Dune: Book One in the Dune Chronicles

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Ace Books division of Penguin Putnam Incorporated, 1990 - Fiction - 535 pages
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This Hugo and Nebula Award winner tells the sweeping tale of a desert planet called Arrakis, the focus of an intricate power struggle in a byzantine interstellar empire. Arrakis is the sole source of Melange, the "spice of spices." Melange is necessary for interstellar travel and grants psychic powers and longevity, so whoever controls it wields great influence. The troubles begin when stewardship of Arrakis is transferred by the Emperor from the Harkonnen Noble House to House Atreides. The Harkonnens don't want to give up their privilege, though, and through sabotage and treachery they cast young Duke Paul Atreides out into the planet's harsh environment to die. There he falls in with the Fremen, a tribe of desert dwellers who become the basis of the army with which he will reclaim what's rightfully his. Paul Atreides, though, is far more than just a usurped duke. He might be the end product of a very long-term genetic experiment designed to breed a super human; he might be a messiah. His struggle is at the center of a nexus of powerful people and events, and the repercussions will be felt throughout the Imperium. Dune is one of the most famous science fiction novels ever written, and deservedly so. The setting is elaborate and ornate, the plot labyrinthine, the adventures exciting.

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I liked the ending, though. - LibraryThing
Pacing is another of Dune's weaknesses. - LibraryThing
Yet Dune speaks to it through its story telling. - LibraryThing
This book is very much about character development. - LibraryThing
I was satisfied with its ending. - LibraryThing
Yes, Frank Herbert was a good science fiction writer. - LibraryThing

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I am not normally a reader of Science Fiction, but after always hearing many good things about this book I decided to check it out at the library. I figured that if I didn't read it, or couldn't get ... Read full review

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I have really enjoyed reading this again after originally reading over 35 years ago. Other reviews detail the plot, so my further impressions were that: - the novel is very readable with great ... Read full review

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About the author (1990)

Frank Herbert was born in Tacoma, Washington, and educated at the University of Washington, Seattle. He worked a wide variety of jobs--including TV cameraman, radio commentator, oyster diver, jungle survival instructor, lay analyst, creative writing teacher, reporter and editor of several West Coast newspapers--before becoming a full-time writer. He died in 1986.

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