Reading Dune by Frank Herbert: Chapter 8 – 10

It’s still an introduction and lots of set up. Lots of dialogue. Some interesting tidbits. In Chapter 8 Jessica suspects that there might be more to the water shortage on Arrakis than meets the eye. She thinks the Harkonnens might have messed with it and wants to investigate. I am all for it, I want to know what’s up as well.

But seriously, those Harkonnens. They are made responsible for everything 😀 There really is no question about who are the bad guys here. Maybe there’s a twist coming though and they are not as bad as presented.. I don’t know. At the moment, if someone stumbles next to a date tree on Arrakis, it’s probably the Harkonnens’ fault as well. Damn the Harkonnens!

In chapter 9, we witness an assassination attempt on Paul who is pretending to sleep in his bed room. A kind of drone(?), a ‘hunter seeker’ tries to attack him but Paul is quick enough and smashes it, just before Mapes pops in to say ‘Hi’. Coincidence? I don’t know.. She seems upset and wants to find the traitor in their house. Apparently those hunter seekers have to be controlled from some person nearby. I am just saying. Mapes was standing outside the room. Very suspicious!

In chapter 10 Jessica finds a special room and also a message from a former lady of Arrakis. With her Bene Gesserit magic powers, Jessica is able to find a secret note, that warns her of a traitor within their household and the attack on Paul. It’s all very cryptic of course. Don’t want to give away too much 😉 Paul comes to meet his mum and to tell her about the hunter seeker. Jessica wonders who the traitor could be and suspects Hawat who was responsible of securing Paul’s room. Hmmmm. Also, the operator of the hunter seeker was found but died immediately. Very convenient.

I am not sure if I like it. I love the setting and think Paul could become an interesting character. But it’s so much talking at the moment. TOO much.

3 comments

  1. As a long-time Dune fan I’m going to enjoy your journey through the book: seeing it through the eyes of a first-reader will be a little like discovering it myself. I know there is much talking, as you pointed out, but have patience, things will get in motion sooner than you expect… 🙂

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    1. Hey! Glad you like it 🙂
      I will definitely keep on reading. A lot of books I loved had a slow start and I almost didn’t continue. Was the same with ‘Gardens of the Moon’ by Steven Erikson and now it’s one of my all-time favourite series.

      I will read a couple of pages now before work and see what they are all up to. Probably blaming the Harkonnens for something 😉

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