Dune (40th Anniversary Edition)

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Penguin, Aug 2, 2005 - Fiction - 544 pages
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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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The very pinnacle of science-fiction, besting all other competitors. Though some may claim the lack of continual action and the introspective style detract from the book's quality, these features only serve to make it distinct amongst other novels. The ecological focus of the hard science in the book makes it unique and enjoyable, while the unusual political structure make it a good study for those interested by politics. The cast is diverse and far more insight is given with their characters than those of other books. Through their thoughts the innuendos made by them are suddenly made accessible and ready for analyzation. The true quality of this book, however, lies not solely in the fantastical technologies nor the characters, but also in the wondrous quality of being able to read it many times over and find new, subtle information each time. 

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No book has ever mesmerized me quite like this one. The novel Dune, by Frank Herbert is a wonderful and engrossing work that is the perfect mix of science fiction and politics that at first may seem slow, but after a few chapters will be as hard to put down as crack. The characters are obsessively detailed and the desert setting of the world of Arrakis that it takes place on is heavily researched and accurate. The story takes place on Arrakis where the House of Atreides, led by Duke Leto, is sent to rule over the planet and replace the House of Harkonnen, a powerful and opposing house. Duke Leto decides to take the position of governor and settle on Arrakis due to the spice drug, melange, which grows abundant on the planet and is extremely popular with the wealthy. The story follows Duke Leto and his family including his concubine, Jessica, and his son, Paul as they start a new life on the planet and deal with the looming threat of an attack by the vengeful Harkonnens. While it may be necessary for the reader to power through the first few chapters as they are slow, soon the book will begin to take hold of you and you will become invested in the deep story and characters. The book is heavily injected with politics that surround the different houses and this really helps to explain and drive the story. The style of Frank Herbert may be hard to read and comprehend do to the higher level vocabulary and the complex plot line. But once you accommodate, it flows exceptionally well. I personally loved the book and recommend the book to anyone who is a science fiction fan or who enjoys a deep and engrossing novel. Dune is unlike any other book I have ever laid eyes on; nothing can compare. The fact that it took six years for Frank Herbert to write and edit his novel really shows as the desert qualities of the planet are extremely well-researched and the story and characters are well thought out, down to the last detail. 

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