On My
Bookshelf

Dune

by FRANK HERBERT
SYNOPSIS

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family–and would bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream.

A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what it undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction.

 

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT

I’ll be honest, I had no idea what was happening in the first couple of chapters of this book. But I think that’s the same way everyone feels in their first reading of Dune. Frank Hubert thrusts readers right into the middle of this alien society with terms that mean nothing to the uninitiated. As time goes on and pages turn, it all starts to make more sense, until at last the mind accepts the experience and things start to get really fun.

There is nothing quite like Dune. Not that I’ve read, anyway. Frank Herbert created an alien world so fully realized that it would come as no surprise to me if he knew something the rest of us don’t and had actually lived on Arrakis for a time before making his way to Earth. It’s so vivid and unique that it defies categorization. But if one were to stuff it into a category, within the realm of science fiction it stands without equal.