Dune

Dune

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freedomyeahright
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 day 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.

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KNisa
Oct 11, 2020

Dune is well written book and surprisingly easy to read . The whole “ You are the chosen one” is annoying, because this is obviously the inspiration of many new books that have handled the “ cliché” wrong . World building is very imaginative ,which is one of the reason I am reading this book. The characters are very neutral , but I always feel that maybe young readers might relate to Paul more ?! I don’t know . This book blends politics, religion, science fiction very well , which I think deserves the praise that it gets. For me is it is meh , but also not bad .

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sjarrell0
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.

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green_dog_2854
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.

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alecbussott
Aug 19, 2020

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

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Derik2me
Jul 10, 2020

1965 - 4.23

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andreabilyeu
May 22, 2020

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

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CORI D. MORRIS
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!

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N13m4nd
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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Maoisdead
Feb 24, 2020

I know that my children and my children's children will read this book and they will feel as it was written not so long ago. Frank Herbert created a timeless universe and characters so detailed and so profound that you would never guess they came out from someones mind. Without a doubt the best sci fi novel I've read so far, every page of the 885 pages was worth reading and letting myself dive into the vast desert of Dune.

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VonHafenstaaad
Feb 22, 2020

Dune, the first novel of Herbert’s series, is the best-selling science fiction novel of all time. Dune is set more than 21,000 years in the future. Mankind has colonized the galaxy, creating highly advanced technologies—spaceships, glowglobes, ornithopters, lasguns, protective energy shields, etc. Entire planets, such as Ix and Richese, are devoted to advancing technological civilization.

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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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Fa613
Sep 29, 2018

An advanced read to be sure, but worth it. All the otherworldly politics may be a bit difficult to navigate, but once you get the hang of it hold onto your hats, 'cause it's a wild ride!

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fitzwood
Sep 24, 2018

As someone who loves Sci-Fi, I really wanted to like this, but man, I hated it. The entire book is incredibly sexist (the plot depends on an all-female eugenics cult who is selectively breeding the ubermensch, who of course, must be male because only males can overcome the deep set genetic division ingrained in men and women), has weird white savior overtones (much of the "made-up" words are just derivations of Arabic--the heroes are clearly Greek, the villains Russian, and the "noble savages" (who may or may not depart on a course of intergalactic jihad, wow) are Arabic), and has some questionable undertones conflating homosexuality with evil and pedophilia to boot. And besides all that, frankly, the writing is not great.

It is hard to believe the Left Hand of Darkness was written a mere four years after Dune, and yet Dune is the book considered to be part of the "canon" which people are just wild about.

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fs_sherwani
Sep 23, 2018

It is a monumental work of timeless imagination. I could predict this book would be read 100 years from now and those reader would feel it is written for there time. No SF author has surpassed what Frank Herbet did. Human psychology is presented in all it's forms the treachery, bravery, cruelty etc.

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blue_cat_3956
May 03, 2018

read it many times, and I'm currently 15. An awesome book followed by awesome sequels.


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