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Everything Dune

Discussion in 'Tilted Entertainment' started by genuinemommy, Mar 30, 2019.

  1. genuinemommy

    genuinemommy Moderator Staff Member

    There's a new movie coming out in 2020, based on the book.

    Of all of the sci-fi I have read over the years, I have never really sat down to read this one. It has been on a shelf (or packed in a box) for forever though because it is my husband's favorite.

    So, in preparation for the film, I'm reading it. I'm only a few pages in, but I really like the way that it is written. I am looking forward to reading all of it. But I'm a bit concerned about how confusing and convoluted the plot might be. I get dizzy glancing through various summaries that I have found online. Also, there are so many really wacky words and names in it. I'm a bit concerned that I'm going to lose track along the way. So I'm putting myself together a study guide of sorts to try and make more sense of it. And I'm thinking I might drag my husband into a family book club. But, for now... I have started this thread for people to share their favorite things about Dune.

    Do you like reading Dune? Are you excited about the new movie?

    Here are some silly things that I have come across:
    Goodnight, Dune: a children's book parody. https://io9.gizmodo.com/goodnight-dune-a-childrens-book-straight-from-arrakis-5773911

    Dune Character Map: https://www.coursehero.com/lit/Dune/character-map/
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  2. Lindy

    Lindy Moderator Staff Member Donor

    One of my dad's favorite si-fi novels. I read it for a college speculative fiction class and my late husband became a huge Frank Herbert fan. My prof claimed that it almost didn't get published until finally published by Chiltons. A publisher of auto repair books for the trade and DIY mechanics. Later I read one of the sequels, but don't remember which one.
    The David Lynch film of Dune excited in me an interest in dune (and badlands) topography that continues to this day. I've visited dunes in Indiana, Colorado, Death Valley, Oregon, White Sands, New Mexico, (my fave) Red Desert Wyoming and I've probably forgotten some. So, I guess that Dune had an effect on me.;) I love deserts and arid environments.
    The novel does have its share of made-up words and names and a huge character list. But no worse than the Russian names in Solzhenitsyn or Tolstoy.:rolleyes:

    Maybe I'll track it down and re-read it.
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  3. MeltedMetalGlob

    MeltedMetalGlob Weirder Than Normal Donor

    Who cares, really?
    The 1984 film is a visual feast, although a narrative mess, unfortunately. However, I still think of the original film whenever I pick up the series to read.

    Every few years I go through the six-book series, and the two sequel books that were penned by Frank Herbert's son (and another author whose name escapes me, I'm writing all this from memory right now) that were based off of notes & outlines left by the late author. (I have a habit or re-reading books I enjoy, but in this case I seem to pick up more details that I didn't catch the first few times around.)

    For those interested:

    Dune Messiah (book two) - this takes place about 20 years later, and the villains who survived at the end of the original book (plus a few new ones) plot to overthrow Paul Atreides.

    Children of Dune (book three) - takes place about ten years later after the sequel, competing Houses plot to eliminate Paul's twin children (Leto II and Ghani) who are heirs to the spice empire.

    God Emperor of Dune (book four) - takes place about 4,000 years later, Paul's son Leto II has extended his life span and rules Arrakis as God Emperor and the desert world has become a lush jungle planet.

    Heretics of Dune (book five) -takes place about 1,500 years later, the Bene Gesserit try to create another Kwisatch Haderach as a new enemy closes in.

    Chapterhouse Dune (book six) - not sure about the timeframe, but I think somewhere between 5-10 years later, the Bene Gesserit are busy creating another desert planet to break the spice monopoly.

    I'm probably oversimplifying the plots here, but I don't want to give away certain details. To be honest, I did enjoy the sequel books, although most hardcore Dune fans think of them as "Dune Lite", as they tend to be more straightforward and less nebulous than Herbert's style.

    Finally, Dune humor is not as widespread as Star Wars/Star Trek jokes, but still hilarious to me:
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  4. MeltedMetalGlob

    MeltedMetalGlob Weirder Than Normal Donor

    Who cares, really?
    Okay, perhaps not wholly "Dune", but a mashup couldn't hurt... ;)

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  5. genuinemommy

    genuinemommy Moderator Staff Member

    Love it, MMG!
    --- Double Post Merged, May 17, 2019 at 4:27 PM, Original Post Date: May 17, 2019 at 2:35 PM ---
    My husband got a good laugh out of it, too. He loves both
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