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June 2nd, 2008, 17:33
Originally Posted by JDR13 View Post
Is the original Dune worth reading for someone who has already seen the movie (and mini-series) multiple times?

I want to read the entire collection of Dune books, and was thinking of starting with Dune Messiah since I already know the story of the original.
I thought the book had a lot of political and philosophical undertones that didn't really come across well in either of the conversions. And the film was miles from the book (not bad even so, but way off the original).

The rest are harder going, and far from essential reading unless you're really into the Dune universe. I'd personally not recommend the prequels much either, although for different reasons - they're easy to read (very, very easy to read) but somewhat lacking in substance IMO. Good pulp sci-fi though, depends what you're after.
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