"Statistics: at a conservative estimate, I've killed sixty-one billion, sterilized ninety planets, completely demoralized five hundred others. I've wiped out the followers of forty religions which had existed since—"
"Unbelievers!" Korba protested. "Unbelievers all!"
"No," Paul said. "Believers."
"My Liege makes a joke," Korba said, voice trembling. "The Jihad has brought ten thousand worlds into the shining light of—"
"Into the darkness," Paul said. "We'll be a hundred generations recovering from Muad'dib's Jihad. I find it hard to imagine that anyone will ever surpass this." A barking laugh erupted from his throat.
Oh...how dark he is here!
"Most religions" might be a slight exaggeration, no? He specifically mentions forty...which is of course a lot by our standards...but then we've no idea how many "religions" there were in the Imperium to begin with. (He slew a whole slew of people, after all! Ha ha.) Some are mentioned in the Religion Appendix.
"Book People" is kinda funny; sounds like a bookstore chain name. (Is it actually?
"The Book" can mean the Qur'an to Muslims just as "The Good Book" means the Bible to Christians. Ahl al-Kitâb
(I wonder if FH would have rendered the first word as Achl
, as he changes ahlan
?), according to "The Little Green Demon" (The Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic
, pocket-book edition), means "the people of the Book, adherents of a revealed religion, the kitabis, i.e., Christians and Jews".
I have heard of only one mistake that doesn’t have an explanation for a careful reader...with an open mind. (And, no, I’m not going to tell you what it is!) —KJA
I don't like every writer's style; for instance, I have never been able to get through Ursula LeGuin, China Mieville, or Iain Banks, all of whom are critical darlings. —KJA
I...had written a bunch of Star Wars and X-Files books...that proved not just that I'm a hack, but that I could write in somebody else's universe... —KJA