Book Notes - Dune and Dune Messiah

I'm generally not a big fan of sci-fi books, but my friend Allen suggested a while back that I check out Frank Herbert's Dune.  Since I consider Allen to be someone who knows me fairly well and of good taste, I ordered it from Amazon and gave it a read.  I found that I enjoyed it.  While I'm not much for space aliens and laser guns, I found that Dune was much more about international (in this case interplanetary) economics, politics, governance, and religion.  That sort of thing does interest me.  The fact that it happened to take place on a foreign planet and involved space travel was somewhat irrelevant.  The cultural commentary was thought provoking and very relevant to contemporary life on Earth.

Since I enjoyed Dune, I decided to read the next book in the series,  Dune Messiah.  I enjoyed it as well, although since the political relationships and economic power groups had been established in the first book it wasn't as thought provoking in that way.  Dune Messiah was more about plot, and I didn't find it as engaging.  It read more as a epilogue to Dune, albeit a long epilogue.  I suspect I will not go on to read Children of Dune.

After reading the first Dune book, I happened to catch the movie version  on television.  The book was way too complicated to have all of the nuance captured in the movie, but I think it was a reasonable adaptation.  The ending was a bit unfaithful to the book, but in all it's worth watching as long as it's in addition to, not instead of, reading the book.

Dune (Dune Chronicles, Book 1)Dune Messiah (Dune Chronicles, Book 2)