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Dune (40th Anniversary Edition)

by Frank Herbert

Penguin Publishing Group | August 2, 2005 | Trade Paperback

Dune (40th Anniversary Edition) is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 27.
Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Muad'Dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family--and would bring to fruition humankind'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 it undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 544 pages, 9.1 × 6.1 × 1.35 in

Published: August 2, 2005

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0441013597

ISBN - 13: 9780441013593

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely great! I read this book every summer -- I love the politics that run through the story.
Date published: 2013-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent this is a must-read for sci-fi fans, one of my favorite books. I love the whole detailed world Frank Herbert has created.
Date published: 2011-09-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not What It's Cracked Up To Be I read this book because I was told it was Epic, life-altering, fantastic. What it was in my opinion was a huge disappointment. I enjoyed the story, and where they were going with it, and when the action was there it moved well. But overall I found it to be extremely dry and I felt my eyes sagging after a few pages. I forced myself through to the end, like a trooper, but I will never read it or its sequels anytime in the near future.
Date published: 2009-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As good as Sci-Fi gets. Frank Herbert creates a very deep and interesting vision of the future. A time when computers are outlawed, and the feudal system has returned. Mankind has spread across many planets, but one planet holds the key to power, Dune. Paul Atreides is a young man, just coming of age, and his family is taking over rule of Dune from their deadly enemies, the House Harkonnen. This is not a simple and direct sci-fi story - indeed it offer many layers to be explored, and each reading draws you further into the world created by the author. This, the first in the 6 book series by Frank Herbert is by far the most accessible and likable. But for those who want more, there is a lot more, and as the series develops, things can at times get a little bizarre, but a fantastic story is always on offer. A great read for anyone, whether you are new to sci-fi, or a veteran who has somehow not got around to this one yet. I would also highly recommend another series by Frank Herbert, which includes "The Whipping Star" and the "Dosadi Experiment" for those who want more of his best.
Date published: 2009-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from foreboding tale - relevant to our generation and beyond Loved this book about survival, politics, power, corruption, faith, religion, friendship, loyalty, love - ties into influences from the Arab world's "oil politics" and "desert power". Draws together ideologies from Christianity and Islam. Capacity to endure pain, suffering, and hardship to serve and protect the oppressed and be guided along a narrow and difficult path based on truth and righteousness - a journey of love.
Date published: 2008-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sci-Fi as Real as it gets. With Dune, Frank Herbert brought Sci-Fi to a new level. Not since Asimov's Foundation series has such a truly expansive yet truly human future been created. The themes are strong and deep, the characters true to life, and the the writing itself both poetic and descriptive. A must read for fans of Sci-Fi, of course, but I recommend it to the Sci-Fi 'noob' as well. This is macro-fiction at it's best.
Date published: 2008-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely engaging This is the first book in the "Dune" series. The world that Frank Herbert creates absorbs you into it. I love this book and its rich and complex details. Highly reccommend it.
Date published: 2008-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating Once I read this book till 3-00am and next morning stirring sugar in my tea I was shocked: "My God, how much water I have in my cup!!!".
Date published: 2007-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect blend of action, mysticism, and politics Frank Herbert's epic tale of the distant future is a blend of science and fiction delicately woven into a gripping tale of action, politics and mysticism. In a far distant future dependant on a mind-altering spice, a political battle unfolds over control of its sole source, the planet Dune.
Date published: 2006-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Comparable to Lord Of The Rings Ok, I've read the Lord of The Rings trilogy a couple of times and i think those are the greatest books ever written. And if i say that another series is comparable to them thats sayin a lot. I read the first four in the series in a month and a half cause I was soooo hooked on them. The plot is awsome, characters unforgetable, and theres so much more to say thats good i don't want to list it. On the other hand, it reminds me to much of Star Wars. But anyways the whole series and this one is a must read!!!!!
Date published: 2005-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Frank Herbert - Dune The first book that I ever purchased on my own at age 14. I remember finding it very confusing. At 39 now, I have re-read Dune three more times and plowed through the entire series twice although I always get hung up halfway through Chapterhouse. After a while, all the learning about the different ways that power can be exerted over a populace can become quite tiring and your level of cynicism can rise dramatically. The lesson that 'Belief can be manipulated. Only knowledge is truly dangerous.' can be an exhausting one! I would say that this book is not for the SF amateur, but for the SF philosopher who enjoys being challenged. Only Orson Scott Cards, Ender Series (Enders Game; Speaker For the Dead; Xenocide and Children of the mind) have the weight to compare to the Frank Herberts Dune series (skip the stuff Franks son is pumpin out ... he does not take you any further, he only tries to add to the past ... boring)
Date published: 2005-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Story in Existence! What a mythology! I am totally in love. Best story ever! Wonderful blend of Occultism and Ecology, because the two should not be seperated!!!
Date published: 2003-09-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Endorsed by a Legend. Dune is a remarkable triumph. Herbert has invented a tapestry of philosophy, history, politics and ecology into this world - what sets this science fiction apart from the genre is that this tapestry is not unfamiliar to the reader. Modern religions are adapted, yet left intact in this vision - the reader can relate and there is not the heightened sense of detachment evident in so many sci fi novels. Besides all this, Arthur C. Clarke praises this book highly - high praise from a literary legend!
Date published: 2003-07-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Dune...not so good In contrast to most people's opinions, I think Dune is poorly written. It is extremely overrated. The plotline is slow, the characters are undeveloped, and Frank Herbert uses an excessive amount of jibberish. The story is repetitive and unavoidably boring. A recommended read for insomniacs.
Date published: 2003-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SciFi Milestone Frank Herbert's Dune series is has set the milestone for scifi writing for many years to come. He has created an entire universe which has spawned movies, video games, art, and more books. Enjoy this one.
Date published: 2003-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masterpiece! What Frank Herbert captures with Dune has never been captured before; a grand insight into humanity as we know it (especially in today's conformist world), but in what we are capable of as humans. Aside from the science fiction aspect of the novel; the realistic experience of Arrakis, and political plot, but a very intricate and delicate balance of power that adds depth and sophistication to the story. I recommend Dune to anyone who is open to new ideas, and ready to totally immerse themselves in a new world and new experience. This is not just a Science Fiction novel, but one of the greatest works of humanity in print.
Date published: 2002-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the greatest books ever written... Dune is undoubtedly one of the greatest stories ever written. Frank Herbert was a genius. The future is so believable in his vision of the universe. This is an awesome book! Ya Hya Chouhada! Long live the fighters of Muad'Dib!
Date published: 2001-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review of Dune This book is the best book I've read so far and I'm reading the whole series because of this book. It's really good and you wont be able to put the book down once you've started reading it. I think it's a really good book.
Date published: 2001-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dune Dune is an excellent way to get into the science ficton genre. Mr.Frank Herbert shown me a great new world within a book. When I first browsed the book I was intimidated. But after getting into his world I could not put the book down. His vision of DUNE is vast, and shouldn't be missed.
Date published: 2001-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Sci-fi! This book was great and the attention to detail that Mr. Herbert shows is impressive. The world contained in this book will forever stay with you once you've finished reading it! Recommended!
Date published: 2001-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Maud'dib Maud'dib Maud'Dib Hear That Atreides battle cry , I Am Impressed i mean i knew it would be good after i got passed the first 150 (well 128) Pages but I Am Impressed.
Date published: 2001-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A possable Future This book is so believable that it's quite possable that the far future will be this way. Reading it is like a peep hole to the milliniums to come.
Date published: 2000-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderful for the imagination!! This book is really one of the greatest ever written in history! It sets the stage perfectly for the sequals to the book. I don't think that anything could ever be compared to this work of art and you don't have to be a reader to be able to appreciate it.
Date published: 2000-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best of Sci-Fi A compelling storyline with interesting characters and plots, Dune is the greatest book of all time... But that doesn't say much so in laymens terms... Its the Best!
Date published: 2000-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from dune I think this book was one of the best books i have read in a long time and i am presently reading children of dune and and i will contunue to read all of the dune books. In the future i hope that Frank Herberts son will write more prequils to dune like the one he wrote "house Atreities". Overall i think dune is a great book and i would recomend it to anyone who likes science fiction, space or who just wants to read a good book.
Date published: 1999-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing! it was very well written and amazingly thought out. it was one of the best books i've ever read in my life. it always keeps you wanting more and frank herbert is an amazing author. i can't wait to read the rest of the series, too bad he died before he finished the 7th book. all in all
Date published: 1999-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book on earth! This book was a compelling story about how one child fights a depression to stay alive. I refuse to tell anymore because I only choose to say a few words; "If you read any book in your entire lifetime read Dune!"
Date published: 1999-05-18

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Dune (40th Anniversary Edition)

Dune (40th Anniversary Edition)

by Frank Herbert

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 544 pages, 9.1 × 6.1 × 1.35 in

Published: August 2, 2005

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0441013597

ISBN - 13: 9780441013593

About the Book

Frank Herbert's Hugo and Nebula Award winner celebrates 40 years with this new anniversary edition. The sweeping tale of a desert planet called Arrakis, "Dune" has been a favorite among sci-fi fans for decades.

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Chapter One A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct. This every sister of the Bene Gesserit knows. To begin your study of the life of Muad'Dib, then, take care that you first place him in his time: born in the 57th year of the Padishah Emperor, Shaddam IV. And take the most special care that you locate Muad'Dib in his place: the planet Arrakis. Do not be deceived by the fact that he was born on Caladan and lived his first fifteen years there. Arrakis, the planet known as Dune, is forever his place. —from "Manual of Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan In the week before their departure to Arrakis, when all the final scurrying about had reached a nearly unbearable frenzy, an old crone came to visit the mother of the boy, Paul.     It was a warm night at Castle Caladan, and the ancient pile of stone that had served the Atreides family as home for twenty-six generations bore that cooled-sweat feeling it acquired before a change in the weather.     The old woman was let in by the side door down the vaulted passage by Paul's room and she was allowed a moment to peer in at him where he lay in his bed.     By the half-light of a suspensor lamp, dimmed and hanging near the floor, the awakened boy could see a bulky female shape at his door, standing one step ahead of his mother. The old woman was a witch shadow—hair like matted spiderwebs, hooded 'round darkness of features, eyes like glittering jewels.     "Is he not small forhis age,
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Table of Contents

DuneBook I. Dune

Book II. Muad'dib

Book III. The Prophet


Appendix I: The Ecology of Dune

Appendix II: The Religion of Dune

Appendix III: Report on Bene Gesserit
Motives and Purposes

Appendix IV: The Almanaken-Ashraf
(Selected Excerpts of the Noble Houses)

Terminology of the Imperium

Map

From the Publisher

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Muad'Dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family--and would bring to fruition humankind'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 it undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction.

About the Author

Frank Herbert 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. He died in 1986.