Tag: 2018

Frank Herbert – Dune Messiah | Review

Title: Dune Messiah

Author: Frank Herbert

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 224

Rating: 3.5/5



I buddy read this book with a few BookTube friends as part of Duneuary take two. In the first Duneuary, we read the first Dune book during January 2018, and so for the second one we decided to read this, the second book in the series.

Honestly, it’s a little jarring to go to a book this short after how epic in scope the first book was, and this feels just like a single section of that book. I also agree with the criticism that some of my friends had, which mainly centred around how this feels a bit like it’s so busy setting up the next book in the series that it forgets to be a full book in its own right.

That said, I do think this adds a lot to the Dune mythos, and there were a few developments here and there that took me by surprise. I also liked the intrigue of the diplomacy and the way that every decision had to be carefully weighed out because of how big the stakes were. I just thought it was a shame that Herbert brought a character back from the dead when there wasn’t really any need to. It devalues death.



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Terry Deary – Measly Middle Ages | Review

Title: Measly Middle Ages

Author: Terry Deary

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 144

Rating: 4/5


Terry Deary - Measly Middle Ages

Terry Deary – Measly Middle Ages


I was always a big fan of the middle ages as a historical period, and so perhaps it’s no surprise that I enjoyed this. If anything, the thing that surprises me is that I didn’t get to it earlier. I would have adored this if I’d had it as a kid.

Still, even as an adult there’s some great stuff in here, although there was one line in it somewhere that dated it and which wouldn’t fly in 2018. I could let it slide though because it wasn’t exactly offensive, just kind of unnecessary. And actually, it fitted in well with the overall sense of humour in the book, it just seems a bit weird to send that kind of message to young kids.


Terry Deary

Terry Deary


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