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Review: Dune


By Frank Herbert
Ace, 9780441172719, 1990, 896pp.

The Short of It:

I really enjoyed the world-building in this classic.

The Rest of It:

Here’s my disclaimer. I read this book during all of my kidney issues so I was often in a haze of pain while reading. BUT, even with all of that going on I enjoyed this story so much. I just can’t remember the finer details so I’ll try my best.

“Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, heir to a noble family tasked with ruling an inhospitable world where the only thing of value is the “spice” melange, a drug capable of extending life and enhancing consciousness. Coveted across the known universe, melange is a prize worth killing for….” ~ Indiebound

I loved the characters that Herbert created. Paul is a charming lad, wise beyond his years and his love for his mother is what stands out here. Paul’s potential as a leader and his mother’s dedication to preserve his life at all costs is so genuine and sweet. The dry land, the search for every drop of water available, and the sand that surrounds them creates a dangerous climate.

This is classic sci-fi and holds up very well. I picked it up because I was interested in the new movie but wanted to read the book first. As it stands, I have yet to see the movie but I doubt it can be as good as the book. I say, read the book.

Source: Purchased
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Whatnot – 12/22/21

Chloe and her red blanket.Hello and good morning. We are getting a little bit of rain and cooler weather here in Southern California which is a very good thing. The pup loves to snuggle up with her blanket on days like this.

As you know, my daughter is home and my son comes in on Christmas Eve. The plan is to pick him up from the airport and then head directly over to my MIL’s house for dinner. We don’t have firm plans for the week but we hope to put something together soon. Omicron is rearing its head everywhere. Closures announced daily. I feel that a shutdown is imminent and I hope flights are not affected this time around. It’s hard to plan for things. We saw Hamilton and The Band’s Visit recently and I kept checking for cancellation notices as some shows were cancelled due to COVID. We were lucky. My kids want my husband and I see see Spiderman before the theaters shutdown again. Maybe we can fit that in this weekend but I’m not sure I want to be in a sold out theater right now.

I made the mistake of scheduling a bunch of appointments this week. I don’t know why I do this. It’s my vacation. After Thursday the appointments will be over for awhile although I was told yesterday that I have to have surgery, TWO surgeries to address the problems with my kidneys. Yes, both of them. I was not expecting that. First surgery is in February.

I’m ready to just relax and have fun. We decided to eat out on Christmas. I always cook but the idea of shopping for groceries was too much so we will eat out and it will be good. I will make breakfast and then we will head out to an early dinner.

How is your reading going? I am trying to finish one more book and then I am calling it a year. For those who celebrate Christmas, Merry Christmas to you! It’s almost here!