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Dune (original 1965; edition 2006)

by Frank Herbert

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Title:Dune
Authors:Frank Herbert
Info:Hodder (2006), Edition: New edition, Paperback, 608 pages
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Rating:****1/2
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Dune by Frank Herbert (Author) (1965)

  1. 319
    Foundation by Isaac Asimov (Patangel, JonTheTerrible, philAbrams)
    JonTheTerrible: The pace of these books are similar as well as the topics they cover: society and government. The science plays only a small role in both books but is present enough to successfully build the worlds in which the characters inhabit.
  2. 123
    Hyperion by Dan Simmons (corporate_clone)
    corporate_clone: It is difficult not to compare Dune and Hyperion, even though both series have major differences in terms of tone, style and philosophy. Those are two long, epic, elaborate and very ambitious sci-fi masterpieces where religion plays a key role. I would highly recommend the fans of one to check out the other.… (more)
  3. 60
    The Faded Sun Trilogy by C. J. Cherryh (reading_fox)
    reading_fox: Same basic sort of premise - SciFi set on desert worlds inspires the rise of a galactic empire, but very different outcomes!
  4. 82
    Gateway by Frederik Pohl (Vonini)
  5. 30
    A Door Into Ocean by Joan Slonczewski (Anonymous user)
  6. 41
    Grass by Sheri S. Tepper (MyriadBooks)
    MyriadBooks: For the description of the planet.
  7. 20
    Bright of the Sky by Kay Kenyon (amysisson)
    amysisson: Different in tone, but similar in scope, plus it's also about the lengths to which empires will go to maintain the status quo.
  8. 31
    The Word for World is Forest by Ursula K. Le Guin (andomck)
    andomck: Ecological science fiction.
  9. 86
    Lord Valentine's Castle by Robert Silverberg (corporate_clone)
    corporate_clone: Both books are a subtle blend of science fiction and fantasy while being truly epic stories. Although Dune remains a superior literary achievement in my view, Silverberg's Majipoor series is a credible alternative.
  10. 43
    Singularity Sky by Charles Stross (hyper7)
    hyper7: Singularity Sky could have been set in the Dune universe.
  11. 21
    The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge (sandstone78)
    sandstone78: Similar tropes in the form of human computers and a native species capable of granting youth, and the powerful woman trying to breed a special child- The Snow Queen seems on one level a response to Dune, taking many of the same elements and twisting them around, while going in quite different directions in other ways.… (more)
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    Marrow by Robert Reed (Sandwich76)
  13. 21
    The King Must Die & The Bull from the Sea by Mary Renault (themulhern)
    themulhern: Young man with special powers and noble blood overthrows the established order through cunning and charisma. In the process he changes his people and then the rot sets in.
  14. 32
    The Lazarus Effect by Frank Herbert (d_perlo)
    d_perlo: So you have read Frank Herbert's Dune series and want more? Thy The Lazarus Effect, The Jesus Incident, and The Ascension Factor, also by Frank Herbert. This is his take on a water world.
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    The Enterprise of Death by Jesse Bullington (Sandwich76)
  16. 22
    Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (wvlibrarydude)
    wvlibrarydude: Substance gives power to individual. Lots of political intrigue with interesting characters.
  17. 11
    The Broken God by David Zindell (whiten06)
    whiten06: Another coming-of-age story with the protagonist gaining god-like knowledge through the use of hallucinogens.
  18. 23
    The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan (LaPhenix)
    LaPhenix: Another messiah story drawing inspiration from similar sources.
  19. 12
    Beowulf's Children by Larry Niven (ed.pendragon)
    ed.pendragon: Similar approach to exploring ecology of a fictional planet while adding to the mix of myth-inspired human interaction.
  20. 13
    Even Peons are People: Interplanetary Justice by D. Pak (philAbrams)
    philAbrams: Little things that just add up, despite different major themes.

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There's really not much I can say about this scifi classic that hasn't been said better by others. The characters, premise, plot and writing are fantastic. ( )
  Karlstar | Dec 11, 2018 |
In Dune, Frank Herbret tells the story of Paul Atreides, whose noble family gains stewardship of the planet Arrakis, the source of spice mélange which grants special abilities, as part of a plot from the rival Harkonnen family. Through mystical dreams that result from his Bene Gesserit mother’s training, Paul has visions of the local people, the Fremen, and the world they inhabit. After a Harkonnen coup that kills his father, Paul and his mother enter the care of the Fremen, where he assumes the name Muad’Dib, and trains them to fight back against the Harkonnens who oppress the people. My summary naturally leaves out a great amount of detail, but the fifty-year-old science fiction novel is one of the classics of the genre, leading to a 1984 film adaptation directed by David Lynch and a 2000 Sci-Fi Channel miniseries as well as references throughout popular culture. Even those who have not read the novel know many of the elements.

The other main significant science-fiction works prior to Herbert were Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Barsoom series with John Carter, focusing on a desert groups engaging in tribal warfare, and Isaac Asimov’s Foundation, featuring a galaxy-spanning Empire. While elements of these two can be seen in Dune, Herbert engaged primarily with the mysticism, religious experimentation, and consciousness-exploring that appealed to the Beats and later Hippies as well as proto-environmentalism through the role of people in shaping their ecosystem. His focus on a society of warring noble houses that use traditional knife fighting and pitched battles over other trapping of science fiction (explained by a distrust of advanced computers) influenced much of later science fiction, particularly Star Wars. The Fremen society, based on the Bedouin and with its use of Arabic and Arabic-inspired words, relies on a form of Orientalism that separates it from the more Euro-American-centric science fiction of others at the time and since.

In his afterword, Brian Herbert writes, “[Dune] is to science fiction what the Lord of the Rings trilogy is to fantasy, the most highly regarded, respected works in their respective genres. Of course, Dune is not just science fiction. It includes strong elements of fantasy and contains so many important layers beneath the story line that it has become a mainstream classic” (pg. 546). According to Brian Herbert, “Having studied politics carefully, my father believed that heroes made mistakes… mistakes that were simplified by the number of people who followed such leaders slavishly” (pg. 547). This explains Paul’s concerns about his actions leading to a jihad he cannot control. Further, “Dune is a modern-day conglomeration of familiar myths, a tale in which great sandworms guard a precious treasure of melange, the geriatric spice that represents, among other things, the finite resource of oil” (pg. 549). Finally, Brian Herbert writes, “At the end of the book, he intentionally left loose ends and said he did this to send the readers spinning out of the story with bits and pieces of it still clinging to them, so that they would go back and read it again” (pg. 552).

This Folio Society edition reprints the original text with an introduction from Michael Dirda that helps contextualize the novel. Brian Herbert’s afterword relies on much of what he examined in his biographical work of his father, Dreamer of Dune. Finally, Sam Weber’s illustrations gorgeously recount specific scenes in almost photo-realism, but with just the right touch to make these scenes look appropriately fantastic. ( )
  DarthDeverell | Nov 29, 2018 |
I was excited to finally read this science-fiction classic. It starts out incredibly dry; the chapters even begin with quotes from fake encyclopedias. This is probably deliberate. Herbert tries to richen the tone toward the end of part one, when Paul Atreides, Duke Leto's heir, takes his prophesied position as a leader of the Arrakis Fremen, for their rebellion. But I think the tone shift fails. The writing never gets better, and the shift from moderately hard science fiction to soft, I-can-see-the-future mysticism breaks the story. Still, it is a fast and imaginative read, with epic scale and ambitions. ( )
  breic | Nov 13, 2018 |
Epic. Truly epic. An overpowering saga that rolls over you like a giant sandstorm, so that imperfections just don’t matter in the grand scheme of things. And schemes are many. All grand. ( )
  Gezemice | Oct 29, 2018 |
Dune drops you into a universe that is hard to make sense of at first, but as you read along the plot and world become more interesting and you understand things better. The world building is incredible and the story is just as good. Paul and his family go to a new planet, the emperor is in cahoots to end Paul's fathers family with the family's enemy. They attempt on Paul's life and his mom failed, but they are thought of to be dead so they hide among the planets natives. The natives think Paul is the foretold prophet that will lead them to rule the planet and maybe more. This quick summary does not do the book justice. It is more intricate with lots of details that add a great deal to the story. ( )
  wellreadcatlady | Oct 4, 2018 |
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Why is Blanch’s influence on Dune worth recognizing? Celebrating Blanch is not a means to discredit Herbert, whose imaginative novel transcends the sum of its influences. But Dune remains massively popular while The Sabres of Paradise languishes in relative obscurity, and renewed public interest in Blanch’s forgotten history would be a welcome development.

Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy was famously inspired by Edward Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. J. R. R. Tolkien’s background in medieval languages helped shape the mythology of Middle Earth. Frank Herbert’s Dune is no different, and rediscovering one of the book’s most significant influences is a rewarding experience.
 
One of the monuments of modern science fiction.
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Herbert, FrankAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brick, ScottNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cassidy, OrlaghNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
de Fontaine, DorothyMapsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Di Fate, VincentCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dirda, MichaelIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Guidall, GeorgeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Herbert, BrianAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Morton, EuanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pennington, BruceCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schoenherr, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Siudmak, WojciechCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To the people whose labours go beyond ideas into the realm of 'real materials' - to the dry-land ecologists, wherever they may be, in whatever time they work, this effort at prediction is dedicated in humility and admiration.
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A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct... from "Manual of Muad'dib" by the Princess Irulan
In the week before their departure to Arakis, when all the final scurrying about had reached a nearly unbearable frenzy, an old crone came to visit the mother of the boy, Paul.
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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.
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.
Let us not rail about justice as long as we have arms and the freedom to use them.
The thing the ecologically illiterate don't realize about an ecosystem is that it's a system. A system! A system maintains a certain fluid stability that can be destroyed by a misstep in just one niche. A system has order, a flowing from point to point. If something dams the flow, order collapses. The untrained miss the collapse until too late. That's why the highest function of ecology is the understanding of consequences.
The willow submits to the wind and prospers until one day it is many willows — a wall against the wind. This is the willow's purpose.
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If you are combining a translated copy please check carefully as in some languages this book was split into two volumes. In some languages there is a single volume edition and a split edition - you should only combine the single volume edition with the English edition. Languages known to have multiple-volumes: French, German,
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Set in the far future amidst a sprawling feudal interstellar empire where planetary fiefdoms are controlled by noble Houses that owe an allegiance to the Imperial House Corrino, Dune tells the story of young Paul Atreides (heir apparent to Duke Leto Atreides and scion of House Atreides) as he and his family accept control of the desert planet Arrakis, the only source of the spice melange, the most important and valuable substance in the universe. The story explores the complex and multilayered interactions of politics, religion, ecology, technology, and human emotion, as forces of the Empire confront each other for control of Arrakis and its spice.

AR 5.7, 28 Pts
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Foretold one gets dumped
in desert, then goes native.
Returns, beats baddies!
(ed.pendragon)
Fear the mind killer
Worm vomit expands the mind
Kwisatz Haderach
(amweb)

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0441013597, Paperback)

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. Five sequels follow. --Brooks Peck

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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.… (more)

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