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Old October 5 2008, 08:51 PM   #1
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Should I read Dune and why?

I loved the sci-fi miniseries but I'm looking for opinions.

Don't spoil anything. I know Leto ends up a sandworm, but I know I shouldn't....
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Old October 5 2008, 08:58 PM   #2
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Re: Should I read Dune and why?

It's a classic. If nothing else you should read simply because of that.
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Old October 5 2008, 08:58 PM   #3
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Re: Should I read Dune and why?

Dune was a very satisfying read. If you liked the TV miniseries I think you'll like this book; keep in mind it's an epic.
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Old October 5 2008, 09:05 PM   #4
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Re: Should I read Dune and why?

Because it is the first Nebula Award winner.
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Old October 5 2008, 09:35 PM   #5
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Re: Should I read Dune and why?

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Because it is the first Nebula Award winner.
See, I don't trust "award winners" generally. The Man In The High Castle by PKD, for example, I just couldn't find interesting so I put it down, even though it had won the "Hugo Award."
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Old October 5 2008, 09:43 PM   #6
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Re: Should I read Dune and why?

You should read it because it was written by Frank Herbert. I've read most of his (non-Dune) books and so far, while none are as "good" as Dune, I've yet to find myself dis-interested by the worlds and characters he describes. Makes his son look like a hack...oh wait...
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Old October 5 2008, 09:43 PM   #7
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Re: Should I read Dune and why?

If you're interested in reading it, you should read it. You have the desire. Just do it. No one's opinion matters other than your own. If you don't like it, you can just toss it to the side and never bother with it again.
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Old October 5 2008, 09:46 PM   #8
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Re: Should I read Dune and why?

It's probably the one of the best known classics of science fiction literature. It's basic themes are ecology, imperialism and fate vs. free will.

It's also not an easy read, it's one of those stories that requires your complete attention which for some can make it a chore.

Basically it boils down to your own interests and if the books themes fit that interest. Frankly Dune is the one book I would recommend to anyone.

I'm currently trying to get my 22 year old sister to read it. It seems the only way she will is if I read the entire Twilight series in turn.
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Old October 5 2008, 10:15 PM   #9
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Re: Should I read Dune and why?

The first book is the easiest one in my opinion, he started doing drugs or something after the 3rd.
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Old October 5 2008, 11:03 PM   #10
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Re: Should I read Dune and why?

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Don't spoil anything. I know Leto ends up a sandworm, but I know I shouldn't....
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It'd be hard to spoil the book if you've already seen the miniseries; it's a fairly faithful adaptation. The Leto thing doesn't happen until later in the series (I still haven't got past halfway through Heretics of Dune...).
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Old October 5 2008, 11:13 PM   #11
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Re: Should I read Dune and why?

For me the first three books (Dune, Dune Messiah, and Children of Dune) are three of the best examples of sci-fi literature out there. The books can be complex, but Herbert does a tremendous job building a whole galaxy, while also keeping his characters interesting and fresh. The fourth novel, God Emperor of Dune was a bit too slow for me and I just lost interest in Heretics of Dune, but the first three were pretty solid and self-contained.
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Old October 5 2008, 11:18 PM   #12
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Re: Should I read Dune and why?

Should I read Dune and why?
Yes, because it kicks ass.
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Old October 6 2008, 12:14 AM   #13
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Re: Should I read Dune and why?

I know allot of people didn't get along with the later books and I can understand, but I've always thought Miles Teg kicks all kinds of arse and for that alone I don't delineate between the earlier and later books, in terms of quality.
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Old October 6 2008, 01:43 AM   #14
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Re: Should I read Dune and why?

This is something I really need to get around to someday. I've never read a Dune novel or even seen one of the adaptions. I know almost nothing about it......and I think I would like to
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Old October 6 2008, 01:58 AM   #15
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Re: Should I read Dune and why?

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Because it is the first Nebula Award winner.
See, I don't trust "award winners" generally. The Man In The High Castle by PKD, for example, I just couldn't find interesting so I put it down, even though it had won the "Hugo Award."
Two very different awards.

I have an original hardcover of The Man In The High Castle that I have picked up and put down several times. I feel your pain.

Dune is a true sci-fi classic.

If that doesn't appeal to you.

Have a nice day.
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