Dune

Dune

Book - 1999
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Originally published in 1965, this best-selling classic won the first Nebula Award and shaped modern science fiction; it 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 Maud'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.
Publisher: New York :, Ace Books,, 1999.
ISBN: 9780441005901
044100590X
Branch Call Number: SCF HERB
Characteristics: 517 pages : map ; 24 cm

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This Nebula and Hugo award-winning novel mixes adventure with politics and mysticism when Paul has to seek revenge for the traitorous plot against his family.

Like Star Wars, Dune is also a rich space fantasy setting that examines religious and political issues. The futuristic setting and heightened emotional stakes are part of space opera.


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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 , kinda shallow too when it comes to motivations. Paul is super annoying. I suppose you don’t read it for the plot or characters right?!

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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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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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freedomyeahright
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brian_1028
Dec 30, 2019

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Chinderixx
Jul 13, 2019

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meolsen24
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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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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