Dune

Paperback, 608 pages

Published June 5, 2006 by Hodder & Stoughton.

ISBN:
9780340839935

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4 stars (113 reviews)

Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, heir to a noble family tasked with ruling an inhospitable world where the only thing of value is the "spice" melange, a drug capable of extending life and enhancing consciousness. Coveted across the known universe, melange is a prize worth killing for...

When House Atreides is betrayed, the destruction of Paul's family will set the boy on a journey toward a destiny greater than he could ever have imagined. And as he evolves into the mysterious man known as Muad'Dib, he will bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction.

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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.

reviewed Dune by Frank Herbert

Dune and the suck fairy (spoilers)

2 stars

Content warning spoilers, though, you know, it's a book older than me

Review of 'Dune' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Reading this again, I am struck by just how immersive the novel is. The world building is still incredible and so many themes and ideas are so densely packed, that this is a novel that really does reward the reader willing to lock themselves away in order to really spend time on Arrakis.

Review of 'Dune' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

This is a book I would have struggled to read in my late teens, when most of my reading was just for school. So it's good that I picked it up during a time when I was growing as a reader and had experience powering through cringe. Because there is a lot of cringe in this story.

Review of 'Dune' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Great world-building, great story, but only "okay" story telling. Despite being a long book, the ending feels like it rushes to a conclusion.

Important characters are introduced out of whole cloth, familiar characters from the beginning of the book are changed, but in ways that don't feel authentic. The emotional dynamics in this book have potential, but are never explored, because of the need for the characters to be superhumans with exquisite control of their minds and bodies.

The uberman thing is fun for a while, but story lines with them are always limited to "he gains control" or "he wasn't really an uberman." This book has a reputation for being a more "mature" sci-fi book with political machinations and backroom deals, but it didn't seem to follow the rules of politics or human motivation that exist in our world. I think Gordon R Dickson's "Tactics of Mistake" in his …

Review of 'Dune' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

One of the first sic-fi fantasy series I read. Whenever I read any of the Dune books I'm always blown away by the scale and the history of the world. For me this is a masterpiece, others find it a bit boring and hard to get into it but I never had that issue.

I'll have to reread these again one day.

Review of 'Dune' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I think was in my early teens the first time I read this, and this time I felt like I'd never read it. Some historical and emotional perspective added hugely to my appreciation, especially the central theme of societal addiction to natural resources.

At some point I realized that this is the second book I've read recently that cast only "evil" characters as homosexuals. Coincidence?

Review of 'Dune' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

This is the second time I read this novel, and it reminded me of just how good it is. Herbert does an excellent job with the planet building in creating Arrakis, the planet known as Dune. He also sets in motion a story of intrigue and politics in an Empire where a religious sect strive to control certain genetic lines while a guild controls a monopoly on space travel. In the midst of this, the House of Atreides is betrayed leaving the young heir to the Duke, Paul, as survivor who is left in the desert. There he is taken in by the Fremen who come to see him as the prophet they have waited for. The novel is definitely a classic of science fiction on many levels. From the setting to the epic story, this is an excellent novel that is hard to put down. It is also a …

Review of 'Dune' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I always find reading Dune to be a bit of an odd experience. For the first eighty pages or so, things move quite slowly, a large cast of characters - some more significant than others - are introduced. So much is set up with so little explanation that the novel almost sinks under the weight of its own inventiveness.

Then, somewhere around page 100, everything clicks and I am sucked in until the end of the book - appendices and all.

Dune is one of the very few stories that can genuinely be called epic. In scope and depth, the novel is both massive and brilliantly visualised right down to the smallest detail.

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