Dune

by Frank Herbert

4.19 avg rating
Book 2 of 241 in the Best Science Fiction Books
2533 votes 22 comments
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.

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Won 2 awards in total

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Hugo
1966

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22 comments
Anonymous | 2013-02-01 06:58:37
As classic as they come. Much better than the movie and TV series.
Anonymous | 2013-08-27 11:16:13
The book that started my love of sci-fi and to date still the best book of any genre I've ever read.
Anonymous | 2014-01-18 04:17:00
This is the best sci-fi book I've ever read, and I've read quite a few. On the desert planet Arrakis, giant (sand) worms can swallow dozens of men whole. The spice melange is an age defying, consciousness expanding drug coveted by most...wanna know more? Read this excellent series!!!
Anonymous | 2014-02-16 01:01:09
DUNE is crap. It's boring, idiotic tripe.
Anonymous | 2014-03-01 03:51:27
Dune is the reason I read sci-fi. If you love space opera, then the original six books of the DUNE series will keep you up late into the night and cursing when your alarm goes and your still reading!
Ampoliros | 2014-07-13 03:47:23
Calling the new books popcorn books is an insult to popcorn. If Michael Bay made a Dune movie, it would be on par with the new books. Literally, they kill brain cells, and that is using 'literally' in its proper context.
Anonymous | 2014-10-03 08:16:37
New ones are not good but the old ones are amazing
Anonymous | 2014-11-12 08:42:47
It is by far the most complicated and yet believable sci fi on where humanity could end up thousands and thousands of years from now. The incredible technology is still limited by our humanness. My favourite book by far.
Anonymous | 2015-01-21 10:22:18
Brilliant
Anonymous | 2015-02-11 09:20:30
I don't see how this is considered science fiction let alone the pinnacle of the genre but whatever.
Anonymous | 2015-03-23 07:28:22
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Anonymous | 2015-05-07 09:10:33
Loved the book and the series that followed. Bashar Miles Teg was also another really interesting kick-ass character later in the last 2 books.
Anonymous | 2015-07-23 07:35:34
Awesome science fantasy
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Anonymous | 2015-10-16 11:31:38
The Top-25-list author was correct in relating this book to Lord of the Rings. Because Dune has much more the flavor of Fantasy than SF. Which is why I found it stone boring, and abandoned it after reading a quarter of the way or so into it. I love SF, but I can not stand Fantasy.
Anonymous | 2015-11-05 06:48:34
Good story, but terrible writing. Herbert changes POV so often as to make your head spin. First book is good, the rest are meh. Not number one in IMHO
Anonymous | 2016-05-27 04:00:11
I understand that Dune is praised worldwide and is ankle-deep in awards, but I don't see it. I read the first book, but I just didn't enjoy it. I found it childish, boring, pedantic and unbelievably full of itself. Paul Atreides is a Mary Sue like I've never seen outside of middle school fanfiction. The characters are goofy cardboard cutouts and all of the events in the story are paint-by-numbers exercises in monotony that you can see coming a mile away. There is virtually no tension. I'll leave the rest of the world to love Dune and stick to all of the "worse" books, thank you.
Anonymous | 2016-07-20 12:26:48
I consider The Hobbit and Dune to be the two most influential books for my love of reading. The Hobbit because it was the first book I read and truly loved. And Dune because it revitalized a love for reading I should have always had.
Anonymous | 2017-06-25 08:23:13
Outrageously fun to read. It is a book that makes you think. Even though it may challenge the skeptical reader to question it as good literature, I will argue that this is loaded with the creative energy and the speculative elements that I crave in a good sci-fi novel.
Anonymous | 2018-01-23 09:06:37
I found Dune to be a massive let down, I would probably say it's the most overrated sci-fi book I have ever read.(And I've read a few) Just a personal thing but I found it a little boring and I didn't seem to care too much for the main characters.
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