Dune

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Gollancz, 1999 - Dune (Imaginary place) - 445 pages
346 Reviews
Herbert┐s evocative, epic tale is set on the desert planet Arrakis, the focus for a complex political and military struggle with galaxy-wide repercussions. Arrakis is the source of spice, a mind enhancing drug which makes interstellar travel possible, and therefore the most valuable substance in the galaxy. When Duke Atreides and his family take up court there, they fall into a trap set by his rival, Baron Harkonnen. The Duke is poisoned, but his wife and her son Paul escape to the vast and arid deserts of Arrakis, which have given it the name Dune. They join the Fremen, natives of the planet who have learnt to live in this harsh and complex ecosystem. But learning to survive is not enough - Paul┐s destiny was mapped out long ago and his mother is committed to seeing it fulfilled.

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Overall the writing is lush, emotive and action-packed. - Goodreads
I feel the ending was stunted. - Goodreads
Part 3 was very easy to read. - Goodreads
There are a few awesome battles weaved in the plot. - Goodreads
I had some great visuals throughout the book. - Goodreads
Dune, without a doubt, is a masterpiece of writing. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Kurt.Rocourt - LibraryThing

This is one of those examples of the book being better than the movie. I saw the '80s film first and read the book in high school. It was fantastic so I read the other five. A master work of the highest order. Read full review

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User Review  - Bookworm Sean - Goodreads

I could never give Dune five stars because I really struggled to get into the novel in the beginning. It has taken me almost two months to read. This, for me, is a very long time to spend on a book ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Frank Herbert was a reporter and editor of a number of West Coast papers before becoming a full time writer in the 50's. He died in 1986.

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