Dune, That Big Ass Book You Know You Should Read

  Jason wrote this on Jun 26 2015 / 0 comments


Author: Frank Herbert
Page Count: 528
Published: December 1st 1963
Publisher: Ace

Back Of The Book

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. Five sequels follow. –Brooks Peck — Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

My Shizz-Nickle Thoughts

Damn this is now on my all-time-favorites list. I’ve been afraid of this book for a long time. Afraid it may be too deep, or written in a way my feeble mind was unable to understand. I’m probably not wrong on that last point, but I felt no discomfort reading it through, in fact, I’m already on to the next book I’ve already finished reading up to book four.

The best way I can think to explain this story is where all the pieces are constantly moving. Every piece advancing and moving trying to back stab other pieces. Its a sort of Game of Thrones-esque plot, however the main character, Paul, you root for him as the main Protagonist, and the end game is always control over the Spice. Three different noble houses, each under control of the Emperor, and always messing with each other. Inter marrying and then killing and breeding with each other. A tad hard to follow.

I was vacationing in Paris when reading this book! A fun, quick, 3 days of a trip. However on day 2, my girlfriend and I came down with quite the illness. We ended up staying in our hotel, and in so I spent my time reading. I finished reading Hitchhikers Guide after the first day, and was going through my Kindle when I came across Dune. Took the plunge, and glad I did.

The reason I bring this up, is because on the third day my illness turned feverish, and damn it did some funny things to me while reading. For a brief time I felt like I was hallucinating Dune. Seriously! I remember taking a shower, and had my mouth up to the water, thinking: “I better fill up my stilsuit while I have the chance.” Enough said.

The only thing that rivals in scope IMHO is Dan Simmons Hyperion. Possibly the Expanse Series by James S.A Corey (but that’s still going on)

Oh and I hadn’t seen the movie in ten plus years and watched it the other night…No spoilers, but after reading the book, the movie is crap in comparison. Especially the end. WTF was that.

The Good

The book is in third person omniscient. Usually a book follows around a certain character at certain times, you get his views, his feelings, what the fuck is going on in his head.

This book follows a slightly/very different idea of perspective. And as far as I know, one of the only books that does it right. So your following a character, and someone else walks in the room, and bam your getting there views. The craziness of this idea is that this book is all about characters manipulating each other, playing a game of head chess, so when you know EVERYTHING about both sides it gets a little nuts. These insights you get only show how far Herbert went to offer this. I can’t even imagine the time he spent on these books. What a fantastic mind.

The Bad

Its a long ass book. I mean its a fucking tome of a book. Oh, and if you continue on they’re all pretty big beasts. But thats really my only complaint about the book. If thats even a complaint…

If ya don’t have decent headspace, The Good part I mentioned above could be a little difficult. Its a butt ton of information blasted at you all the time.

If Ya Like This …

You’ll want to check these out:

1) Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Existential journeys of four people. On a messed up world through time and space. Really makes you think, and I especially enjoyed all the John Keats (a poet) references. (I’ve even read some Keats since I read this work)

I don’t normally like books that have short stories, you know those anthology books. BUT because each persons story relates not only to the beginning and the end of the plot, they interrelate to each other.

Using history from ages past, and created new histories, this is for sure one of my favourite books.

2) Ringworld by Larry Niven

I never read much Science Fiction growing up. When I read Enders Game a few years back that changed. But this Novel. Ringworld. Was the book that cemented my love for Sci-Fi.

Is it first contact? Not quite. But its first contact with a Dyson Ring. A brilliantly awesome idea. Basically a civilisation so advanced they build a ring around a star, to gather energy and offer space for billions and billions of life. The sheer figures represented here in this idea and book are staggering.

Oh and that shit happened so long ago that by the time we reach it, the progenitors are no longer even there.

3) Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1) by James S.A. Corey

This could be a big Maybe recommend. I’m really not sure. They share the Sci-Fi genre, but are they related?

The Expanse series is amazing. Its new, but it’s already stapled and hacked its way to the top of the genre. It, in my eyes, is as good.

It’s written in a modern voice, and it just feels right.

I’ve written a review here, but it needs an update.

4) The Mote in God’s Eye by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle

Yeah yeah I know I already recommended a Larry Niven book here. But I don’t give no fucks. My field of fucks is barren …

There’s no warfare in this book. The conflicts aren’t personal and involve personal gain. You may ask me why I recommend this book?? Because it makes you think.

How would we deal with a new species among us. One with advanced technology. Except one. The one that makes us superior. Faster then light travel. They’re stuck. Were not. Of course they want it, they’ve been stuck for too long, but what does that mean to us?

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