Flyin Ryan wrote:Kind of how I felt. Dune's the same way, just read that one book and ignore the rest.
I forced myself to read all the Dune books. They're an interesting saga, if ponderous. Thing is, everything after the first one is utterly different from it. First one is a coming of age for Paul Atreides, a space military conflict, mad creatures with religious zealots living in the desert, falling in love, and, utlimately, revenge.
After that it's all about managing his empire and the fact that he's a religious prophet who has caused the deaths of trillions of innocents and how the religious/political machine gets hijacked and out of control. Then it's about his grandkids coping with their elevated place in society. Then if f**king jumps 1500 years on and it's almost a different story. More religious dictator crap and eventually it moves on to fighting a war against some new military threat and then left unfinished.
Loads of ideas and story arcs with insight into political and organised religious machinations, but it moves extremely far away from the original idea.
Edit to add that the original Dune book had proper baddies. Pantomine villains in the Harkonnens with the power hungry Emperor Shadam in the background. No tangible baddies thereafter.
I enjoyed the prequel series that Herbert jnr. co-wrote about a younger Leto Atreides? I started reading them as a teenager and really enjoyed them. Also read the series about the end of the Butlerian Jihad and then the final two books closing off the original series.
They then started writing books set in between the first few books of the original series but I lost interest half way through the second one. Elements of milking the cash-cow dry.