Dune by Frank Herbert

85%

15 Critic Reviews

I was happy to wind through Herbert's labyrinth of political intrigues, betrayals, deceptions, blood and fury. The complexity struck me as a strength rather than a failing.
-Guardian

Synopsis

"Unique...I know nothing comparable to it except Lord of the Rings."--Arthur C. ClarkeHere is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family--and would 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. Frank Herbert's death in 1986 was a tragic loss, yet the astounding legacy of his visionary fiction will live forever.
 

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Frank Herbert worked originally as a journalist, but then turned to science fiction. His Dune series has had a major impact on that genre. Some critics assert that Herbert is responsible for bringing in a new branch of ecological science fiction. He had a personal interest in world ecology, and consulted with the governments of Vietnam and Pakistan about ecological issues. The length of some of Herbert's novels also helped make it acceptable for science fiction authors to write longer books. It is clear that, if the reader is engaged by the story---and Herbert certainly has the ability to engage his readers---length is not important. As is usually the case with popular fiction, it comes down to whether or not the reader is entertained, and Herbert is, above all, an entertaining and often compelling writer. His greatest talent is his ability to create new worlds that are plausible to readers, in spite of their alien nature, such as the planet Arrakis in the Dune series.
 
Published August 26, 2003 by Ace. 894 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Education & Reference. Fiction
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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Sam Jordison on Apr 09 2009

I was happy to wind through Herbert's labyrinth of political intrigues, betrayals, deceptions, blood and fury. The complexity struck me as a strength rather than a failing.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Sam Jordison on Apr 09 2009

The novel's rapacious capitalism, religious strife, fanatical guerrilla warriors and - most of all - its stark warning against putting too much faith in one leader resonate as much today as ever.

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Leigh Bardugo on Nov 07 2012

I'd been slogging along, eyes on the ground, just trying to make it through another day of the relentless, petty slice and grind that is being a preteen girl. Herbert tilted my chin up so I could see the stars.

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Open Letters Monthly

Good
Reviewed by Steve Donoghue on Aug 26 2014

Any excuse is a good excuse to re-read this fantastic book, the complicated, thoroughly adult story of quasi-feudal intrigue and messianic fervor set thousands of years in the future and far, far from Earth.

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SF Site

Good
on Jun 09 2014

Dune opened up the possibility of other worlds for me in a way that no other book had done before it -- or since. It was impossible to have this moment of awakening twice in a lifetime. But Dune changed the way I looked at words...

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Daily Kos

Excellent
on Aug 17 2012

Dune is fascinating as a story on its own, but once all the layers are peeled back what is laid out is, to me, right up there with Machiavelli when it comes to politics.

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Chamber Four

Excellent
Reviewed by Sean Clark on Jun 05 2013

Herbert seamlessly blends fantasy and sci-fi conventions in a way few franchises besides Star Wars have been successful at. Aristocrats playing politics, sword fights, space ships, and giant sandworm alien monsters punctuate a story that is full of rich lore rivaled only by books like the Lord of the Rings series...

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Lit Reactor

Excellent
Reviewed by Rajan Khanna on Jun 28 2013

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it one last time, Dune is one of the best novels in the English language. That it’s a science fiction novel should not be overlooked, but should also not qualify its content. Dune is a masterpiece, and I heartily recommend it for anyone interested in good fiction.

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Book Review Circle

Good
Reviewed by Sayan Mukherjee on Aug 26 2014

A very fresh perspective on the well worn science fiction genre. The geo-political situations depicted are highly extrapolative and yet extremely believable.

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Good
Reviewed by Antoxx on Jul 21 2013

The reader is able to have an affinity for the main characters within the book and the plot captivates you from start to end, whilst the world building is nearly unparalleled.

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SF Reviews

Excellent
on Aug 26 2014

...such stylistic indulgences do not diminish the value of the story, both as glorious entertainment, and as the novel that took science fiction at a turning point in its history and transformed it forever.

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Val's Random Comments

Above average
Reviewed by Lana on Jun 04 2014

I really liked Dune. For a science fiction story, it resembles my favorite genre (fantasy) a lot more than I thought it would. Keeping most of the focus on the story and the characters made it more enjoyable and available for me than science fiction that focuses more on science or technology.

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The Qwillery

Good
Reviewed by Brannigan on Sep 20 2014

As a reader, you'll need to decide which type of Sci-Fi fan you are, events or ideas. Once you've looked deep into your soul you'll know if you'll love Dune or appreciate it for what it means to the genre. Either way, I think every fan of speculative fiction needs to read this book...

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Story Treasury

Good
Reviewed by Sonia Lal on Sep 07 2011

The world-building is amazing. The world is realized so well, I am amazed. There is philosophy, adventure and religion. There are political and social conflicts. There are conflicts that involve economics and science.

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Tom's Mad Blog

Good
Reviewed by Tom Richmond on Aug 06 2007

Dune is a slow burning tale with a lot of examination of concepts like the potential of human evolution, class systems, religion and heady sci-fi theories. There’s action as well, and good action at that, but there’s also a lot of transcendental, heavy stuff that makes it an acquired taste.

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