The Spice Must Flow: The Story of Dune, from Cult Novels to Visionary Sci-Fi Movies

Plume. Sept. 2023. 288p. ISBN 9780593472996. pap. $18. POP CULTURE
Britt’s (Phasers on Stun!: How the Making (and Remaking) of Star Trek Changed the World) engaging and timely book explores the history and complexion of the great Dune cosmos, from the classic novel by Frank Herbert to all of the various attempts to put the book on screen. It is wonderful, full of the fan joy and insider knowledge that readers want when they’re interested in learning more about the novels or the movies. The book begins with Britt discussing 2021’s Dune with Timothée Chalamet, the latest cinematic expression of the novel. From there, the book dives into looking at Herbert, even considering his characteristic beard and why it matters. The author also examines the novel’s sequels, explaining why the others aren’t as good and why people often skip them. The book highlights the importance of women in the novels, showing why it might not be Paul’s story after all. Britt’s writing hits the perfect balance of offering enough background to feel meaty but never stuffy.
VERDICT This highly recommended book has the power to change the way everyday readers of Herbert’s classic novel experience it.
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