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Dune, 40th Anniversary Edition (Dune Chronicles, Book 1) (original 1965; edition 2005)

by Frank Herbert

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Title:Dune, 40th Anniversary Edition (Dune Chronicles, Book 1)
Authors:Frank Herbert
Info:Ace Trade (2005), Edition: 0040-Anniversary, Paperback, 544 pages
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Dune by Frank Herbert (1965)

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“EPIC! One of my favorite books of all time. By the way, Dune is terrific on audio.” ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
Great writing with some philosophy mixed with politics, intrigue, and action a great scifi story ( )
  mccandlessn | Apr 6, 2014 |
I finally got around to reading this seminal work of science fiction and enjoyed it quite a bit. The world of the story was dense and intimidating at first but I got into it fairly quickly. I picked this up from the library before a business trip to Midland. It took me a while to read it after that as it is a substantial work and hence required some momentum. ( )
  JonathanCrites | Mar 17, 2014 |
This was the headline book for a long running series. The Universe was star-faring and had an Ottoman style government in a state that was also very religion centred. There was a strong family loyalty revenge theme that suits many young adults. It's good entertainment, but the string was run out long before the follow-up books stopped coming. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Feb 11, 2014 |
I first read this so long ago that revisiting it now was like reading a new book while occasionally experiencing moments of deja vu. As with most every book I esteemed as a teenager, a fresh reading reveals just how many notions I stole from the story without ever giving it proper credit. Throughout, I was reminded how much DUNE shaped my opinions about myth-making as related to religious figures, and while it no longer seems so profound as it once did, I still enjoyed the progression of Paul's path from royal-in-exile to guerrilla leader to self-aware messiah.

It was pleasantly surprising to discover just how fully realized the world described in DUNE is. Not many sci-fi novels published 50 years ago would feel as fresh as this one does, which speaks well of its vision and the consistency of the world it describes. While I might dislike the high-adventure declarations of characters in a fantasy novel, the strangeness imparted by the science-fiction setting made them not only palatable but engaging.

I also might quibble with the lengthy passages in which characters comment on their own motives and plans, but the scope of the story might have become muddled without some of these things being revealed to the reader so readily. Plus, the rotating multiple viewpoints gave a well-rounded view of the overall story and deepened the characterization of players who might otherwise never have emerged from the shadow of their stereotypes.

I never made it through any of the other books in the series, so now I'll give them a try to see if the world of DUNE holds up to repeat visits. ( )
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A portrayal of an alien society more complete and deeply detailed than any other author in the field has managed...a story absorbing equally for its action and philosophical vistas.
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One of the monuments of modern science fiction.
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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.
First words
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.
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.

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Foretold one gets dumped
in desert, then goes native.
Returns, beats baddies!
Fear the mind killer
Worm vomit expands the mind
Kwisatz Haderach

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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Follows the adventures of Paul Atreides, the son of a betrayed duke given up for dead on a treacherous desert planet and adopted by its fierce, nomadic people, who help him unravel his most unexpected destiny.

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