Frank Herbert – Dune (Dune Chronicles #1)(audiobook)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

Set in the far future amidst a sprawling feudal interstellar empire where planetary dynasties are controlled by noble houses that owe an allegiance to the imperial House Corrino, Dune tells the story of young Paul Atreides (the heir apparent to Duke Leto Atreides and heir of House Atreides) as he and his family accept control of the desert planet Arrakis, the only source of the ‘spice’ melange, the most important and valuable substance in the cosmos. The story explores the complex, multi-layered interactions of politics, religion, ecology, technology, and human emotion as the forces of the empire confront each other for control of Arrakis.

Published in 1965, it won the Hugo Award in 1966 and the inaugural Nebula Award for Best Novel. Dune is frequently cited as the world’s best-selling sf novel.

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no torenta. Izvēlējos no Top 100 Sci-Fi Books grāmatu listes.

Vērtējums/Rating: 2.75/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Dune ir gan politiska, gan filozofiska zinātniskā fantastika. Tas pamatā ir jaunā Pola skatpunkta, kuram, pēc vardarbīgās tēva nāves, jāieņem viņa tituls un jāmēģina to pienācīgi izpildīt.

Darbība galvenokārt skar tuksneša planētu Arrakis. Ūdens ir tik lielā vērtē, ka pat no miruša cilvēka tas tiek izspiests un izmantots. Varētu jautāt, kāpēc tad kāds tur vispār grib dzīvot, bet tieši Arrakis planēta dod ļoti vērtīgu garšvielu. Pola pozīciju un viņa pārstāvēto namu apraud daudzi citi, kuri vēlētos rīkoties pa savam un iegūt no tā bagātību. Kā pirmo obligāti būtu jāmin pats imperators.

Lai cik pārsteidzoši tas varētu šķist Arrakis planētai ir savi pamatiedzīvotāji (Fremen), kā arī milzīgi, pazemē mītoši tārpi; to apraksts atgādināja vienu daudzsēriju filmu, kurai nekādīgi nevaru atcerēties nosaukumu(s). Lielākā daļa pamatiedzīvotājus uzskata par prastiem un atpalikušiem mežoņiem, bet Pols saprot, ka patiesība ir pavisam atšķirīga, jo, ja citi pamatoti baidās no tārpiem, viņi apguvuši prasmi ar tiem jāt.

Vēl ārkārtīgi neparasts tēls ir Alia, vien dažus gadus veca meitene, bet ar tādām pārdabiskām spējām, ka pat varenākajiem kārtīgi jāpiedomā, vai ir vērts radīt sev nevajadzīgas problēmas. Savas lietas bīda arī Pola mātei Džesikai.

Iespējams, priekš manis drusku par kompleksu, īsti nepārliecināja un nepiesaistīja.

                                                                                                                                                

Dune is both a political and philosophical sci-fi. Its main POV is from Paul who after violent death of his father’s death has to fill his shoes as the new Duke.

Action mainly is on desert planet Arrakis. Water there so hugely valuable that they even squeeze it out of dead bodies. You might wonder who would want to live there then, but Arrakis is the place that produces a very profitable spice. Paul doesn’t have time to practice to be a Duke as there are many that threatens his position and would like to have their way and that they could make the profit. The first in the line is Emperor himself.

As surprisingly it might be considering the harsh environment Arrakis has its own natives – Fremen; also giant sandworms. Most of people think about Fremen as wild and uncivilized savages, but Paul realizes that the truth is far from that. Because if everyone else are justifiably afraid from sandworms than they have learned how to ride them.

Another peculiar character is Alia, just few years old but with such supernatural powers that even the mightiest should think twice before challenging her. Paul’s mother Jessica also is an active player and has her saying.

Maybe a bit too complex for me, wasn’t that exciting.

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