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Dune Mass Market Paperback – Unabridged, September 1, 1990
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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From cover to cover it is interesting and exciting. There is a reason it is hailed as such a timeless story, and I implore that you find the time to experience it for yourself.
I had planned to give this e-book to my son as part of a long-running series of introductions to the classics of science fiction that began with Heinlein juveniles when he was young. I read Dune (on paper of course) in about 1980, and thoroughly enjoyed it at the time; I've picked it up and re-read bits of it from time to time over the years--I still find I enjoy the writing and the world Herbert created, and can open this book to almost any page and just delight in re-reading for a few minutes. Of course, some of the themes seem to fit better in the 1960's than 2010's (e,g., drugs to access special mental powers), and some seem dated even for 40 years ago (e.g., gender roles and re-creation of a feudal social structure), but all in all I enjoy this work much more than other books that re-create an essentially feudal social structure in a high-tech future, and some bits I find more plausible than most modern SF (like the explanation of why there is no significant computer technology, which is a bit of a leap. But it is consistent with human nature and, unlike a lot of SF, not actively inconsistent with computing technology, information theory, etc.). I never really enjoyed the many other books set in the universe of Dune, though I did read the two that were available about 1980. But the 535 pages of paper that were the original "Dune"--those were great.
Review of the eBook and art of publishing:
Returning to the subject of the e-book edition, I was initially put off by the "Kindle Version Review"; but (as that reviewer pointed out) Amazon does not seem to attach reviews to specific editions, so I couldn't really tell if this review still applied to the current ebook. I got the free sample, and found almost none of the errors that others have reported; I spent the money to buy the full thing, and so far (35%, up to page 184 of 474) I've noticed very few problems ... I had Kindle search for one of egregious typos pointed out by another reader ("stulsuit", I think it was) and did not find it. All in all, the errors are few and far between (see below).
In case anyone cares, the errors I've found by page 184 are several joined words and two other minor issues:
* Page 4, italics are missing (this was the same in the GoogleBooks edition, suggesting that the publisher gives the same file to all ebook providers)
* Page 42, two cases of joined words: arevaluable and dealingwith
* Page 71, "iong" should be "long" (an interesting error, as noted below)
* Page 106, hypen should be an emdash ("heavily armed-slow-pellet stunners" should be "heavily armed--slow-pellet stunners") [Rats ... in the "preview your review", I can see that my unicode emdash has been turned into a pair of hyphens. Hopefully you get the idea]
* Page 176, joined words "nosign".
I actually checked some of these (and a few other things) against my old paperback and the printed 40th anniversary edition (I had to visit a bricks & mortar bookstore); the above are differences between the print and eBook (e.g. the mis-print of "Harkonne" for "Harkonnen" on Page 16 is there in both paper and eBook versions).
The pattern of errors suggests an interesting theory about the creation of printed books and eBooks: on page 71 of the printed 40th anniversary edition, the word "long" has a slight gap in the ink of the first letter, making it look almost like an "i" (though to a human eye, clearly still an "l" with a gap). It looks very much as if the publisher (a) prints the books from physical type rather than e.g. a phototypesetter (I'm guessing this is cheaper; possibly the type set by a machine, based on a computer file), and then (b) *scans* the printed text to produce the eBook (which seems, to me, odd almost to the point of inexplicability).
Overall Summary: I'm glad I got this, and look forward to giving it to my son.
The plot is reasonably simple, interactions transparent, but there is a ton of wisdom in every other sentence. Hubert snuck in pithy statements left and right to complement the story that unfolded.
Brilliant book and worth rereads in the future.
Don't let the '80s movie fool you. Mr. Herbert wrote a masterpiece of ecology, politics, intrigue, and action...all inside a sci-fi setting. You feel the heat of Arrakis, the cool wetness of Caladan, and the militaristic feel of Guidi Prime.
The characters are rich and realistic. Mr. Herbert's descriptions make you see Paul, Jessica, Yueh, and the rest.