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.
–Frank Herbert - Dune -c1984
The actual review
After three question and answer sessions I’m not sure how many of you want to read more about Dune, but I want to gether my thoughts after all the back and forth between peoples. Well done to Carl for coming up with this, and all the questioners for their questions which prompted all those answers.
Dune is one of those books that most people have heard of, or they have heard of the film, it is one of the classics of science fiction. I had the impression that this was a great and sprawling book, full of overly complicated ideas and strange notions. It isn’t. Well, maybe it does have some strange notions, but many of them are cool. And it certainly isn’t overly complicated, in fact it is quite a straight-forward action/adventure story. Mixed with just a hint of coming-of-age, all stirred together in a heap of sci-fi-ness.
I’m really glad that carl came up with this idea, because despite the fact that I didn’t fall in love with the book, I am glad that I’ve read Dune. It has a lot of problems, as was pointed out, there is a lot of dialogue used to tell the reader what is going on rather than showing us. And I felt a distance from most of the characters that was promlematical for me as a reader. But overall I did enjoy the book. I really liked the Freman, although I do think that their culture would be extremely hard to fit into, unless one was born into it.
I may have some interest in reading the follow on book Dune Messiah I think Carl mentioned it was called, but I certainly won’t be reading the whole series. I have heard nothing but negative things about the cash-cow it tried to turn into.
All in all I’d call Dune a solid sci-fi adventure with plenty of interesting ideas and plot developments. Well worth a read.