You Can’t Please Everyone – Dune

One star Amazon reviews of classic movies, music and literature. Today we take a look at Dune:

A hatful of people with unreadable alien names, and a central character called Paul. Vastly advanced civilisations who retain a totally monarchic society. Never have so many dreadful Science Fiction cliches been brought together in one book. Ghastly.

This book brought me near suicide. I was so depressed after reading this pie that I wanted to go eat a goat.

One of the worste books of all time, I feel.
Actually… I couldnt make it past page 50. I usually give all books 100 pages, but I just could not stand it. It is written with a slight yoda like way. I just could not stand it.
Though, the movies arent really all that bad though.

Prose that would make a Dungeons and Dragon novel blush, boring , narcassistic characters, plot goes nowhere…1 star

This is a chore. I don’t go for complex storylines and this book is the worst of the worst for those. I kept turning back to read over parts I had not taken in the first time, and in the end I gave up. I got to almost half-way, but I had lost interest way before then.

AN UTTERLY ABSURD AND INORDINATLY LONG BOOK THAT INEXPLICABLY SPAWNED NUMEROUS SEQUELS THAT RESIDE ON THE SAME LITERARY LEVEL AS THE ORIGINAL.BORDOM, POMPOSITY AND PRETENTOUSNESS DO NOT A GOOD BOOK MAKE AND THAT IS PERHAPS MORE EVIDENT HERE THAN IN ANY OTHER BOOK I HAVE EVER READ.THE PLOT IS BIZARRE AND STRONGLY AKIN TO THOSE OF THE 50’S B-MOVIES THAT WE ARE SO APT TO FORGET,THE DIALOGUE IS LEADEN AND THE STYLE IS HEAD GRINDINGLY BAD.

There are some good things in Dune. But the bad swamps the good. Clumsy writing, heavy-handed symbolism, self-righteousness, unbelievable dialogue, characters even a comic book would blush at. A book that insults the intelligence at every level.

Like many others, I picked up DUNE based on its broadly accepted status as a SF classic. I don’t read much SF, so I try to get to the Big Books (War of the Worlds, Ender’s Game, Fahrenheit 451, “The Year’s Best” anthologies, etc). This was not a good book. The dialogue is stilted, the characters are caricatures, and everyone’s always “hissing”, “glaring”, or “swallowing with a dry throat”. The plot is interesting enough, but not nearly as complex or Byzantine as I had expected: warring factions, religious fervor, double-crossing, nefarious rulers, ulterior motives – standard stuff, really. If anything, the plot seems complicated because we’re told so little about what the Guild, the Great Houses, and CHOAM really are. Anyway, as a non-SF connoisseur I realize that I don’t get to vote on which books are the classics. But from where I stand, DUNE is a poorly-written, lackluster, repetitive tale. It’s not the best SF I’ve ever read; it’s not even the best book I’ve read this month.

All the five star reviews make me wonder who really is writing in for these reviews. As a Sci-fi fanatic, I was disappointed in this book for a few reasons, the biggest being the boredom aspect. On page 229, I had to put the book down because I had no real desire to read on. The other bothersome aspect is that this book does not take you in on the same emotional level as a “Lord of the Rings.” You really pull for Tolkien’s characters, whereas Dune folk felt like automatons going through another Matrix-lite plot.

After 10 pages everybody could guess the end.I just hate predictable book the first part of this book is worth reading but if your not an hard core sci-fi fan drop it after.

A friend told me that DUNE was different from the run of the mill sci-fi endless spillage of adverbs and adjectives. After three chapters of the most tedious and unnecessary descriptions of the tiniest details I decided he didn’t know what he was talking about. Boring junk with a capital J!

Lot’s of hype, good substance/plot/characters, but no suspense. There is a lot to slog through and this book is slow reading. I did have to put it down after ^150 pages because after a while, I just wasn’t interested. Who are these Dune cultists? Living in a big city, I can’t say I’ve met one.

I must admit I heard a lot about the book prior to reading it: 1. One of the top ten 2. Question antisemitism 3. A little boring at times. Honestly, I can only agree to 1 and 3. I don’t think it is in the class of the Lord of the Rings, but it is certainly noteworthy science fiction if you can slog through some of the more longwinded passages. Herbert’s GRAMMAR skills are in question at certain points. Finally, except for it’s small cult fan base, no one talks about this book….at all. No one buys Dune calendars, plays Dune games, etc. Thus, the emotional bond that Tolkien established in the Lord of the Rings is obviously absent here. Tolkien influenced generations with his story, and clearly Herbert has not.

I had great expectations when I picked this book up from the store last month. This book is okay, but certainly not “the best” as many claim. My suspicion is that people on this review site tend to be a small but determined bunch of supporters. The biggest flaw is that the book is boring. It truly is difficult to keep turning the page. After being 1/2-way through, I just had to toss the book out. If you scroll through the “real” reviews, you will find this is a common lament. Also, it doesn’t have the same emotional life as “The Lord of the Rings” and does not draw one in. Dune is certainly not in the same league as Tolkien’s works.

I don’t understand exactly why this is a highly praised book. I do however agree with those who say its very imaginative but thats about as far as it goes. I have learned a few things when looking for a good sci-fi book, dont believe the hype and surrounds books like this. most sci-fi books that are hailed as great works of art are often boring,superfluous, and overrated. I derived no pleasure from reading this book and often found it almost a chore to sift and dig through the fluff to understand what was going on.

Thank goodness it takes only eight thousand years for a little political instability to worm its way in. Dune is crap. It’s a bunch of pseudo-science hoodoo. I tried reading this book as a child and I was enchanted for awhile, the idea is so lovely it practically throbs. But really, for some reason, I just couldn’t finish it. Now as an adult I tried again to read it and it’s just more than silly. I guess Proust is right, you can’t go home again. Or whatever. Maybe there was a time to read it and it passed. Of course, the idea is nice. If there was a book on the idea of Dune I’d probably read it. Even the idea of Frank Herbert. Just a book about some cat with a big prophet beard and a penchant for writing crackpot books of science fiction/philosophy. That would be nice. That would compel. Even if he veered at times dangerously close to fascism, which he does, and so does that Nazi Heinlein. It would be hilariously funny to read about some chubby floodge who wrote silly books of facsistic science fiction but never had the heart to get them published (there’s a spin on things), and whose rantings were restricted–safely–to the confines of his kitchen. Funny. Sabbath’s Science Fictional Theater. Yeah. But Dune is, sadly, really sadly, poorly written and should have been better. Sorry.

Clearly, you have to be a fan of the robot genre to remotely even come close to liking this book. The first chapter gets off to a very slow start, the storyline becomes boring rapidly, and after a while, the book is unreadable. I would imagine that those disappointed with this highly overrated book would turn to other science fiction. Lord of the Rings puts this book to shame. J.R.R. Tolkien makes this author look unimaginative to say the least. If you want real science fiction, start with The Hobbit and go onto the LORD OF THE RINGS. Put this book where it belongs: in the GARBAGE bin.