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Subject: Looking for Dune type books>>>>>>>>
Date Posted: 10/4/2008 5:26 PM ET
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I've finnally read the whole series and i find that i like that  type and ganre anyone got any info??? Thanks

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 10/4/2008 9:16 PM ET
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I don't think there's anything quite like Dune.  That is probably my favorite book of all time, but I don't know of anything similar, with that kind of grand epic universe thought out.  The Mote in God's Eye and it's sequel, The Gripping Hand are the closest I can think of.  Both are co-written by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. 

Have you read the Wheel of Time books?  I am not saying the books are similar, but I'm 99% sure the Aiel in that series are based on the Fedaykin from Dune.  Laughably so...no offense to Jordan fans.

Subject: I'm not going to be of any help either.
Date Posted: 10/5/2008 12:00 AM ET
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I haven't read anything that comes close either, and to be honest if by "read the whole series" you mean all 15 books to date, I might even just suggest reading them again lol.  Lately I've been reading various short story collections of my favorite authors and was having a tremendously good time taking these short jaunts through the works of Philip K. Dick and Robert A. Helinlein, until I got to Frank Herbert's short stories.  I can't put my finger on it but there is just NO comparison.  I aboslutely love the other two, in fact I'd have to say PKD is my preferred read as of late, but Herbert is just far superior, and much like Tolkein's place in Fantasy, there's just nobody even close to Herbert in all of Science Fiction. 

I've read similar accusations regarding similarities between Jordan's Wheel of Time series and several aspects of Dune.  My brother's into WoT and he says it's true to a degree, but not enough to seem as if it's an infringement or anything.  He also suggested the Ender saga by Orson Scott Card, which has recently gained popularity akin to Dune's loyal following, though I swear it will never last!!  Dune is THE science fiction series, period, damnit lol.  Ya Hya Chouhada!!!!

Date Posted: 10/5/2008 12:08 PM ET
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Yea, I thought it might be like that. I've done a little looking on my own and the only thing I've found thats evan close is C.j.  Cherryh's Invader series. But I thought I'd ask anyway to see if I'd missed anything. And I've got  to say sorry about my spelling, I just took a look at it and all I  can say is you can tell I'd just gotten of a double shift, LOL!!!!!

Subject: Chung Kuo
Date Posted: 10/14/2008 5:44 PM ET
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I think the closest thing to the Dune saga is the Chung Kuo series by David Wingrove.  I think it is worth checking out.  The first volume is The Middle Kingdom.

Subject: books like Dune
Date Posted: 10/16/2008 10:01 PM ET
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Ok.  So I went to Amazon.com, and found Dune.  Then I looked at the "Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought".  The top 10 non-Frank Herbert, non-Dune, books on that list were, in order...

Foundation, by Isaac Asimov

Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card

Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein

Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein

Neuromancer, by William Gibson

Hyperion, by Dan Simmons

Foundation and Empire, by Isaac Asimov

Second Foundation, by Isaac Asimov

Speaker for the Dead, by Orson Scott Card

The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula LeGuin

I'm guessing this does not indicate close similarities to Dune, but rather that Dune is among the books read by fans of the major classics of science fiction.  But maybe you would like them for exactly that reason !

-Tom Hl.

Date Posted: 10/17/2008 6:58 PM ET
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Thanks I'll look them up! I just got a tip from a friend that C.J. Cheryyh's Foriegner series is pretty good in a dune like way so  I'm going to try that series to!

Subject: dune-like books
Date Posted: 10/22/2008 3:32 PM ET
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I am currently reading The Saga of the Seven Suns by Kevin J. Anderson (he with Frank Herberts son have written some prequels to the Dune series).  It's not as good as Dune, but if you liked Dune I think you would like this series.  There is seven books in the series, and now I have found out he has written a prequel.  the story line is almost as good as Herberts, but his characterizations are not nearly as good. 

Paul H. (PaulH) - ,
Date Posted: 10/22/2008 8:18 PM ET
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I have to agree with Marks' observations about Kevin J. Anderson.  I haven't read his Dune books, but I have read all of his Star Wars stuff.  He comes up with great story ideas, and he writes the established characters OK, but the original characters he creates seem flat and very two dimensional to me.  As a result I've found his books to be entertaining but disappointing at the same time - not as good as they could be.  Somewhat frustrating. 

That said, I still want to read his Dune books one of these days.  ;)