Dune

Dune

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Future space fantasy concerning a time when the human race has reached a point of intellectual stagnation and receives the help of a space-age Messiah and prophet.
Publisher: New York : Ace Books : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [1965], 1984
ISBN: 9780441005901
044100590X
9780441172719
0441172717
9780441013593
0441013597
9780593099322
059309932X
Characteristics: xxvi, 412 p. ; 24 cm
Call Number: HERBERT, F

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Adult Fiction, Sci-Fi/Fantasy. Fall into this elaborate tale of political intrigue intertwined with the exploration of Dune, a strange planet full of danger, wonder, and a mystical culture. You will often be tempted to just close your eyes and imagine the beauty of this harsh land and its unique ... Read More »

This classic tells the tale of Paul Atreides, who survives a devastating betrayal against his family to become the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib who avenges his family, and brings to life humanity’s fragile and most ancient dream.

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SaraLovesBooks Oct 05, 2016

This book might be one of the most breath-taking books I have ever read. It is incredibly complex and incredibly dense, but so worth reading. I loved how much of a blend this book is. It is not an easy book to label, since it is set in the future and in space, but includes such things like witche... Read More »


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jimtroeltsch
Dec 29, 2020

Dune is a product of its time, with some ideas that seem a little backward when reading it more than a half century after it was published (I'm thinking primarily gender roles). But it is still a thrilling book to read. There were some things I wasn't fond of in the writing, especially Herbert constantly revealing the inner monologue of every character, but fundamentally, this is just a great story. The plot is fun. It has interesting twists, long lost reunions, intrigue, double crossings, etc... all great and exciting storytelling. It's a page turner.

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dgiard
Dec 13, 2020

The galactic Emperor had a hidden agenda when he ordered House Atreides to move to the Arrakis, replacing House Harkonnen as the planet's ruling family. Arrakis is a desolate wasteland covered almost entirely in desert, earning it the nickname "Dune"; but Arrakis is the only source of the spice melange - the most valuable substance in the universe.
Duke Leto Atreides's teenage son Paul is beginning to manifest mystical powers that will aid him in the coming battles and betrayals and in his fight for survival on a hostile planet.

Frank Herbert's classic novel "Dune" is the most complex science fiction novel I have read. In addition to an adventure story and a coming-of-age novel, the book includes insights into politics, sociology, ecology, economics, religion, philosophy, and language. Nearly every dialogue is layered with multiple meanings and nearly every action is a potential betrayal.

Herbert does an amazing job building the world of Arrakis and its people.

Among the creations of the book are:

-Sand Worms - giant tubular creatures that live beneath the surface of the desert sand, as sea dragons might swim in the ocean, breaching the surface from time to time to wreak havoc on protection of the spice.

-The Bene Gesserit - a cultlike group with impressive mental powers, who strive to produce a superhuman via their secret breeding program.

-The Fremen - a mysterious nomadic race that live in the deserts of Dune and have a special relationship with the sand worms.

-Mentats - humans with the ability to think like computers

Although "Dune" is set centuries in the future, technology has not advanced at the rate one would expect. Advancements have been stunted by humanity's distrust of artificial intelligence and a war fought centuries earlier. Things like interplanetary travel have been made possible by the powers of the Bene Gesserit and the Mentats and the mind-expanding abilities of melange.

The local water scarcity, the global spice monopoly, and the struggle for control between powerful factions serve as a metaphor for similar constrained resources and conflicts on the Earth of today and the effect on global politics. The vast sand oceans and the Fremen people are not far removed from the 20th and 21st century Middle East.

Through it all is Paul - son of a Duke and gifted with great powers that lead others to perceive him as a Messiah. How he uses those powers defines him and defines the power structure of the galaxy.

This was my third reading of this novel, which I first discovered in my late 20s. After all these years, it still holds my interest.

sjpl_rebekah Nov 10, 2020

Well if Lonesome Dove is my Western genre comparison to A Game of Thrones, Dune is my science fiction comparison. It’s a long epic about shifting allegiances, dynamic power plays, violence, and unexpected deaths. Admittedly this book moved up my TBR list because of the upcoming film adaptation starring my boy Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho. I haven’t watched any other film adaptations, so I look forward to seeing how this story plays out on the big screen.

Aside from that, this book confirmed a suspicion about myself that I have theorized about but not really tested…hardcore science fiction and/or space operas are not really my jam. My lukewarm feelings about both The Left Hand of Darkness and this book have confirmed it. Of course this isn’t to say that I will never again delve into this literary realm…it’s just that it seems I prefer my science fiction to have a little more fantasy woven into it.

I was not a huge fan of Herbert’s writing style, but I do have to give him credit for his world building skills. The Appendices at the end of the book were helpful because there are many characters, planets, and legends to keep track of. I recommend glancing through it periodically as you read the book for clarity and context.

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freedomyeahright
Oct 12, 2020

I will probably get a lot of hate for this, but Dune is NOT a well written book by modern Sci-fi standards (fiction 101 plot, pacing, narrative stuff...).

There are examples of all of the following items in the book, which would prevent any modern fiction from being considered good, let alone amazing.

1. Illogical character motivations/actions, which occur only to artificially carry the plot forward
2. Many overpowered/completely un-relateable characters
3. Uneven pacing, especially during dramatic/action sequences (making some sections downright boring or ridiculous to read)
4. Overlong philosophical exposition, often pretentious in nature
5. Lack of tension as heroes are rarely under real threat

Defenders of the book say that Dune is a book of ideas, not plot. Some also warn to not expect hero/anti-hero tropes. However, if I wanted a story of ideas that "subvert expectation" I'd almost rather watch Disney Star Wars (yes, parts of Dune are that bad once you get over hype, in the same way the recent Star Wars films were bad, but hyped).

As alternatives to Dune: for classic (50+ year-old) sci-fi, I recommend Asimov's Foundation novels. For a slightly more modern sci-fi with fantasy elements, I recommend the Hyperion Cantos series by Dan Simmons. Like Dune, these works also deal with of the direction of human society as it pertains to futuristic government, religion, and technology, but are executed far better than Dune.

In my mind, the book is living off its hype and impact on the sci-fi genre. It is getting a second wind from the upcoming 2020/21 movie. Some of the ideas are great (the spice, the feudal balance of power), but the story is poorly written.

Overall, would NOT recommend...try for yourself at your own risk.

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knighted
Oct 11, 2020

What is going on with those soap opera sci-fi characters on this book ?! Everything else is perfect; lady Jessica cool powers , sandworms , mentat abilities, imperial politics, the mystery of the freeman , the rough landscape of Arrakis even stillsuits are interesting or the ships and I loved the culture aspect of the planets. Then ,halfway through the book, you get pages after pages of boring characters that I couldn’t care less about .

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sjarrell0
Sep 16, 2020

Solid read- I enjoyed the characters and the rich setting. However the ending was a little anti climatic and I disliked Paul in the concluding chapters.

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green_dog_2854
Sep 13, 2020

Dune is a great book to read. The start is a little confusing but as the story goes on it becomes easier to understand. The author creates very real characters. He builds an interesting world to discover. The book is mostly set on a desert planet with giant worms that inhabit the dunes. The book starts with a Duke named Leto preparing him and his family to leave to go to a new planet called Arrakis. They suspect a trap from their rivals the Harkonnens. This is overall a really good book and I would recommend it to anyone who likes sci-fi.

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alecbussott
Aug 19, 2020

A masterpiece of the science-fiction genre. An imaginative story with relevant themes.

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Derik2me
Jul 10, 2020

1965 - 4.23

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andreabilyeu
May 22, 2020

One of my all-time favorite books. I've re-read it a few times.

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Chinderixx
Jul 13, 2019

"Think on it, Chani: that princess will have the name, yet she'll live as less than a concubine - never to know a moment of tenderness from the man to whom she's bound. While we, Chani, we who carry the name of concubine - history will call is wives." -Jessica

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Chinderixx
Jul 13, 2019

"All paths lead into darkness." -Paul Atreides

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Chinderixx
Jul 13, 2019

GURNEY: "They said you were dead."
PAUL: "And it seemed the best protection to let them think so."

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Chinderixx
Jul 13, 2019

"Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense, But the real universe is always one step beyond logic." -Princess Irulan

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Chinderixx
Jul 13, 2019

"The concept of progress acts as a protective mechanism to shield us from the terrors of the future." - Princess Irulan

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Chinderixx
Jul 13, 2019

"Law is the ultimate science. Thus it reads above the Emperor's door. I propose to show him law." -Paul Atreides

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NATASHA HESCH
Jul 11, 2018

"Spices are addictive"

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Assiduous
Apr 07, 2017

"The tooth. Duke Leto Atreides. You will remember the tooth."

ellensix Oct 09, 2015

The mystery of life isn't a problem to solve, but a reality to experience."
—Frank Herbert, Dune

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Pythonite
Jul 27, 2015

"Fear is the mind killer."

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Oct 13, 2020

freedomyeahright thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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brian_1028
Dec 30, 2019

brian_1028 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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Chinderixx
Jul 13, 2019

Chinderixx thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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Sep 29, 2018

Fa613 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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Jun 25, 2008

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meolsen24
Apr 17, 2020

Paul Atreides, the heir to house Atreides, flees to the uncivilized but resource rich planet of Arrakis after his home is usurped by the conspiring house of Harkonnen. Paul is taken in by the natives of Arrakis, the Fremen, along with his pregnant mother, where he is integrated into their secretive society and spiritual orders. Living among the Fremen awakens a new sense of self and identity in the young man, who vows to glorify his family once more while fighting for the freedom and prosperity that the Fremen used to have before the great intergalactic houses colonized their home planet to lay claim to the addictive and powerful spice trade.

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Chinderixx
Jul 13, 2019

SUMMARY FROM WIKIPEDIA:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dune_(novel)

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Dragonrat703
Jun 28, 2017

Completely well thought out, involved and highly believable world. This book is one of the best science fiction books I have ever read, and I will definitely be reading it again someday.

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Chinderixx
Jul 13, 2019

Coarse Language: Mild Language

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