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Dune (40th Anniversary Edition) [Paperback]

Frank Herbert
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Aug. 2 2005 Dune (Book 1)
Here 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 Muad'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 it undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction.


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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. Five sequels follow. --Brooks Peck --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Dune is to science fiction what The Lord of the Rings is to fantasy. Though fans believed they had bid a sad farewell to the sand planet of Arrakis upon Herbert's death in 1986, his son Brian has assumed writing the Nebula and Hugo award-winning series with the help of Kevin J. Anderson. But the original is always the most popular, and Ace here offers a good-quality hardcover complete with maps, a glossary, and appendixes. The book's huge fan base should expand even more thanks to a six-hour miniseries premiering on the Sci-Fi Channel later this year that is said to be more faithful to the book than David Lynch's truly awful 1984 feature film.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not LOTR, No, definately not. It's much better. Oct. 14 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I will surely burn but I have to say it; "DUNE" stands head and shoulders above LOTR. LOTR is good but it is predictable. Dune has much more detailed and it's scope wider. Certainly, "Dune" is the harder read but much more worthwhile. This book digs much deeper into the nature of humanity, its goals, its weaknesses, strengths, and the nature of religions.

Comparing the books is, however, like comparing apples to oranges. Yes, they are both fruits, both are round-ish, both are tasty, and both grow on trees but they are very different. One book is about a quest and the battle between good and evil. The other is about the battle between humans who are both good and evil at the same time. It is a book about "wheels within wheels" that exist in each of our natures and in our society. Dune is amazing and worthy of reading twice or three times to see the layers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable Science Fiction Sept. 11 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
One of the greatest science fiction epics ever written. This book has it all: mind-expanding drugs, human computers, political intrigue, interstellar economics, and big-... worms. The reader should take from this book a sense of grandness of scale. The messianic fervor of the Fremen, the calculated patience of the Bene Gesserit eugenics program, the ecological ambition of Liet Kynes, and the universal-historical vision of the Quisatz Haderach, all ought to awaken us to the necessity and danger of human activity on the universal-historical timescale. That is the scale on which we all operate, whether we know it or not. Some of the themes in this book, which was written in the mid-1960's, foreshadow the adolescent field of chaos theory. In particular, the notion that seemingly insignificant local events can have calamitous effects on future history is analogous to the butterfly effect. Also, Herbert's conception of prophecy as a probability tree branching infinitely through time enjoys some endorsement from quantum physics.
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3.0 out of 5 stars the future from the past June 30 2012
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I enjoyed this book quite a lot but for me it fell short of the `masterpiece' hype that surrounds it. There is drama, tension and mystery. But the characters were not fully created. The main character, Paul Atreides, is treated in heroic terms, and doesn't seem completely real to me. But perhaps I was asking too much. It is well worth reading, just as a classic of the genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A literary masterpiece April 9 2014
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Despite the slow buildup and a moderately difficult vocabulary at times, Dune stands on a very high pedestal, towering above its sci-fi counterparts. This is a work of fiction that will challenge the mind and inagination, but also one that is extremely rewarding, and will ultimately leave you wanting more.

Any fan of science-fiction should without a doubt delve into Frank Herbert's undisputed creative genius.

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This is a long review, but Frank Herbert’s Dune is a long, rich book, and there’s a lot one can discuss.

For a few years I shied away from science fiction, probably because my main exposures to SF were poorly-written franchise novels. Recently, though, I discovered how rich and reflective "good" SF can actually be, and with this in mind I decided to tackle Herbert's Dune, which, as it says on its cover, is often hailed as "science fiction's supreme masterpiece".

The novel itself is divided into three Books that tell the story of Paul Atreides, heir to his father, Duke Leto Atreides. Originally, the Duke is governor of the planet Caladan, but is transferred to the desert planet Arrakis by his political rival the Baron Harkonnen. The move is ostensibly a promotion; the deserts of Arrakis are a vital and valuable source of spice, a potent but addictive substance that grants its users a kind of prescience and heightened mental activity. Of course, the Baron has ulterior motives, and much of the first Book deals with the Atreides family fending off his assassination attempts in the chaos of the move. Ultimately, despite their best efforts at security, the Atreides are betrayed from the inside, and a Harkonnen assault on the Atreides compound results in the capture and later the death of the Duke, and the re-establishment of a Harkonnen government on Arrakis. Paul and his mother, the Lady Jessica, escape into the desert, ending Book I.

What follows in the next two Books is the story of Paul’s life among the desert natives the Fremen—who come to accept him as some kind of demigod figure—his rise to a leader within their ranks, and, through some political maneuvering, a well-placed nuclear explosion, and a vicious ultimatum, to the heir of the galactic Imperial throne.
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Dune is a science fiction master piece by all accounts. It is an instant classic in this type of genre. It is not a Star Wars soap opera nor is it an intellectual/moral adventure as we see in Star Trek. Dune feels like a piece of theater with emphasis on dialogues more than an action-driven story. It is an adventure into the human transformation as they evolve into something greater (or darker). It is a vision on how the power of Humanity (not machine, computers or laser guns) transform civilization. On this last point, Jon Michaud has suggested in his article, "“Dune” Endures", that the lack of mainstream cultural acceptance of Dune may be related precisely to the lack of robots, machines or advance guns. I add to that and say it is not a redemption story nor is it a typical Good versus Evil (although undoubtedly the fight between the Houses does point at a moral stand). The emphasis of Dune is on the inner transformation and how it is mirrored by a transformation of the land.

If you are looking for a fast-pace read, this may be not the one for you, but it is nonetheless a good read for those who want to go beyond the `mundane` sci-fi genre.

You do not have to read the trilogy, this book is a standalone classic in its own right.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Immersive
The world in which Herbert puts us is complete and immersive. You'll most definitely want to read the prequel afterwards.
Published 4 months ago by Steve Morneau
5.0 out of 5 stars Awe inspiring
What can I say? I've red the series many times and it's always great. But why are the Kindle editions the same price as the paperback? Not fair :(
Published 5 months ago by Stephane Verreault
5.0 out of 5 stars Dune Messiah
I chose this rating because I really like it and to people who are intereasted in sci-fi it is a great story written by a great author.
Published 7 months ago by 2011cardar
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect gift to encourage my teenage son to read.
I loved the book in my mid-teens, and am actually re-reading the series again at 42 - I love it every time. It got my son to actually start voluntarily read...
Published 10 months ago by Dennis Mccolm
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
I read this about 6-7 years ago and absolutely loved it. What a masterpiece. Frank Herbert creates a world that is so easy to fall into and be absorbed by as a reader. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Are people on crack
Sometimes when im really in the mood to be mad i like to read the one star reviews of the this book. and its just blows my mind. Read more
Published 21 months ago by caine
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Sci Fi book of all time!!!
Lets rewind back to the early eighties. To a time before we were spoiled by 200 plus channels, netflix, the internet, and a home computer being as common in a house hold as a... Read more
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Dune is an epic tale of great depth and intricacy. One of the best things about this book is the sheer brilliance of its author as conveyed through meaningful and fascinating... Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2011 by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing else comes close
It's hard to add anything to what's been said about Frank Herbert's "Dune" in the 45 years since it first appeared. Read more
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