Dune, Part 1

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Chilton Books, 1965 - Fiction - 412 pages
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Future space fantasy concerning a time when the human race has reached a point of intellectual stagnation and receives the help of a space-age Messiah and prophet.

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User Review  - Reagan Lehman - Goodreads

I really wanted to like Dune more than I did. Herbert obviously spent a lot of time pouring into the nuances of his universe's politics, ecologies, and mythology. All of which kept me reading and ... Read full review

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User Review  - James Hron - Goodreads

Spoilers. I reread the book in spring 2016. It was actually better than I remembered. The book is certainly a masterpiece of its genre. The only issue I had with the book was, by the second and third ... Read full review

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About the author (1965)

Frank Herbert worked originally as a journalist, but then turned to science fiction. His Dune series has had a major impact on that genre. Some critics assert that Herbert is responsible for bringing in a new branch of ecological science fiction. He had a personal interest in world ecology, and consulted with the governments of Vietnam and Pakistan about ecological issues. The length of some of Herbert's novels also helped make it acceptable for science fiction authors to write longer books. It is clear that, if the reader is engaged by the story---and Herbert certainly has the ability to engage his readers---length is not important. As is usually the case with popular fiction, it comes down to whether or not the reader is entertained, and Herbert is, above all, an entertaining and often compelling writer. His greatest talent is his ability to create new worlds that are plausible to readers, in spite of their alien nature, such as the planet Arrakis in the Dune series.

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