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.