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book reviewbook reviewbook reviewbook review Book Review: Dune Author: Frank Herbert
Length: 528 pages
Genre: Science Fiction
Awards: Hugo award (1966), Nebula Award (1965)

Overall Rating: 4 Stars out of 4

Review by GaryW
4 Stars out of 4

Dune is a masterpiece of science fiction. It describes the struggle of House Atreides as it is forced to move to the planet Arakis, commonly referred to as Dune. This novel effectively handles many complex issues such as politics, religion and ecology -- and blends them together to describe a very interesting, dynamic universe. At the same time, the novel manages to tell a compelling story involving memorable characters. This is one of the few books I have read over and over, and have enjoyed each time. Perhaps the best way to describe this book and the Dune trilogy is to say that it is to science fiction what the Lord of the Rings is to fantasy.

Dune is the first book in what originally a trilogy (Dune is followed by "Dune Messiah" and then "Children of Dune". Although the first book is the best (as is typical with most science fiction series), the other two books are very highly recommended. The trilogy was eventually expanded to include: "God Emperor of Dune", "Heretics of Dune", and "Chapterhouse Dune". Unfortunately, the last three books are not nearly as compelling as the first three.

Of special note: the movie made from the first book, also called Dune, successfully captures the spirit of the novel and is recommended to anyone who has read the book first. Check for the movie review at this site.

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