Friday, May 4, 2018

The Summer of Dune

Several years ago I finally got around to reading Dune and absolutely loved it. I went on to its sequel, Dune Messiah, then realized I wanted to read all of Frank Herbert's books in one go, so I put it off until I bought all of them and had the time. I'm usually reading a novel and a short story collection at any given time, so I decided to make all the novels I read this summer Herbert's Dune novels. I'll re-read the first two, and then continue on to Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune, and Chapterhouse: Dune. Herbert's son has cowritten several sequels, prequels, and interquels to his father's legacy, and I might check those out, although the reviews don't treat them as anywhere near as good.

2 comments:

mike shupp said...

Probably you should look THE DRAGON IN THE SEA, which was Herbert's first novel. DUNE was great, but the sequels not so much so -- they suffered from sequelitis, I guess.

And I much appreciated the WHAT MAD UNIVERSE catch -- I've got a volume of Brown's collected SF novels on my shelves. How'd you like THE LIGHTS IN THE SKIES ARE STARS?

Jim S. said...

I loved Lights in the Sky. Robert Bloch once wrote that it was groundbreaking because it had a hero who was a) old, b) handicapped, and c) sexually active. I'm more of a fan of his short fiction though. You have Martians and Madness, his collected novels? Get a hold of From These Ashes, which is all of his short science-fiction. And often it's really short, like a page or two. The man was an absolute master of the form.