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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Guild Books / British Publlishers Guild; First Thus edition (1984)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001S2FF7W
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.8 x 5.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,423,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Nathan James Flannery on 10 Jun 2010
Format: Paperback
DUNE: If you like Sci-Fi/Fantasy but haven't read Dune, well it's almost as criminal as not having read The Lord of the Rings, you owe it to yourself to pick this up and read it immediately!! Dune is, in my humble opinion, probably the greatest Sci-Fi book ever written - it is a heavy mix of political machinations, planet-hopping war and diplomacy, and a deep philosophical look at religion and the role of a messianic figure upon shaping human history. Frank Herbert's prose is extraordinary and really gets you inside character's heads, especially that of the 'protagonist' Paul Atreides; the chapters are also broken up with little quips and quotes that further embellish and enhance the complex universe that he has created. I won't go into plot details, because there are numerous reviews of this story all over the internet. 5/5

DUNE MESSIAH: For some reason this short sequel to Dune, which really just acts a bridge to get the reader to Children of Dune, has attracted some negative comments in the past but I still can not fathom why!? Dune is a very self-contained story and you can stop right there and not continue if you wish, but if you do choose to read Messiah then you get a turn-around of the relatively optimistic(?) ending of the first book and in my opinion a very exciting launch of a greater universe for the Dune novels. Dune Messiah is actually a very tight and well paced book, with great characterisation and an excellent plot that comes together nicely at the end - the short length is actually ideal in my opinion and the book doesn't overstay it's welcome; it also leads very nicely into the next book. 4.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By chris on 31 Jan 2012
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bought this for my sons christmas, he read it years ago but still wanted to read it again fantastic buy great author great story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julian on 23 Mar 2011
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I started to read this book after I'd seen the movie by D. Lynch and I must say I do not regret it :)
If anyone who watched the movie and liked it should read the book as well!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Shodan on 12 Dec 2007
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An amazing collection.

They are told with such grace, and subtlety, the dialogue is so cleverly writen that the action regularly takes the backstage. Epic scale, sheer brilliance and uncanny foresight will guarantee that these books will remain beautiful, timeless classics. Ahead of the game in almost every area both then and now.

Do not let these gems pass you by. Honestly
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By antonio suarez on 21 Oct 2013
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A book that puts you in the middle of a universe were machines had been an important part of human evolution, how this affects them, is the part I am reading. So far so good!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By john_france on 15 Mar 2013
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Great read as everyone should know and the huge thick book is part of the pleasure......but the book started to come to pieces after about 600 pages! Want to read it all again but not sure the book will take it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Y. Nedelcheva on 8 Aug 2009
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The only drawback is that it's huge and I need a separate bag as I reed it on the tube.
When I open it I totally forget about that. :))The Great Dune Trilogy: Dune, Dune Messiah, Children of Dune: "Dune", "Dune Messiah", "Children of Dune" (Gollancz S.F.)
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Rod Williams on 15 Feb 2006
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A novel which broke the mould, reinvented the concept of Space Opera and begot a minor cult, as groundbreaking novels are wont to do.
It’s rather spooky to look at Dune again in the light of the Iraq War, since we have in this book a situation where a desert people are militarily outclassed and dominated by a Superpower which wishes to retain control over the desert’s vital resource.
In this case it isn’t control of oil which is being fought over, but the melange spice of Arrakis, just as vital to transportation between stars as oil is for transportation between cities.
One could possibly compare the USA with the Evil Empire of Shaddam (even that name has a spooky resonance, but with the wrong side) and the planet Arrakis with the Middle East, but one would have to examine Arab-American relations in the Nineteen Sixties to get much mileage from that.
Undeniably, the Fremen are essentially Arabic in flavour, but he rest of Galactic Society is based around a feudal aristocratic system of powerful Houses, presided over by the Emperor Shaddam. It is an aggressive and brutal system in which assassination and treachery are rife.
Interlacing this network of families is the Sisterhood of the Bene Gesserit, an organisation which has its own reasons for an intense interest in the melange spice, a strange organic substance which can endow its users with a form of prescience and telepathy.
Another major player in the politics of the galaxy is the Spacer’s Guild, a professional group of mutated humans who use the properties of the spice to sense changes in space and steer ships through hyperspace across the galaxy.
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