The Great Dune Trilogy

About the Author: Frank Herbert

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The Great Dune TrilogyThree Of The Greatest SF Novels In The World In One Bumper Omnibus Herbert S Evocative, Epic Tales Are Set On The Desert Planet Arrakis, The Focus For A Complex Political And Military Struggle With Galaxy Wide RepercussionsArrakis Is The Source Of Spice, A Mind Enhancing Drug Which Makes Interstellar Travel Possible It Is The Most Valuable Substance In The Galaxy When Duke Atreides And His Family Take Up Court There, They Fall Into A Trap Set By The Duke S Bitter Rival, Baron Harkonnen The Duke Is Poisoned, But His Wife And Her Son Paul Escape To The Vast And Arid Deserts Of Arrakis, Which Have Given The Planet Its Nickname Of DunePaul And His Mother Join The Fremen, The Arrakis Natives, Who Have Learnt To Live In This Harsh And Complex Ecosystem But Learning To Survive Is Not Enough Paul S Destiny Was Mapped Out Long Ago And His Mother Is Committed To Seeing It Fulfilled

10 thoughts on “The Great Dune Trilogy

  1. Jan-Maat says:

    Frank Herbert s Dune was in part inspired by his experience working in a research centre in California studying desertification The realisation of the interrelationship of environment, people and culture coming out of that experience is a key feature of the series At the centre of the first novel is a desert planet, Arrakis, and the secret desire of its inhabitants to transform it s ecology It is a great science fiction novel about systems of power and the role of ecology, although admittedly delivered in an accept it or loath it writing style and with various weird ideas including Feudalism in space, a stress on lineages in which nonetheless many of the women seem to be mystic concubines, homosexuality is shorthand for depraved evil, and space Arabs with blue eyes.The sequels are not fascinating unlike the first novel Full of enthusiasm after reading Dune I read Dune Messiah but it is one of those books that divides the fans from the readers I suppose In Children of Dune we see the surface of Arrakis beginning to change as the plans to transform the ecology of the plant are being put into effect, and some of the social implications of those changes beginning to emerge, but the book is not as packed with ideas as Dune For something similarly ambitious yet consistent in its delivery I lost interest in this series as it ran on and on I personally prefer Brian Aldiss Helliconia Trilogy.The weigh of the ideas is really all placed in the first volume The Feudal Federalism of the Space Empire, the breeding programme to create a Messiah figure who can guide humanity towards an unpredictable future, the land makes the people and the people make the land, the replacement of computers with specialised people The subsequent books are really just the working through of the ideas set out there It is all inevitable and the reading as a result is poorer Dune perhaps epitomises science fiction The willingness to embrace big ideas and show them playing out on a broad canvas married to uneven writing and a a certain what the Hell ness as the author lays out their pet sociological anthropological opinions The David Lynch film, I feel, captures the oddness of the reading experience quite well and perhaps sets about chopping at the text with a brutality which oddly appropriate Alternatively it offers a combination of the latter books of the Old Testament with a sensitivity towards the influence of the environment upon man and of man upon the environment At points this works on its own terms, at others it rather strangles itself with its own pretensions You have to read it to believe it.

  2. Apatt says:

    A lot of people only read the first book, including people who seldom read sci fi and people who only read just this one sci fi book The other two books are definitely worthwhile, especially the third volume I have not read anything subsequent to the third book If you are interested these are my reviews 1 Dune2 Dune Messiah3 Children of Dune

  3. Troy says:

    OK let s cut through the BS.This is quite simply the most magnificent Sci Fi epic ever written The scope of Asimov s Foundation, the attention to detail and context of Tolkien s LotR, coupled with an unmatched visionary socio ecological messianic narrative that is scarily relevant today.Anyone who likes Sci Fi and who hasn t read this needs to get a copy And read it Now.

  4. Freya says:

    The Lord Of The Rings of science fiction, I started reading my aunt s battered old copies while stuck in America in the spring and found it absolutely wonderful Intensely gripping, I enjoyed it so much I went out and bought my own copy of the trilogy Incredibly dense and rich with detail, these books are totally unputdownable, and the intrigue will keep you turning pages for hours Loved them so much I named one of my cuddly toys Gurney Halleck

  5. Dirk Grobbelaar says:

    This is such a magical book for me I m not even going to attempt to write an objective review I simply don t have the words.Yes, this rating is based on emotion and on how this book affected me and my reading evolution over the years And, frankly, that s the best way to gauge it, anyway.Long live the King

  6. Jenny says:

    I don t know why I was so determined to finish this trilogy but I just had to know how it was going to end If the trilogy was like the last 50 pages of the last book, fast paced, full of action and startling twists and turns, I would have loved it Sadly, most of the 3 books are focused on political debate, prophecies of the future, and spice beer, spice coffee, spice clothes, spice everything.The books felt a lot like Game of Thrones to me, but inter galactic and scheming rather than throwing down the sword The story had a lot of potential, so I couldn t give up on it, but I felt constantly let down by the robotic prose and lead ups to nothing.

  7. Mike says:

    The Dune series by Frank, not the son, form one of the pillars of my dreams over the decades since I read the first book Somehow the imagery plays out in my mind far better than the attempts made by Hollywood.Unfortunately, I donated my original set, with the original covers, when I moved a few years ago the new books don t smell the same and don t have the familiar paper feel I grew accustomed to while reading them during finals week year after year.The blend of science aversion, exploitation of the naive by systematic manipulation of religion and witchcraft, and the harsh realities of life in a barren and mineral depleted desert is astounding.I love these books

  8. Shimon de Valencia says:

    The mythos the late Mr Herbert Has bequeathed to us either enraptures or bores the reader I am of the former, this is mature, intellectual, dramatic science fiction that still resonates as a warning about power and its dangers I seem to read rhis every few years and never tire, nor fail to gain a new insight Simply put, glorious.

  9. Nooilforpacifists says:

    First book loosely based on story of Mohammed is second best SF ever written Books two and three, inevitably, fall off.

  10. James says:

    Dune is a masterful piece of writing, with a beautifully realised world the politics, Arrakis itself, the people all well thought out and plausible I think what Herbert does well, is although the world and the people are alien, the reader can relate to them I find too many sci fi authors are so interested in creating exotic worlds and peoples that they forgo characters readers can relate to and as result, the stories miss that emotional hook In my opinion, Dune is the strongest of the books, with Children of Dune second Although I enjoy Dune Messiah, I can t help but shake the feeling that it is there to link Dune and Children of Dune together I know it was written before Children but that is the feeling I get I haven t braved the other books in the Dune series, I have heard they dip in quality and I don t want the original trilogy tarnished.