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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is one of the greatest sf books ever written. Great story and characters.Published 1 day ago by rhb
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 morePublished 3 days ago by Doug Wykstra
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 3 days ago by Amalia Vukelja
Was a good book started a little slow but picked up about a 3rd into it. Good overall!Published 4 days ago by Mitchell
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 morePublished 4 days ago by Marcia M. Clark
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 morePublished 5 days ago by Douglas Whittaker
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.