Throwback Thursday – Dune by Frank Herbert

May 16, 2019

Throwback Thursday is a weekly feature to highlight books from the past. It can honestly be anything as long as its not a book that is a current release. Maybe its a book that I read and reviewed and just want to highlight, maybe its a book I read before I started reviewing or maybe its a book that has a sequel coming out soon or maybe its a backlist book from my TBR that I just want to revisit and decide if I will make the time to read. Pretty much, anything goes. 

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This week’s choice is Dune by Frank Herbert.

Dune was a book that read for book club, not because I chose it myself. I very rarely gravitate towards science fiction now and back when I read this I just about never chose to read science fiction. Turns out it was a good book for me to read and see that the genre labels are not nearly as important as what is in them. I say that, but I also feel like Dune is pretty much just a fantasy story that happens to be set in space.

There is a lot of political intrigue (which I always enjoy). There is obviously a traitor in the midst of the characters, and as a reader I enjoyed trying to unravel who the traitor was as well as watching all the players work for their positioning under the new Duke, wondering if it is their own interests, the Dukes interests or Harkonnen’s interest they are most vested in. 

This book gets a lot of love, and while I did enjoy it, I also want to mention that about half – 2/3 of the way through it did lose some steam for me. But not enough to leave me with a negative impression.

Dune is very much a coming of age, boy fulfills prophecy type of standard fare story that reads much more like a fantasy novel than Sci-Fi 

Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1) by Frank Herbert
Published by Ace Books on June 1st 1965
Pages: 687

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Set in the far future amidst a sprawling feudal interstellar empire where planetary dynasties are controlled by noble houses that owe an allegiance to the imperial House Corrino, Dune tells the story of young Paul Atreides (the heir apparent to Duke Leto Atreides and heir of House Atreides) as he and his family accept control of the desert planet Arrakis, the only source of the ‘spice’ melange, the most important and valuable substance in the cosmos. The story explores the complex, multi-layered interactions of politics, religion, ecology, technology, and human emotion as the forces of the empire confront each other for control of Arrakis.

Published in 1965, it won the Hugo Award in 1966 and the inaugural Nebula Award for Best Novel. Dune is frequently cited as the world’s best-selling sf novel.



  • Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy May 16, 2019 at 9:34 am

    I can’t believe I’ve never read Dune, I think I was always intimidated by the page count?
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  • Melliane May 16, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    I haven’t tried these

  • Maddalena@spaceandsorcery May 16, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Dune is one of the books I consider as pillars of the genre, and one of those whose world-building and characters have managed to impress themselves on my mind in a permanent way. The intrigue is of course fascinating, as are the various sects within the Empire – the Bene Gesserit, the Navigators’ Guild, the Tleilaxu – but the worlds, and particularly Arrakis/Dune are nothing short of fascinating…
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  • Caitlin G. May 16, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Love this book! It was one of my early forays into adult SFF and was definitely intimidating at first – multiple appendixes and glossaries will do that — but eventually I just decided to jump in the deep end and ignore the back matter. Such a good read.
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  • Michael May 16, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    Dune is one of my favorite books. I’m glad you enjoyed it, but I will warn you that the sequels are not nearly as enjoyable.

  • Greg May 17, 2019 at 2:46 am

    Ooh Dune! I read it back in high school, I think, and wasn’t crazy about it, but I often wonder if I’d like it more on a re- read. I do agree it seemed more like space fantasy in a lot of ways. I did kinda like the idea of the star spanning Imperium, though- that kinda thing always interests me, the idea of a really far- flung future civilization. Glad you enjoyed it!

    That’s also one of my favorites of the many Dune covers I’ve seen.
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  • Lisa @ waytoofantasy May 20, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    LOVE Dune. This is another one I’d love to revisit at some point.

  • Lynn Williams May 27, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    Great Throwback – I have been posting TT posts but unfortunately my wifi has been awful so I’ve not been able to link up.
    Hopefully it will improve slightly from now onwards.
    Lynn 😀