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Editorial Reviews


Praise for Dune

“I know nothing comparable to it except The Lord of the Rings.”—Arthur C. Clarke

“It is possible that Dune is even more relevant now than when it was first published.”—The New Yorker
“An astonishing science fiction phenomenon.”—
The Washington Post 

“One of the monuments of modern science fiction.”—Chicago Tribune

“Powerful, convincing, and most ingenious.”—Robert A. Heinlein
“Herbert’s creation of this universe, with its intricate development and analysis of ecology, religion, politics and philosophy, remains one of the supreme and seminal achievements in science fiction.”—Louisville Times

About the Author

Frank Herbert is the bestselling author of the Dune saga. He was born in Tacoma, Washington, and educated at the University of Washington, Seattle. He worked a wide variety of jobs—including TV cameraman, radio commentator, oyster diver, jungle survival instructor, lay analyst, creative writing teacher, reporter and editor of several West Coast newspapers—before becoming a full-time writer.

In 1952, Herbert began publishing science fiction with “Looking for Something?” in Startling Stories. But his emergence as a writer of major stature did not occur until 1965, with the publication of Dune. Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune, and Chapterhouse: Dune followed, completing the saga that the Chicago Tribune would call “one of the monuments of modern science fiction.” Herbert is also the author of some twenty other books, including The White Plague, The Dosadi Experiment, and Destination: Void. He died in 1986. 

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Ace; Ace Special 25th Anniversary ed edition August 26 2003

Publication date

August 26 2003



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5171 KB



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Print length

890 pages


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9 reviews for Dune

  1. J.N.

    First book bigger in width and height than the other two books?Great book so far, what can I say? It’s a touchstone of science fiction. Ordered the first three books separately (because it was actually slightly cheaper to do that than get the box set) and kind of surprised the first book is larger in width and height than the other two. It’s not a big deal I guess but kind of defeats the purpose of getting three books from a series that match each other. I just thought this was odd enough to mention in a review.UPDATE: Figured it out, the first book is actually in Trade Paperback format; the other two are the NEW Mass Market Paperbacks. Unfortunately on Amazon, the latter is being sold without delineation as the “Paperback” option, often with the “Mass Market” option seeming to be OLDER editions of the MMP size. This is also true for the 6 book (unboxed) set that I later purchased twice, trying to get the rest of the books in the bigger size.Note: I prefer the bigger size because it stays open when laid on a flat surface or in your lap. That sold it for me. On top of that, the font looks better somehow, and the narrow size just looked and felt kind of weird because the font size was the same but the pages are so narrow (I had an older edition of the first book that was MMP size but smaller font so it didn’t look and read weird).In all my frustrated searches on Amazon, it seemed really unusually difficult to find the rest of the books in the larger Trade Paperback size, so for your sake, here’s what I figured out after way too much time: A) The official BOXED set is the Trade Paperback size of the first book. B) Or, if you are like me and only wanted to get the first few books in Trade Paperback size, go to the Penguin Random House website, find the individual Dune books, select “Paperback”, and click on their Amazon link to buy it here (they also link to other major book dealers, if you prefer). I managed to find books two, three, and four this way., which were the only ones I really wanted anyway.Note that as of writing this, the second and third books in Trade Paperback size on Amazon are both $9.99 each (same price as the NEW MMP books) but God Emperor is almost full price at $16.99 for some reason.

  2. Steven Evans

    The Most Beautiful Hardcover I OwnI just got the Dune Hardcover Deluxe edition in the mail today, and this may be the most beautiful hardcover I own. The dust jacket has a soft matte feel to it. The inside front and back covers both have unique and amazing paintings. The pages are blue tipped. I had originally purchased this book to read, but I’m having second thoughts and may just re-read my dog-eared paperback that I bought 20 years ago. I paid $28 for this deluxe hardcover edition and I believe it is well worth it.Of course, the story itself is 5 stars all the way.

  3. agentleila

    Good book, some distracting voice elementsDune is a great book, and Simon Vance, the primary narrator of the audible version I’m listening to, has probably one of my favorite voices of all time. The voice acting overall is good in this version, but I’m confused as to why some chapters feature several voice actors doing various characters while other chapters – featuring the same characters – have everything voiced by Vance. As I said, I love his voice, but the switching back and forth is odd and distracting to me.

  4. Micah

    It’s everything you’ve heard it is and more.The hype is justified for this book. If you have not read it yet, please do yourself a favor and change that asap. I’m sure there are a landslide of other reviewers that can tell you all about the story itself, so I will skip that. This book was an epic pleasure to read. I had some apprehension going in as I repeatedly heard that it’s overly jarring from the beginning. I did not find this to be the case, and I’m no prodigy. It does have some of it’s own words that are explained in the back of the book if needed, but said words are also presented with enough context to give you a good idea of what they’re talking about. You have to push through a little at the beginning, but everything falls into place quickly enough.From cover to cover it is interesting and exciting. There is a reason it is hailed as such a timeless story, and I implore that you find the time to experience it for yourself.

  5. K. Kearns

    I love the permanently bound price tag on the book.At first you think it’s going to be a really great binding and copy the book when you open the box. But then you actually open the box and you notice that it’s been rattling around the box for 3 days while they shipped it. Then you take it out and go okay you know I can live with the dented and dim corners. And then you notice that the sticker on the back is permanently bonded to the book. So if you try to remove it it actually removes part of the cover with it. if they only would have put a little thin layer of plastic all the way around the book and then maybe adhered the sticker to it… would have been so much better.

  6. D.A. Drake

    Not Just a Classic Science Fiction Book, A Classic PeriodFar-reaching and mind-expanding, when I first read Dune in the ’60s I had my mouth open most of the time, and could only read half a page or so at a time before looking off into space for a few moments in awe, thinking about what I had just read. Thousands of years in the future, where mankind is able to control every single muscle in his body, where computers (which, when I read the book, were relatively new at the time) had been surpassed hundreds of years earlier, where mankind has spread an empire across the universe, and was beginning, through evolution and technology, to advance beyond humankind…a towering classic, anyone with any interest in science fiction at all must read this book. (and btw, I like David Lynch’s 1984 feature film, you had to have read the book to follow the movie.)

  7. pgm3

    That’s not a kriss, this is a kriss…Many mediocre sequels followed, but this first is a great piece of political sci-fi. Imagine the oil-producers were extraterrestrial cultures, producing not lubricants and fuels but a natural psychotropic which facilitated hyperspace navigation. Now imagine an Asimovian empire trying to rest control of the source. Imagine that there is a fanatic desert uprising seeking to regain that control, resisted not by the Husseini nor the Ibn Saud but by a royal gang which looks for all the world like the Hapsburgs. Throw in a heroic noble family, political intrigue, brilliant, West-Wing level smartwriting, and just for, the helluvit, a tribe of real witches and some giant snakes which patrol the =deserts by tunneling under the sands. Completely addictive read. A modern classic..

  8. mike langdon

    You don’t realise just how much is owed to thisWhat is there to be said that already hasn’t been said better by someone else? What a thouroughly enjoyable and interesting book this really is.If I hadn’t already been aware of the film and the documentary into the failure of the 70’s film, I would of struggled to comprehend that this book is over half a century old.But from that, if you are a fan of any epics, from sci-fi to fantasy, books and film, you’ll never know just how many authors have been influenced by Frank Herbert.On the surface it may seem a basic structured story, but keeping attention to what each character values and understands, you realise that as the book goes on, that every idea and thought carried are in fact wrong, that these characters all come to the realisation that their closely held truths are in fact falsehoods, as well as many characters having plans within plans, and plots within plots withing plots!The pages just fly by once you get started and I was saddened when I realised the story was drawing to its conclusion.A 5 star review from me, and I hope that this inspires someone else to dabble in the story of the people of Arrakis

  9. Eduardo Olvera

    Eviten las malas traducciones en español y lean en su idioma original tal cuál lo escribió su autor.En México no sólo tenemos un problema de falta de lectura, también hacen falta buenas editoriales. Anduve buscando este libro en español pero sólo encontré el que editó editorial debolsillo en España. Aunque sus libros a pesar de ser de bolsillo, valga la redundancia, son de buena calidad y son fáciles de leer pues se traducen a un español neutro pero no en todos los casos ya que los españoles se caracterizan por ser pésimos traductores, prácticamente traducen lo que ellos entienden y no lo que el autor quiso decir, esto hace que se pierda toda la esencia de un libro al grado de que puede fastidiarte y no entiendas nada. En México podemos encontrar libros traducidos al español pero la mayoría son de editoriales españolas, siendo debolsillo la más predominante pues aparentemente son los mas económicos y los encuentras en cualquier lado. Sin embargo también hay muy buenas editoriales españolas como Valdemar y Zorro Rojo, de las cuales no duraría en comprar uno de sus libros sin importar el precio. Ojalá un día Zorro Rojo se anime a sacar su versión de Dune.Muchas veces cuando tienes altas expectativas de un libro y al leerlo terminas decepcionado, ponte a pensar que quizá se deba a una mala traducción. Así que antes de comprar esa edición en español me detuve a pensar. La verdad no quería que una mala traducción me echara a perder una obra como Dune; además esa edición es muy cara pues se envía desde España. Finalmente me decidí a comprarlo en su idioma original.Este libro es parte de una serie de seis clásicos de la ciencia ficción editados por la reconocida Penguin Random House con sede en Nueva York. Los títulos (aparte de Dune) que componen esta serie llamada Penguin Galaxy son: Stranger in a Strange Land, The Left Hand of Darkness, The Once and Future King, Neuromancer y 2001: A Space Odyssey. Cuentan con una introducción del reconocido escritor Neil Gaiman y el diseño de los libros corrió a cargo de Alex Trochut.Sabemos que los libros en inglés son más baratos que las ediciones (mal)traducidas al español, sin embargo estos no son tan baratos pero creo que al ser parte de una serie con un excelente diseño es un buen precio. La decepción vino al tener el libro físico. La verdad me esperaba algo de mejor calidad, algo mucho más resistente. Yo nunca he leído Dune y para eso compré este pero me da miedo agarrarlo pues siento que mis dedos se van a quedar marcados en la tapa ya que es de un papel mate muy absorbente. El papel de las páginas también es muy delgado. Me da la impresión de que estos libros son para tenerlos en tu repisa pero no para ser leídos.Junto con este libro compré otros artículos, entonces me mandaron todo junto en la misma caja y este libro se maltrató un poco. No traía ni celofán ni trataron de protegerlo. Tomen en cuenta que es lo que van a pedir y si sus productos pueden maltratar otros durante el envío. Por cierto, el envío fue rapidísimo, sin duda Amazon es mi plataforma favorita para hacer mis compras.

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