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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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More to the point, the conversion of Paul Atreidies to the messianic Muad’Dib—from conservative ruling-class heir to fundamentalist jihadi leader—maps the slippery path of proselytic education, leading to perception of all who believe differently as evil and deserving of death.
Whether you see echoes of mujahideen, urban rioters, or red state/blue state bomb-throwers in the story may depend more on today’s headlines than on Frank Herbert’s words.
Like the best science-fiction and fantasy novels, “Dune” creates for the reader a complex, fully-realized universe. Set more than twenty thousand years in the future, the book focuses on the battle to control Arrakis, the source of melange, an addictive substance that prolongs life and, in some cases, gives the user glimpses of the future. Melange is also essential for interstellar travel, allowing starship pilots to look across vast distances to plot their courses. Imagine a substance with the combined worldwide value of all resources on earth and you will have some idea of the power of melange.
Overall I enjoyed the book. At first, the only challenging part of the book was the depth of the plot, which at times left me perplexed. This didn’t by any means change my opinion of the book at all, however. Almost all books need to start with background and sometimes the reader has to be confused in order for the author to stir interest in the reader.
The scientific dialogue had me very confused at multiple points of the story. I don’t know much about 1900s science terms and sometimes it affected my understanding. Sure, the book has aged well, but some parts I couldn’t be convinced weren’t overly complicated. This narrative was only in a few parts, which was good.
Just like the Lord of the Rings, Frank Herbert created characters with meaning and that a reader can easily understand their role in regards to the plot. I compare this to the Lord of the Rings because J.R.R. Tolkien and Frank Herbert are often seen as similar authors that tend to do some of the same things with their novels.
Very early into the book the reader is exposed to the Arabic influence in the story. There are references throughout the book ranging from things as simple as Paul’s little sister’s name(Alia) to something as obvious as the name of the planet Dune, which is referred to as Arrakis. These words were translated by many people, but a lot of the translations mean multiple things and exactly what they mean is hard to interpret.
Edit: OK, it looks like the reviews for the Kindle editions of Dune, Dune Messiah, and Children of Dune are all combined, so I can't provide separate reviews. So here's what I found:
In Dune Messiah, I noticed a total of five errors. They generally consisted of hyphens in the middle of words, or extra spaces in the middle of words.
In Children if Dune, I noticed a similar number of hyphenation or word spacing errors. At the end of the book, there was a rash of improper line breaks or quotation endings -- perhaps four of them.
I consider all three books to be perfectly readable in their current form. Personally, I do not regret buying the Kindle editions.
And you will finally understand why "The Spice Must Flow."
(Disclaimer: That quote isn't in this book. But reading it will make it make sense.)