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Dune (Dune Chronicles, Bk 1)
Dune - Dune Chronicles, Bk 1
Author: Frank Herbert
Set in the far future amidst a sprawling feudal interstellar empire where planetary dynasties are controlled by noble houses that owe an allegiance to the imperial House Corrino, Dune tells the story of young Paul Atreides (the heir apparent to Duke Leto Atreides and heir of House Atreides) as he and his family accept control of the desert plane...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780425080023
ISBN-10: 0425080021
Publication Date: 11/15/1984
Pages: 536
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 116 ratings
Publisher: Berkley
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed Dune (Dune Chronicles, Bk 1) on + 14 more book reviews
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The making of a man and the future of a planet are intertwined in this Science Fiction classic. Paul Atreides is the heir to his Father's Dukedom on th Planet Arrakis. The planet is the key to intergalatic commerece because of its large supply of spice. As Paul completes the rite of passage from child to man a new generation make their mark and it all begins in Dune.
Rarely, does a story capture me from the beginning like Herbert does here. The characters leave an indelible mark on the reader and move the story at a brisk pace. This is not an average sci-fi story. It has many levels of religious, political and ecological overtones that still hold significant meaning in today' world. I highly reccomend this brilliant Hugo and Nebula Award winning novel.
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In book one a young Paul Atreides has been having visions. In his dreams he sees his future home, his future lover, and his future strife. His father, aware he's walking into a trap, proceeds to move from his ancestral home to a plant that most would consider an un-livable hell, were it not for the spice*. A feud dating back centuries is coming to a head. The traitorous House Harkonnen has been plotting in the shadows. One house will fall, another will rise.

*The spice is a mysterious drug which is used by the wealthy to prolong life, boost the immune system, flavor meals, and provide pleasure. The drug is used by the Spacing Guild, who's navigators "swim" in a gas created from the spice and, with their mutated biology, gain a limited ability to predict the future. This is a nessissary ability since they guide ships faster than light.

This book is a "Must" for any SciFi/Adventure fan. Frank Herbert tells an epic tale that only starts with this book. When you put down this book after reading the last page I hope you feel what I felt. The story is simply amazing. While the first book feels complete you want more. However with 13 more books in the series, ("Road To Dune" I'm counting as supplemental) you have much more adventure in store.
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I had to read this for a college class and loved it. Out of 15 novels I had to read for that class, this was one of my favorites. It takes you out of your comfort zone and makes you think about how you need to pay attention to your enviorment and all that it can do for you.
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Awesome book, one of the best I've read in a long time.
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I don't usually read science fiction books but this is really good! This is hailed as the bestselling science fiction novel of all time. It was made into a movie too.
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reviewed Dune (Dune Chronicles, Bk 1) on + 2 more book reviews
Dune is a powerful work of incredible depth. It is engrossing and moving and I daresay by far the best book I have ever read. Herbert is a philosopher pure and simple and has put much time into the details of his fictional world, even including a detailed history of various things mentioned throughout the book such as the "Orange Catholic Bible". If you have seen David Lynch's movie, please don't judge the book on that.
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"An awesome world where armies clash for the power of the universe." An entertaining science fiction novel that was made into a spectacular motion picture. For the true science fiction fan.
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Im not a big fan of reading older sci-fi, or reading something that Ive seen in a movie/TV series first, I tend to be bored of these books. Not the case here, great read. Still wish I had read it before the movie though.

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