This book has inspired me to continue reading throughout the entire series. It develops the main character really well. A great story from start and finish.
Not only does Dune provide an entirely new universe, but it reveals it in a way that is not overwhelming or tedious for the reader. Frank Herbert is a master of interlacing character development, story arc, and setting in a way that is palatable to even the pickiest of readers. And the setting is as important to the book as the dialogue and plot. At the end of the book, the reader is left with a real sense of nostalgia for the fictional planet Arrakis.
This book is an amazing from start to finish. A little slow to start but once it picks up it ends up being a fantastic world with rich history.
Many commenters just love this book. I enjoyed it but I don't think it deserves the high praise it often receives. It is often compared to LOTR but I think it pales in comparison. Middle Earth is a far more immersive world and LOTR a far more engaging story.
I know that my children and my children's children will read this book and they will feel as it was written not so long ago. Frank Herbert created a timeless universe and characters so detailed and so profound that you would never guess they came out from someones mind. Without a doubt the best sci fi novel I've read so far, every page of the 885 pages was worth reading and letting myself dive into the vast desert of Dune.
Published in 1965, "Dune" is a prescient warning about environmental degradation, artificial intelligence and messianic political figures - dangers we are all faced with today.
Dune, the first novel of Herbert’s series, is the best-selling science fiction novel of all time. Dune is set more than 21,000 years in the future. Mankind has colonized the galaxy, creating highly advanced technologies—spaceships, glowglobes, ornithopters, lasguns, protective energy shields, etc. Entire planets, such as Ix and Richese, are devoted to advancing technological civilization.
Dune was a great read the first time I read the book and is still a great read. It’s the first environmentally conscious sci-fi story I can remember reading. There are a lot of made up words in the story. Wikipedia repeatedly referenced Frank Herbert when I looked up words. The Terminology of the Imperium at the back of the book has about 300 made up names and words in it. For readers who want more Frank Herbert’s son and Kevin J. Anderson are still writing Dune books.
Definitely worth reading for the world setting and action, but be prepared for some misogyny and racial stereotypes.
This book might be one of the most breath-taking books I have ever read. It is incredibly complex and incredibly dense, but so worth reading. I loved how much of a blend this book is. It is not an easy book to label, since it is set in the future and in space, but includes such things like witches, psychic visions, and prophesies. It also includes ideas of politics, ecology, and philosophy, combined with action and romance. I can't say enough good about this book.
What "Lord of the Rings" is to fantasy, "Dune" is to science fiction. An absolute masterpiece! Methodical... complex... deep... fascinating... awesome! A blend of action, politics, mysticism, ecology and economics... with witches, tyrants, uber-men, sabotage, visions and a vastness that you can meditate on and reference for the rest of your life. One of the greatest books of all time. "The spice must flow."
Dune is undeniably one of the greatest science-fiction books of all time. There is so much depth and content, and Herbert is an absolutely amazing writer. I had to finish the book in just a few days because it's one of those that are impossible to ignore and make you think about it for a long time afterwards. I don't think very many people will be disappointed after reading this, if any. Definitely a must-try if you haven't read it yet.
What an amazing book! I have heard that this is Science Fictions masterpiece but I didn't realize that it was actually true. The religion is based of of Islam, the story is out-standing, the action is pretty awesome also. However, this book takes time and is very slow. It is worth reading and one of my favorite books!A stunning work of unforgettable imagination that brings the word epic to the science fiction landscape. It is such a complex weave of ideas, intrigue, mysticism and unique landscapes are present in Dune that you'll never, ever forget your first read through it.
The exotic desert setting, tapestry of complex characters, and intricate plot threads that come together into a dramatic climax just straight out blew my mind.
Dune's been called science fiction's answer to Lord of the Rings for good reason. I mean when you can surf giant sand worm monsters through a desert full of sand dunes, how can you not love or forget a book that does that?
One of the best Science Fiction Books I have ever had the pleasure to read. A must read for any SF lovers. Highly recommended!
Possibly the best Sci Fi novel ever written:
Frank Herbert's Dune!
One of my all time favorite books and maybe the first time I experienced an invented culture and language. I was absolutely fascinated and completely converted to Dune love. I re-read this every 18 months or so. I am completely in love with this; my adoration fades with each following book - they are mostly grand adventures and breathtakingly challenging, but they began to get very out there at the end. I was glad to see that Brian Herbert brought the series back to a sort of normalcy.
I can understand why this was a game changer in science fiction. The setting, culture, etc. are fully realized - I felt parched reading it! I enjoyed the scheming and the way that everyone played politics, but there were some rather simplified stereotypes that annoyed me. Women are the seat of religion (except for the messiah), but really they're just vessels for children, manipulating their own agenda. The Baron is an evil man, as evidenced by the constant references to his gluttony and homosexual proclivities? I think that if it were written today, that some of these things might be a little more nuanced. I'm glad that I read it, but I think that my sensibilities are too modern to enjoy it fully. Also, to further the stereotypes in my own way: this totally seems like a guy novel.
Dune's always-facinating plot ranges from political intrigue to violent conflict, and keeps you engaged the whole way. Frank Herbert creates one of the most expansive, engrossing fictional universes ever concieved with magnificent writing and deep, believable characters. One doesn't need to read the other books in the series to grasp the brilliance of this one. This story is a true science fiction epic, and worth a read from everyone, fans of the genre or not.
This is one of my favorite books of all time. I have read it a lot. It is an epic science fiction novel with really in depth characters. It stands alone just fine and reading the other books isn't really necessary.