I haven’t read much Science Fiction and by “much” I mean hardly any. So when I got this beautiful edition early this year I thought it would be a great introduction to the genre. I wasn’t wrong with that statement, I think Frank Herbert’s world-building and writing style is captivating and wonderous but I also found myself getting a bit lost in it and not in a good way. This also could be because I didn’t ease myself into the Sci-Fi genre, I just went for one of the masters straight out of the gate. It kind of felt like I decided “well, I’ve run one 5k before…let’s sign up for a marathon”…yikes.
Overall, I enjoyed the book, I think the themes of environmentalism are still relevant today as they were when the book was written. The religious themes he built were very apparent as he wove together Catholicism, Judaism, Hinduism, etc. and created new cultures with little pieces of each. I would have loved if the Appendixes were at the start of the book, or if I had read them first since they outlined a lot of the lore of the worlds which would have helped me to greatly understand everything from the beginning.
I think it begs for multiple reads and I’m never ashamed to say that I miss things on the first read-through. I grasped the overall plot and themes but I would love to dive into this again maybe in a year or two and see what I take away then! Anyone else feel this way? ————————————————————————
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