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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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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jackolantern_0
Feb 13, 2020

Read this book 5 times growing up. It's the book that made me want to pursue being a writer. It's one of the greats for a real reason, but you should decide for yourself when you read it. I would recommend the audio book version of this as well. It has multiple voice actors and it really brought the story to life.

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Calvacade
Feb 09, 2020

More than five decades after it was first released, “Dune” by Frank Herbert is a classic that extends beyond the conventions of science fiction. This is an epic story, a triumph of the imagination with a memorable plot, sharp writing, a fascinating setting and a great cast of characters. There are messages here on many levels--politics, ecology, religion, family, culture, resources, I can go on. Herbert’s insights and writing are as fresh today as they were when he penned this book more than 50 years ago. This is easily a great book and deserves a place of honor on your shelf. Highest recommendation.

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WaKanda_4EVER
Feb 01, 2020

Slight problem:

"Item missing".

Great.

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budokai80
Oct 16, 2019

An truly awesome book!

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lrmctx
Sep 15, 2019

Dune is one of those books where you take away something new with each reading. It raises some philosophical questions that stick with you.

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susan_findlay
Jul 16, 2019

A classic and deservedly so, this book had a well-crafted plot and a fascinating setting. While clearly set in the future, it had decidedly medieval overtones. The characters were complex; the only negative thing I could say about the book was that I never got emotionally attached to any of them.

Nevertheless, the whole book felt really well thought out. This is probably the only book I've ever read that opened with a multi-page glossary. And, while that sounds insane and dull, it actually set the scene surprisingly well.

I will read more in this series.

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Chinderixx
Jul 13, 2019

I wanted to read Dune because I had heard that it was really good. Basically, the plot revolves around a young man named Paul who is a son of a Duke. His family gets taken down in a traitorous plot and he then goes undercover and eventually takes revenge.
As a whole, I found this book kind of slow, boring, and confusing. It didn't really start to get or even feel interesting until about page 400. However, I think that for the time that it was written (1965), Dune is really, really creative and I can see why this would interest a lot of people. There's a lot of interesting themes and ideas tossed around and some of these include religion, empires, rulers, who heroes are, and climate change. Women play an interesting role in this novel and it's cool that we get to see some strong female characters here. While pretty boring throughout, the ending totally made up for the rest of the book. I personally really liked the way this novel ended, and it actually made me want to read the second novel in this series. I wouldn't recommend Dune for younger readers as there is a lot of content to take in and some things might be hard to understand. But, if you're a big fan of science fiction and don't mind getting though a lot of introductory stuff, then this book is for you.

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whatcomhillwalker
Jan 30, 2019

I too read this book when it was newly printed and could not put it down. I followed the rest of the series until it became too much. Like another critic here my second or maybe third time reading this 'first of the series' book found it completely sexist and mysogynistic. It was definitely a 'guy's' book at the time but looking back on that culture from today I find it amazing that it has held up for so many years.

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darkaegisagain
Jan 24, 2019

Definitely a must read for any science fiction reader, I read Dune about 30 years ago and picked it up for another read. It was still good, yet I seemed to pull more details from the 800 pages than the first time through before the movie came out a few years ago.

Easy reading and the storyline will keep you engaged.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jan 17, 2019

4.5/5. Dune is a 1965 science fiction novel by American author Frank Herbert and it has become a staple series in the genre. It won the Nebula Award for Best Novel. This book laid the foundation on which Herbert has built his greatest series and one that would outlive him. Dune developed a flesh out universe with world building only rivaled by that of J.R.R Tolkien. The book was created by a true master of the genre. Dune deals with political, economic, sociological, biological, cultural and dynastic themes, Herbert has set a science fiction precedence that is rarely met. When first opening the novel, it seems like it will be an impossible read. On the first page alone there are so many universe-specific terms that the virgin reader will not understand (they are thus defined in the back of the book). But after getting a grasp on the main factions of the novel and their goals, everything falls into place and Dune takes you on a ride like no other. The characters are developed just as much as the lore of the universe, making the reader able to easily relate to their plight, engrossing you in the novel. So many sci-fi “tropes” we see today were created in this novel. I would recommend it to everyone. @Joaquin of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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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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brian_1028
Dec 30, 2019

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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

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Jun 25, 2008

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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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