A Dune Readalong

Clearly set on Tatooine

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be participating in a readalong of Frank Herbert’s “Dune” hosted by Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings.  As the novel is divided into three parts, we’re going to read one part each week and then post discussion about the novel on the following Saturday.

Week one ends this coming Thursday, but you probably won’t get to see my discussion until Sunday.  This is because I am going camping for the weekend (leaving Thursday afternoon), and when I go camping, I am out of reach of modern technology.  There will be no internet.  There will be no cell service (unless you count having to position the phone in a certain direction on a specific picnic table, which may or may not work).  There will, however, be “Dune.”  I promise not to drop the book into the lake (my poor copy of “Gone With the Wind” suffered that fate, but eventually dried).  I am quite excited.

I hadn’t really heard much about “Dune” before the readalong, but I’ve been meaning to read more science fiction.  I started reading the book, and already I’m hooked.  My boyfriend mentioned that reading “Dune” starts me down the path of being an uber-nerd.  (Of course, he’s read the first several books.)  Then again, I fully acknowledge the fact that I am a nerd.  Let’s face it, I’m studying to be a librarian and I play World of Warcraft.  (Did I just say that?  Oops.)  I enjoy being a nerd.  It’s a lot of fun.

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11 thoughts on “A Dune Readalong

  1. I keep hearing good things about Dune and being told that I have to read it. I’m not sure though. Maybe I’ll wait for your review when you have finished.

  2. this is super exciting. great place to begin your foray into sci-fi!

  3. I’m involved in the read-along too. It’s been at least 5 years since I last read Dune, and I agree, it’s got a lot of epic fantasy elements to it – castles, defenses, politics, empire, alliances through marriage (or not). very cool. and the dialog is a lot better than I remember, or maybe I’m finally mature enough to appreciate it?

    and i just realized, i’ve got business trips planned for two of the three weeks of the read along. not good!

  4. Richard

    The spice must flow!

    • Richard

      I liked Dune, the ones written by his son after his death are good also. Most books being based off his fathers notes.

      I have not read Paul of Dune or any books after it. I might have to read that now.


      The Foundation series is on the same scale of being epic as Dune.

      • Actually, I just picked up the first book of the foundation series this weekend. =D

        • Richard

          You may want to read the prequel of the series first before the main series if you haven’t already got it. The reason for chronology sake, well that is how I view it.

  5. I’m excited that you are also doing the Dune reading. I haven’t gotten very far, but I think it will be a fun and entertaining read. And the writing is great. Have fun on your camping trip. Hopefully you will share some pictures if you get a chance. No pressure of course.

  6. I also started it and am quite surprised so far. It’s different from what I expected but very good.

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