The great Dune trilogy

English language

Published July 29, 2005

ISBN:
9780575070707

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4 stars (21 reviews)

Dune is a 1965 science-fiction novel by American author Frank Herbert, originally published as two separate serials in Analog magazine. It tied with Roger Zelazny's This Immortal for the Hugo Award in 1966, and it won the inaugural Nebula Award for Best Novel. It is the first installment of the Dune saga; in 2003, it was cited as the world's best-selling science fiction novel.Dune is set in the distant future amidst a feudal interstellar society in which various noble houses control planetary fiefs. It tells the story of young Paul Atreides, whose family accepts the stewardship of the planet Arrakis. While the planet is an inhospitable and sparsely populated desert wasteland, it is the only source of melange, or "the spice," a drug that extends life and enhances mental abilities. Melange is also necessary for space navigation, which requires a kind of multidimensional awareness and foresight that only the drug …

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expansive universe, exhausting writing style

4 stars

it took me ages to get through this. not because it's bad, probably mostly because i repaired my computer and had.. other things on my mind. but also partly because herbert's style reminds me of tolkien. like, a lot. at least in the sense that herbert really wants you to read his mediocre poetry too.

this isn't bad by any means, and i will surely read on in the future. probably around the time the second movie hits. the characters are fleshed-out and there's surprisingly little overt misogyny for a science fiction book that is, at this point, positively ancient. it's just the constant internal monologuing and then rushing through the actual happenings that gets exhausting after a while.

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Barone Harkonnen: Ascolta, mi dispiace, io non ho capito il tuo nome, ho capito il tuo, Gurney, ma non ho capito il tuo...

Stilgar: Mi chiamo Jerda e non e' con le chiacchere che uscirai da questa merda

Barone Harkonnen: Voglio solo dire quanto ci dispiace che le cose siano andate a puttane tra noi e il signor Atreides, noi ci siamo messi in questo affare con le migliori intenzioni, davvero..

Stilgar: (sparando al Na-Barone sdraiato sul divano)oh, scusami, ho spezzato la tua concentrazione.. non volevo farlo.. per favore, continua.. dicevi qualcosa a proposito.. delle migliori intenzioni..

Barone Harkonnen: ...

Stilgar: ma che ti prende.. avevi finito?.. interessante, ma non mi hai convinto, sai?..Di' un po', Paul Atreides che aspetto ha?

Barone Harkonnen: Cosa?

Stilgar: (rivoltando il tavolo) da che paese vieni?

Barone Harkonnen: cosa?

Stilgar: cosa e' un paese che non ho mai sentito nominare.. li' parlano la mia …

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5 stars

Fantastic! I avoided this for so long because I didn't want to be sucked into an interminable series - was recently convinced by friends that it is not necessary to continue. This does stand alone quite nicely and is so richly developed on its own. I'm kind of amazed that a book that includes so much political machination, cultural and mythological back-story, and buckets of characters can move as well as this one.

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