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Saturday December 23, 2023

Great book

Love the storytelling. Herbert has a way of revealing things he narrates, observations, but holds the conclusions and insights to the individuals.

Makes you feel like you have superpowers as you read it. Am I a Fremen? An Atreities? It’s fun to read and consider.

Thought provoking. Concepts of politics, religion, science, and diplomacy. War, worms, and wonder. Great read.

Movie reactions to a friend:

the ending of the bad guys is anti-climactic, but I read the books and it’s pretty similar. Rabban doesn’t really even die. Feyd Rautha dies how he does in the book. The death of the Baron is far more interesting in the book, which I won’t spoil but it’s a whole subplot they couldn’t fit in

The symbolism is more that they all scoffed and scorned a 15 year old boy as not being worth anything. The theme of the baron being over confident that there aren’t fremen, that by leaving Paul in the desert he’d die with his mom, etc. they all felt untouchable. Then they all die unceremoniously and their power is just stripped away in a moment. Symbolic of Paul’s rise as a messiah and how these big leaders have very little keeping them from being humanized and debased.

Frank Herbert’s theme when he speaks about the book is that “beware of leaders. Don’t trust any of them. Don’t worship them - they’re just humans”. And I think the unceremonious death kind of enshrines that. The baron who was rising over the Duke, dies face down in the dirt. Feyd Rautha who killed an Atreides in the coliseum dies in front of none of his people, etc.

It’s anti climactic but I think it speaks a lot to the theme of how majesty is kind of a thin veil.


Connections: - Alan Pinkerton killers “secrets break the character of the criminal till they give it out”. Dr Yueh cries when his scripture is given out.

Notes: - if I made him do it it wouldn’t be his doing. - storytelling: why tell us 100% of everything up front? The movie hides the secrets about Yueh. - storytelling: the hindsight narrator

When God has appointed a man to die, he guides his wants to desire that place

Storytelling - How he explains their thoughts after subtle observations. He explains things through humanity, not through narration alone. This makes those points more salient. It’s as if the dialogue is the content and the narration are the footnotes and context.


Bryan lives somewhere at the intersection of faith, fatherhood, and futurism and writes about tech, books, Christianity, gratitude, and whatever’s on his mind. If you liked reading, perhaps you’ll also like subscribing: