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Mass Market Paperback Dune Book

ISBN: 0441172717

ISBN13: 9780441172719


(Part of the Dune Universe (#15) Series and Dune (#1) Series)

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Frank Herbert's classic masterpiece--a triumph of the imagination and one of the bestselling science fiction novels of all time. SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE directed by Denis Villeneuve, starring Timoth e Chalamet, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Oscar Isaac, Javier Bardem, Stellan Skarsg rd, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, and Charlotte Rampling. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, heir to a noble family tasked...

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Dune is a perfect gift idea for any sci-fi obsessed person!

I got this book for my partner who loves anything Sci-Fi and interesting. This was a new series for him and I was so proud to introduce it! Based on his review, it's an incredibly well written sci-fi book and is now his favorite book series! He finished this book so quickly we've already ordered the next 3 in the series! I definitely recommend this book for anyone who likes Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and anything in that realm.

different edition sent

I am disappointed that it isn’t the edition that I ordered. I was looking for a specific cover, and ordered from that link, but was sent something totally different.


This book is often described as science fiction, but it's much more than that.The science fiction elements actually take a backseat to all the political, religious, and metaphysical aspects of the story. Science fiction is of course essential and present (interstellar travel, force fields, etc.) but they are more mechanically present than crucial. Interstellar travel relies on a mind-altering substance called spice that is only found on Arrakis. The struggle to control that resource is where the entire series is told. Science fiction begins to play a bigger role in some of the sequels, but the original six books span about five thousand years, and while they are plot devices, they're just another plot device to move the story; it's much less about the technology than about the human element. It's also a tremendously dense read. Dune provides one of the best examples of world building in all of literature. It is supposedly based in our own universe, (humanity's time on Earth being their ancient history) The religions and cultures of Dune are also rooted in our history. For example, Fremen are Zensunni, which is an amalgam of Sunni Islam and Zen Buddhism. Political, economic, religious, familial, and cultural forces are all at work in the Dune universe. I highly recommend this series to all that wish to get lost in an epic adventure.

Another terrific series!

A Great series to get lost in! This book kicks it off in a nearly intoxicating manner. Reading one is to become addicted to them all! I sure couldn't stop reading once I started! It's such a fascinating world that the author creates! It truly is awsome!

Hard to find, but worth the search if you're a die hard Dune fan.

Dune is a classic. And this book answers some of the most fundamental questions that Dune fans have always had. What did the characters look like? In the book there's about 13 illustrations. And about half of them are in color. The illustrations themselves are not terrific by any standards. In fact, I don't even think they're consistent with the Dune series. (In book V Heretics to Dune Chani's hair color is quoted as red. In the Illustrated Dune, it's clearly black.) But I enjoyed them nonetheless. Other than the few pictures there's nothing to distinguish this book from the original. The illustrations are by John Schoenherr, the same guy who did the original cover art. The copyright is 1977.

A stellar finish to one of sci-fi's best book series--Dune

Frank Herbert dedicates this, his last novel, to the memory of his beloved wife Bev who while he was writing the book. Not long after finishing Chapterhouse Dune, we lost Frank Herbert as well. His death ended one of science fiction's best series of novels. His son Brian has created several prequels based on Herbert's notes, but no one really can replace the wonderful writing style that made the Dune series so unique.Chapterhouse Dune is the final, apocalyptic battle between the Bene Gesserit and their bastard offspring, the Honored Matres. In Heretics of Dune, the previous novel, we meet the Honored Matres for the first time. One of them is captured and converted (but how thoroughly) to a Bene Gesserit. Meanwhile, Darwi Odrade, Mother Superior, fights to save what little is left of the Bene Gesserit planets. We get a much closer look at Bene Gesserit training from the inside, life on their secret Chapterhouse Planet and a hint of greater forces at work behind the scenes. The ending is equivocal; either Herbert intended another novel to answer these questions, or he deliberately left it open for us to fill in the blanks.Either way, this is an exciting conclusion to the Dune Series and along with Heretics, one of the best novels in the series. If you are curious which books can be read in what order, you can read God Emperor, Heretics and Chapterhouse as a single trilogy, or just Heretics and Chapterhouse. Of course, if you are impressed by Herbert's Dune series, you will want to read them all in order: Dune, Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune, and Chapterhouse Dune. In addition, Brian Herbert has added Dune: House Atreides and Dune: House Harkonnen, which are "prequels."

The one to beat.

I know some people who hate the movie and will not touch this book. I know a few who own and love the movie but have never read the book. I have lent DUNE to friends who could get no further than page 20 because it was too "out there" or too difficult, with its array of characters and glossary of made-up terms. But of all the people who have gotten past page 20- I don't know one who doesn't praise it among their absolute favorites. I am no exception. I love sci-fi but don't read much of it because I prefer fantasy. DUNE feels like a perfect blend of the two. A war of noble houses set in space. Paul Atreides is heir to the duchy- and to say that he is well trained for the job would be an understatement. His father, Duke Leto, is given charge of Arrakis- a hellish desert-world and the sole source of "the spice" which the entire universe needs. A very prestigious assignment, but treachery and peril comes with it. Paul finds himself thrown into the mystery of Dune and its fierce natives, the Fremen. Is he the savior their prophecy speaks of? I was first blown away by DUNE at the age of 16, and have since considered it "the one to beat". In 8 years, very few books have made me question that judgment: Game of Thrones, Foundation, Lord of the Rings, Ender's Game. I had to reread it to be sure I wasn't just naïve at the time. Was it really THAT great? Absolutely.

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