Ask a bookseller: did you like the film? Try to read ‘Dune’


“Dune” by Frank Herbert.

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Isaac Frankel of Peregrine Book Company in Prescott, Arizona, has fond memories of choosing his father’s copy of Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel “Dune” and reading it for the first time. Now, he says he’s seen tremendous interest in the “Dune” series since the new film version was released this fall.

Frank Herbert wrote “Dune” in 1965 and has published five other books in the series. Frank’s son Brian Herbert, along with Kevin J. Anderson, went on to write several additional prequels, sequels, and companions.

Frankel wants fans of the film to know that the books go one step further in creating a complete and elaborate new world. “Dune” is a hero’s journey of a boy living 20,000 years into the future. Paul Atreides’ world changes dramatically as his family leaves an aquatic planet to accept stewardship of a desert planet, home to priceless spices and dangerous worms.

Along with the adventure, “Dune” delves into philosophy, politics, religion, environmental manipulation and other factors that occur throughout human history. Frankel calls the first four “Dune” books “essential,” adding that the fifth and six books in the series set up a new story that Frank Herbert did not complete until his death.

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