Dune

Dune

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Frank Herbert's classic masterpiece--a triumph of the imagination and one of the bestselling science fiction novels of all time.

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.
Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 2005, c1965.
Edition: 40th anniversary ed.
ISBN: 9780441013593
0441013597
9780441172719
Branch Call Number: SCIFI Herbert Frank
Characteristics: 528 p. :,23 cm.

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movie, November 2020: Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides--who would become known as Muad'Dib--and of a great family's ambition to bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

Frank Herbert's Hugo and Nebula Award winner celebrates 40 years with this new anniversary edition. The sweeping tale of a desert planet called Arrakis, "Dune" has been a favorite among sci-fi fans for decades.


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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 (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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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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Jul 13, 2019

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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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Jul 13, 2019

Coarse Language: Mild Language

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