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4.0 out of 5 stars Not LOTR, No, definately not. It's much better.
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...
Published on Oct. 14 2006 by Steven W. Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars the future from the past
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...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not LOTR, No, definately not. It's much better.,
This review is from: Dune (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,
This review is from: Dune (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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awe inspiring,
This review is from: Dune (Kindle Edition)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 :(
5.0 out of 5 stars Dune Messiah,
This review is from: Dune Messiah (Audio CD)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.
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect gift to encourage my teenage son to read.,
This review is from: Dune (Mass Market Paperback)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...
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book,
This review is from: Dune (Mass Market Paperback)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. Its a very intelligent book with great character and plot development. This will go down as one of my favorite books of all times.
3.0 out of 5 stars the future from the past,
This review is from: Dune (40th Anniversary Edition) (Paperback)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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Sci Fi book of all time!!!,
This review is from: Dune (Mass Market Paperback)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 telephone, or stove.
I was at a friends house, and his parents had cable. They also had first choice movie station. While I was there I caught the last climatic battle of the David lynch movie DUNE.
I was totally fasanated by this movie. It was strange and mysterious. It would be some years later before I actually got to see the whole movie.
Then a few years after that I discovered that the movie was based on a book. Frank herberts DUNE.
When I finally got a copy of DUNE I was blown away. There are only a handful of artworks that really have affected me, and DUNE is one. I read this book three times. Then went on to read the rest of the series.
This book has it all, mystery, action, and romance. Its grand, and timeless. Filled with themes and symbols you could disect for years.
So if you are a fan of science fiction novels, and you have not read DUNE. You MUST read it ASAP. You will not be disapointed.
4.0 out of 5 stars How I imagine Islam to be...,
This review is from: Dune (Mass Market Paperback)That may seem like a strange heading but the more I read through the book and the more the Fremen characters became important and the saviors of the Dune universe the more I realized that Herbert tapped into the mystique of Islam from a Western vantage point. His use of Islamic/Arabic terms is obvious and intentional and to an untrained ear it adds to the mystique. But behind the terms is a theology that is rooted in Islam. We cheer for the Fremen. From the point of view of Islam, even though Dune's theology is syncretistic and a bit suspect, this is why this faith holds such an appeal. Again, this may sound a bit strange but this was the impression the book left on me.
As for the sci-fi component, the universe Mr. Herbert has created is brilliant. It is not grounded in this world or space but is a universe unto itself. His knowledge of desert and the importance of water makes for engaging reading and one imagines the world as quite real and believable.
But ultimately I was more drawn to the philosophy/spiritual component and the interest in the Messianic figure as such a figure can be found in all religions and the Islamic view of such a figure matches the Messianic figure here more than it does a Christian, even Jewish, type of figure. This is not an Islamic theology book but this book opened my eyes a bit as to how the early Islamic community may have succeeded and why it has the appeal it does even today. And, it seems to me, Mr. Herbert used this story as a launching pad to insert his idyllic worldview.
Why not five stars? It (or I) just ran out of steam at the end. But still one of the best fiction books I have ever read.
5.0 out of 5 stars ENTERING THE WASTELAND,
This review is from: Dune (Mass Market Paperback)The novel Dune is one of those works that you hear of by reputation as being a classic and which you always see in the bookstore but never seem to pick up to read. I had seen the David Lynch film when I was younger and was confused and bored by it. I borrowed a copy of the Dune tv mini-series recently, and after watching one episode I found the story intriguing but the special effects lacking. So I decided to read the book in order to experience a better effects company, my imagination.
To me, one of the things that makes Dune unique is its glimpse of what the future holds for the human race. It isnt a future controlled by machines and dominated by technology as so many science fiction worlds are. The universe that Frank Herbert creates here is a humanistic one, almost a mideval renaissance world. Going along with that thought, this universe is filled with court intrigue. The known universe is loosely ruled by an emperor named Padashan IV who keeps his rule going with the threat of his imperial guard, elite fighting units called Sardaukar. He also keeps his noblemen in suspicion of each other and sometimes helps bring about actual wars between them if it suits his purpose.
As the book opens, one of his most respected noblemen, Duke Atreides, is sent to the desert planet of Arrakis (Dune) to take over spice production. Spice is the most important product in the universe and whoever controls it, controls power, and brings danger on themselves. One of the sources of conflict is that the Atreides have replaced the House Harkonnen, their bitter enemies, on Arrakis, so the whole place smells like a trap waiting to spring. The Harkonnens have sworn eternal war, called "kanly" with the Atreides and it is only a question of when and how they will strike. In addition to this, there are mysterious native inhabitants on Dune, known as Fremen, whose allegience is unknown, and the Duke also has to deal with giant sandworms who can swallow ships whole.
The main character of the book is Paul Atreides, son of the duke, a fifteen year old boy trained by the best fighters in the galaxy and also learned in the ways of his Bene Gesserit mother. The Bene Gesserits remind me of the Jedi in Star Wars. They are trained psychics who have strange powers feared and respected among the general populace, such as future vision, and can sometimes control weak minds and sorta steer the galaxy. Some say that Paul is destined for some terrible purpose that will lead the human race to a new destiny.
This is a great book. Like the Lord of the Rings, you can tell that Herbert not only wrote this book, but in the process developed and shaped his world with legends and past histories that are only hinted at in this work. There is lots of action and adventure and also religious questions and philsophy, almost a little for every kind of ruler. It does have its dull moments, especially after Paul meets his destiny, but you have to expect that anytime you have a work that is an "epic". There's so much information that not all of it can be interesting. There is a large cast of characters, so I would maybe suggest watching the first episode of the tv series like I did because it gives you a visual reference for most of the main characters. I'm going to start the next book, Dune Messiah, today.
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Dune by Frank Herbert (Mass Market Paperback - Jan. 11 2002)
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