Dune

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Dune is a novel by Frank Herbert, published in 1965, and the first in a long-running series.

Review

Good

  • Herbert goes into great detail with the culture, economy, religion, etc. of several different fictional races, and the climate and weather of the various planets. This really helps to give life to the Dune universe.
  • The Bene Gesserit sisterhood is a shrewd blend of religion and politics making them a very interesting group.
  • Making a future where artificial intelligence is banned, and humans are trained to take up the role of computers is a clever idea.
  • The quotes from various fictional books is a nice way to frame each chapter, even if it gives away the ending.

Bad

  • Spoiling Dr. Yueh's betrayal so early damages suspense that could have been built by keeping the traitor's identity unknown.
  • I understand that the Emperor fears the Atreides will challenge his authority, and wants to eliminate them, but wiping them out and giving the Harkonnens unchallenged authority over Arrakis just makes them a challenge to his authority.
  • I can see how Dr. Yueh might become a traitor if he knew that his wife would be released, but the book says that he's pretty sure she was murdered. Why would he side with them not knowing if she lived?
  • I don't see how the Fremen would have become such an amazingly disciplined fighting force when there was no need. If they have the influence over the guild to prevent anyone from actually trying to take them over, there would be no need to become so disciplined.
  • Jessica goes from being a badass in the first section, to a damsel in distress for Paul in the second.

Ugly

  • Nothing.

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