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I may not be the biggest fan of this universe, but those who made it to book four and five will instantly recognize my screen name. It is a more of an organized religion to some.
I am pleased with a recent ressurgence in this, my favorite Science Fiction universe. I have noticed in this forum a tendency to gravitate toward the moving pictures medium of the Scifi genre, but few point out those wonderful masterpieces by Frank Herbert, Carl Sagan, and Arthur C. Clarke, that paved the way for all those amazing films/shows. How many out there appreciate this classic medium of enjoying Scifi stories?
09-08-01, 01:05 PM
I often wonder this myself, but hopefully, one day, General Ta-Mus Hurrss will become a household name among science fiction readers. Citizens may not be buying my book but I will still carry on with the saga.
I enjoyed the book immensely. I have been known to devour books at 2-hour intervals in my younger days though now I tend to savor the words and work more. But yes, I remember Clark, Simak, Gordon, Dickson, Helinen, Burroughs, Kline, and many, many more.
09-08-01, 07:10 PM
Any really good scifi movie has used concepts from Dune or been inspired from it. I love the series (hated the second one) so far, but have yet to acquire the fourth and read it. Any of u seen the scifi channel miniseries? Its REALLY GOOD and I suggest you watch it.
I have yet to see the miniseries from the Scifi channel; I must look into that. I liked the second book. Why does everyone have something against the second book? It was short, but sweet. My personal favorite was the 5th book, Heretics of Dune. The 6th book was also a good read, despite the criticism from Dune fans. Of all the books, I only mildly disliked the 3rd book. It seemed to me that nothing really happened in that book besides a host of meaningless posturing, but it set the stage for book four.
09-09-01, 06:38 PM
No it was the second with nothing but talking! The only exciting thing was when Paul got his eyes nuked!! The third one kicked ass! Lots of action while retaining the magic of the first dune book.
09-28-01, 08:31 PM
I hav ebeen very interested in the Dune series ever since I saw the Sci-Fi miniseries. Im about to start reading the books and I have a ot of anticipation.
10-15-01, 07:14 AM
You really have to get into it, it's almost a requirement to be a scifi fanatic. It's written like one of those guys from MIT doing a propaganda report (Chomsky), so you really have to pay attention. The second book sucked and was incredibly boring while the third was awsome and the fourth seems to be very good. I'm in the process of reading the fourth. Man, it has one wierd cover.
What in particular did you dislike about the second book? I found it to be one of the more entertaining of the six. The fifth was my favorite. The interplay between Teg and Duncan was a huge draw to the book. Their seperate adventures are the highpoint of the series.
The most boring of the four would have to be the fourth. It was imbalanced in the action to posturing ratio. It was have in that there were no distinctions between antagonists and protagonist. The restrictions of the main character hampered the movement of the plot, though.
Currently I am reading the Jesus Incident, a hybrid effort between Frank Herbert and Bill Ransom. It is an interesting story about a spaceship that declares itself god and demands that its passengers find a way to WorShip it.
The sixth book offers a good diversion with a somewhat cryptic ending.
Any thoughts on the old couple? I've heard many theories that they are Frank Herbert and his wife. This may have been his way of releasing the characters from his control. Maybe he wanted a future author to tell their story. If this is so then he is taking a sharp detour from the kill happy authors of the past.
Originally posted by wet1
I enjoyed the book immensely. I have been known to devour books at 2-hour intervals in my younger days though now I tend to savor the words and work more. But yes, I remember Clark, Simak, Gordon, Dickson, Helinen, Burroughs, Kline, and many, many more. Gordon? Who he? Thought I'd read pretty much everybody, but I remember no Gordon.
10-20-01, 11:30 PM
Has anyone read the House books by his son?.
I find them a very good extension of the original story. But to truly get a feel for the depth of the books they have to be read several times.
I read dune for the first time when I was 14, then the rest of the series, I must read the series 4-5 times in the past 12 years.
11-14-01, 03:46 PM
But to truly get a feel for the depth of the books they have to be read several times.
Peter, you're not the only one that read the Dune series more than once. And every time I read it again, it gets better. :D
I think the third one is the best, but of course you'll find Herbert's brilliant ideas in all the others, too.
Frank Herbert must have been a genius...:)
And, Teg: the Jesus Incident and the other books of the Pandora series are interesting too.
The Jesus Incident is a strange side note to Herbert's body of work. It takes seriously the idea that a ship can claim itself a god.
The most interesting aspect of the Dune novels is the idea that enemies are just potential friends. I cannot recommend these novels enough.
It seems starnge that anyone should claim to like the third book above all the others. It seemed to drag and it had a very anticlimactic ending. It may have just been the mood I was in while reading it.
12-09-01, 03:58 PM
Dune is certainly one of the greats of sci-fi. I'm surprised noone has mentioned Heinlein. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is excellent in particular.
I also like Julian May's trilogies about the Pleiosene Era and The Galactic Milleiu