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Dune (40th Anniversary Edition) (Dune Chronicles, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Frank Herbert
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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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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

From Library Journal

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.

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  • File Size: 1226 KB
  • Print Length: 540 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 044100590X
  • Publisher: Ace (August 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001F0WXY0
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337 of 363 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The one to beat. May 15, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I know some people who hate the movie and will not touch this book. I know a few who own and love the movie but have never read the book. I have lent DUNE to friends who could get no further than page 20 because it was too "out there" or too difficult, with its array of characters and glossary of made-up terms. But of all the people who have gotten past page 20- I don't know one who doesn't praise it among their absolute favorites. I am no exception.
I love sci-fi but don't read much of it because I prefer fantasy. DUNE feels like a perfect blend of the two. A war of noble houses set in space. Paul Atreides is heir to the duchy- and to say that he is well trained for the job would be an understatement. His father, Duke Leto, is given charge of Arrakis- a hellish desert-world and the sole source of "the spice" which the entire universe needs. A very prestigious assignment, but treachery and peril comes with it. Paul finds himself thrown into the mystery of Dune and its fierce natives, the Fremen. Is he the savior their prophecy speaks of?
I was first blown away by DUNE at the age of 16, and have since considered it "the one to beat". In 8 years, very few books have made me question that judgment: Game of Thrones, Foundation, Lord of the Rings, Ender's Game. I had to reread it to be sure I wasn't just naïve at the time. Was it really THAT great? Absolutely.
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208 of 230 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite possibly the best in the series. August 6, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Dune Messiah suffers in the general consensus from being plot-driven and extremely complex; for readers who take the time and effort to delve into its themes and characters, it is one of the greatest sci-fi books of all time. Messiah is not so much a sequel to Dune as it is a companion; it is impossible to fully understand the themes, motivations, and implications of the original Dune (or any of the others, even) without reading and comprehending Dune Messiah. Herbert takes his average hero from the first book and shapes him into a realistic, faulted human -- ironic considering Paul's decidedly abnormal powers. Finally, we see Muad'dib as he really is: torn by his position as emperor, cursed by his vision of the future, yet still capable of his duties to kingdom and family. His ultimate fate sums up a masterful, twisted analogy to the life of Christ. This is also the incredible origin of Duncan...the Duncan you will come to know throughout the other books. Messiah is not for the faint of heart though. If you can't handle a lot of philosophy, just keep walking. Some points in Dune Messiah are so profound that I had to quit reading and just spend a couple minutes thinking about what Herbert means. What a rare treat that is; I can honestly say that Dune Messiah changed the way I think about things, about life. If you give it a chance, it may just do the same for you.
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155 of 171 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A brief guide to the philosophy of Dune. May 5, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Frank Herbert's Nebula and Hugo award-winning "Dune" is widely acclaimed as the best science fiction work. And rightly so. As entertainment it's a suspenseful tale of adventure that sparkles with imaginative creativity. When the family of Paul Atreides arrives on the desert planet "Arrakis" or "Dune", they find that their goal to take over rule from the Harkonnen family is difficult to achieve. Paul faces treachery, murder, as well as the rigorous conditions of a dry and deadly planet where water is more precious than gold. It is only with the help of the mysterious battle-hardened desert tribe of Fremen, and his newly-discovered religious powers that Paul stands any chance of triumphing over the powers of evil. The plot has a complexity of layers reminiscent of Tolkien.
The sci-fi classification does not mean "Dune" is inaccessible to non-sci-fi fans, because most of the traditional sci-fi elements are either absent or mere background. Several remarkable scenes of hand to hand combat are more reminiscent of ancient Roman gladiators than of science fiction! There are weaknesses: mature themes (such as allusions to pedastry) make "Dune" unsuitable for children, and Herbert's use of language is not outstanding. But what especially makes "Dune" great is the complexity of ideas. Herbert has created not just a story, but a memorable world conveying an elaborate philosophy of ideas, with three outstanding themes:
1. ECOLOGY. Arrakis is a barren and bare planet of desert sands, with characters reminiscent of desert Arabs (Herbert studied Arabic extensively in researching for the novel).
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91 of 99 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Think of it as Part 4 of the first book. March 7, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The first time a read Dune: Messiah I was more than a little disappointed. By when I re-read Dune I also re-read Dune: Messiah. This was the first time I'd read them back-to-back, and I realized that Dune: Messiah was actually the conclusion to Dune and not a seperate book. As a stand alone book it's barely passable, as a sequal it's worth 3-stars, but as the fourth part of the first book it's a perfect conclusion. Dune was divided into 3 parts (called books) and the last ends with a nice Hollywood ending. Dune: Messiah shows the real conclusion to Paul's Life and the real consequences of his actions in the rest of the book. I think Herbert had to end the first book with Paul on top of the Universe because that is what reader's want, but Messsiah is a more somber look at what it means to have power. After I had re-read Dune and Dune: Messiah, I came across used cliff notes for Dune, and I noticed that it had an essay which treated to two books as one and compared them to a Greek epic pointing out that Greek epics didn't end when the hero was on top, but continued to the end of the hero's life. With the inclusion of Dune: Messiah, Dune now tells us the complete story of Paul's life, and what an incredible story it is. Do not read this book, rather read Dune and this book together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Messy, Convoluted, Glorious
I've got a weakness for books that obviously had a lot of thought put into the creation of their world- basically any book with an appendix, map, and at least two made-up languages... Read more
Published 11 hours ago by Doug Wykstra
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this novel
Loved this novel! Just have to read it again for I know I have missed a lot the writer intended for readers to get. Fantastic!
Published 1 day ago by Amalia Vukelja
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Was a good book started a little slow but picked up about a 3rd into it. Good overall!
Published 1 day ago by Mitchell
3.0 out of 5 stars It was somewhat dated but some references were still relevant ...
It was somewhat dated but some references were still relevant! I think Herbert really gets into the minds of his characters, so we get to know them well. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Marcia M. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars I often think mark of great fiction and fantasy is that you can...
A truly remarkable book and justifies all the praise it has received over the years. I often think mark of great fiction and fantasy is that you can believe it, without a lot of... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Douglas Whittaker
5.0 out of 5 stars Recently enjoyed the month long discussion of Dune on Science Friday...
Fabulous! A real page turner. Recently enjoyed the month long discussion of
Dune on Science Friday on NPR. Am now reading the second in the Dune series.
Published 3 days ago by Hardnosed
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant, just brilliant
Published 3 days ago by Ole Svebestad
5.0 out of 5 stars Clearly one of the best pieces of science fiction
Clearly one of the best pieces of science fiction, or just plain fiction ever. The origin of many styles and forms in the genre. The movie is a shadow of this book.
Published 4 days ago by Mary Melchior
5.0 out of 5 stars A great vision
This along with the others are some of the true great science fiction concepts ever written.
Published 4 days ago by Newton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great combo of uniquely intense dialog and emotion mixed with political and religious philosophy in a believably futuristic world.
Published 5 days ago by Paul
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Frank Herbert (1920-86) was born in Tacoma, Washington and worked as a reporter and later editor of a number of West Coast newspapers before becoming a full-time writer. His first sf story was published in 1952 but he achieved fame more than ten years later with the publication in Analog of Dune World and The Prophet of Dune that were amalgamated in the novel Dune in 1965.

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Quality of Kindle Dune (40th Ed) finally being addressed -- better late...
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Mar 12, 2012 by Ummm no |  See all 36 posts
Overpriced
I have to agree, I've been considering a kindle so looked through some of my favorite books to see the prices. Well I bought a hardcover dune for $10 10 years ago. To have this be $16 bucks there's no way I'm buying and probably won't buy a kindle either.
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Don't buy the kindle edition just yet
Well, the publisher certainly hear your complaint and took down the kindle edition... but never put it back up. This is taking too long...
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I purchased Dune (kindle edition) in November 2010. I had read the 40th Anniversary Edition trade paperback earlier that year and decided to add it to my digital library. Like many others, I also noticed hundreds of errors. I contacted Amazon to complain but was told that it was the publisher,... Read More
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Question about the beginning of Dune
C.S.,

I'm just reading Dune for the first time, and my take on the "routine-ness" of the Gom Jabbar test in determining an individual's humanity hinges on one of two possibilities. First, is the possibility that human bloodlines had been mixed with other alien species (not so much... Read More
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