Yes I have read them but it was a long time ago though. The books are fairly good SciFi with some mysticism thrown in, last book has a weird ending if I recall correctly (I will not spoil it by printing the synopsis of the book). The movie was ok but not a touch on the book.
I think there was a TV series but the film I watched had Sting and Patrick Stewart in it, entertaining but not as good as the first book which was as far as the story line got...........the end of the first book, but not true to the story lines ending of the first book.
I've read the series up until Frank Herbert died (so 6?) but haven't revisited those for ages and didn't know that his son was continuing the series. I found them quite frustrating in ways but prophetic in others - in Chapterhouse (I think if that's the last of Frank's works) the bit at the end when Idaho escapes with the catlady/renegade Mother Superior and they boldy go into hyperspace or the end of the universe - or both and meet the weird old man and woman? Anyway didn't they have something like that in Deep Space Nine - the creator-type characters?
Everyone borrows off everyone else of course. David (Twin Peaks) Lynch directed the Sting*/Kyle (Sex and the City) McClachlan/Patrick Stewart motion picture which got panned critically and at the box-office, but has since become a cult classic - the sandworms are hopeless now in these CGI days but they were pretty scary at the time...
*What a stinky Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen he made - though nice to look at!
Dune, the first book, is a standalone masterpiece of SF/Fantasy. I first read it when I was a boy and have re read it many times. I would THOROUGHLY recommend it to anyone remotely inclined to that genre.
The second and third books were not bad but not a patch on the first. They reminded me more of someone rambling but that is me.
Frank Herbert wrote many fine novels and is well worth investigating.
So sayeth Rissoles, the fifth day of February 2009!
Read the 1st book years ago then again more recently, I've got the children of Dune and read them a few times. The books were great, the films/tv in their own right were good but didn't match up to the expectations I had, this is probably true for most of the books I read (I think David Jason is one of the best but he didn't do it for me in the Colour of Magic).
Then again I did read The DeVinci Code and seen the Film because everyone was going on about it. I thought both of them were pants but the film probably shaded it because the thing was rewritten by some proper writers .
My mom really likes them, but I just couldn't get interested. Interesting idea about the planet orbiting multiple suns in an erratic orbit that ocationally brings it within trans-migrating distance with a harmful alien lifeform.
I wasn't aware that Anne had passed away and that her son was writing for her now.
The problem is, every author has a different "tone" and, even when their quality is as good as the original's, the style just doesn't match.
As an example, I enjoyed reading "Gone With The Wind", and I also liked "Scarlett", but the Scarlett in "Scarlett" just didn't seem like the same girl as the one in "Gone with the wind". I think it would have been better if her daughter had written about a minor character in the first book. Perhaps Scarlett's son, Wade, or maybe elaborated on how the father, Gerald, came to America and became a plantation owner.