Sunday, February 15, 2009

Dune

So, I'm finally doing it. I'm reading Dune, the famous sci-fi book by Frank Herbert. I bought it almost a year ago with some leftover value on a B&N gift card I had, figuring I would get to it at some point. Well, today is the day. It's always interesting reading books like this when you've had lots of people tell you how wonderful the book is, as sometimes the books aren't as super awesome great as people led you to believe. However, I haven't heard anything about Dune in quite a while, so I figure now is a good time to read it, since I've forgotten all the specifics of why people think the book is awesome, so I can just experience it for myself.

3 comments:

Mark said...

I read it in 10th grade -- I thought it was engaging on certain levels but I didn't think it was awesome or incredible. Rather dreary reading in parts, actually. But maybe it was just more intellectual than I was ready for in 10th grade?

Aaron W. Thorne said...

I'm almost 100 pages in now, and I have to admit that I like it so far, in so fact that it has captured my imagination somewhat, which is a good sign. It does fall into the type of book where strange terms are tossed around with no explanation, and you are supposed to simply deal with it, which I tend to dislike a little bit, but I'm used to it. Lastly, after reading even 100 pages of this book, I now know where the design impetus for the RPG Fading Suns comes from.

Christopher said...

It's been 10-15 years since I read the book, but it is really good. It ranks up there with Asimov's Foundation trilogy as thoughtful distant-future sci-fi. Never read Children of Dune or any of the other sequels, but Dune was great as a standalone story itself--epic and personal at the same time.