I managed to read a hefty chunk of Dune today (I have read 17% of the book). It is wonderful in its focus on just the right details.
Often when I write I become overwhelmed by the sheer scale of limitless possibility in fiction. The options are endless. The trick is getting the right boundaries in place to make believe.
Dune does this so well. The author is very precise and clear in their characters, images, its fictional folklore and worlds. Also, the pace at which the story is building is excellent too. A sense of tension and impending doom for some characters is mixed with excitement at retribution and glory for others.
Needless to say, I am completely hooked.