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Dune (1965)

by Frank Herbert

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Series: Dune (1), Dune: Complete Chronology (14)

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42,99769545 (4.27)7 / 1070
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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    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.
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    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)
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    The Faded Sun Trilogy: Kesrith, Shon'jir, and Kutath 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!
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    Gateway by Frederik Pohl (Vonini)
  5. 40
    A Door Into Ocean by Joan Slonczewski (Anonymous user)
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    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.
  7. 41
    Grass by Sheri S. Tepper (MyriadBooks)
    MyriadBooks: For the description of the planet.
  8. 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.
  9. 31
    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.
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    The Word for World is Forest by Ursula K. Le Guin (andomck)
    andomck: Ecological science fiction.
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    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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    Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve (themulhern)
    themulhern: Duncan Idaho is not so unlike Kit Solent
  13. 10
    Ringworld by Larry Niven (sturlington)
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    Singularity Sky by Charles Stross (hyper7)
    hyper7: Singularity Sky could have been set in the Dune universe.
  15. 21
    Marrow by Robert Reed (Sandwich76)
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    Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri (susanbooks)
  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. 33
    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.
  19. 34
    The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (wvlibrarydude)
    wvlibrarydude: Substance gives power to individual. Lots of political intrigue with interesting characters.
  20. 12
    The Enterprise of Death by Jesse Bullington (Sandwich76)

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Non si può fare una recensione per questo libro, o almeno io non sono in grado, posso solo dire che è imprescindibile leggerlo

Non ho aggiunto l'ultima stella per la sensazione straniante che si ha nel finire il libro, quel pensiero fulmineo che dice "ma come, la storia è appena iniziata!?!!" e che è subito un senso di malessere.

Dovrei esserci abituata con tutte le saghe che leggo ma qui non c'è la malizia navigata degli scrittori moderni con i loro cliffhanger ammiccanti che sono già la promessa di un seguito, qui ci sono 800 pagine meravigliose che scivolano via come seta e la loro fine è (per me) uno schiaffo violento.

quindi ciao ciao mondo, vado a leggere [b:Messia di Dune|3704206|Messia di Dune (Dune #2)|Frank Herbert|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1326923386l/3704206._SX50_.jpg|3634570]
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  LLonaVahine | May 22, 2024 |
On my fourth attempt to get through Dune, I finally did it! And I didn't like it. I had no interest in any of the characters or the world building or really anything. I've yet to see any of the adaptations because the book was such a task to finish.
My coworkers all love this book so I really wanted to join their club but couldn't. I wish I read an abridged version of heard a radio drama because there were like five really cool moments in the book but overall I don't think it was worth the effort to get those. ( )
  Calrisia | May 17, 2024 |
As an admirer of science fiction, I wholeheartedly believe that Frank Herbert’s “Dune” transcends the silver screen adaptations. This magnum opus, with its sprawling desert landscapes, intricate political machinations, and profound ecological themes, is a literary voyage unlike any other.

Herbert’s masterful world-building immerses readers in the arid sands of Arrakis, where the spice melange flows like a river of cosmic consciousness. The saga of Paul Atreides, the prophesied Kwisatz Haderach, unfolds with a richness that no film could fully capture. The intricacies of the Great Houses, the enigmatic Bene Gesserit, and the fierce Fremen rebels intertwine to create a tapestry of epic proportions.

While the movies—despite their visual spectacle—inevitably compress and simplify, the novel unfurls at its own deliberate pace. Herbert’s prose, akin to the shifting sands, reveals layers of philosophy, power struggles, and mysticism. The sandworms, colossal and mythic, symbolize both danger and transformation—a metaphor that resonates far beyond the confines of cinema.

In the grand theater of imagination, “Dune” reigns supreme. Its exploration of religion, destiny, and ecological balance lingers long after the credits roll. So, dear reader, venture into the desert, ride the sandworms, and savor the spice. For this literary odyssey deserves not just stars, but entire constellations. ( )
  mlheintz | May 6, 2024 |
The thing is, I’d really like to like this book, particularly because it’s developed the legend of being a sci-fi classic. I found it in places very hard work. I also think that it is much more a product of its time than one would think. This isn’t a timeless classic like the Lord of the rings or for that matter, William Gibson Neuromancer or something similar. It does have that feeling of creation in the 1960s. I found the plot at times meandering and certainly the world building whilst impressive was difficult to access and so there or made reading it at times a little bit more of a chore than one would like. I understand that this is the start of a series by Frank Herbert , I’m not convinced I’ll be following up anymore. ( )
  aadyer | Apr 25, 2024 |
I'm not going to rate this, because I didn't finish it, obviously. This is just one of those books that isn't my cup of tea because the pacing is completely bogged down in the first book by political intrigue, made-up fantasy jargon and too many characters to keep track of. I don't find that particularly entertaining, and there are definitely parts where it comes off as preachy and intentionally obscure. Maybe, Frank Herbert would have been a good poet. If you didn't get the memo this book is a pretty clear allegory for colonialism in the Middle East and the spice is oil, like it doesn't take a genius. I've heard that if you have seen Lawrence of Arabia, Dune is just Science Fiction Lawrence of Arabia. I read this because the movie is coming out like, tomorrow, and hopefully that is better. I started it, dnf-ed it and then picked it up again and dnf-ed it again. I tend to have a problem with overly didactic science fiction that is meant to teach you something and writing that doesn't get to the point.
  kittyfoyle | Apr 23, 2024 |
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Frank Herbertprimary authorall editionscalculated
Brick, ScottNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Broadhurst, KentNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cassidy, OrlaghNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
de Fontaine, DorothyMapsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Di Fate, VincentCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dirda, MichaelIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gaiman, NeilIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Guidall, GeorgeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hahn, Ronald M.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Herbert, BrianAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Morton, EuanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pennington, BruceCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schmidt, JakobTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schoenherr, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Siudmak, WojciechCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sowers, ScottNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stuyter, M.K.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Toivonen, AnjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vance, SimonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct. This every sister of the Bene Gesserit knows. To begin your study of the life of Muad'Dib, then, take care that you first place him in his time: born in the 57th year of the Padishah Emperor, Shaddam IV. And take the most special care that you locate Muad'Dib in his place: the planet Arrakis. Do not be deceived by the fact that he was born on Caladan and lived his first fifteen years there. Arrakis, the planet known as Dune, is forever his place.
from "Manual of Muad'dib" by the Princess Irulan
To the people whose labors 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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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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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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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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Herbert, Frank, 1920-1986.
Ο πλανήτης Dune-Τόμος 1 / Φρανκ Χέρμπερτ · μετάφραση Γ. Κουσουνέλος. - Αθήνα : SPACE Ε.Π.Ε., 1989. - 277σ. · 18x11εκ. - (Cosmos: Επιστημονική Φαντασία · 022)
Γλώσσα πρωτοτύπου: αγγλικά
Τίτλος πρωτοτύπου: Dune, 1965
(Μαλακό εξώφυλλο) [Εξαντλημένο]
Herbert, Frank, 1920-1986.
Ο πλανήτης Dune-Τόμος 1I / Φρανκ Χέρμπερτ · μετάφραση Γ. Κουσουνέλος. - Αθήνα : SPACE Ε.Π.Ε., 1989. - 384σ. · 18x11εκ. - (Cosmos: Επιστημονική Φαντασία · 022)
Γλώσσα πρωτοτύπου: αγγλικά
Τίτλος πρωτοτύπου: Dune, 1965
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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

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