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Dune

1965 Novel by Frank Herbert

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World Building at it's best

  • Feb 19, 2011
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Dune, by Frank Herbert. Along with The Lord Of the Rings is one of the finest examples of world building period.

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February 19, 2011
This is a Quick Tip rather than a review. Be sure to use the Quick Tips for short comments on an item. See my review of Dune as a comparison on how to write a book review. Loved the book! Herbert's best!
 
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review by . January 06, 2012
posted in SF Signal
I was a late comer to science fiction. I didn't begin reading fiction until high school, when an illness had me bedridden for a week. My sister came into my room and dropped a stack of her books on me, books by Langston Hughes, James Baldwin and other black novelists she admired. I was hooked. My scifi experience began in college, soon after my English instructor summoned me to her office and insisted that I change my major from Chemistry to English so as to become a writer. I didn't take her advice …
review by . July 22, 2010
I like the direction Frank Herbert took the Dune series in his first two sequels. This book has a bit more development than the original Dune. We get to learn more about the inner turmoil of Paul, Alia, and then meet the kids. Frank has a way of creating politically exciting twists and power struggles, without making any one character the villain. Paul and Alia in their own ways are both despots and victims. In terms of storyline, I think this brings the story to a satisfying conclusion (I'm not …
review by . July 03, 2010
Science fiction by setting and technology, yet presenting ever so actual themes for humankind (politics, fight for power, war, love, learning and adapting, etc.), this book fascinated me because of many reasons, yet one idea really stayed with me a long time, changing my perception on world: how would it be to live on a desert planet? I started to look differently at the wonderful gift of vegetation and water, at the trees, lakes and rivers, maybe even with more gratitude and being more careful …
review by . July 02, 2010
A tale of humanity 20,000 years in the future, Dune beautifully recounts the tale of a single human being and an empire spanning the entire galaxy. At this point most are familiar with the plot- Paul Atreides son of a Duke has his whole life uprooted to a desert planet where he is forced into exile. He finds a home with the vast desert community of Fremen and eventually exacts revenge on his father's murderer and starts a new religion whose jihad takes the galaxy by storm.  But the astounding …
Quick Tip by . September 20, 2010
posted in Forbidden Planet
By far a most interesting and dramatic world. The people are fascinating and rarities. The religious overtones and zealous fervor makes me read this and all the Dune books with lusty speed. Bene Geserits are the ultimate witches with pizaz.
review by . June 11, 2010
Exhaustion was the first reaction to having read this book.  Then came excitement that I had been introduced to a totally new universe.      Set on a desert planet -- which could possibly be earth? -- the characters are all about power and either ignoring or abiding by the rules.  The thirst for dominion is rampant and little is taboo so long as you see yourself as the exception.      The movie was such an extravaganza, but just as tedious in details.  …
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
A brilliantly crafted universe is hidden in these pages.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
I have to give this book a 5 because I was named after one of the characters. And also...come on...great sci-fi!!! "I am I because I am here."
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
I can't say I've ever been a science fiction nut, but I truly enjoyed this book and it made me interested in possibly reading other science fiction.
Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
A must read for all true sci fi fans, and fans of the movie, although I found it hard to get started
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Dune is set far in humanity's future. Within those years, Earth has been destroyed, a Jihad has taken place to free humanity from the 'thinking machines' that threatened to overwhelm the human race, and mankind has scattered throughout space. This Universe is a feudal empire ruled by the Padishah Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV of House Corrino. The novel focuses on a rivalry between two feudal houses - House Atreides and House Harkonnen.

Dune is the first of six novels written by Frank Herbert set in this universe:
  • Dune (1965)
  • Dune Messiah (1969)
  • Children of Dune (1976)
  • God Emperor of Dune (1981)
  • Heretics of Dune (1984)
  • Chapterhouse Dune (1985)

Frank Herbert died in 1986. His son Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson have written several more novels set in the Dune universe..
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Author: Frank Herbert
Genre: Scifi
Publisher: Chilton Books
Date Published: 1965

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