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The Illustrated Dune 1978 Paperback – May 5, 1955
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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.)