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SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE directed by Denis Villeneuve starring Timothée Chalamet Josh Brolin Jason Momoa Oscar Isaac Javier Bardem Dave Bautista Stellan Skarsgård Rebecca Ferguson Zendaya and Charlotte Rampling Set on the desert planet Arrakis Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides heir to a noble family tasked with ruling an inhospitable world where the only thing of value is the “spice” melange a drug capable of extending life and enhancing consciousness Coveted across the known universe melange is a prize worth killing forWhen House Atreides is betrayed the destruction of Paul’s family will set the boy on a journey toward a destiny greater than he could ever have imagined And as he evolves into the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib he will 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 is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction


10 thoughts on “Dune

  1. says:

    There's a characteristically witty essay by Borges about a man who rewrites Don uixote many centuries after Cervantes He publishes a novel with the same title containing the same words in the same order But as Borges shows you the different cultural context means it's a completely new book What was once trite and commonplace is now daring and new and vice versa It just happens to look like Cervantes's masterpieceSimilarly imagine the man who was brave or stupid enough to rewrite Dune in the early 21st century Like many people who grew up in the 60s and 70s I read the book in my early teens What an amazing story Those kick ass Fremen All those cool weird sounding names and expressions they use They even have a useful glossary in the back The disgusting corrupt slimy Harkonnens don't you just love to hate them When former aristo turned desert guerilla fighter Paul Muad'Dib rides in on a sandworm at the end to fight the evil Baron and his vicious cruel nephew of course you're cheering for him Who the hell wouldn't be?So that was the Dune we know and love but the man who rewrote it now would get a rather different reception Oh my God These Fremen who obviously speak Arabic live on a desert planet which supplies the Universe with melange a commodity essential to the Galactic economy and in particular to transport Not a very subtle way to say oil They are tough uncompromising fighters who are uite happy to use suicide bombing as a tactic They're led by a charismatic former rich kid OK we get who you mean who inspires them to rise up against the corrupt degenerate um does he mean Westerners? Or only the US? And who is Baron Harkonnen intended to be? I'm racking my brains Dubya doesn't uite seem to fit but surely he means someone? Unless of course he's just a generic stereotype who stands for the immoral sexually obsessed West This is frightening What did we do to make Frank al Herbert hate us so much? You'd have people not even necessarily right wingers appearing on TV to say that the book was dangerous and should be banned at the very least it incites racial hatred and openly encourages terrorism But translations would sell brilliantly in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia and a bad movie version would soon be made in TurkeyI honestly don't think Herbert meant any of that; but today it's almost impossible not to wonder If anyone reading this review is planning to rewrite The Tale of Benjamin Bunny you'd better make sure you get your timing right Who knows how it will be interpreted five years from now?


  2. says:

    No one should argue the importance Dune It laid the foundations for a great deal of the themes and constructs in modern science fiction Frank Herbert was as important to the genre as Isaac Asimov and Arthur Clarke Unfortunately just like them he's uite dated and his books can be a labor to read One thing he maintained from old science fiction was prim and scientific dialogue that no one would ever actually speak I've known many scientists and they don't talk like this You're not going to convince me a child doesThe stuffy dialogue is inserted into even stuffier narrative until it feels like nothing is organic about Herbert's prose This is a terrible tragedy when you've got a world that he put so much effort into building and it is an amazing feat of world building technically interplanetary building But unlike JRR Tolkien who he is so freuently compared to Herbert didn't make sure to include a great story in his world Instead he included a story that freuently illustrated how clunky an artificial world can be even if it's lovingly crafted I struggled to attach or find interest in anyone yet they're archetypes than human beings whose logic races past modern skepticism and whose dialogue is cloyingly artificial the way people cared for the Hobbits Dwarves and Rangers In his world building Tolkien at least saved himself from being dated by antedating himself and even with his illuminated prose wrought characteristics in just one protagonist than all of Dune's cast Even the political intrigue Herbert tries to fall back on was overdone in the Spy genre decades before he started this book All fans of the Genre genres should appreciate Herbert's massive contributions but they shouldn't pretend to enjoy the books if they don't and they should be wary of certain pitfalls typical of science fiction that survived into his landmark work


  3. says:

    Nope Sorry I don't get itI was able to finish it by listening to the audiobook but I was bored throughout the whole 21hSo many descriptions anyone else found the way Paul's mom describing him kinda weird?And let's not even mention how many times I laughed at the main female character being called JessicaI'm sure I'll get plenty of comments telling me it's a classic and it brought so much to the genre At the end of the day my rating is always based on my enjoyment


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    In my head the purpose of this review is very clear It is to convince YOU to read this book Yes you Waste time no Go grab a copyMachiavellian intrigue mythology religion politics imperialism environmentalism the nature of power All this set in a mind boggling frighteningly original world which Herbert ominously terms as an effort at prediction Dune had me hookedFirst impressionThe very first stirring I felt upon opening the yellowed pages of Dune was that of stumbling upon an English translation of an ancient Arabic manuscript of undeniable power and potence which had an epic story to narrate The tone was umistakably sombre and I realized Herbert was not here to merely entertain me he was here to make me part of the legend of Muad'Dib It was intriguing and challenging and heck since I live for challenges I decided to take this one up too gladly The challenge was the complexity and depth of the plot which left me perplexed in the beginning I knew there were dialogues which meant much than their superficial meaning and was unable to grasp at it I felt a yawning chasm between Herbert's vision and my limited understanding of it However of course I plodded on and could feel the gap closing in with every page much to my joy and relief The ForewordTo the people whose labours go beyond ideas into the realm of 'real materials' to the dry land ecologists wherever they may be in whatever time they work this effort at prediction is dedicated in humility and admiration The foreword makes it pretty clear that Frank Herbert isn't kidding around This is a serious effort at predicting how our world is going to look two thousand years from now and by God it's a bloody good and detailed prediction However the real merit in this effort lies in the commentary on our lives in the presentWhy Frank Herbert is a geniusThe setting of the book is arid futuristic the plot is driven by political mind games reminiscent of The Game of Thrones The issues he tackles are as modern as the colour television Herbert's genius manifests itself in his ability to combine the past the present and the future in one sweeping elegant move called DunePlot and SettingDune is set in a futuristic technologically advanced world which after the Butlerian Jihad the bloody war between Man and Machines has eliminated all computers and passed a decree declaring Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a man's mind Since there are no computers the essential working of the galaxy is still medieval and feudal with heavy reliance on men and their dallying around Lots of thriller potential right there Men with superhuman analytical abilities called Mentats have taken the place of Computers On the other hand we have the Bene Gesserit an ancient school of mental and physical training for female students it gives them superhuman intuitive powers who follow a selective breeding program which makes them feared and mistrusted through the Imperium Their desired end product of this breeding program is the Kwisatz Haderach a superman who’ll be able to glimpse into the future How he’ll be able to do this is rooted in Herbert’s idea of determinism given that one can observe everything and analyze everything one can effectively glimpse the future in probabilistic terms uantum physics anyone? The Kwisatz Haderach is the proposed solution to the male female dichotomy between the analytical and intuitiveThe plot of Dune is almost wholly set on the desert planet of Arrakis also referred to as Dune an arid wasteland where water is so scarce that men have to wear stillsuits which recycle human moisture for further consumption The source of the galaxy’s interest in the planet is Melange a spice which bestows upon one longevity and prescient powers Everything on the planet is permeated with the spice the air the sand the food Everybody on the planet is hopelessly addicted to the spice their only hope for survival being their continued intake of the spice The Spacing Guild the economic and trading monopolistic arm of the Galaxy badly needs the spice for interstellar transport This is because their frigates travel faster than the speed of light and hence travel backward in time The spice is the only way they can look into the future and see their way ahead How cool is that All the powers on the Galaxy are out to mine the spice braving the sandworms their name merely an euphemism for they are gigantic 200 metre long creatures which always come digging through the sand whenever spice mining is undertook Always There’s also another little glitch There exist on the planet the kickass native desert tribal Fremen whom the foreign powers look down with suspicion and disdain The Fremen ethos is one of survival and scarcity driven by tribalism and egalitarianism Okay I’ll stop right there No spoilers about this Except that they value water to the extent that spitting on a person is the highest honour they can bestow upon himOur protagonists are the Atreides family consisting of the Duke his Bene Gesserit concubine Jessica and their son Paul who have been entrusted the stewardship of Arrakis We discover the alien planet of Arrakis along with them firstly with fear suspicion and wonder and ultimately love and respect Paul Muad’Dib however is no ordinary prince There’s a teeny weeny chance he might be the Kwisatz Haderach something which troubles him constantly and gives us our conflicted hero The poor chap trips balls over the spice and has visions of black hordes pillaging and murdering around town bearing his flag and sees his dead body multiple timesMy favourite character however has to be the Baron Vladmir Harkonnen the most evil character I’ve ever come across in my literary excursions He is ruddy ruthlessness he is virile villainy he is truculent treachery He executes the inept chess players in his employ which says oodles about his badassery and his fondness for cold blooded logic He sees everything in simplistic chess terms What is my best move? What is my opponent’s best move? Is there anything I can do to completely suash his move? Is there a tactic which leads to mate in three? ThemesIn this setting Herbert does so much it’s unbelievable Religion politics the dynamic nature of power the effects of colonialism our blatant destruction of our environment are themes which run parallel to the intensely exciting and labyrinthine plot He shows the paramount importance of myth making and religion for power to sustain over long periods of time Man as a political animal is laid completely bareReal lifeNow these are my thoughts about what Herbert could have meant to be Arrakis It makes perfect sense Herbert draws heavy inspiration for the religious ideology of Muad’Dib from Islam He says “When religion and politics ride in the same cart and that cart is driven by a living Holy man nothing can stand in the path of such a people” which is the philosphy of the politics of Islam Islamism in a nutshell The spice much desired by everyone is the oil Baron Vladmir Harkonnen is symblomatic of the wily Russians The Desert foxes Fremen are representative of the native Saudi desert dwelling Bedouin tribe who have a strongly tribe oriented culture and undoubtedly value water in eual measure And the ultimate loser is the environmentWhy do good books get over?I almost forget this is a science fiction novel it’s that real It is also scary and prophetic It is a reading experience that will leave you dreaming of the grave emptiness of Arrakis and make you wish you were there to brave it all in the privileged company of the noble Fremen Frank Herbert achieves the pinnacle of what a sci fi author aspires to rise to; authentic world building


  5. says:

    DuneNo other single syllable means as much to the science fiction genre a single word that conjures images of sandworms spice wars great battles between rival dynastic families and a massively detailed and intricately crafted universe No wonder this is widely regarded as not just a Science Fiction masterpiece but a literary achievement as well Like a study of Shakespeare the reader finds that this is an archetype upon which many influences and imitators have based their works The complexity and depth of the creation is staggering and I am continually astounded at the discipline with which Herbert must have focused his imaginationThis is the book upon which Herbert would base his greatest series and one that would outlive him as his son has continued to expand and add detail to the vast immaculate tapestry woven by a true master of the genre Encapsulating political economic sociological biological cultural and dynastic themes Frank Herbert has set a high standard for later practitionersBrilliant2015 reread Read years later this has lost none of its narrative power if anything I can better appreciate the virtuoso attention to detail Herbert exhibited in his epic creation From the perspective of having read his later 5 Dune seuels I am astounded at the rich tapestry he has woven Most impressive was his close omnipresence analyzing the thoughts and minute actions and subtle nuances of his complicated dynamic interplay of characters The exhaustive training of the Bene Gesserit and the intricate relations of the Houses and the Guild would stand as a monumental benchmark for speculative fiction ever sinceThis time around I found myself looking closely at the Harkonnens and will likely read some of Brian Herbert's additions to his fathers great work2019 reread I'm even in love with this book and am again in awe of Herbert's narrative skill This time around I noticed that all of the uotes that begin chapters are from Princess Irulan and I paid close attention to how Herbert crafted these interludesI also was drawn to the religious undertones that really began very early in the book and how Paul realized his gifts and was preparing for his role in the beginning chapters all demonstrating Herbert's great narrative skillFinally I became aware of what a great character was Gurney Halleck While the ghola of Duncan Idaho dominated the later books Herbert's creation of Halleck was an enjoyable and thought provoking addition to this masterpiece


  6. says:

    LOOK DAMN IT OMGMel 🖤🐶🐺🐾••••••••••••••••I was so worried that I wouldn't understand a thing in this book I will admit there are some things that went over my head but for the most part I figured it out I remember a billion and 65 years ago I watched the movie and was like what the? Basically all I remember is Sting and sandworms I would love to watch it again and see if I understand it after reading the book I'm still not sure what all the spices were about on Arrakis I keep thinking it's like their farming like we would farm corn or tobacco etc I could be wrong and I didn't get the connection between the spice and the sandworms Is it like a drug to them? I did read in the back of the book that is was like a drug when taken in small uantities and really addictive when taken in large uantities and that Muad'Did felt his prophesies were because of the spice I liked Duke Leto and I hated that he was betrayed not long after they got to Arrakis There is always some twat out there causing trouble I really enjoyed Paul's character and his mother Jessica They seemed like really strong people and adapted very well in everything they were put through I didn't really pay too much attention to the other characters or I guess I should say I didn't have many thoughts about them With the exception of the ones that betrayed them I really enjoyed when Paul and Jessica had to travel to get away from the evil Baron Harkonnen before they were killed too I don't know why but I enjoyed their little journey I think they were both great in their roles when they were found by the Freman and showed they were a force to be reckoned with Now maybe I'm getting this all wrong but I'm trying to tell it through the way I saw it in my mind I don't understand how Paul's sister Alia was an abomination That one must have went over my head too It might have had something to do with the poison Jessica took to become the Reverend Mother I'm not sure but I know some of my goodreads friends that read this will get me sorted out Other than the sandworms and traitorous people on Arrakis I was most freaked out by the thought of the water issue I would NOT was to live somewhere there was a water shortage And the part where they were talking about selling foot water I can't even Which basically means your stinky foot sweat Overall I really liked the book I enjoyed traipsing through this desert with Paul and his mother Only in book form though not in real life Since they are doing re makes of about a million different movies I wish they would re make this one because I think it would be really awesome I would like to see this land come to life in today's time I don't know if I'm going to continue with the series as I have heard this is the best one and the others get confusing But I would like to see how Paul is as a ruler and what all happens to them or maybe not depending on what all happens If anyone can answer any of the things I was confused with that would be helpful Also I have seen some pictures on here of this really cool Dune book with art in it Does anyone have a link of where to get that book or is it still available? Thank you MY BLOG Melissa Martin's Reading List


  7. says:

    People often forget that this series is what innovated our modern concept of science fiction up until Neuromancer and The Martix at least Dune took the Space Opera and asked if it might be than spandex dildo shaped rockets and scantily clad green women Herbert created a vast and complex system of ancient spatial politics and peoples then set them at one another's throats over land money and drugsDune is often said to relate to Sci Fi in the same way that Tolkien relates to Fantasy I'd say that as far as paradigm shift this is widely true Both entered genres generally filled with the odd childish and ridiculous and injected a literary sensibility which affected all subseuent authorsFew will challenge the importance of Star Wars' effect on film and storytelling in general but without Dune there would be no Star Wars Princess Alia the desert planet the Spice the Bene Gesserit and Leto II all have direct descendants in the movies It is unfortunate that Lucas seems to have forgotten in these later years that his best genius was pilfered from Herbert Campbell and KurosawaThough I have heard that the later books do not capture the same eclectic energy as the first Dune itself is simply one of the most original and unusual pieces of Sci Fi ever written Read it Starship Troopers Ringworld Neuromancer and Snowcrash and you'll know everything you need to about Sci Fi that you want


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    If this is the gold standard against which all science fiction must measure and be judged let's just blow our brains out right now and call it a day As far as I can tell Dune largely inspires two points of view One marvels at its historical importance and world building uniue fascinating complex rich and the other dislikes the stilted writing but does so apologetically because Frank Herbert couldn't help the fact that he wrote science fiction in the 1960s and that Edward Said hadn't done his thing yet Come on people of the world Linear models of progress don't apply to good writing Frank Herbert can't write because he's a shitty writer not because it was the 1960s The dialogue is clunky and characters have endless internal monologues in italics that serve no purpose but to explain incredibly obvious plot points to the reader This is an embarrassingly novice mistake The plot also lacks any element of surprise Princess Irulan oblivious to the concept of spoiler alerts summarizes all major plot points in her historical vignettes which introduce every single chapter We can't wonder about whether and how Jesus Christ Paul will become the messiah of the people because the princess has already told us before we've begun the book We can't wonder about who the traitor in the Atreides house is because Princess Irulan's vignette is all like Yueh Yueh A million deaths were not enough for Yueh And then there's the world building It is So Fucking Lazy Half the words are lifted from Arabic and Arab Fremen culture is the result of a scavenger rampage through Islamic concepts scraps of Buddhism and Frank Hebert's Orientalist curiosities all cobbled together into a cringe inducing whole The main subject of this book the sand niggers Fremen have been in the desert for thousands of years border on religious fanaticism and haven't changed a bit over time They pray salat conserve water because hello desert and wait for their white savior Paul to bring them out into the light or into the shade as it were They freuently declare Muslim sounding things in bastardized Arabic and are very upset because the Imperial forces are preventing them from doing Haj It's unclear how the Imperial forces have blocked all outbound flights to Saudi Arabia but we'll take it on faith There was a jihad situation like hundreds of years ago but it was apparently a jihad against computers? I don't know The ragheads Fremen also do this thing where two men will fight to the death and the winner will take the dead man's woman as his wife or his servant Given the history of the US I think it's hilarious that a book full of racism imperialism and misogyny was considered groundbreaking in the 1960s The other thing that makes this book unreadable is Frank Herbert's I Tarzan You Jane approach to gender“There is in each of us an ancient force that takes and an ancient force that gives A man finds little difficulty facing that place within himself where the taking force dwells but it’s almost impossible for him to see into the giving force without changing into something other than man For a woman the situation is reversed The greatest peril to the Giver is the force that takes The greatest peril to the Taker is the force that gives Man has the mighty penis Mighty penis does the thrusting action Woman has the sacred hole Sacred hole is warm and open for mighty penis penetration Thanks for clearing that up Frank Male and female characters in this book align nicely with Frank's pole in hole view of the world The men do the war because the penis The women do the manipulation and mind control because the vagina They are either wives or concubines and having children is of utmost important Man and his woman sometimes have tender conversations about all of this Observe Paul began tightening his still suit You told me once the words of Kitab al Ibar he said You told me 'Woman is thy field; go then to thy field and till it' I am the mother of thy firstborn she agreed How romantic Anyway let's talk some about Paul our white messiah When he's taking a break from tilling his fields he's busy being a cartoon hero He has no flaws Like none He sees everything understands everything knows the future and every word out of his mouth is prophetic and vaguely Shakespearean This is the kind of shit he says Re aforementioned penisvagina theory And you my son Jessica asked are you one who gives or one who takes? I'm at the fulcrum he said I cannot give without taking and I cannot take without givingYou're SIXTEEN bitch Sit down and shut the fuck up Nobody cares Opposite the cartoon hero is the cartoon villain He's really really evil He wakes up evil goes to bed evil and all the time in the middle he has evil conversations and evil thoughts Many of his evil thoughts are in italics so we know EXACTLY where the story is headed because plot twists are also evil and will not be tolerated Please note he is also fat as fuck and eats a lot Also he's a big homo And the homo's a pedo I really have nothing to say I AM glad I took the time to wade through this shitstorm of misogyny and orientalism You can't read sci fi and not have read Dune I always suspected I might hate it but at least now I have proof


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    Update 82817Re read Number 13 I cry when Paul meets Gurney I shiver when Jessica consoles Chani I'm awestruck by the peaks and troughs of time free will and the weakness in Paul even as he heroically strives against the evil that is about to be unleashed upon the universe sighPerfection Easily the number one book I've ever read I waver sometimes but right now it is my absolute favorite Original ReviewThis is a phenomenal classic of literatureIt's not just science fiction It transcends science fiction as a fascinating discussion of free will versus inevitability Can the Jihad be denied? Can Paul ever really avoid his own death despite seeing every time line play out with him as the butt of every cosmic joke? Can even cruelty or mercy even remain comprehensible after such knowledge?Yes I think this work outdoes Nietzsche It certainly does a great job of making us care about the uestionIs this all? Is this just a work that pays great justice to philosophy of action and inaction? Or is the novel merely a clever play at turning the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle into the physical embodiment of a man? It is that of course The Kwisatz Haderach can be many places at once and he can be both alive and dead at the same time just like that certain catIs the novel a coming of age tale first set as a mirror against his father Leto only then to mirror the whole universe that had just turned against him? Yes of course He was after all both the product of all his upbringing and his genes embodying the uestion of nature versus nurture He was taught within many schools of martial arts and assassins as well as training the mind in both the schools of the Mentats with their pure logic and that of the mystics the Bene Gesserit that allows complete control over the body down to the cellular level And if this training wasn't enough he was deeply schooled in politics leadership and the meaning of loyalty The boy was raised right Of course that is nothing without ninety generations of genetic bloodline tampering from the Bene Gesserit right? To become the fulcrum between cellular memory tapping the minds and lives of all your genetic ancestors as well as tapping the ability to fold time and space to become the eye of a storm of timeWhat a damn brilliant setup for one tiny character no? His training links to the unlocking of his genes and to the life extending and enveloping spice Melange to make him not merely aware of time in a theoretical sense but eventually to be unable to discern what was in the past the present or the future Here's a true Super Man well beyond NietzscheAnd don't believe for one second that this serious discussion about what would make a superior man makes for dull reading No We've got PLOT that's probably some of the most exciting and visceral in all of literature driving us right into the web of intrigue vengeance treachery and galactic politics To uote the text we've got Plans within Plans and it hardly stops there We know the House Atreides is falling into a trap laid by the Emperor and House Harkonnen and yet free will and pride prevents any chance to avoid it The setup is brilliant and extremely political giving us character sketches of some of the most brilliant and memorable characters of all timeDuke Leto the Red Duke the most honorable and beloved leaderDuncan Idaho the emotional and intuitive heroGurney Halleck archetypal loyalist and troubadourLady Jessica the woman who ought to have had all honor in life but was unjustly reviled and set aside for political necessity Chani being both her mirror and her eventual gloryAnd of course my favorite character of all time Paul Muad'dib Atreides the one that would prevent the greater evils he foresaw and went to enormous lengths and sacrifice to achieve but who eventually failed in his task because even a god cannot overcome destiny Or the will of so many minds set as oneSo damn brilliantFrank Herbert spent five years writing this treasure working and reworking it until he published it at age 25 None of his other works come close to this masterpiece and there's little wonder It was birthed fully formed like Athena from Zeus's head with enormous forethought and care The worldbuilding was just as carefully formed from the ecology of Arrakis and the life cycles of the sandworms to the history and the creation of the Fremen from their mild beginnings as Zensunni Wanderers adherents to the Orange Catholic Bible to their history of oppression so like those of those who are Jewish to their settling and hardening of their bodies and souls in the wastes of Arrakis also just like the Jewish who carved out a place for themselves in Israel Current politics aside this was a very potent idea before 1965 when Herbert wrote this and indeed the core is still just as powerful when you turn it back to MuslimsThe Galactic culture is rich and detailed The CHOAM economic consortium with their monopoly on space travel and their need for the Spice to allow them to see a short period into the future to plot a safe course before folding space The Empire is caught on a knife's edge between a single power and every other House who sit in the possibility of putting aside all their suabbles for the sole purpose of checking the Emperor if they so desired And Duke Atreides was such a possible popular leader among all the Great Houses which was the primary reason the Emperor wanted him dead And of course we have our Villains The Baron Harkonnen has always been a crowd pleaser Brilliant in his own right devious and able to corrupt anyone with just the right sorts of pressure including a certain absolutely trustworthy doctor we might mentionThe Tooth The Tooth You can't handle the ToothFeyd Rautha Harkonnen is especially interesting for the uestion of nature versus nurtureThe Bene Gesserit had intended him to mate with Paul who should have been Leto and Jessica's daughter and that offspring should have been the cumulation of ninety years of a breeding experiment to recreate the Kwisatz Haderach which had come about almost by accident during the Butlerian Jihad in the deep past to overthrow the AI overlordsHe was practically Paul's genetic twin or at least his potential to be the One who can be many places at once was on par with Paul But instead of fulfilling the kind of destiny that we get with Paul we see him grow up under the auspices of his Uncle the Baron becoming as cruel and devious as he was deadly He was the argument of nurture in the conversation of course and having so very little of it eventually cost him his lifeI often wonder about the directions that Dune could have taken all those little paths in time and circumstance that could have been What if Feyd had been brought to Arrakis earlier and overwhelmed with Spice the way that Paul had? Sure he wouldn't have been able to convert the unconscious changes into conscious manipulation but he might have had enough glimpses of the future the way that the Fremen did to have given him the edge he would have needed to kill PaulAnd then there's a relatively minor character Hasimir Fenring the Emperor's personal assassin who was nearly the Kwisatz Haderach himself Unable to breed true he was still potent enough to be completely hidden to Paul's time sight in the same way that Paul was hidden from the Spacing Guild's weaker time sight His training as a skilled killer was also superior to Paul He was by all the hints and tricks in the tale Paul's perfect downfall It always gives me shivers to think about and it was only in a single instant of both recognition and pity from Paul that stayed Fenring from killing our hero It was just a moment of whimThe setup was gorgeous Paul's pity had it been missing at his moment of greatest triumph over the Emperor would have meant Paul's assured death I still wonder to this day what stayed Frank Herbert's hand from killing his most wonderful darling We knew the pressure of religion and politics was going to have its way upon all the oppressed peoples of Dune The return of a monstrous religious Jihad was going to happen one way or another sweeping across the galaxy and toppling the Empire regardless of Paul's frantic plans and desires Paul's own death would only mean a higher level of fanaticism and Frank Herbert's warning against unreasoning devotion would have been made even clearer with Paul's deathPerhaps it was pity that stayed his hand Who are we to say who lives and who dies?If you really think this review is overlong then I apologize but please understand that I could absolutely go on and on much longer than this It is a symptom of my devotion to this most brilliant of all talesAnd yes it still holds up very very well after twelve reads I am uite shocked and amazed


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    I blame the movieI was an avid but novice fantasy and sci fi reader in 1984 when David Lynch’s Dune rolled out as a big budget adaptation of the 1965 classic book It was an artistic and box office failure with Roger Ebert calling it “a real mess an incomprehensible ugly unstructured pointless excursion” Numerous references were made to its excessive length particularly a tv edition that was over 3 hours long I never did pick up the classic sci fi book assuming the commentary heard about the movie applied to the book All that changed when I broke my finger and found myself with a lot of extra time on my hands groanBesides sandworms Dune has a lot of ingredients that don’t fit into my preferred stories yet the gestalt was not only tolerable but engrossing It begins with the Atreides family preparing to shift their holding from their current home to the planet of Arrakis The Emperor has given the Atreides the territory and trade on the planet of Arrakis formerly under control of their enemies the Harkonnen The planet Arrakis is hot arid and generally hostile to life There is however a small population of native fierce Freman who have managed to build an existence in the desert Paul Atreides is the young heir of the family and mystical testing reveals he might be the one prophesied Paul undergroes a rapid growth curve facilitated by his teacher Dr Yeuh and his father’s advisors But it is in the desert that Paul will discover his strength as well as his new people Seriously nowHonestly I have to wonder how much of this like is generational If Sanderson or Rothfuss wrote this book two chapters in Dune would have made a whole book and while detail may have been added it likely would have made for a book as slow as the movie I liked the scope of Dune and that there is a resolution to the initial conflict It is also interesting that despite the volume of concepts packed in here with political maneuvers terraforming technology cultural assimilation and mysticism all playing roles that I didn’t find it overwhelming perhaps because so much is genre familiar On the downside it could have perhaps used a bit transitions particularly near the end when months at a time are skipped Writing was solid; nothing really stood out but it told the story well There’s some vague mysticism that might irritate those who like explanations It was a bit of an eye roller to have the chief villain be a fat gay sadistic pedophile but Herbert really isn’t thinking outside the trope character box much it’s not enough that he sentences people to death but he has to be physically abhorrent? And gay? World building is fun but standard desertOverall I’m glad that I finally took the time to read it and put those old assumptions to rest I love a good hero