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Short Description for Dune Paul Atreides moves with his family to the planet Dune and is forced into exile when his father's government is overthrown. The first book in the series.
- Published: 01 February 1996
- Format: Paperback 535 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780441172719 ISBN 10: 0441172717
- Sales rank: 2,216
Reviews for Dune
Dune makes Star Wars look like child play. Just can't get enough of it.
I have to admit that I always had a stigma against sci-fi novels. I use to think that this genre is everything a teenage boy's wet dream is made of. You know... spaceships, lasers, beautiful alien princesses and battling reptilian creatures from hostile alien planets (as if real life isn't complicated enough).
However, Frank Herbert's Dune blew my mind away. I was immediately transported after the first couple of chapters and every subsequent chapter after that make me feel as if I was pulled in, deeper and deeper into the world, the characters and the drama that surrounds it. I forgot that I was reading a sci-fi novel but rather, an epic about human endeavor.
Dune tells a story of a Duke's only son (Paul Atreides) who had to go into hiding after a traitorous plot against his noble family. He returns from the ashes as "the chosen one" who will lead a revolution that will change the planet forever.
What's most fascinating to me is not just the plot alone (coz the premise is pretty familiar today) but the various themes that surround it.
Dune explores the politics and violence involved in the fight for natural resources, the power in understanding social norms of other races, the power of religion in uniting people and how mythologies and legends are born.
So yea... it is a lot more sophisticated than Star Wars 1 - 6 put together (in fact, it is a lot more sophisticated than ANYTHING George Lucas can ever conceive. Now that's an additional plus point for me)
All in all, Dune is a really great read. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I can't bring myself to read the sequels (after all, any follow ups to an already amazing epic always fall short of expectations). I don't want to ruin an already awesome tale. by Chia Pi Wo