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The Great Dune Trilogy Hardcover – 1984

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  • Hardcover: 909 pages
  • Publisher: Guild Books / British Publlishers Guild; First Thus edition (1984)
  • ASIN: B001S2FF7W
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.8 x 5.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,426,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Great Dune Trilogy


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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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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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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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These books are very engaging and fun to read this book is good as it has the first 3 even no the first one is the best this book is packaged well. Only downside is the book is huge and you have to lean it against something you couldn't take it out in public so not very practical ok for reading in bed
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The first book is great, but the second book is mostly people describing abstract ideas in abstract terms. Takes a long time to play out the plot. The third book is similar and has a twist which was a bit weird for me. Author seems to neglect to mention some really important things till much later in the books and kind of fails to explain some of the mysteries but later on characters as if they are no longer mysteries. Some very important characters seem to sit in the background neglected in books 2 and 3. I was forcing myself through it by the end. Shame, as the first book is truly superb. Perhaps just buy Dune.
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I bought this book on the recommendation of a friend, not being particularly interested in the Science Fiction genre at all.

In fact "Dune" was the first real Science Fiction book I read, my previous literary experience being steeped in the genre of Fantasy from the likes of J.R.R. Tolkein and Terry Pratchett.

I was very surprised about just how much I enjoyed this book, and I'd advise anyone that isn't into Sci-Fi and thinks it's just lasers and robots to immediately reconsider.

"Dune" is quite epic in style and atmosphere, although like many groundbreaking novels it does not seem thus at the start. I find Arthur C. Clarke's words on "Dune" quite relevant at this moment:

"[Dune is] Unique among SF novels...I know nothing comparable to it except "The Lord of the Rings""
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