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am 24. Februar 2015
What an epic piece of literature, this one really impressed me.
I have read this twice, university be thanked, and it only got better. The world building in this novel mind-blowing, I can never fathom how anyone could build such an extensive science-fiction universe, with so much history, so many cultures, myths and traditions.

This book follows our main protagonist Paul Atreides, whose House moves to Arrakis, also called Dune, a desert planet where water is scarce and the only resource is a spice called „melange“. This spice exists only on Dune and is crucial to the whole Galactic Empire. House Atreides now confronts sweeping political intrigue and deceit and has to survive on this hostile planet.

What really stuck with me were the characters that Frank Herbert created. They felt very real, none of them too perfect. They had rough edges, were at times unlikable, but always believable and never stereotypically good or bad. Having to face many challenges on Dune, Paul undergoes a lot of character development.

Also, the scale of this world and the detail in which it was thought out was just marvellous. (Then again, I don’t have much to compare it to.) I’ve heard mixed things about the sequels, but I will check out Dune Messiah anyway and see how I like it.
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am 12. November 2002
I count this book as one of the best I've ever read. Herbert just pulls you into the hot, dry world of Arrakis, right to the point where you start to worry about every drop of sweat you loose... If you like fiction that creates a complete "world", this book is a must. It's right up there with Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. The only drawback, if you want to call it that, is: It's to short... you have to leave Dune a lot sooner than you'll like.
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am 22. November 2017
Über den Inhalt der Geschichte möchte ich hier nicht schreiben denn darüber gibt es schon eine Menge Bewertungen. Wobei ich ebenso der Meinung bin, dass dies eine Pflichtlektüre für jeden Science Fiction Fan ist!

Zu der 50th Anniversary Edition von Hodder.
Das Cover ist einfach wunderschön und für eine englisches Taschenbuch gut verarbeitet. Man sieht wie bei jedem verwendeten Taschenbuch so leichte Falten am Buchrücken, doch die Falten behalten ihre Farbe und werden nicht weiß wie das bei vielen englischen Taschenbüchern sonst ist. Es ist auch relativ stabil für ein Taschenbuch. Die Schriftgröße ist angenehm. Das Papier ist zwar nicht so gut wie bei den meisten deutschen Taschenbüchern jedoch besser als bei vielen englischen Taschenbüchern.
Cool ist auch der Anhang wo viele Details über die Welt noch einmal genauer erklärt sind!
Das einzige Negative das sein kann ist, dass sich sie Schutzfolie vom Cover leicht löst (siehe Foto).
Alles in allem bin ich sehr zufrieden und für ein englisches Taschenbuch ist es schon sehr gut!
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am 6. Dezember 1999
Someone once told me that there are two types of science fiction: The type that makes you think ("1984") and the type that's just for fun ("Star Wars"). On rare occasions, however, a piece of science fiction comes along that is both fun and thought-provoking. That is "Dune."
I first read "Dune" when I was in high school. I loved it. Paul Atreides really was the perfect human being: Fighting the giant sand worms, building an alliance with the desert Freman and defeating those evil Harkonnens to become King of the Universe.
I read the book again several years later and this time the deeper meaning of "Dune" became clear to me. Okay, "spice = oil" might seem pretty basic, but there is so much more to the book than that. Rather than just Good Guys vs. Bad Guys, Frank Herbert gives us so many characters who you simply don't know what to make of. Do you like the Bene Gesserit? The Bene Tleilax? CHOAM?
The sequels to "Dune" are good. I especially liked "Children of Dune" and "God Emperor of Dune." Nothing, however, comes close to the original. It is a rare treat.
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am 25. August 1999
I've never read any other book as intricate as Dune that works as well as this one does. The diversity of the concepts and subjects Herbert touches on is seemingly endless, but what's more he covers everything in such grand fashion. Everything from a planet's ecosystem and its impact on the lives and very culture of its inhabitants, the consequences of being able to foretell the future, religion, self-mastery of both the mind and body, politics, leadership...it never ends. I'm also not as down on the sequels as some of the other folks here....I thought that the second book was pretty good, although admitedly it did not live up to the original. The 3rd and 4th books were very difficult to read through, it was a real labor of love to force myself to make it through them. But the 5th and 6th books were simply terrific, nearly equal to the original, and they made it worth reading all 6 without a doubt.
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am 6. Juli 1998
This book is a classic, but the movie looks Disneyesque in comparison. Although messianic the story is more Muslim then Christian. To some extent it seemed like a straight up retelling of how Islam united the Arab tribes and their later conquests. As Muslims out there would likely say Paul is different then Muhammed & possibly not even a Muhammed figure. As a Catholic I don't like it when sf insults my religion so if I've unintentionally insulted yours I truly apologize. In fact I was only comparing the story not the characters. Still a knowledge of Sufi & Islam is there. I recently found out that thing about the slow blade penetrating was first in "The Paradox Men" by Harness. Herbert & Harness are very different authors, but you might try Harness out if you got the time.
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am 25. Oktober 1999
When I read reviews on Amazon, I generally wade through the sea of 5's looking for the dissenting voice hoping to find honest criticism instead of yet more gushing praise. If you're like me, here's your review.
Despite the cult that revolves around this book, it's just not that good. It holds up pretty well if you haven't read much complex fiction (i.e. you're 18), but when viewed as part of the greater mass of English literature, it rises only slightly above the rest of the SF genre.
The characters are changeless cardboard, the epic historical veneer and societal exposition only paper thin, the political framework simplistic, and the technology overly convenient to the story. In a lot of ways it's a very ambitious project, and I think it is the ambition rather than the success of the project that has contributed more to the book's popularity.
It's a bit of a shame that Herbert didn't stretch out more and really flesh out the world of Dune, but that would have made for a 1200 page story that was already pushing its luck at 400 pages.
Within SF Dune is an unquestionable high-water mark, but outside the genre it's only barely worth the time to read it, if that.
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am 3. Februar 2000
there is nothing left to say about this book. actually it isn't really a book. it's life!!! read it and you know what life is all about. so only one word: brilliant
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am 18. Dezember 1999
Dune is approximately 1,000,000 times better written than the following reproduction.
"The Bene-Gesserit have many tests... The most famous one may be the Gom Jabbar, but it is by no means the most interesting. Why, only last week Mother Frosynozy, stationed on IX, came up with a new version of her Bib Habbib test. It uses a sphere instead of a rectangular box, glows in the dark, and uses Pain-by-tickling-induction instead of the traditional nerve-induction variant."
The young boy Paul was sitting in his chambers, using an ancient iMac to cruise the net. He was very clever. As Yueh, Gurney and a human-computer Mentat code named Eyebrowz approached the room, Paul quickly hit Alt-F4 to close his connection to [...] Behind the now closed window were still photographs of Worms from Dune.
The trio came into the room, but Paul, with his back turned to the door, did not look back. Yueh was thinking about saying, with a very irritated voice: "Paul. How many times have I told you, don't sit with your back facing the door. It's impolite." - but before he could speak, Paul yelled: "I heard You, You and You. All three of you, my friends, walk into the room.". "Our sounds and smells can be immitated!" raged Eyebrowz. "I'd know the difference."
Yes, Paul would know the difference. For Paul was the first and only son of Jessica, the Bene Gesserit witch that married Duke Leto Atreides of House Caladan. For 90 generations, the Bene Gesserit had been manipulating bloodlines of many great Houses, so that they can eventually produce the Universe's Super Being, the Kwisatz Haderach. The Kwisatz Haderach was supposed to be born in Generation 91. But the Bene Gesserit wanted Paul to be a woman, but he wasn't. Otherwise he would be visiting hotmen.com and not babes4all.com. Thats how the Bene Gesserit found out, after checking Paul's log files. So Paul knew the difference because he was the Kwisatz Haderach, the Universe's Super Being.
Meanwhile, back in his laboratory on Geidi Prime, Piter De Vries, Master Mentat and Assasin King for House Harkonnen, was working on his Juice of Saphoo recipe.
Read the book for the real story.
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am 6. August 1999
this book details the seeming hopeless struggle of the Bene Gesserit against the Honored Matres, who have destroyed Arrakis and driven the Bene Gesserit into hiding on the hidden planet Chapterhouse. there, the Bene Gesserit are creating a new Dune and attempting to breed a new population of the great sandworms.
as usual, Herbert has severely altered his focus between books, although this time not quite as drastically. still, it is wise while reading Herbert to not become attached to characters, alliances or situations as they are subject to drastic change, indeed even complete obliteration, at any given moment- heros become villains, villains become heros, main characters become mere pawns. perhaps most frustrating this time around is the virtual imprisonment of Duncan Idaho within a no-ship to hide his presence from the Matres. still, he is vitally important to the main thrust of the novel and to the conclusion, which is perhaps the most brilliant and perplexing twist Herbert has ever thrown at us. after much head-scratching and pondering, it seems to me the perfect end to the greatest sci-fi epic ever.
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