DUNE MAIN BOOKS

This page is for anyone interested in picking up the main books either to re-establish your collection or to purchase for the first time so that you can understand the references I make to them.

DUNE BOOKS – MAIN STORY

BOOKS 1-6 COMPLETE SET  THE FRANK HERBERT NOVELS

The original novel, published in 1965. This novel is the the establishment novel; it introduces the Dune Universe and sets the stage for what comes afterwords.

DUNE

The original novel, published in 1965. This novel is the the establishment novel; it introduces the Dune Universe and sets the stage for what comes afterwords.

DUNE MESSIAH

Book 2, published in 1969. This book continues the saga. Its main theme is about what happens when culture and society undergo upheaval. It also touches on how the leaders of any new era are affected by their role.

CHILDREN OF DUNE

Book 3, published in 1976. This novel introduces Leto II, the pivotal character of the entire series. This novel is about a vision for how to solve the issues that follow humanity no matter how often we try to fix them. A central theme is that these problems will continue, and as the complexity and size of humanity grows, our complete destruction becomes inevitable.

GOD EMPEROR OF DUNE

Book 4, published in 1981. This novel is about the middle game of the solutions proposed in the previous novel. It takes place as Leto II concludes his reign upon seeing the signs that show him that the solutions he has staged have come to pass and will continue without him.

HERETICS OF DUNE

Book 5, published in 1984. This novel takes place many years after the death of Leto II. The destruction of his empire is almost complete and those that have inherited the leadership of humanity have to contend with the threats of humanity’s past. This book shows the fruits of Leto’s vision contending with some of what he sought to avoid.

CHAPTERHOUSE: DUNE

Book 6, published in 1985. This book continues to illustrate humanity’s coping mechanisms, and emphasizes what Leto did to humanity to enable it to deal with all threats. The conclusion also introduces a new threat from outside humanity. This was the last Dune novel written to completion by Frank Herbert.

Books 7 and 8

These books conclude the main story and, according to Brian, are based on notes and outlines discovered 20 after Frank Herbert’s death. The style of storytelling is significantly different and it relies on reading the prequels also written based on those notes. While many concepts ring true to Frank Herbert’s themes, they do lack the density¬† present in Frank’s writing style. If I had to guess I would think that if Frank had written it, some of all the prequels and both books 7 & 8 would have been in a single book.

I can’t really decide whether I enjoy the quantity of story and the faster pacing present in these books or pine for the the mental battle of absorbing the previous six. The story flows well, there is closure, and the details gleaned from the prequels are not outside what I feel Frank would present as truths hidden underneath the myths of time. I think Frank would have hinted at details while these books lay them out entirely. I really miss those mental puzzles from the Frank Herbert novels, but I can’t say I didn’t like having more Dune books to read.

HUNTERS OF DUNE

Book 7, this book was published in 2006 by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson.

SANDWORMS OF DUNE

Book 8, this book was published in 2007 by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson.

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