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!
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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.