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National Lampoon's Doon

(Lampoon Parodies)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  252 ratings  ·  39 reviews
National Lampoon's Doon brings the hottest science fiction phenomenon ever to a new, hysterical foaming head.

In a distant galaxy, far, far away, a plot is brewing as vast and elaborate as the Empire itself . . . to harvest the wild pools of beer that grow only on Doon, take control of the native pretzel population, and turn the plucky little orb into the lounge-planet of t
Mass Market Paperback, 221 pages
Published November 1984 by Pocket Books
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Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious and clever. The Pahdedbrah Emperor, House Hardchargin, and the Revved-Up Mother George Cynthia Mohairem, Boni Maroni truth-consequencer and tester of potential humans via the kareem abdul'jabbar, the long-legged high-handed enemy. The fact that the messiah they're all waiting for is the Kumquat Haagen-Daaz just kills me everytime.

They also do a great job mimicking Herbert's style, including the "scholarly quotes" at the beginning of each chapter. My favorite is this one, which made me
Feb 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: science fiction fans, humor fans
A brilliant parody of Frank Herbert's Dune. Weiner's mimicry of Herbert's style is dead-on accurate. How he managed to successfully parody a huge tome in such a relatively slender book is beyond me.

I'd tried to read Dune at the age of ten, and I simply wasn't ready; I cried and threw the book across the room (not something I had ever done before or since). I bore a grudge against Frank Herbert for years. When I read Doon, I was delighted at the skewering of Herbert's style and plotting.

And yet..
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
This is actually a pretty clever parody of Dune. Not only does it parody the story itself, it also parodies Herbert's style of writing. If you have read Dune, you will see how it is parodied in here. Frank Herbert's writing could get pretty heady at times, and this book spoofs that with how some of the phrases are written. One phrase that stuck out to me was 'brain-filled mind' and that made me laugh. The aping of Herbert's multilayered storytelling really does tickle me.

Things in Dune are swapp
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thought of this the past week when I read the not-very-funny parody of Twilight . This actually was funny, with some great lines and eerily accurate mimicry of Herbert's prose style. No longer have the book but remember howling over the scene where the freemenmen and Poll are discussing whether to call him man, boy, or what, and they do finally come to an agreement which I fear I am going to misquote. "You shall be called man-teen and there be an end t'it." ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Parody, I think, works best in the short form. I remember reading a story years ago that parodied Stephen King's works, and thinking it was pretty funny. I'm not sure if I would have thought as much of it if it had been a parody of an entire book, but the writer captured the specifics of King's style well enough to make me chuckle.

Doon made me chuckle, too, but only toward the beginning of the book. The first time I encountered the puns of the names -- Boni Moroni for Bene Gesserit; Kumquat Haag
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
A parody of "Dune", very much in the style of "Bored of the Rings."
As with that parody, it's *much* shorter, doesn't take itself very seriously, and is in some ways more readable than the original.
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
It's kind of funny, but nothing so hilarious. Maybe these National Lampoon guys' sense of humor is just out-dated, or maybe it's just because I'm not actually that big a fan of Dune in the first place. ...more
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]This is the story of Pall Agamemnides, the Kumkwat Haagendazs, known to his followers as Mauve'Bib, and how he used the Freedmenmen of the planet Arruckus to take over the galactic empire by controlling the planet's vital export: beer.[return][return]Anyone familiar with both Bored of the Rings and Dune will be pretty unsurprised by this book, which takes deadly aim at the pretensions of Herbert's epic masterpiece. No need to go into details, ...more
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the funniest things I've read in a long while. This is a great parody, and manages to make fun of Herbert's writing style. I'd recommend it to anyone that's read Dune. If you haven't read the original, you probably wouldn't find this very funny, or at least not understand it.

My one complaint is that the sequels advertised in the back of the book do not exist. Of course, while I lament their fictitiousness, my wallet does not, as I'd feel compelled to buy them if they're even 1/10th as goo
Dec 07, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi, gone, humor, dont-read
The way the author apes the writing style of Dune is immediately obvious and what I read of that was quite clever, but the constant ridiculous clever puns and the almost mirror-like comparisons to the series were not dynamic enough for me to enjoy the book.
Feb 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Like most parody books, I felt it fell apart fairly early on. But there were some choice laugh-out-loud (LOL before there was LOL!) moments at the beginning of the book that were pure brilliance. At least when I was younger.
Shari Scott
Nov 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Hilarious if you have read or are a fan of Frank Herbert's Dune. Not so much if you haven't read the book or seen the movies. Enjoy!
Feb 14, 2021 rated it did not like it
As funny as a road traffic accident. Doon? Is that how Americans pronounce Dune (what a witty play on words (sarcasm, so you'll know I was being ironic)...why not Poon? (Comanche-Indian) or Soon? or Toon or any other word that has 'oon in it?).

The humour in this book, like all of the National Lampoon's back catalogue is horrifically turgidly dated...I used to live my life according to Animal House, I was Bluto. I really agonised for those guys when their dates were 'stolen'. Now, I only watch i
Daniel Callister
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was ok
Definitely not for readers that didn't vastly appreciate Dune. There were some clever bits and the author was pretty creative and funny. The type of humor reminded me of the Hitchhiker's Guide books at times. ...more
Casey McKinnon
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
SO good! Required reading for any connoisseur of Frank Herbert’s masterpiece. The author so cleverly finds Herbert’s voice and parodies it in such a fun way.
Jacob Brewer
Mar 16, 2020 rated it liked it
It was entertaining and well thought out. Sorta a Cliff Notes for Dune put to satire. I sorta seemed to me that it tried too hard to be funny.
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing
Apr 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, parody
some brilliant wisecracks in the Harvard Lampoon/Mad Magazine/Simpsons style
Dom King
Jun 20, 2020 rated it liked it
The beginning of the epic tale of Paul the Kumquat Haagendasz and his mission to control restaurant interests in the galaxy using giant pretzels, beer and peanut butter on the dessert planet Doon.
Feb 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Dune readers with a funny bone
Recommended to Mike by: A co-worker
It's been quite a while since I read the novel (correction, massive novel) "Dune", but I recall most of the segments of the original. Plus I've seen David Lynch's movie once or twice, too.

A friend told me of this book at least a year ago and, as he and I share many likes of fiction and popular culture (including "Bored of The Rings"), in due course I bought a used copy and put it in the to-read pile. Where it sat for months until this past weekend.

What all this is leading up to is that I wanted
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ok. First off, you MUST have read DUNE to "get" this parody. And not all the puns which form the basis of much of the book's humor work. Most, however, are brilliant. The ecology of "Doon" and the identity of the mind-altering substance for which it is the only source in the universe, as well as the natural process by which it occurs, is a hoot. And I appreciated the identity of the protagonist as the long-awaited "Kumquat Haagen-Daaz."

Hard to see the Harkonens as being in the restaurant busines
May 30, 2012 rated it liked it
I commend the author on a wonderful lampooning of Herbert's Dune. She captured and caricatured Herbert's writing style to such an extent that I laughed out loud many times. However, it got old at some point and I finished the book primarily because I wanted to see it through. Even so, I would still recommend Doon for the sake of its novelty. ...more
Sep 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
My favorite line from this book - from the insult battle that spoofs the crysknife fight from the original: "I'd rather be a man like a woman drinking a beer without a head than a man without a head drinking beer without a woman." ...more
Christy Leonardo
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a lolworthy long con of the strangest type -- a gag-encrusted, style-obsessed parody (addressing a remarkably narrow audience) that exists mainly to reaffirm that Herbert's greatest efforts are impenetrable. ...more
Kevin Jonker
Of all the parodies I've ever read, this one stands out as my absolute favorite. Weiner successfully parodies not only the events of the source material, but also the language. I still love the Boni Maroni Litany Against Fun. ...more
Jun 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is an exquisitely executed parody (but you've got to have read the original for the full effect). ...more
Dec 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
Was a pretty poor parody.
Robert Taylor
Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was laugh-out-loud funny, with some jokes so hilarious that they leave you crying! This is a book that every reader of Dune should get and devour!
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
Actually read this before reading the Herbert novel
Apr 14, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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