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This Hugo and Nebula Award winner tells the sweeping tale of a desert planet called Arrakis, the focus of an intricate power struggle in a byzantine interstellar empire. Arrakis is the sole source of Melange, the "spice of spices." Melange is necessary for interstellar travel and grants psychic powers and longevity, so whoever controls it wields great influence. The troubles begin when stewardship of Arrakis is transferred by the Emperor from the Harkonnen Noble House to House Atreides. The Harkonnens don't want to give up their privilege, though, and through sabotage and treachery they cast young Duke Paul Atreides out into the planet's harsh environment to die. There he falls in with the Fremen, a tribe of desert dwellers who become the basis of the army with which he will reclaim what's rightfully his. Paul Atreides, though, is far more than just a usurped duke. He might be the end product of a very long-term genetic experiment designed to breed a super human; he might be a messiah. His struggle is at the center of a nexus of powerful people and events, and the repercussions will be felt throughout the Imperium. Dune is one of the most famous science fiction novels ever written, and deservedly so. The setting is elaborate and ornate, the plot labyrinthine, the adventures exciting.
Publisher: New York : Ace Books, [1990, 1965]
Edition: Special twenty-fifth anniversary edition
Copyright Date: ©1965
ISBN: 9781101658055
Characteristics: 1 online resource (535 pages) : map


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Oct 21, 2017

Many commenters just love this book. I enjoyed it but I don't think it deserves the high praise it often receives. It is often compared to LOTR but I think it pales in comparison. Middle Earth is a far more immersive world and LOTR a far more engaging story.

May 02, 2017

Published in 1965, "Dune" is a prescient warning about environmental degradation, artificial intelligence and messianic political figures - dangers we are all faced with today.

May 02, 2017

Epic masterpiece 420

Apr 19, 2017

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.

Apr 19, 2017

Dune was a great read the first time I read the book and is still a great read. It’s the first environmentally conscious sci-fi story I can remember reading. There are a lot of made up words in the story. Wikipedia repeatedly referenced Frank Herbert when I looked up words. The Terminology of the Imperium at the back of the book has about 300 made up names and words in it. For readers who want more Frank Herbert’s son and Kevin J. Anderson are still writing Dune books.

Feb 12, 2017

Definitely worth reading for the world setting and action, but be prepared for some misogyny and racial stereotypes.

SaraLovesBooks Oct 05, 2016

This book might be one of the most breath-taking books I have ever read. It is incredibly complex and incredibly dense, but so worth reading. I loved how much of a blend this book is. It is not an easy book to label, since it is set in the future and in space, but includes such things like witches, psychic visions, and prophesies. It also includes ideas of politics, ecology, and philosophy, combined with action and romance. I can't say enough good about this book.

Jul 20, 2016

A science fiction classic- it's a dense read but it's worth the effort.

Jun 29, 2016

What "Lord of the Rings" is to fantasy, "Dune" is to science fiction. An absolute masterpiece! Methodical... complex... deep... fascinating... awesome! A blend of action, politics, mysticism, ecology and economics... with witches, tyrants, uber-men, sabotage, visions and a vastness that you can meditate on and reference for the rest of your life. One of the greatest books of all time. "The spice must flow."

Mar 29, 2016

Best Sci-Fi novel of all time!

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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

Jul 27, 2015

"Fear is the mind killer."

Jun 24, 2014

Best affirmation ever:

“I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.”
Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear

unbalancedbutfair Apr 23, 2012

"There was pain in him -- like a blister all that remained of some lost yesterday that Time had pruned off him"

May 30, 2010

“Unseat Rabban, the Harkonnen beast, and remake our world into a place where we may raise our families on happiness amidst an abundance of water,” (p 427)


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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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