Dune - Frank Herbert

Dune

By Frank Herbert

  • Release Date: 1975-09-01
  • Genre: Classics
Score: 4.5
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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.

Reviews

  • Awesome

    5
    By Morven Chan
    Fantastic! The lovely story it is!
  • Amazing and Introspective

    5
    By CrimsonGuardian08
    Frank Herbert’s “Dune” is a classic of modern sci-fi, and an inspiration for the likes of Star Wars and Game of Thrones. It is a masterpiece of brilliant storylines, fully developed characters, masterful writing and meaningful themes. Highly recommend.
  • A tale as sweeping as the sands of the place for which this book is named…

    5
    By The Spice Rack-a-teer
    Many people complain that this book is too “dense” or too “smart” for the average reader and I tell you thusly, this is not the case. Frank Herbert weaves a tale of political intrigue within intrigue and not once does one feel lost in the world he created. There are many terms in it that may be confusing but there is a provided glossary if further clarification is needed (the Internet is available to you as well). There is not much detailed description of the action and battles that takes place in the story but character dialogue descriptions of them leave it up to the reader’s imagination of how it unfolded. The romance between Paul and Chani could have been described better, since this is also a young boy becoming a man/coming-of-age tale. Overall, this book is an excellent jumping off point for those just getting into sci-if and will be a stable to those already in love with the genre. If you liked Game of Thrones and Star Wars you will love the word of Dune (and both took inspiration from Frank Herbert’s work).
  • The Original World Builder

    5
    By Anjin_nav
    “Dune” was unleashed on the world the same year I was. Though it took me 11 years to find it, when I did I was changed forever. Stories like “Tarzan” and “John Carter of Mars” or even “I, Robot”, “Lucifer’s Hammer”, and—dare I say it—“2001: A Space Odessa” became small. Frank Herbert had a message for humanity decades before we became concerned about peak oil, nuclear winter, or global warming. In “Dune,” he’s telling us that we’re part of our planet, and it’s part of us. And in the narrative, he’s optimistic humanity can be so much bigger than we are. It’s easy to forget, too, this book was written under the dark veil of the Cold War, with not-so-thinly veiled references to the Soviet Union, United States, and United Nations. No wonder this book had such a huge influence on the teenager I was, once reading it while participating in bomb drills under my desk. I’ve read it more times than I can remember, and I find something new every time. Thankfully, Denis Villenuv has introduced a new generation to the story. I watched the movie, and saw Arrakis through a different, wider angle lens. If the cover works and introduces a new generation to the masterpiece series Frank Herbert wrote, I welcome it. Now, please excuse me, I must get back to Geidi Prime, Pieter de Vries, and Baron Harkonnen as they plan their vile plot….
  • A decent classic

    3
    By Giacomo8484
    I read this because it’s a classic and can see why but somehow I was let down. I like sci fi and fantasy and could see why it must have been considered great for it’s time. I found it to have too much jargon and not enough character development. When people died I didn’t feel invested in the characters. The world itself is fascinating and the general story but lacks for me.
  • A book I won’t soon forget

    5
    By the real your MoM
    The book at first is admittedly— a little slow. But one would be insane to expect anything else in a book that is 700 pages. The story is incredible, the world building is magnificent, and the universe is wonderful. I am glad that I read it. (Also ignore the guy who accused the book of “anti blackness”. One would have to be psychotic to see anti blackness.) Also, why are people suddenly giving it 1 star just because they changed the cover? Geez get over it, the words inside are still the same. They just changed the way the cover looked. Imagine dragging down the ratings of a good book just because you don’t like the new cover. The book is great.
  • Read Dune in ‘65/66,then all series. No movie can touch my imagination

    5
    By Aveezeezee
    vbree49
  • Timeless Classic

    5
    By Reza Jilani
    Greatest of the great Sci-Fi books. It was written in 1965, not 1975!
  • Overpriced

    4
    By Valdezatron
    Free on YouTube.
  • Stop crying about the cover

    5
    By Eternal Disappointment
    Rate the story, not the cover. This is DUNE. Nuff said. But to those people giving the story a 1 star over the movie cover, stop whining. You’re actually an embarrassment.

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