Sci-fi fans couldn't ask for more. Crysknife fights, political intrigue, escapes in the desert, a mysterious spice drug called melange, ecological concerns, space travel, and on and on and on. This trilogy (later expanded to a series of six novels) embraces everything that makes science fiction and literary fiction great, from carefully drawn characterizations to an ingeniously complex plot to philosophical reflection and examination of universal human themes.
Together these novels are a family history of the brilliant and doomed House Atreides, a galactic noble family that includes traitors, religious savants and socio-political messiahs. Herbert's vision encompasses the entirety of human experience, but unlike similar attempts by less adept authors, his never lapses into preaching or gets bogged down with interminable asides. The narrative is tight and fast-paced, the writing is superb, and the ideas presented worth contemplation. Whether you want a great adventure story or great literature, the Dune Trilogy is an excellent choice.
Review by C. Hollis Crossman
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