This Hugo and Nebula Award winner is widely to be considered the most prescient SF novel ever. It 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 privileges, however, 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.
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Series: Dune Chronicles
Author: Frank Herbert
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Format: Kindle digital edition
I am attempting to reread 10+ books in 2016 that I have rated highly in the past. I am not attempting to second guess or denigrate my younger self in any way but am wanting to compare how my tastes have changed and possibly matured. I am certainly much more widely read now [both in the good and bad quality sadly] than then. I will hopefully be going into the reasons for any differences of opinions between then and now. If there is no difference of opinion, then it was a hellfire'd fine book! Links may link to either Booklikes or Blogspot, depending on when the original review was.
Paul Atreides, born of rebellion and love, has the potential to be the next step in Humanity. A man who can look into the past and into the future. But becoming a superman is not easy, nor is it guaranteed.
With a space operatic House feud, the Bene Gesserit bent on creating and controlling him, a Galactic King bent upon his House's destruction and a prophecy that was seeded by the Bene Gesserit hundreds, if not thousands, of years ago, Paul will succeed or die.
What do I say? This is just as good as ever.
Having read more of Herbert's works since my last read of Dune back in '11, it is very apparent that Dune was an aberration in Herbert's style. It is easy to understand, light on the psychosexual tones that Herbert seems to revel in and keeps the monologuing on philosophical themes to a minimum. None of those things are gone, but they aren't in the foreground.
While the Dune Chronicles continue for another 5 books and then has its final sequence penned by the execrable Kevin Anderson & Brian Herbert, Dune can stand on its own and in many respects, it should. It tells a complete story arc. If you LOVE Dune, then I recommend reading the rest of the Chronicles. If you aren't sure, then read another book by Herbert, perhaps The White Plague, and see if you like THAT style. If you can enjoy that one, then you'll probably enjoy the rest of the Chronicles.
I was also reminded of Red Rising by Pierce Brown, in that the main character was young [Paul is 15 at the start of the book and it covers no more than 5 years] but this is in no way Young Adult. I think part of that is because Herbert has his main character becoming an adult at an accelerated pace due to circumstances. In fact, the more I think of it, Darrow from Red Rising reminds me more and more of Paul. Young, but having gone through a crucible, emerges from the other side with all adolescence burned out of him and maturity, responsibility and ability coating him like an armored suit. An adult with a purpose and the will to accomplish that purpose.
This Project Reread was a complete success and I got to read a 5star book that STAYED a 5star book. It just doesn't get much better than that. Continua...Nascondi
Fino a metà un capolavoro, per tematiche, personaggi, svolgimento degli eventi; poi le buone intenzioni si ingarbugliano, il ritmo si sfilaccia, i personaggi principali diventano eccessivamente ingombranti riducendo in briciole tutto il resto.
..." Resta comunque una lettura imprescindibile per alcuni concetti che porta a galla.Continua...Nascondi
Premessa essenziale: non sono un cultore della letteratura fantascientifica, quindi il mio commento è quello di un lettore occasionale."Dune" mi stuzzicava da tempo. La saga, l'epica, il film. Un tentativo di leggerlo in lingua originale è
..."ale è miseramente fallito due anni fa. Oggi ci ho riprovato in italiano. Ma che fatica. Intrigante la cornice, precisa la costruzione del mondo di Arrakis e delle regole che lo governano, affascinante l'ecosistema nel quale si muovono i protagonisti. A togliermi interesse invece sono stati gli intrighi (politici? mistici? economici? religiosi? di tutto un po'?) che sono il motore della vicenda. I motivi delle azioni dei protagonisti sono spesso fumosi, inseriti in un quadro di necessità superiore di cui non si comprendono bene i confini. In sintesi: mi sono annoiato. In sintesi ulteriore: non sono fatto per certa fantascienza.Continua...Nascondi
Un mix di concetti religiosi, sociali, politici che portano il lettore a concepire pensieri che senza la lettura di questo libro non avrebbe neanche preso in considerazione, Dune è uno di quei libri di fantascienza che riesce a raccogliere lettori
..." molto diversi tra loro.Continua...Nascondi
"La paura uccide la mente. La paura è la piccola morte che porta con sé l'annullamento totale. Guarderò in faccia la mia paura. Permetterò che mi calpesti e mi attraversi, e quando sarà passata non ci sarà più nulla, soltanto io ci sarò."