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Dune by Frank Herbert
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May 12, 2009

really liked it

What can you say about Dune, really? A classic of science fiction literature; a book that many consider to be the best of the genre. I last read it probably 20 years ago in high school -- I remembered a lot of sand, I remembered enjoying it, and then I have some sort of weird memory of a movie with Sting in it, but that was pretty much the extent of things.

Then the other day a friend of mine tweeting about the acquisition of Sun by Oracle as another one getting gobbled up by House Harkonnen, which triggered me to reread it.

This time around, I understood a lot more of what the book is about, of course, and enjoyed it just as much. It's a great book, for sure -- although my memory of the rest of the sequels is still good enough that I'm not going to ruin the original by re-reading those. :-)

I think the pacing is a little on the slow side -- not really contemporary speed, anyway -- but the idea, and the bigness of the setting are of course amazing, as is the range that Herbert shows, going from huge imperial family intrigue & wars to personal mysticism.

Anyway, definitely worth reading again.
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