What with all the hype? I'm about halfway through and it just seems plain boring. Why should I give a fuck about the Kwisatz Haderach, or the Fremen or the spice? Seriously, it's so pointless and boring I don't think I can continue. What do you think of it /lit/?
We've had this same thread one or two days ago. Yes, Dune is pretentious garbage. Anyone who pretends it's anything more than that is the sci fi equivalent of ASOIAF fans who praise its originality.
Oh, look, it's the "it's a 2deep4u allegory" anon who doesn't even know what an allegory is.
>The writing is solid,
The first one I read was the machine war one and by The end I wished the machines would just slaughter all the fucking annoying humans. And that girl who goes the AI is rising better kill fucking toasters.
Also the reasons why humans were even winning battles were silly.
I really enjoy the entire Dune series (I haven't read anything by the son though, just Frank). I'll admit, the first half of the book is a bit of a slog, but give the guy a chance, he is setting up multiple worlds and multiple organizations all with their own intrigues, individuals and motives.
Once you reach the middle of the second act it begins to grab you by the seat of your pants and the rest of the books up to Chapterhouse are exciting as well.
>Opened up to a random page
>Writing was shit
Well no shit. How the fuck could you expect to understand what was going on in a imaginary universe without starting from the beginning and understanding the terms?
Oh. You're one of those autists.
By the writing, anon means the skill in putting words together. You can tell that from a paragraph. Sometimes that might be misleading, but in the case of Dune IIRC anon's correct- it's not written well at all. If you're used to reading good prose, reading bad prose is painful.
Dune threads are always so weirdly entertaining. The reasons people give for disliking it are comically plebeian...
>I can't empathise with anyone
>I hate sand
>Paul is OP pls nerf
...but they're actually right that it's not very good. Just for the wrong reasons.
Pretty sure it only has that reputation within the sci-fi and fantasy genres, where standards of writing are generally much lower. If you're used to more skilled writers, sadly Dune is unlikely to rock you. Shame, because (like a lot of sci-fi) it has interesting ideas and it really does stand out in terms of the amount of thought and detail that went into building the setting (the Tolkien comparisons make a lot of sense).
you need to read up to and including god emperor to understand dune
it's not really that good as a standalone, the first book is basically setting and getting background set-up out of the way.
dont understand how people can -love- dune as a stand alone. like it's fine but it's not amazing, it's only the series as a whole that's something special.
I kind of echo what this person is saying. Every book is crazier and more tangential from the one that came before it. Reading the first Dune book was kind of the same experience I had with Moby Dick––a good many parts were a slog and then a lot of things were really great and engaging and made up for the slog.
I was speaking more about the OPs than the replies- these threads often seem to be started by people who haven't read much.
On the other hand, that might be harsh on this OP. Seems aware that if the book were better written it wouldn't be 'boring'.
Already explained in this thread, really- the sci-fi genre has low standards for prose (as do teenagers, and I reckon a lot of people read Dune at a young age). Also it's full of genuinely cool and memorable stuff- it's just that the writing lets it down.