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Follows the adventures of Paul Atreides, the son of a betrayed duke given up for dead on a treacherous desert planet and adopted by its fierce, nomadic people, who help him unravel his most unexpected destiny.
Publisher: New York : Ace Books/Berkley/Penguin Random House LLC, 2005
Edition: Ace trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9780441013593
Branch Call Number: SCI-FIC HERBERT 2005
Characteristics: 687 pages : map ; 21 cm


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A classic in the science fiction genre.

Ecology, politics and culture combine on a planet so real you can feel the dust on your face. “Dune” is to Sci-Fi as “The Lord of the Rings” is to Fantasy.

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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.

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.

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.

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 .

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.

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.

Aug 19, 2020

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

Jul 10, 2020

1965 - 4.23

May 22, 2020

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

Apr 15, 2020

One of the most formidable Science Fiction epics in the history of the genre, this book inspired Star Wars, and does not disappoint. The world building is impeccable and engaging, the characters are so solid and this story is amazing. I can't say enough about this book and I'm so excited for the movie!

Mar 10, 2020

This is the richest world in science fiction and comes to feel real to the reader as the novel progresses. After humans were nearly enslaved by machines (long before the setting of this novel), the making of computers was made illegal and taboo. This allows author Herbert to create a future world in which technology is nearly irrelevant and people are the center of the story. With no thinking machines to rely on, every faction in the book has honed a different way of maximizing human potential in their struggle for supremacy. The novel is fascinating and unforgettable, but also imperfect. As a psychologist turned author, Herbert is prone to writing out long and repetitive mental ruminations for his characters and the story is anything but fast-paced. Nevertheless, Dune is widely considered one of the greatest pieces of science fiction yet created and is well worth a read.

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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

Jul 13, 2019

"All paths lead into darkness." -Paul Atreides

Jul 13, 2019

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

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

Jul 13, 2019

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

Jul 13, 2019

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

Jul 11, 2018

"Spices are addictive"

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

Jul 27, 2015

"Fear is the mind killer."

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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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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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Coarse Language: Mild Language

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