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Old 08-12-2017   #51
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I love Dune. Only read the first sequel though. Is the rest of the series worth reading?

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I love Dune. Only read the first sequel though. Is the rest of the series worth reading?
Absolutely. You're in for a delightfully bizarre ride, if occasionally uneven. I can't say anything good about Brian Herbert's, uh, rather numerous contributions to his father's legacy. I genuinely love the universe, but not enough to read "Notary Public's of Dune" or "Real Housewives of Arrakis" or whatever it's come to now.
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I love Dune. Only read the first sequel though. Is the rest of the series worth reading?
I would have to say no. Frank kept it up well for the first 3, but 'God Emperor' lost alot of folks. I read them all back in the day, but they fade after the first 3.

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Am I right in thinking the first three books can be treated as a trilogy with a definite ending? Just in case I don't get on with the sequels.

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Re: Fantasy Author Recommendations

Re. Frank Herbert's Dune, "Am I right in thinking the first three books can be treated as a trilogy with a definite ending? Just in case I don't get on with the sequels."

Absolutely; the three works (Dune; Dune Messiah and Children of Dune) can be read as a stand-alone trilogy though (without any spoilers) there is a definite continuity with the later books, "God Emperor of Dune," "Heretics of Dune," and "Chapterhouse: Dune."

I echo other comments about avoiding Brian Herbert's knockoffs in the Dune series like the plague. Imagine if (insert any popular hack author here) with the publishing rights to do so were to try to capitalize on Ligotti's universe under the brand of "Further Adventures of Grimscribe, volumes 1-7." They are that bad. (Though I'm not knocking the wonderful homages to Ligotti that writers on this forum have contributed to.)

There are some other Frank Herbert books that I've found to be equally amazing works but not in the Dune series. "The Jesus Incident" and "The Dosadi Experiment" are both excellent, thought-provoking original fictions.

Another one that may be of interest to readers of this site is "Hellstrom's Hive," about a secret human population that for generations has modelled their society on that of social insects, and what happens when they come into conflict with the world of "natural humans."

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Am I right in thinking the first three books can be treated as a trilogy with a definite ending? Just in case I don't get on with the sequels.
Yes, you are right in thinking that. Some fans said he should just have stopped there.

Agree about the other works mentioned by Gnosticangel. They are well worth checking out. Frank was brilliant and somewhat of a visionary; I don't know what happened to Brian.

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The only Frank Herbert novel I've ever read is The White Plague. I really enjoyed it, though it's been some years since I last read it.

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The only Frank Herbert novel I've ever read is The White Plague. I really enjoyed it, though it's been some years since I last read it.
Yes, another good one!

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Re: Fantasy Author Recommendations

I read Dunsany's The King of Elfland's Daughter in my early twenties, and it made a very strong impression on me then. It may not be categorized as traditional fantasy, but does explore the border between the elfin realm and the mundane world, and looks at the difference in mood between the ecstasy of fairy and the dulness of the mundane.

If The Centaur was Blackwood's quintessential book, then perhaps The King of Elfland's Daughter can also be considered Dunsany's quintessential work?
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Knygathin wrote, "If The Centaur was Blackwood's quintessential book, then perhaps The King of Elfland's Daughter can also be considered Dunsany's quintessential work?"

Thanks, Knygathin, that book also made a strong early impression on me as well. Just thinking about it brings back many memories!

For me, Dunsany's top novel is either that one or perhaps "The Charwoman's Shadow," (1926) which also had a great impact on me in my youth.

Of "Charwoman," Theodore Strugeon wrote, "I love [the] book with an abiding passion as a perennial evocation of delight and humor and beauty."
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