(December 21st, 2003, 10:52 pm)
Just anything and everything Dune. I just finished the book, and I'd liek to hear your thoughts about it(those who have read it) and anything else regarding the series. I'm very interested, and would like to hear your opinions on it.
(December 22nd, 2003, 9:44 am)
I liked the dune books untill the God Emperor of Dune book. That one, and the following were a bit too far out of the original concept for my liking (not to mention the over-the-top-ness of thousands of duncans). But the first three books i really enjoyed alot. I've never read any of the other Dune books (prelude to Dune, legends of Dune), but i heard from at least one source that they sucked rather bad.
(December 24th, 2003, 7:09 pm)
I loved the original trilogy. I think that Dune:Messiah improves upon a re-reading (a lot of philosophical issues). Children of Dune is a lot more "standard" sci-fi.
God Emperor of Dune is a book about which a great many people have strong opinions. It seems to be either a "you love it or you hate it" sort of novel. I was in the "love it" category. The final two books of the series, I really didn't enjoy as much. Too few of the original characters and really in a different "universe".
As for the first book, it remains the greatest sci-fi novel I've ever read, almost sci-fi as greek tragedy. Herbert crafted a fantastic yet compellingly human drama, and Baron Harkonnen is IMO right up there with other great literary villains.
My advice is to start reading Dune:Messiah as quickly as possible. That, and avoid the prequels at all cost . . .
(July 24th, 2005, 12:56 am)
I always thought that the idea of a war of assassins was very interesting; a product of an intellectual society that is endeavoring to avoid collateral damage by only attacking political leaders.
(July 24th, 2005, 1:07 am)
This seems like a really cool site. a lot of people seem to have a lot of interesting things to say... is it defunct? ...
(July 27th, 2005, 7:40 pm)
it doesn't seem to be defunct so much as...disregarded. not really enough poeple around I guess.
(July 28th, 2005, 8:12 pm)
Um, I just startedcollege, so that's a pretty big reason not to be around...
(July 29th, 2005, 6:02 am)
um, I don't remember saying people didn't have good reasons not to be around. I work 40 hours a week and have a drinking problem to maintain. it's rough, I know.
seriously though, what I meant by not enough people being around is that this board has never really had a high membership, so without a steady influx of new blood, it's going to die. I'm sure everyone's witnessed this on other boards.
sad thing is that there are some good storytellers here. life just gets in the way sometimes.
(July 31st, 2005, 9:12 pm)
I hope this won't die... he have a verylarge Science Fiction Society here in MIT. I might see them, see if I can briong some people in.
(March 25th, 2006, 12:37 pm)
Just posting now to give a semblance of activity :P
Dune, the first book, and the universe behind it, are works of genius. I highly recommend getting hold of a copy of The Dune Encyclopedia sometime - the detail in there is staggering.
However, apparently, after his success with the earlier books, Herbert basically decided he was above needing an editor, hence the drop in quality towards the end. The overall concept and scope is still impressive, but the implementation is unfortunately lacking.
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