Book: ‘Dune’ by Frank Herbert

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
also 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.

(from Amazon).

How do you describe such as an epic tome of brilliance? What can you really say about this book that hasn’t be said before (in much better way) by many more people? Perhaps I should leave my review as a one liner with “epic tome of brilliance” as really there isn’t anything else I can say.

Read this book. The world created is beautiful with a real sense of existence, the concept of ‘spice’ is genius and you can’t fault the characters with such a rich back history.

I am really looking forward to reading the next few books.



  1. Marius

    Dune is one of my all-time faves, and between paperbacks and the audio books I must have read it a dozen times. The sequels vary in quality. Dune: Messiah is the weakest, but it’s also the shortest, and you have to get through it to get to Children of Dune and God Emperor of Dune which are both worthy decendants of Dune. After that it gets dodgy. I read Heretics of Dune but never got any further. A few years ago Frank Herbert’s son found all of Frank’s notes and back stories in a safe deposit box and set about to write a series of prequels that explain a lot of what happens in Dune, and I highly recommend them as well.

  2. Marius

    Have you heard about this?

    Frank Herbert’s Dune ended with Paul Muad’Dib in control of the planet Dune. Herbert’s next Dune book, Dune Messiah, picked up the story several years later after Paul’s armies had conquered the galaxy. But what happened between Dune and Dune Messiah? How did Paul create his empire and become the Messiah? Following in the footsteps of Frank Herbert, New York Times bestselling authors Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson are answering these questions in Paul of Dune.

    The Muad’Dib’s jihad is in full swing. His warrior legions march from victory to victory. But beneath the joy of victory there are dangerous undercurrents. Paul, like nearly every great conqueror, has enemies–those who would betray him to steal the awesome power he commands. . . .

    And Paul himself begins to have doubts: Is the jihad getting out of his control? Has he created anarchy? Has he been betrayed by those he loves and trusts the most? And most of all, he wonders: Am I going mad?

    Paul of Dune is currently scheduled for publication by Tor Books on September 16, 2008.

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