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Dune Messiah

(Dune #2)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  148,881 ratings  ·  4,923 reviews
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 possesses more power than a single man was ever meant to wield. Worshipped as a religious icon by the fanatical Fremens, Paul faces
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Paperback, Ace Premium Edition, 337 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Ace Books (first published October 1969)
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Jean There are references made to sex. Nothing dirty but might raise unnecessary questions. I think in general this book is too heavy for children.
Jack My impression is that the "Dune" series, while considered a classic in science-fiction, doesn't have much of a contemporary cult following, such as Lo…moreMy impression is that the "Dune" series, while considered a classic in science-fiction, doesn't have much of a contemporary cult following, such as Lord of the Rings. "Dune" is in a similar to the "Foundation" or the "Rama" series in which are also considered classics, but the average reader probably won't go beyond the first book unless they find the first book especially engaging.(less)

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Mario the lone bookwolf
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 mother of any species and epoch wants the best for the unborn and has the healthiest diet possible, there is one question that comes with pregnancy enhancing drugs and magical substances turning embryos in mentalists.
Especially when pimping the baby in the womb is
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Lyn
Jul 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Manny
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Markus
Buddy read with Athena!

"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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Michael Finocchiaro
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 more insight into the Navigators - here I noticed that, unlike in Dune, we actually meet a Navigator (one of the three primary conspirators against ...more
Laura
Sep 05, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
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
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Dune Messiah (Dune #2), Frank Herbert

Dune 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 Emperor.

By accepting the role of messiah to the Fremen, Paul had unleashed a jihad which conquered most of the known universe. While Paul is the most powerful emperor ever known, he is powerless to stop the lethal excesses of the religious juggernaut he
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Evgeny
Jun 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
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 overstayed his welcome; the time for good old conspiracies of all sorts had come.

The fi
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Jamie
May 28, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Nicholas West
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-books
When I first read Dune Messiah, it was nearly twenty years ago and like a lot things time had erased most of the details from my brain - including the ending.

So digging into it last week was a treat; felt like something new. From re-discovering characters and themes, to gaining an understanding that my seventeen-year-old brain wasn't able to yet comprehend. 

As a note on my assessment style: Part of me wants to respond to other reviewers here on Goodreads concerning their literary criticisms. How
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Eric Allen
Sep 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Hasham Rasool
This book is very different from the first book, 'Dune' because this book has focused about the religion. 'Dune' has focused the world a lot.

I am really enjoyed reading this book Alhamdulillah.
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Tim
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I said in my review of Dune that one of the things I really appreciated was that it could be “viewed on so many different levels, from political, philosophical, scientific, or simply as a fantastic adventure novel... and it works so well, no matter which angle you look at it from, because Herbert treats each of them as equally important.” While writing the sequel, I think Herbert must have considered it and said something along the lines of, “Yeah, that was great… now let’s pretty much ignore ev ...more
Penny
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
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Ivana Books Are Magic
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Dune Messiah starts off a dozen years after the end of the first book in the Dune series. Paul is at the top of the world, but you know what they say- it's a long way down from the top. Paul might be in for a long fall. Paul's supernatural abilities do not grant him an easy way out of his problems. Quite on the contrary, Paul's divine statue creates a whole new set of moral issues for our hero. The sequel to Dune is quite different in tone, although the setting is just as fascinating as ever. Th ...more
edge of bubble
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Despite of reading and rereading Dune and falling in love with it, I've never attempted to read the rest of the series. Now I know I haven't missed much. This was a disappointment from beginning to end. Even the writing is stuttered and to be honest boring. ...more
Mike's Book Reviews
It's difficult for me to be too difficult on this book because it simply feels incomplete. About half the size of the original, it feels like a simply bridge to Children of Dune than an actual sequel to Dune. But the theme of the story is one that Frank Herbert must have believed personally and that is Think For Yourself. People are not gods. Gods are not governance. To deify politicians and world leaders is a can of worms that should never be opened.

Fans of the original fell in love with Paul A
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Stephen
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!!!! ...more
Mark
Sep 08, 2020 rated it liked it
“No more terrible disaster could befall your people than for them to fall into the hands of a Hero.”

No, that’s not a quote from this book, rather it is one of Liet-Kynes’ thoughts from the original Dune... but oh my, what a piece of foreshadowing that was! The quote works quite well as a tagline for Dune Messiah.

Dune Messiah is a very different book from Dune, and yet it’s impossible to discuss it without the context of the first novel. That’s because Messiah, despite taking place twelve
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Apatt
Aug 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Timothy Urges
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You stand in a valley between dunes. I stand on the crest. I see where you do not see. And, among other things, I see mountains which conceal distances.

All power is limited.


Treasonous conspirators seek to destroy the emperor. And the deified emperor’s visions may cause self-destruction.

This book is slower than the first, with not much happening until the last third of the text. It seems more like a setup for the book that follows.

The world-building and mysticism make these books worth the eff
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Brooke Nelson
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have extremely mixed feelings on this book.

It's probably a 3.5 star book for me. I really liked some parts. I enjoyed the returning characters and some of the new ones. But it was just really, really sad. As in, I feel like it took a little piece of my heart with me when it ended.

So, I really can't give it above three-and-a-half. But it wasn't bad. But it wasn't as good as the first...

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Derek
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
Nadine
Nov 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Dune Messiah is an incredibly different novel than its predecessor, Dune. Taking place twelve years after the events of Dune, Dune Messiah digs into the nitty gritty of Paul’s rule as emperor by taking a philosophical approach to it.

As with Dune, Herbert throws his readers into the deep end with no floatation device. Dune Messiah is a difficult book to situate yourself in, especially if you haven’t read the previous novel in awhile. New characters, new cultures, and new technologies are introdu
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Shadowdenizen
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dune
4.5 stars.

After the whirlwind tour-de-force that was "DUNE", I can understand why this book is more polarizing to the general audience, as it focuses far more on the political intrigue aspects, while at the same time making Paul Atreides a more aggressive/less likable character. It's also much more subudued, the "action" not really ramping up until the last quarter of the short novel (and it's roughly half the size of the original "Dune" novel.)

That said, I found this book to be thrilling, a dee
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Wick Welker
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, fav-sf-f
Truly epic characters and motivations.

I've been skeptical to read on in the Dune series as it appears that the ratings get progressively worse. However, I found myself just as mystified and intrigued with finished Dune Messiah as when I finished Dune. This is a continuation of the same stories, the same characters with new and competing interests all cloaked under an opaque mysticism compelling enough to keep the reader going. The strength of this book is the characters and the world building.

P
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Rose
Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
While it wasn't as grand (or as long) as Dune, I would say Dune Messiah was a very important part of the Dune series. This is the link between Paul and his becoming Muad'dib and his children's rule over Arrakis. Even though it was shorter, and we were already familiar with this dune world, there were many important things that took place. This is a must read for Dune fans.

Now, the reason for the three stars...Dear God I hate Herbert's writing style. Blah, blah, blah, gibber jabber. It felt at t
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Andreas
“Truth suffers from too much analysis. -Ancient Fremen Saying”

This Dune successor tells the other half of Paul Muad'Dib's story who rose from underdog to a very human god, struggling with the devils that came with him. Intrigues and hidden meanings lurk around every single corner and complement Arrakis' beautiful extremes.

Mysticism, religion, holy war, politics and Tleilaxu biotech and shapeshifters complement the character development of Paul and his sister Alia - from heroes to gods and ba
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Lolly's Library
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
Chaunceton Bird
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-hi-fi
Excellent sequel. It is evident that this wasn't in Mr. Herbert's mind when he wrote the first Dune, but it's just as clear that this is going to be an incredible six-part saga. Now the ball is rolling. ...more
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Frank Herbert was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author.

He is best known for the novel Dune and its five sequels. The Dune saga, set in the distant future and taking place over millennia, dealt with themes such as human survival and evolution, ecology, and the intersection of religion, politics, and power, and is widely considered to be among the classi
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