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I couldn't even get through Dune Messiah. As long as you don't expect good writing, Dune itself is worth reading for the world/setting.
In spite of this epic FAIL, I think Frank Herbert was a great writer.
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...i will remain neutral on the issue of herbert's writing ability

i will say that i stil reread the dune books. not so much some of the other scifi authors i read as a child
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for example, i checked out an asimov book recently...and it just hurts.

the problem was it was one of his 1980s books, and it's obvious the editor didn't rein him in. ugh.
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it's like harry potter. the lack of editorial control doesnt make much of an impression when you're 14. When you're 44, you notice the lack
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In spite of this epic FAIL, I think Frank Herbert was a great writer.
IDK, Dune was awesome. The rest of the Dune books, not so much.
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IDK, Dune was awesome. The rest of the Dune books, not so much.

This was one of my earliest "trilogy" experiences (I HATE trilogies).
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This was one of my earliest "trilogy" experiences (I HATE trilogies).
most serial books I have read were thought out or even written with the whole story thought out. (as opposed to a repeating character)

For Dune, the later books felt like the author hadn't even fully read the prior and just created new abilities on a whim to fit the situations
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for example, i checked out an asimov book recently...and it just hurts.

the problem was it was one of his 1980s books, and it's obvious the editor didn't rein him in. ugh.
Blasphemy! <duck and cover>

But seriously - Asimov was my favorite sci-fi writer growing up. I haven't read much of his stuff in the past several years, but that's mainly because I had already read it all.

Herbert: I loved "Dune." That's one of those books that eats you up into its world.

The two trilogy sequels read like drug trips. There was only one cool scene in Book #2 (the one where the Prophet[?] could see things through another person), and I can remember almost nothing from Book #3 except perhaps trying to explain why Paul wasn't The One, but it was that other kid.

Book #4 was better, but I lost interest and stopped reading after that - though I do have the Encyclopedea, and I had fun reading through that.
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finished Redshirts by John Scalzi -- some fun fluff for anyone with an appreciation for star trek.

picking up The Dervish House by Ian McDonald and Railsea by China Mieville at the library soon.
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