Dune by Frank Herbert


Dune (1965) is a sprawling science fiction which combines a coming-of-age tale, revenge plot, and an examination of ecology and religion. The depth of lore and political intrigue in the book will appeal to Game Of Thrones readers in particular; similarly, Dune contains feuding noble houses who jostle for influence under an imperial power.

However, the novel is distinguished from conventional fantasy by its preoccupation with more philosophical matters, as well as its overt analogies with the real world. Also notable is the way that Herbert often shifts from one character’s point of view to another, usually several times on the same page. This can make the novel feel too bitty.

Overall it is a diverting work, but its weight of lore (including three appendices, map, and glossary) and thematic content demands a more active than passive reading. Additionally, I will add that the second half of the novel feels significantly more enjoyable and better written, and so I will most likely progress to the sequel at a later point.

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