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Dune (S.F. Masterworks) Hardcover – October 25, 2001
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About the Author
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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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.
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.
The book suffers on the character front though. The dialogue is stiff and lacks any sort of wit or wordplay. Herbert also uses way too many internal monologues instead of relying on subtlety and clever dialogue to carry his point. Look! This is important! I am telling you right now using my thoughts! With the exception of Paul, other characters are bland, sterile and cliche.
Herbert also spoils his own plot with his (sometimes inane) quotations from historical works in the universe he created. There was no real suspense as the outcome was known. The question was just how. I also don't think any of the special abilities serviced the plot. Certainly not the deus ex-machina called Bene Gesserit and certainly not Paul's own powers. It actually killed the suspense as you knew the general direction of things.
I would still recommend it and can see why it is a classic. As I said, Arrakis is the star of the book and is one of the most wonderfully realized worlds of any sci-fi or fantasy novel I have read.