For a book-addict, trying to pick an all-time favorite novel is a little like choosing a favorite child. I have loved so very many books over the years. How can I pick just one? But…if you twisted my arm, I’d pick Frank Herbert’s Dune.
No other book before or since has captured my heart so completely. Herbert created a living breathing world. I believed it and I fell in love. Not just with the story but with Paul Atreides…and a little with Duncan Idaho too. I memorized the Litany Against Fear. I wasn’t so keen on the stillsuits but I wanted to ride the sandworms and have the blue within-blue eyes of a Fremen. And I really, really wanted to learn the weirding way.
I read and reread Dune and all the original Dune novels. I composed my own stories in the Dune universe before I knew what fan fiction was. I still sigh a little and smile when I think of those novels, like remembering a first love. It’s been a long time since I’ve fallen into that world…I’m due for a visit.
What is your all-time favorite book?