Dune (Dune Chronicles #1)


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Title: Dune
Series: Dune Chronicles #1
Author: Frank Herbert
Rating: 5 Stars
Genre: SFF
Pages: 611
Format: Kindle digital edition


Synopsis: Spoilers

Mortal enemies, House Atreides and House Harkonnen, through political machinations, end up trading control of Arrakis, Dune. The one planet that produces the Spice; an addictive substance that prolongs life, allows the gifted to see glimpses of the future and cannot be artificially reproduced.

Baron Harkonnen has secretly allied himself with the Emperor though and through trickery, deceit and the use of the Emperor’s Elite Forces, destroys the Atreides line on Dune. Unknown to him, however, the scion, Paul and his Bene Gesserit trained mother Jessica, have escaped to the desert where they fulfill prophecy for a group of desert dwellers known as the Fremen. Unrivaled warriors, the Fremen believe Paul is the long prophesied savior who will turn Dune into a paradise world. Paul, a product of millenia of Bene Gesserit breeding plans and living in conditions where he is infused with Spice at every turn, takes the next step in human development. He can see the Future, like it was the Past.

With his ability to now destroy the Spice, and hence destroy the Imperium, Paul ascends the Imperial Throne. The Future is firmly set and Paul Muad-dib is at the reins.

However, The Saga of Dune is Far from Over.


My Thoughts:

Phracking Fantastic, what a good book. I read it in ’11 and then again in ’16 and I found that 5 years seems to be a good amount of time between re-reads. While I enjoyed it this time around, the frission I experienced in ’16 was not there. Some things do need a bit of time between tastings.

Since I do plan on re-reading the whole Dune Chronicles, I was keeping an eye out for little glimpses of the future. Not a lot to see, really. Which just cements my thoughts that while Herbert wrote this as a series, Dune itself was really meant as a standalone novel.

The ONLY thing that stuck out to me as a negative was the little dialogue about ecology that the dying character Kynes has with his dead father. While he knows it is a hallucination, it just comes across as Herbert allowing himself to talk about a subject that he’s interested in but not strictly related to the immediate plot. It is much more detail oriented than is needed for an understanding of the “Turn Dune into a Fremen Paradise”, ie, a world with Earth normal weather.

I also read this with an eye towards how the Prequels books by his son had influenced me or my perception of events within the book. Honestly, it was very hard to tell. It did feel like I was more influenced by the rest of the Chronicles and the future they hold then anything that came before. But just the fact that I have read the prequels fills in little gaps in my mind that I might not even notice.






  1. Dune Review from 2011

  2. Dune Review from 2016


55 thoughts on “Dune (Dune Chronicles #1)

  1. I’m looking forward to your re-read of these – Dune is on my book bucket list. My parents were obsessed and though I think Dad doesn’t care for the movie at all, my mother loves it. I remember being a very small child and they’d be talking about the book with their best friends (a couple). Anyway…good re-caps and thoughts all around!

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    1. I don’t blame your dad. Lynch must have been on something when he made that movie.
      If you ever get the SF itch, then definitely scratch it with Dune. Even if you don’t like it, you’ll be part of a cultural phenomenon. And you’d be surprised how many little references have crept into every day life from it 🙂


  2. Even though I’m more a fantasy oriented reader when it comes to fiction, I’ve always wanted to actually read Dune and not rely upon the 1984 film or the 10-15 year old SciFi miniseries to understand the story. Of course the main plot points are basically spoiled in adaptations, but for myself I want to know the major subplots that don’t make it into the adaptations that basically help support that story.

    I don’t know if I’ll ever read the rest of the series (doubtful), and the prequels are essentially off the table (unless I win the lottery but even then I’ll probably aim to write “full time”). But like you said in reply to a comment, Dune is one of those books that is subtly referenced across the spectrum of genre and mediums.

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    1. Most libraries should have the prequels, as the Herbert/Anderson name is pretty famous.

      The Lynch film is totally whacked. I wouldn’t rely on it beyond the Chosen One meme and the Spice.

      The SF one was actually pretty faithful, even if it had to leave a bunch of stuff out.

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  3. I really enjoyed this review. I uave a copy of Dune here that I have literally intended to reread for several years. It has been too long. I remember enjoying it, but cannot contribute any knowledgeable comparison at this point since so many years have passed 😉

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  4. Wow, so this is your third time around! Nice! I haven’t read it yet, although I did just find a copy at the library for $.50 *fist pump* Have you ever listened to an audio version of it?

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    1. Actually, this is closer to my 6th or 7th time. 1-3 times in highschool, 1-2 in bibleschool and then these three. I just wasn’t recording my reading back then.

      I have not listened to one. Not a big audio fan, but maybe on my next read of it I’ll try that just for something different.

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      1. Holy cow haha. Well, sounds like I’ll have to bump this one up on my tbr. I listen to a lot of longer books on audio, so I was curious what you thought of the recordings; but since I own it, I’ll probably read the hard copy first. Thanks!

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  5. Why didn’t I like this book? I loved the setting, the set up, hell the whole first half. It is exactly my kind of read for the most part. But once Paul was in the desert I checked out. Couldn’t stomach it. And EVERYONE else loves it.

    SOmething is wrong with me.

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    1. And that is why authors of all stripes will succeed. What works for 10 people might not work for 1 other person. There is no universal appeal book. Just one of those things I guess…


    2. For me it was the exact opposite 🙂 While I also liked the setting it was too much set up and talking for me in the first half. I started to enjoy it much more, when Paul and co. finally started exploring Arrakis and encountered sandworms etc

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  6. Dune is one of those books I need to revisit now and then – and for someone who’s always starved for free time in which to read, this says a LOT. I will have to re-read the passage you quoted about Kynes’ death, though, because now I’m curious about the “excess baggage” you mentioned.
    As for the prequels… sorry, but a couple of them convinced me that the son is not on the same writing level as the father.

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    1. I concur whole heartedly with you about the Herbert/Anderson prequels. They are poorly written pap that are simply money grabs relying on the skills of Frank to overshadow their own lacklustre abilities. I’ve added the 2 sequels [Hunters of Dune and Sandworms of Dune] just so I can finish up the complete story started in Dune, but I’m already dreading those 2 books 🙂

      As for Kynes, that might be a bit of my own bias in there. As a land surveyor, I run into people all the time who don’t know what they are talking about when it comes to land development and after 16 years, I just kind of react to “nature” people and blow them off 🙂

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      1. Even forgetting the contents for a while (and I’m working from imperfect memory, here – that’s why I need a re-read!) it would seem that the whole “conversation” stole pathos from the moment, and that would deserve a stern frown, at the very least… 🙂

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  7. Man, I’m pumped to dive into this. I haven’t read any of Herbert’s books, but Dune has been on my TBR for far too long. Although I won’t and plan on reading this book first, do you think a newcomer should read the prequels before getting into Dune #1 and so on?

    – Lashaan

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    1. As long as you are fine with sub-par writing, the prequels do fill in a lot of gaps. I enjoyed my initial read through of them, but when I tried to re-read one of them, it was like eating week old oatmeal, plain old nasty…


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