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Melange, is a spice grown only on the desert terrain of Arrakis, a hot, barren planet, known to it's inhabitants as Dune. It is a harsh, unforgiving place to live, with vicious, giant sandworms living under the sand, that guard the precious spice, and no water at all. Melange has special ... Read review
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This Hugo and Nebula Award winner tells the sweeping tale of a desert planet called ... more

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. 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 superhuman--he
might be a messiah. His  struggle is at the centre
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 and the adventures exciting. Five
sequels  follow. --Brooks Peck

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Dune is a 1965 science fiction novel by Frank Herbert. It won the Hugo Award in 1966, and ... more

the inaugural Nebula Award for Best Novel. Dune is
frequently cited as the world's best-selling
science fiction novel and is the start of the Dune
saga.  Set in the far future amidst a feudal
interstellar society in which noble houses, in
control of individual planets, owe allegiance to
the imperial House Corrino, Dune tells the story
of young Paul Atreides, the heir apparent to Duke
Leto Atreides as his family accepts control of the
desert planet Arrakis, the only source of the
"spice" melange. Melange is the most important and
valuable substance in the universe, increasing
Arrakis's value as a fief. The story explores the
multi-layered interactions of politics, religion,
ecology, technology, and human emotion, as the
forces of the empire confront each other in a
struggle for the control of Arrakis and its
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Community Level 3Paradis

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Dune by Frank Herbert

AdvantagesAn absorbing read

DisadvantagesNone

"...read it, because I believe Dune is the epitome of philosophy and politics in the world of SciFi. With just a slight overdosing on Melange, the hip drug to be taking if you are anybody, or aspire to be anybody, in the world of Dune. Dune is just the right blend of SciFi and fantasy. It is a story about how the desire for power, wealth and knowledge destroys lives. Frank Herbert created an artistic vision, a story connecting fantastic worlds, and ..." Read review
05.08.2004

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Spiced Up

AdvantagesBrilliant plot and characterisation, a gripping read

DisadvantagesThe sequels

"Dune is a book that I think is brilliant. I watched the film of Dune, though I missed the first few minutes (probably a good thing), and thought it was really interesting, so I decided to read the book. I had thought parts of the film's plot were confusing until I read this! There are a lot of nuances and subtleties that are never explored in the film and, as well as being an exciting story, delves into realms of politics and and religion. ~~~ ..." Read review
14.01.2006

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dizzybummer

Dune, Desert planet, Arrakis

Advantagesdeep, well written, ease of reading

Disadvantagesnone i can think of

"This was one of the very very first books i remeber reading and reading again, and still being surprised evrytime i read it, with the richness of the universe it created. Set in a mostly technologically regressed universe, where the feudal system is in great effect. The universe is Ruled by the Paradisha Emperor,and ther are houses that make up his court. Of the houses that make up the Emperors court are two important houses, House Atreides ..." Read review
15.03.2001

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Sand, water and giant worms

AdvantagesMassive scope, gripping story line

DisadvantagesComplex plots that require concentration

"...the other threads are advancing. Synopsis. The Dune universe is ultimately influenced on three levels; political, economic and religious. The political infrastructure closely mirrors that of Japan in the days of the Samurai. An Emperor, who has ultimate power, and the provinces controlled by Warlords. In this case, it is groups of planets controlled by Great Houses. The three Houses we concern ourselves with, in Dune, are House Corrino, who ..." Read review
04.06.2004

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LJOne

An out of this world desert experience

AdvantagesWonderful and exciting read

DisadvantagesThe book is long and you need an interest in sci-fi

"...the American West Coast. In Dune the reader meets Paul Atreides, whose adventures demonstrate that natural ability can triumph over ostracism and an extremely hostile environment. Paul is the son of Duke Leto and his concubine Jessica, members of the House of Atreides, who are opposed by the Harkonnes. He undergoes a painful initiation at the hands of a reverend mother, who is member of the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood. The Harkonnes plot to destroy ..." Read review
27.05.2007

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Type Fiction
Genre Science Fiction
Title Dune
Author Frank Herbert
ISBN 0450011844; 0450054659

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