I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned this or not but one of my all-time favorite books is Frank Herbert’s Dune. Right now, just the first in the series. I can’t say I was enamored of the only other book I read in the series, Dune Messiah, but the original enthralled me. 

I originally picked up a paperback copy in either 2002 or 2003 from a local bookstore and took my time reading it. But then, in summer 2003, we went on a Caribbean cruise and I finished the book during that cruise. 

I’m not sure what I did with my paperback copy. I must’ve either traded it to a used book store or I left it in one of the reading lounges on the cruise ship for someone else to enjoy. 

After that time, I picked up an Audible copy and listened to it making it one of the only books, outside of graphic novels, that I read twice. I also picked up an Audible copy of Dune Messiah

Whatever the case, I regretted getting rid of the paperback because I loved the cover art on the book. I also knew I’d likely read it again.

I found copies on eBay for $15-20, which seemed excessive to me, even though this particular copy was out of print for at least 15 years. 

But, earlier today, Katie and I stopped at a used book store to pass some time and, while I was in line to pay for a couple books for Nathan, I saw it! In a tray filled with books that had just been priced and were about to go on the shelf. My copy of Dune! It was in near perfect condition! And it was only $3.99!

Of course I nabbed it!

Check this out...


There is a stark simplicity yet a regality to the artwork. A lot of black juxtaposed by a vertical box of sand dune with two figures walking in it and a horizontal, tan colored title bar. I love it! It’s gorgeous.


There are no cracks in the spine whatsoever and I will do my best to protect it although that may be damn near impossible.


I am so stoked. And now I want to read it again! But not just yet. Soon. 

Ed. Note: Okay, so maybe I have talked about Dune here before and again and again and another time and yet once more and here’s another and oy.

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Loved the first and 3rd parts of the original trilogy, but the 2nd was a necessary evil to get to the 3rd. JMHO.


That’s good to know. Might get me through doing it again so I can get to the third. --

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Nice find! I have at least five copies of the book (including this one)… and I’ve read the novel many, many times. The sequels are kinda uneven, and I didn’t care for any of the non-Frank-Herbert novels, but the original is one of my all-time favorites.


I have zero interest in the Brian Herbert books at all. But Odie’s comment gives me hope for hitting up Frank’s third novel in the series. I’d have to re-read 1 & 2 though.


Dune was a good one. I read it in whole (instead of parts here and there) in 1995, during a chicago heat wave from hell. It made the sandy warm chapters feel a bit more realistic than I would have liked!


It took me a while, but I read it in whole, too. The second time I read it was the audiobook and that was straight through, too. Hard not to get engrossed in it. It's so well done. And Chicago heat waves... ugh.

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