Dune: Volume 1

· Dune Book 1 · Sold by Penguin
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Directed by Denis Villeneuve, screenplay by Denis Villeneuve and Jon Spaihts, based on the novel Dune by Frank Herbert • Starring Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Austin Butler, Florence Pugh, Dave Bautista, Christopher Walken, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Léa Seydoux, with Stellan Skarsgård, with Charlotte Rampling, and Javier Bardem

Frank Herbert’s classic masterpiece—a triumph of the imagination and one of the bestselling science fiction novels of all time.

Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of Paul Atreides—who would become known as Muad'Dib—and of a great family's ambition to bring to fruition mankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction.

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Jesse Bedwell
August 30, 2023
This is a great read. A very quick read for 800 pages. I could write a couple pages on the arc of a would be hero who is little more than an opportunistic upstart. Paul is not the hero of this story. I'm not sure there is one. Certainly not the Lady Jessica (whom I don't trust). Perhaps, only perhaps Paul's father, Leto. But even he wishes to subjugate a people who are merely means to an end of greater wealth and power. I like that these are not good, altruistic characters. No, they are human characters. This is what makes the book work so well. I look forward to the next journey.
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A Google user
November 9, 2014
A sci-fi novel featuring an epic, sweeping storyline; the creator of numerous space fantasy tropes. DUNE follows the story of Paul Atreides whose trials take him from his home world to a desert planet, seemingly devoid of life. But there is more hidden beneath the sand than the horrifying worms: Paul will find humanity and destiny enveloped by the unbearable heat. A must read for any self respecting Sci-fi fan.
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Mr. and Mrs. Bergeron
December 12, 2013
It really is not very good. I believe everyone that says it is amazing says that because the have never read it and assume it's good or they think they should say it is awesome because they are confused. First off it is a fantasy book. There are courts, dukes, emperors and magic. Just because it takes place in the future does not it make it science fiction. It is incredibly slow. You can add detail and make it exciting. Dune adds detail in the excitement of a text book.
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About the author

Frank Herbert is the bestselling author of the Dune saga. He was born in Tacoma, Washington, and educated at the University of Washington, Seattle. He worked a wide variety of jobs—including TV cameraman, radio commentator, oyster diver, jungle survival instructor, lay analyst, creative writing teacher, reporter and editor of several West Coast newspapers—before becoming a full-time writer.

In 1952, Herbert began publishing science fiction with “Looking for Something?” in Startling Stories. But his emergence as a writer of major stature did not occur until 1965, with the publication of Dune. Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune, and Chapterhouse: Dune followed, completing the saga that the Chicago Tribune would call “one of the monuments of modern science fiction.” Herbert is also the author of some twenty other books, including The White Plague, The Dosadi Experiment, and Destination: Void. He died in 1986.

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