Well, I finished Dune. It was really difficult for me because sci-fi isn't really my best genre. However, I was able to get into it, with a little help from my hubby. I needed to picture things that I'm not familiar with. I'm soooo not mechanical =;P Anyway, He read with me for the first chapter or so and helped me get the feel of it. (Now that I look back, he mostly listened as I told him what I thought I should be seeing and eventually I was able to picture it). Hmmm.
I thought I would hate this book because I had a tough time getting into it. It felt a little rushed and I'm not fond of losing half of the story to the little blurb at the beginning of each chapter. I kind of felt cheated in the story line because of that.
The father actually annoyed me because he seemed so stoic. Actually, almost all of the characters seemed to lack points of personality right from the get go. Except for, maybe, Gurney Hallek. He was a bit more 3 dimensional. He had a lot of the seriousness, but threw in some humor and sarcasm that seemed sorely needed. As the story progressed, the characters got a bit more 3 dimensional, but still, I had a hard time with the overall lack of personality. I believe that many people are like that, however, I think they tend to have at least one or two "real people" around them. Maybe I'm nuts.
Despite the above mentioned annoyances, I found the politics to be well thought out and the overall plot line to be interesting. I'm probably going to re-read it to see if I can better understand the mentat and the Bene Gesserit a bit better. I feel like I must have missed a paragraph somehow because I got a bit confused. My understanding is that the mentat is similar to a human computer and the Bene Gesserit are, in essence, a relious group made up of women who are able to see some of the future and work toward their own interests. If I'm reading this incorrectly, please give me your insight.
I enjoyed the use of the word Fremen. I interpreted this to mean Freeman or free man. It seemed to fit very well. I saw a kind of sad resemblance between the American Indians and the Fremen. It seemed to be a whole bunch of outsiders attempting to rule a people who didn't want or need them.
On an entirely different note: I have never seen the movie. I appear to be the only person never to have done so. Everyone I talked to laughed at me. I will probably watch it now to see the differences. However, my husband has seen the movie and he told me that Kynes was just a Fremen in charge of the change. He remembers no references of him a Liet. This seems odd to me. He plays a significant role in why the Fremen have begun the work they are doing. Without him, I cannot imagine the transition from the Duke's Son to the leader of the Fremen and back to the Duke. Despite the fact that Kynes was only there for a while, he was worshiped and his word is what opened the path for the boy.
All that said, here's my synopsis:
Would I recommend it? Possibly, if the per really enjoys sci-fi. Rate it on a scale of 1-10... 8. Will I read it again? Definitely, just to see if I missed some of the finer details. I plan to keep the copy in my library to reread.
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