Filled with alien culture, politics, world building and war, Dune by Frank Herbert, is a classic science fiction novel. I am rereading it as part of a read-along organized by Carl V, Kailana and The Little Red Reviewer. We are answering questions posed by our co-hosts. Be warned, there will be spoilers.
Book One: Dune
1. Did you see anything in this first section of the book that either you hadn’t seen before or that you had forgotten about, anything that stood out to you?
I had either forgotten or was not aware of the Byzantine layers of diplomatic and political intrigue, so very like our world!
2. What did you think about the plot device of the early revelation that Yueh was to be the traitor?
I thought this revelation added to the tension and suspense, mainly because none of the characters suspected Yueh of being the traitor. They suspected everyone else, including Jessica. After all, no one could turn a Suk doctor!
3. What was your favorite part of this first section? Which character(s) do you find most interesting and why?
My favorite part is discovering how the Fremen live, their ability to survive in the open desert, the community of the sietch, their culture. I think Dune, the planet, is my favorite character. I find Hurbert’s description of the environment and the ecology fascinating and the Fremen’s desire to change their planet very timely. Who knows how we will live on planet Earth in 100 years? 500 years?
4. Did the revelation about the Harkonnen surprise you? Why or why not? Thoughts.
The fact that Jessica and Paul carry Harkonnen blood was a surprise, but knowing the Bene Gesserit predilection for genetic mixing and saving blood lines, it must be a very important part of the dynastic character of the Dune universe.
5. Finally, please share some overall thoughts on this first section of the book. Are you finding it difficult to follow? Easy to understand? Engaging? Boring? Just share what you are thinking thus far.
I am enjoying rereading Dune, finding the political and ecological themes very timely and love the intrigue.