Dune

Dune

Large Print - 2015
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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.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781410477736
1410477738
Branch Call Number: HERBERT F LP
Characteristics: 861 p. (large print) : map ; 23 cm.

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Soft Sci-Fi

Probably the biggest stretch on this list. Our hero escapes into the wilds, learns how to survive and thrive in the harsh conditions from the native peoples, then leads a charge from the back of an animal on the walled city of the interloping industrial Baron.


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whatcomhillwalker
Jan 30, 2019

I too read this book when it was newly printed and could not put it down. I followed the rest of the series until it became too much. Like another critic here my second or maybe third time reading this 'first of the series' book found it completely sexist and mysogynistic. It was definitely a 'guy's' book at the time but looking back on that culture from today I find it amazing that it has held up for so many years.

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darkaegisagain
Jan 24, 2019

Definitely a must read for any science fiction reader, I read Dune about 30 years ago and picked it up for another read. It was still good, yet I seemed to pull more details from the 800 pages than the first time through before the movie came out a few years ago.

Easy reading and the storyline will keep you engaged.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jan 17, 2019

4.5/5. Dune is a 1965 science fiction novel by American author Frank Herbert and it has become a staple series in the genre. It won the Nebula Award for Best Novel. This book laid the foundation on which Herbert has built his greatest series and one that would outlive him. Dune developed a flesh out universe with world building only rivaled by that of J.R.R Tolkien. The book was created by a true master of the genre. Dune deals with political, economic, sociological, biological, cultural and dynastic themes, Herbert has set a science fiction precedence that is rarely met. When first opening the novel, it seems like it will be an impossible read. On the first page alone there are so many universe-specific terms that the virgin reader will not understand (they are thus defined in the back of the book). But after getting a grasp on the main factions of the novel and their goals, everything falls into place and Dune takes you on a ride like no other. The characters are developed just as much as the lore of the universe, making the reader able to easily relate to their plight, engrossing you in the novel. So many sci-fi “tropes” we see today were created in this novel. I would recommend it to everyone. @Joaquin of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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Fa613
Sep 29, 2018

An advanced read to be sure, but worth it. All the otherworldly politics may be a bit difficult to navigate, but once you get the hang of it hold onto your hats, 'cause it's a wild ride!

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fitzwood
Sep 24, 2018

As someone who loves Sci-Fi, I really wanted to like this, but man, I hated it. The entire book is incredibly sexist (the plot depends on an all-female eugenics cult who is selectively breeding the ubermensch, who of course, must be male because only males can overcome the deep set genetic division ingrained in men and women), has weird white savior overtones (much of the "made-up" words are just derivations of Arabic--the heroes are clearly Greek, the villains Russian, and the "noble savages" (who may or may not depart on a course of intergalactic jihad, wow) are Arabic), and has some questionable undertones conflating homosexuality with evil and pedophilia to boot. And besides all that, frankly, the writing is not great.

It is hard to believe the Left Hand of Darkness was written a mere four years after Dune, and yet Dune is the book considered to be part of the "canon" which people are just wild about.

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fs_sherwani
Sep 23, 2018

It is a monumental work of timeless imagination. I could predict this book would be read 100 years from now and those reader would feel it is written for there time. No SF author has surpassed what Frank Herbet did. Human psychology is presented in all it's forms the treachery, bravery, cruelty etc.

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blue_cat_3956
May 03, 2018

read it many times, and I'm currently 15. An awesome book followed by awesome sequels.

SnoIsleLib_BrianTH Jan 30, 2018

Not only does Dune provide an entirely new universe, but it reveals it in a way that is not overwhelming or tedious for the reader. Frank Herbert is a master of interlacing character development, story arc, and setting in a way that is palatable to even the pickiest of readers. And the setting is as important to the book as the dialogue and plot. At the end of the book, the reader is left with a real sense of nostalgia for the fictional planet Arrakis.

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flygt
Oct 21, 2017

Many commenters just love this book. I enjoyed it but I don't think it deserves the high praise it often receives. It is often compared to LOTR but I think it pales in comparison. Middle Earth is a far more immersive world and LOTR a far more engaging story.

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Maoisdead
Aug 21, 2017

I know that my children and my children's children will read this book and they will feel as it was written not so long ago. Frank Herbert created a timeless universe and characters so detailed and so profound that you would never guess they came out from someones mind. Without a doubt the best sci fi novel I've read so far, every page of the 885 pages was worth reading and letting myself dive into the vast desert of Dune.

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Chicpl3
Jul 11, 2018

"Spices are addictive"

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Assiduous
Apr 07, 2017

"The tooth. Duke Leto Atreides. You will remember the tooth."

ellensix Oct 09, 2015

The mystery of life isn't a problem to solve, but a reality to experience."
—Frank Herbert, Dune

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Pythonite
Jul 27, 2015

"Fear is the mind killer."

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labrys
Jun 24, 2014

Best affirmation ever:

“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.”
Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear

unbalancedbutfair Apr 23, 2012

"There was pain in him -- like a blister all that remained of some lost yesterday that Time had pruned off him"

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i_shine
May 30, 2010

“Unseat Rabban, the Harkonnen beast, and remake our world into a place where we may raise our families on happiness amidst an abundance of water,” (p 427)

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Dragonrat703
Jun 28, 2017

Completely well thought out, involved and highly believable world. This book is one of the best science fiction books I have ever read, and I will definitely be reading it again someday.

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