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Dune by Frank Herbert
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May 28, 10

it was amazing
bookshelves: sfthatdoesntsuck, read2010, sf-fantasy-general
Recommended for: poets, nomads, ecowarriors
read count: 8

Years ago I heard this rumor that one night, while Heinlein and Herbert and Hubbard were all out drinking, they decided to lay a bet on which one of them could come up with the best religious cult. Hubbard clearly won, with Scientology, while Heinlein gave popular culture the term "grokking". Herbert's great eco-apocalyptic masterpiece, Dune, is by far the superior book; though as religious movements go, it wasn't nearly as appealing (I think people would rather do e-meters and workshops than run around the desert, eschewing modern comforts and drinking their own pee). It's a massive, dense, subtle book, suited to frequent re-readings. The moralizing never overwhelms the plot, something you sadly can't say of the sequels.

Reread 2010: still totally awesome.
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