Dune

Dune

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"Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Muad'Dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family--and would 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 it undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction. Frank Herbert's death in 1986 was a tragic loss, yet the astonishing legacy of his visionary fiction will live forever."--Publisher website.
Publisher: Philadelphia : Chilton Books, 1965.
Edition: 50th Anniverary ed.
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ISBN: 9780441172719
9780441013593
9780441005901
044100590X
0441172717
Call Number: HERBERT
Characteristics: 528 p. ; 23 cm.
Subjects: Dune (Imaginary place) -- Fiction.
Imaginary places -- Fiction
Life on other planets -- Fiction
Science fiction.

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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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Chinderixx
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

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Chinderixx
Jul 13, 2019

"All paths lead into darkness." -Paul Atreides

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Chinderixx
Jul 13, 2019

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

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Chinderixx
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

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Chinderixx
Jul 13, 2019

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

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Chinderixx
Jul 13, 2019

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

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NATASHA HESCH
Jul 11, 2018

"Spices are addictive"

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Assiduous
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

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Pythonite
Jul 27, 2015

"Fear is the mind killer."

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Chinderixx
Jul 13, 2019

Chinderixx thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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Fa613
Sep 29, 2018

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noob123
Jun 25, 2008

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Chinderixx
Jul 13, 2019

SUMMARY FROM WIKIPEDIA:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dune_(novel)

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Dragonrat703
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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Chinderixx
Jul 13, 2019

Coarse Language: Mild Language

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