Dune Read-Along: Book 1

Tiny Kitten judges me when I’m confused. She’s brilliant and knows all. She’s totally something unexpected.

I apologize for my lateness, but my niece spent the weekend with me so no time to read or post much. If you’re late to the party, I’m participting in a DUNE read-along hosted by Melissa @ 1lbr. Head over to her blog to link up and grab the questions (She got the ?’s from Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings.)


*Spoilers ahead*

Book 1 Questions/Answers:

1. What, if any, preconceived ideas did you have before you started reading Dune and how has the first section measured up to those preconceptions?

Before starting, everything I knew about Dune was very vague — something about giant worms…and I think (if my memory is correct from listening to his memoir) that Rob Lowe was up for the part in it, but was glad he didn’t get the part when he found out later that in the sequel he would be a giant worm? And that all leaves me with a giant…huh? So yeah, I didn’t know a lot which means that Dune has definitely measured up in that there ARE giant worms.

2. What did you think about the plot device of the early revelation that Yueh was to be the traitor?

I liked it because it kept me wondering. There’s so much in this first part that I was confused by, but knowing that Yueh was the traitor gave me one fact that I could actually grasp.

3. What was your favorite part of this first section? Which character(s) do you find most interesting and why?

Jessica and the Bene Gesserit. When Duke Leto was talking about Jessica and referencing his buyers, I was confused. Then a few paragraphs later, it’s cleared up that Jessica is his concubine and she’s more free because she’s NOT his wife. That’s interesting. The entire group of Bene Gesserit intrigues me…are they good? bad? Honestly, WHAT are they all about?

4. Did the revelation about the Harkonnen surprise you?

Which revelation? That the Baron is a creepster attracted to boys? That they’re all related? Honestly, I was so confused and overwhelmed by so much, I kind of just assumed that Jessica would be his daughter because WHY THE HECK NOT? Herbert decided to take EVERYTHING that could happen and throw it in the first three chapters, so why not add on a little more controversy.

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.

If you’ve read my answers to the previous questions, then you know I’m still a little confused. During the week, when I was attempting to understand what was happening, I read the first couple of sections of SparkNotes and that actually helped a lot. Mainly because the author of the SN said that everyone who reads this for the first time is fairly confused and that a second reading is pretty much required and far more enjoyable.

It’s strange how the book has this sense that everything is happening VERY quickly and VERY slowly at the same time. One minute something’s happened and then the next thing you know it’s two days later. But then it’s an hour later and you go BACK in time to the previous hour. It’s just weird.

Despite my earlier confusion, I am enjoying the book and I want to know what’s going to happen next. In fact, I found it difficult to stop reading to write this.

But…if you ARE planning to read this book, I recommend reading in a quiet place with no distractions. It takes a lot of concentration to keep everything straight.

More about DUNE as seen on Life:Merging — 

One thought on “Dune Read-Along: Book 1”

  1. Love your thoughts – I had some very similar reactions, being completely confused (though I’d never have seen Jessica being Harkonnen’s daughter), etc. LOVE your answer to #2 – I hadn’t thought of it that way, but it is nice to have one clear thing to cling to in those first chapters. Bene Gesserit, what the heck are they? 🙂 Looking forward to reading more and seeing your answers!

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