Dune is a book that almost everyone I talk to, sci-fi/fantasy aficionado or not, seems to love. I admit there are some really cool parts. In fact, the whole book is really really cool...accept two big things. Once again, the main characters.
I know it's reputed as being the best selling Sci-Fi book of all time, and the most popular among non-scifi/fantasy readers, but I just couldn't enjoy it for the same reasons as I struggle with Sword of Truth. I don't believe the two main characters, Jessica or Paul.
The main problem I have with them is that they rely on 'The Training' for everything. Any conflict is easily, nay masterfully, overcome when either Paul or Jessica use the Bene Gesserit training. They never actually have to think, just follow the protocol.
Also, they are, once again, too perfect; they can do no wrong. One example is during the dinner party. Jessica was the most perfect hostess ever of all time. Or at least that's how Frank Herbert made her out to be.
The chapter that lost me completely is when Stilgar, the leader of the local militia, the freemen (cool name regardless), within 5 seconds of being subdued is nearly willing to pledge his life and the future of his people to a stranger who arrived about a week ago an screwed up so badly that their family lost their feudal 'right' to own another planet to the very tyrants who had just been kicked out last month. I'm sorry but a suspicious group of locals won't trust any power, especially one that just showed and proved their ineptitude within a week of having moved in.
Once again, the minor characters and the world creation are really worth the read. But the two main characters are simply not believable.
One character I loved in the book was Liet Kynes. I thought that the relationship with his father, which only came out as he was about to die, was intensely interesting. Too bad all the characters were not like that.