by Frank Herbert.
Quickie recap: There is nothing quickie about this book. Basically, a tribe of people is trying to make their home on this desert-y planet, but boy do they have trouble.
Quickie review: Most people know that science-fiction is not my cuppa, but I did manage to enjoy this book anyhow. It took a while to get into it, but I find that any time you have to jump into an alternative universe it takes time to build a frame of reference. Once this was accomplished, I really liked the pacing, the foreshadowing, the little hints along the way.
Quickie recommendation: If you're a sci-fi lover, then you've doubtless already read this one. Otherwise, I suppose I would say that this is a pretty good representation of the genre and not too daunting for newbies.