’Dib's rise to the Emperor, controller of the universe's only source of the c
May 29, 2015 Lyn rated it liked it
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 sequel to Dune.

For fans of Dune, no doubt, and you really need to have read Dune first, to know the characters and to at least have a clue about Herbert's complex
Jan 09, 2012 Kerry rated it liked it
Recommends it for: sci-fi fans who are willing to read the series entire
Recommended to Kerry by: Mom
The whole thing with Paul being able to (view spoiler) still cool. But on this, my third or fourth reading, I'm realizing there's not much to this book. It simply bridges the first and third. No Jessica, no war, no revolution, no emergence of a new messiah . . . eh.

Also Alia has the potential to be such a fascinating character, but she's underused and underwritten. And I already know that in the next book she's going to be crazy and retconned ha
Vagner Stefanello
Messias de Duna não mantém o mesmo nível do seu antecessor, que foi um dos meus livros favoritos até hoje. Temos muito mimimi do Paul nesse livro, bastante treta política + religião, e por aí vai. Algumas partes foram levemente maçantes, mas os aspectos culturais e as tradições dos Fremen sempre são partes que salvam a narrativa. O final foi bem interessante e me deixou com vontade de ler o próximo livro!
Never has my fickle reader's heart been as frustrated and wrenched as it was while reading Dune Messiah. I must have put it down and swore not to pick it up again at least three or four times, but if you know anything about Dune, that's a declaration you can't follow through on. The Dune Chronicles just keeps getting better and better, this was probably Paul's greatest test, and damn, what a prolific writer Frank Herbert is, telling us the reader exactly what evil is being planned against the At ...more
Aug 24, 2008 Stephen rated it it was amazing
5.0 stars. Second volume in the superb Dune series. I actually liked this volume even more than Dune. If possible I would recommend listening to the audio version of this series as the production value is amazing. HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!!!!
Jul 11, 2015 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dune Messiah is the first sequel to the Science Fiction classic Dune and will not disappoint fans of the Dune universe.

The plot continues 12 years after the events of Dune end; Paul is now the emperor to thousands of planets and the ‘Jihad’ prophesied is under way. There is a treacherous plot to bring about his downfall which he has foreseen but certain events and people are clouded and unclear.

Character development follows on from Dune as well; characters are described through thoughts of other
Apr 25, 2012 Traci rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I wasn't expecting to like this as much as I liked Dune. But in some ways it was actually better. I love Dune but I love the world, the language, and the over all experience. And even though I like the minor characters, I just never connected with Paul or really any of the leads. Actually I found most of them to be arrogant and manipulative. But this sequel, which is more like an added end chapter, I found some of what I was missing. Paul become more human, questioning his role and his right. An ...more
Melee Farr
I'd have been amazed if this one was as phenomenal as the first, and it wasn't. It was, however, Frank Herbert, who surprises me with his philosophy and world vision all the time. Compared to Dune, though, this book just lacked a lot of protein. Perhaps it's because the incredibly rich new world of Dune/Arrakis was already in place, and I wasn't the wide-eyed, amazed traveler through it any longer, but it wasn't the page-turner of the last for me. Still, I'll read them all, and wish Frank Herber ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I liked Dune, not so much the two following volumes. For a time I felt like Herbert basically felt he'd promised 2 more books and sort of knocked them out. In other words, "I promised a 3 books".

I know others don't feel that way...but not my favorites. They don't sustain the level of story telling found in Dune.
Feb 11, 2011 Casey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, epic, 1960s
After re-reading Dune recently, I decided to finally get around to reading Dune Messiah - the sequel to Dune and the bridge to Children of Dune. Unfortunately, Dune Messiah is a whole lot of standing around and talking for the entire book. It took me a long time to read because I just couldn't find the motivation to keep wading through dense dialogue, and when I did reach the end, I found it sadly to be short and quick, which didn't make up for the long, long drawn-out nature of the book.

I liked
Lolly's Library (Dork Kettle)
I think most people don't particularly like this book, but I'm not sure why. Is it because Paul-Muad'Dib, Messiah, Emperor, God, is shown as a flawed human? Is it because we see that even with his awesome powers, he's still unable to map the future, to escape the future, the same as any ordinary human? We know Paul was never going to be perfect, was never going to be an angelic being or benevolent emperor; Frank Herbert told us that in "Dune." We know that Paul knew his destiny, knew the consequ ...more
Oct 11, 2007 Michael rated it really liked it
I devoured this book in just 3 days, it is simply that compelling. What more can I say about the most-read sci-fi epic ever written? The Dune series has everything I want in an epic: politics, humanity, religion and space. While the first book deals with revolution, noble families and the fulfillment of prophecy, this second part deals with the personal struggle of the new leader of humanity and the emotional ramifications of being the figurehead of a jihad being waged in his name.

What happens
Metallica has a song "Leper messiah", with a line in it saying "bow to the leper messiah". Sadly, I cannot bow to Dune Messiah. While reading this book, I've constantly lingered if i like it, or not. And it is only a strong ending responsible for me handing out a 3-star rating. I honestly thought that I will rate it as a two-star book until very last couple of paragraphs. Because, well, this Messiah is sssooo ssslllooowww. Damn, uncle Martin's ASOIAF series is a fast paced, non-stop action read ...more
Dec 29, 2014 Paul rated it really liked it
When I finished DUNE, I was pretty reluctant to read its first sequel. This was because I read in reviews all over the Internet that it was boring that it was basically only a bridge between DUNE and CHILDREN OF DUNE.

To be honest, I actually thought DUNE MESSIAH was better than DUNE.
It's not quite the epic that DUNE was but I really liked how some of the character became more developed. I didn't like Paul in the first book (although I did like just about every character other than him) but I li
Feb 26, 2010 Ivana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
started reading Dune before Christmas and read several other books while reading this one. I hate myself for not giving it the attention it deserves. Because of the numerous interruptions, I feel like I've missed the feeling of a dry, waterless sand planet, but serves me right--it was a completely wrong time for reading about a desert planet when the snow was knee-high. I wish I have had a whole week off to dedicate myself truly to the fantastic world of Arrakis and the genius of frank Herbert's ...more
Aug 01, 2011 Myles rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, mom
I've avoided the sequels to Dune before this because I was afraid something would go wrong. And, to an extent, something did. Dune Messiah lacks a lot of the action that helped move the original along, its replaced by a lot of philosophying and talk talk talk talk talk. The chapter headings also felt off, as if Herbert didn't have the confidence to do with them what he did for Dune, revealing matters of plot and putting the events of the book within the context of a stable future looking back at ...more
Jeff Yoak
This book was every bit as terrible as I remembered. I was committed to not abandoning it as I did last time because I want to delve a little further into the Dune series. Dune is one of my favorite novels. Even through there is precedent, it is hard to accept that sequels can be such a complete reversal.

Dune is a strong story about an interesting life. A minor weakness of the book is that it is asserted, but never shown, that the events unfolding will impact inter-galactic empires, create a hol
Jan 17, 2008 Kirt rated it really liked it
I finally read Dune Messiah, the second book in the Dune series, after years of only having read the first book.

Excellent. Dune and Dune Messiah, together, form a reasonably complete story. Some of it is invalidated and/or retconed by subsequent books (I'm reading Children of Dune right now), which is unfortunate, but in reading Dune Messiah, it's obvious that many elements of the setting, which seem like standard Space Opera color, such as the feudal system, were carefully chosen so nothing wou
Oh, Dune Messiah. We could've had it all. We could've had it all.

2.5-3 stars. Reviewing this book is hard, because it has such an interesting foundation, and in theory, I feel like I should have loved it -- in practice, however, the execution falls short. It takes place 12 years after the events of the first book, with Paul Atreides cemented as emperor and god-like figure, standing at the forefront of a jihad swarming across the galaxy and slaughtering billions in his name. Paul is repulsed by h
Apr 29, 2014 Krbo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
samo sitan komentar kako je ovo bio moj prvi susret s "tatom" i to negdje prije 35 godina

mislim da je prilično teška knjiga za tu dob no ja sam ostao "paf" i od tada ne znam ni koliko puta pročitao kompletan serijal - moje omiljeno štivo.

tek nedavno prvi puta dovršio u HR izdanju

Herbert je majstor nad majstorima - šestica za Dune
Ivan Lutz
Mar 24, 2015 Ivan Lutz rated it it was amazing
Dosta slabiji od prethodnika, ali ima neku drugačiju čar. NA djelovima čak pomalo i dosadnjikava, no opet Herbertove misli su jasne, precizne kao infarkt i ludo inteligentne... Ostajem pri petici
Wendy,  Lady Evelyn Quince
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Haniel Barbosa
Feb 22, 2015 Haniel Barbosa rated it really liked it
Shelves: livros
Ler Duna pela primeira vez anos atrás foi uma experiência tão completa, tão recompensadora e impactante, que pensei não haver sentido em ler qualquer sequência. Em voltar a um lugar que já me dera tudo que poderia ser dado.

Com o passar do tempo, no entanto, mais e mais pessoas me diziam que valia a pena ler os livros seguintes, que eles tinham o que acrescentar. Assim, reli Duna, revivendo todas as suas maravilhas, confirmando sua supremacia entre tudo que já li, e me preparei para continuar.

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Frank Herbert was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author.

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“Truth suffers from too much analysis.

-Ancient Fremen Saying”
“Empires do not suffer emptiness of purpose at the time of their creation. It is when they have become established that aims are lost and replaced by vague ritual.

-Words of Muad'dib by Princess Irulan.”
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