Thursday, October 27, 2011

Dune, by Frank Herbert

DUNE, a fascinating science fiction novel with elements of fantasy, is still riveting and almost impossible to put down, even 46 years after it was first published.

I first read this novel when I was in my late teens, and reading it again last week was a different experience! 25 years has made a difference!

When I first read the book, I had no perspective on the parent's feelings in the book, and that added an entire new dimension that I enjoyed tremendously. I was able to enjoy it... "on another level." ;)

This book takes a young man of 15, Paul Atreides, whose family is moving to the desert planet of Arrakis by order of the Emperor, and whose father, Duke Leto Atreides, has reason to suspect treachery upon their arrival.

Paul's mother is the Duke's concubine, never married to him for political reasons. She has been grooming her son for greatness since he was born, but she never suspected the events that would come to shape his life, nor the decisions he might make to handle them.

This is a tale of black treachery, loyalty, secret societies, long-term plans, far-reaching goals, and one road to revenge and unusual distinction. There are unexpected losses, deaths, and twists of the knife, as Herbert walks us through a world where water is wealth, and poisons are playthings.

If you've read it, or if you read it as a result of this review, please let me know what you thought of the book!

(Note: My book photo and link are not presently working. I will post it as soon as I get it fixed.)

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