Dune – Frank Herbert
Evan’s ESS = 6 out of 10
Erin’s ESS = out of 10
Content = PG-13 (Adult Concepts, Violence, Usage of Body Fluids for Hydration)
Why: The problem with this book isn’t so much that it was bad, but that it wasn’t great. For us it didn’t live up to expectations as the best Science Fiction novel of all time. (Which many claim it is) Yes, the vividness of Frank Herbert’s world is amazing and yes, the character development is great, but we wanted more. That being said, due to its significance in the world of literature, you should probably take the time to read it, however normal conviction levels in this review are lacking.
While Frank Herbert’s work won’t inspire anyone to take up residence in an arid climate, it will make you think twice about picking a fight with any individual that takes up residence in a desert. As far as the plot, the reader is immediately thrust into a futuristic universe ruled by the Pandishah Emperor. The main character and his family are forced into relocating from the comforts of their home planet and governing a politically volatile planet. What ensues is an epic struggle for power which will determine the fate of the entire universe.
Fortunately, there’s a 41 page appendix, which includes a detailed glossary to help you acclimate to your new surroundings. Overall, Herbert has created a unique and complex multi-dimensional world. Dune is definitely worth the 474 hundred pages and if you fall in love with the futuristic world like so many others, you’ve got numerous prequels and sequels waiting for you at your local library or bookseller.
Editors Note: Please somebody remake this movie. The 1984 version of this film wins our award for worst adaptation of an award winning novel. We understand that when the movie was made, special effect technology wasn’t where it is today, but that’s still no excuse. We seriously want to know what Sting was thinking (or smoking).