I begun reading Dracula but have taken a break from it. Will finish it over Christmas. The characters are interesting and I like the setting. This being 19th century literature however, it is incredibly drawn out and looooong. No sense of brevity back then. I haven't read Dune, only seen the miniseries on TV years ago.
I haven't read Dune
in decades, but as I recall, it's far from compact itself. Although that's probably more true of the sequels than the original.