A Reader posted a review at 2010-02-20 01:57:14.
I can't believe that there are so many 'Dune' spinoff novels around just now. They eat up the shelf-space at Waterstones with the same voracity as the monstrous Star Wars franchise. I guess that's what Dune has become, and maybe it had to just to survive the modern market. A book is not a book unless it can be attached to a hundred spinoffs, a video game, a movie and a multi-million dollar TV series. Nothing wrong with shared media providing there's enough content in the source material to go around.
In this respect, there is so much stuff in Dune that as a reader you finish the novel begging for more. It is so full of depth and texture, so enormous in its scope, so full of hints and teasers of a much bigger universe that it just demands a sequence of sequels and prequels etc, a tv series or a movie.
And why not?
To be honest I lost track somewhere during 'Heretics of Dune'. I gave it up as a bad lot, figuring that Frank Herbert had been unfairly pressured into writing a pretty dull book by his publishers. Nonetheless, that experience didn't taint my enjoyment of the original novel. 'Dune', the original giant space opera blockbusting novel of Humankind's far future, is complete in every way. A richly-layered universe packed with culture, history and science both ultra-tech and magical. Entwined within the novel's DNA are politics and spycraft, witchcraft and religion, betrayal and death. There some truly memorable scenes, some huge set-pieces and real sense of locations, all the smells, sights and sounds of a place that knock a hole in your head. And to top it all it features giant fucking sandworms. For me, the original novel contains all you need to know about the Dune universe. But I guarantee that once you've finished you'll want to jump right back in again.