Book 1, Dune - The First Dune Novel
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The Duke of Atreides has been manoeuvred by his arch-enemy, Baron Harkonnen, into administering the desert planet of Dune. Although it is almost completely without water, Dune is a planet of fabulous wealth, for it is the only source of a drug prized throughout the Galactic Empire. The Duke and his son, Paul, are expecting treachery, and it duly comes - but from a shockingly unexpected place.
Then Paul succeeds his father, and he becomes a catalyst for the native people of Dune, whose knowledge of the ecology of the planet gives them vast power. They have been waiting for a leader like Paul Atreides, a leader who can harness that force ...
DUNE: one of the most brilliant science fiction novels ever written, as engrossing and heart-rending today as it was when it was first published half a century ago.
Joint winner of the HUGO AWARD for best novel, 1966
Winner of the NEBULA AWARD for best novel, 1965
Best book of all time
Certainly for me it is. I am quite a wide reader I can only say there really is nothing like it. The truly extraordinary aspect is you could be reading a history of the future. The concepts, almost alarmingly so, are as apt and insightful today as when the book was written in the early 60s. Well worth reading the whole Dune series by Frank Herbert. Truly Epic in every way.
I read this on the recommendation of fellow reviewers and websites. What I found was a rich world with fascinating concepts. Shame about the slow writing and the violent, sexist undertones. Not to mention the rubbish ending...
Great book that made me watch the film straight after reading. The film was terrible by the way and apparently made worse if you read the book first. Still started pretty confusing at the beginning but really came together and rallied towards the end. Classic and recommended.