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Friday, December 6, 2013

Dune by Frank Herbert | Book Review

In early November I wrote a blog post titled I'm Reading Dune in which I described being incredibly bored by the book and putting it down 3 seperate times, but then picking it up to give it one last shot and really enjoying it from that point on. I have to say that for the rest of the novel I really enjoyed it. The story kept moving at a brisker pace, tons of really awesome action and fight scenes took place. The characters grew in amazing ways. It was a spectacle to behold and an epic story to enjoy as it all unfolded. A rich deep world filled with very different kinds of characters all with their own conflicting traditions. Much of this effects the main character Paul as he grows from boy to man. I really enjoyed seeing him grow into a full on mans man. A great leader, an awesome warrior, and his role as son grew very interesting as well.

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So let me just say that I had given up on this book and was bored out of my mind reading it at first, but I kept going and I'm so glad I did. If you've ever tried reading this book and couldn't get past the huge info dumping and people sitting in rooms talking of the mythology, religions, politics, worlds and prophesies - pick it up again and keep reading. I promise it gets better. I'm interested to see now that I know what the heck is going on - what I will pick up on with a second read. I'm taking a break to finish and start a heap of other books, but someday I'd like to reread this epic beast and see what I can glean anew from that dense block of a beginning Frank Herbert penned as act one of his first installment in his Dune universe. I also want to go on and read the other books in the series at some point.

Have you read Dune? Did you love it? Hate it? favorite book ever? Most boring book ever? Sound off and give your opinion in the comments and as always thanks for stopping by.

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