Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Dune Read Along Part Two Discussion and Questions

I enjoyed part two much better than part one. Much much better. Lots more character stuff. Which is you know, much better! :)

Here's what I understood happened in this section:
  • Paul and Jessica spend their first night out in the sand in a tent.
  • They are captured, but they escape with the help of Kynes. 
  • Hawat is captured, but he does not escape.
  • Paul and Jessica fly through a sand storm and escape... again. Everyone else thinks they didn't make it.
  • Paul and Jessica spend a night walking across the sand. They see some worms. Jessica is buried alive, but Paul finds her. They lose their pack. They find it. 
  • We meet the Baron's nephews, Rabban and Feyd-Rautha.
  • Gurney joins up with a band of smugglers.
  • We learn that Kynes has been abandoned on the sand with no supplies. We watch him die as he has hallucinations about his father.
  • Paul and Jessica meet up with some Freman. Jessica fights the leader named Stilgar and Paul fights one of the other guys named Jamis.
  • Stilgar is impressed with Paul and Jessica, he knows who they are and he takes them in.
  • Paul meets Chani, the girl from his dreams. Jessica is on alert about this.
  • Paul has to fight Jamis again. He has to kill him.
  • Paul and Jessica participate in the funeral for Jamis and learn how they harvest his water. Paul cries and the Freman are amazed.
  • Paul and Jessica also see where and how the Freman store water in an underground lake of sorts.
  • Paul is becoming more and more respected by the Freman. He continues to have disturbing visions including his own death. He also continues to recognize things coming true from previous visions.
  • We meet a Count dude and his wife. They are scheming something sinister which includes the wife planning the seduction of Feyd-Rautha... who is only 17 years old!
  • Feyd-Rautha fights a gladiator slave and kills him. But, something is not right. Though I'm not quite sure what.
  • Paul wins a woman! (Sheesh, he's only 15!!!) Oh, AND a couple of kids too!
  • Jessica drinks some spice stuff and becomes the Reverend Mother. Paul drinks the spice stuff and has more visions. It's weird. Really weird and I'm not sure I get it.
  • Paul and Chani have a moment. 
(I've probably got some details wrong, in fact, most likely I've got some details wrong. Jenni can correct me in comments!)

Sting as Feyd-Rautha

Don't you want to just go guzzle a huge glass of ice water after a few chapters of reading this book?

Some questions:

1. What do you think about all the rituals the Freman have surrounding water? Especially the funeral.
2. Any other thoughts you have about the Freman now that we've been introduced a little better?
3.. How do you feel about the way Paul is progressing to his destiny?
4. We had more deaths in this section, two that stand out. Compare and contrast them.
5. What political maneuverings are happening during this section? I'd love a nice uncomplicated explanation!
6. What religious events are happening?
7. What do you think of the Baron?
8. Any foreshadowing moments that stand out to you? What's going to happen?
9. How do you like (or dislike) this section compared to the first? Any new favorite characters?
10. Do you plan to finish and stick with us through part three?

My quick answers:

1. I find the rituals quite fascinating. The funeral was really interesting what with taking his water and adding it to the pool, and then having all his "friends" pick out one of his possessions. Hand off his "wife" and kids to Paul was very weird though. Poor Paul. The money system with the rings representing amounts of water too. I loved that.

2. I find them to be very cool. They have some strange and interesting traditions. I'm still not sure why they find Paul so special though.

3. Paul. I'm just not convinced I see what everyone else is saying. I can't get over that he's only 15. I feel bad for him mostly, that he has to deal with all this.

4. Ah. Kynes! And Jamis. One died all alone. One died among friends. One lost to the sand forever, and one immortalized with the gift of his water. I'm still sort of holding out hope that Kynes is actually okay somehow!

5. Yeah, I don't get what's going on with this. The Count guy is working for the Emperor maybe? And he's come to give the Baron grief? The Baron has plans, but he's scared about whatever the Emperor wants. Which is not his nephew as the next Baron I'm guessing.

6. So somehow Jessica has become something powerful to the Freman and Paul is up next? They get drugged with the spice and have hallucinations mostly. And then weird stuff happens. I want to know how you all are understanding these sections!

The Baron

7. The Baron is disgusting! But interesting at the same time! He gives me the creeps, but I still enjoy his chapters!

8. I'm a little worried about that unborn baby. She's been messed up already. And the whole thing between Paul and Chani? Intriguing but I don't think it'll go anywhere. I'm thinking Stilgar likes Jessica quite a bit though. I wonder if something will happen there. Paul is going to rise to more and more power though, I know that!

9. I really like Stilgar! Chani is interesting too. But not the nephews or the Count. Icky! This section, as I mentioned way at the top of this massive post, because we had more about the characters, the survival out in the sand, the traditions of the Freman and etc. I like that stuff much better than all the political talk that I don't get.

10. I will stick with it!

If you do a post with your answers, please link up below so we can all be sure to see it!

Oh and PS. Join us for a chat TOMORROW (that's Thursday for those keeping track!) at 9 pm MDT. :) 


  1. You have most things right. We actually met Feyd-Rautha in Book 1, but briefly. And, there are just a few details that you left out. The biggest one is that we find out that Kynes is Liet who was talked about a lot in Book 1. I'm glad you enjoyed Book 2 better. I hope you're starting to see why I love it so much, lol. I'll be posting my answers soon.

    1. Jenni: I don't remember him from the first section. Or wait. Was that him in the very beginning? Hmm.... And about Liet... is that their God figure? I was thinking so, but then when they said Kynes is him I got confused. Is he like Jesus or something?

  2. Love the recap! I pretty much got the same things you did.

    Announcements? Twitter chat?

    1. Kami: Twitter chat tomorrow at 9!!! Glad you liked the recap. I makes me see things a bit more simply, obviously. :)

  3. I liked section two better as well but I'm not loving the book. "Don't hit me Jenni" I think it's interesting but I'm just not sure why it's a classic... even after the article you shared. Then I started section three and got a huge slap in the face. Wait for it....

    1. Jenny: A slap in the face? Oh dear. I haven't started it yet. I opted to read the entire Not in the Script book yesterday instead. :)

  4. I didn't get very far in section 2 before I quit but I still enjoyed reading your recap. :)

    1. Kathy: The recap made it sound not too bad, eh? :)

  5. I didn't write up a wrap-up for Section 2 but I loved taking part in the chat and seeing all the first-time reactions, especially everyone's thoughts on the Baron and how he should die a messy death lol.

  6. I kept forgetting that Paul is only 15 during all this! And he still kind of irked me. I really wanted to like him, but...

    I did enjoy Paul and Jessica's survival in the desert! And meeting the Fremen. Even if they are a bit strange.