Everyone has one of those books that they are constantly seeing referenced or recommended. It’s the one that is always at the top of your reading list but whenever you’re at the library you find yourself skipping over it in favor of more flashy titles below. For me – Sci-Fi nerd to the core – that book for me was Dune by Frank Herbert. And I only have one question: Why the hell did I ever skip over it?!
It’s taken me just over three weeks to get 148 pages (out of 517, including Appendices and the oft-referred to Glossary) but now that I am here I only barely managed to set the book down to write this post. To be honest I only have myself to blame. I meant to write this post before I even began reading Dune but a busy life and my own propensity towards procrastination has landed me here.
As I said above, Dune is one of those titles I’ve known about for years. Billed as “Science Fiction’s Supreme Masterpiece”, it seems as though I should have gotten around to reading this ages ago. You see, Science Fiction has been and will always be my first literary and cinematic love. Yet, a generally panned movie adaptation that has just small enough of a cult following that it has made me wary and a lack of the plot’s synopsis or understanding in pop culture caused me to hesitate for years.
I’m not sure whether it’s because I’m getting older and less dependent on the opinions of pop culture or I’m just thirsting for some quality sci-fi in my life, but three weeks ago I finally picked this book up at my local library. It’s had a slow start and I’ve been even slower in reading it, but I think things are finally starting to shape up in an intriguing manner. At my current rate, I can’t say exactly when I’ll get through it all and have a thorough review up, but in the meantime check out the synopsis below and look for it at your own library:
Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family–and would bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream.
A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what it undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction.
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Until next time, remember that the Spice must flow!