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Ranked: Dune Novels

Just a quick ranking without getting too much into things. Spoilers.
In Dreams And Time

Heretics of Dune

Not bad by any means, and the final third or so is stellar. I was frustrated with this one because it felt like it didn't really offer anything new to the series - thematically or story-wise. Regardless, great new characters and factions are introduced, only I feel like any impact is dulled by the bloated length - if this and Chapterhouse were combined into a single 600 page book, it would definitely rank in the top 3.
5William Tyler
Goes West

Dune Messiah

Not a lot happens in this one, a plot to take down Paul is hatched and carried out. But this is great as a meditative document from Paul as he passes the mantle of kwisatz haderach to his children (what a scene!).

Chapterhouse: Dune

Picking up with my second favourite character in the series (Darwi!), this explored the conflict between the Bene Geserit and the Honoured Matres (who are awesome) for the most part, which was fascinating to me. A good balance between action and introspection. Overall probably my favourite group of main characters in the series - Ghola Teg, Sheeana, Murbella, loved reading their interactions and thoughts. And the thing with the Jews was wild too, pretty cool.
3My Morning Jacket
chapter 1: the sandworm cometh early recordings


Gripping, thought-provoking and action-packed, it's deservedly a classic. But if I'm being brutally honest the ending was a bit disappointing - the showdown with Feyd-Rautha was anticlimatic and ending on "History will remember us as wives" was so weird. It definitely compelled me to keep reading though.
2Bing and Ruth

Children of Dune

The twins are phenomenal. Alia's "abomination" stuff is compelling and tragic. And I always like reading what's going on in Jessica's mind. But the real draw was the start of Leto's Golden Path. Also the Fremen mythology is fleshed out a bit more, which was neat.
The Level Above Human

God Emperor of Dune

The most introspective novel of the bunch (aside from Messiah), I LOVED Leto II in this one, easily one of my favourite characters and so unlike anyone I've read about. The "Stolen Journals" chapter headings were fantastic. The story is solid - Siona's arc was very interesting, and Duncan's was bittersweet. But it's all about Leto II, man. Paul who?
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