Author: Frank Herbert
Length: 528 pages
Genre: Science Fiction
Awards: Hugo award (1966), Nebula Award (1965)
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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