A Thing of Eternity wrote:Ampoliros wrote: (truth: At first I hated each new book, till I was about 1/3 of the way through it. After that it clicked and each one opened new horizons.)
I had the exact same experience, aside from GEoD which I got into much faster than the others.
Ampoliros wrote:really? I loved how the world evolved, that it wasn't the exact same place.
I thought it was awesome that Frank blew up Dune, er Rakis.
Freakzilla wrote:For me, Dune, the planet, was killed by Leto II. It was dissapointing that it didn't make a comeback in HoD and CH:D but the story was no longer about the Fremen or Arrakis, but all of humanity. So I was kind of glad to see it go at the end of HoD, it was only a shadow of what it was.
RM Opportuniac wrote:Have not and will not ever read Hunters and Sandworms. The Dune series clearly finished with Chapter House. The end.
MattMahdi wrote:I'm one who enjoyed House Atreides, its sequels less so, and I couldn't get through The Butlerian Jihad. I enjoyed HA mostly because it let me see aspects of the Dune universe that I hadn't been able before. The events that spring to mind involved the spice-essence poisoning of a settlement.
dunepunk wrote:I can't wait to reread GEoD, though, because I know I missed a lot of the subtleties.
MattMahdi wrote:I was in junior high or early high school and I found a copy of Dune, a battered old paperback, on a bookshelf in our garage. It was next to a copy of Clarke's 2001. Turns out that my Dad hadn't got into it, that he couldn't suspend his disbelief that far. (Not sure exactly at what exactly.) I browsed and read it, and it became one of my favourite novels.
In university a few years later (1987 or early 1988) I found and bought a copy of the illustrated version. Beautiful. When I first saw the Harrison miniseries, and its introduction of Rev. Mother Mohiam, I was amazed that the image seemed to be straight from one of the line drawings. Shortly after I bought it I read through it one weekend while trying to psych myself up to writing a paper. Needless to say I began the paper a few pages after my wife's favourite line from the book and miniseries: "History will call us wives." (Only intended to read a few chapters....)
Speaking of my wife, she's a Dune NUT. It was from her, when we were dating, that I decided to give Dune Messiah another go and then tore through the remaining four novels. Each has been reread several times since, most lately when I bought them in sequence from the SFBC.
I'm one who enjoyed House Atreides, its sequels less so, and I couldn't get through The Butlerian Jihad. I enjoyed HA mostly because it let me see aspects of the Dune universe that I hadn't been able before. The events that spring to mind involved the spice-essence poisoning of a settlement.
I did eagerly read the sequels, because of the "Frank's outline" aspect, and I enjoyed most of Sandworms immensely. It felt pretty good --- until that wonderful chapter at its end when, as I'd feared was coming, Marty and Daniel were truly revealed. Darn. The other thing that galled me was the obvious fact that two of the characters were probably new face dancers just from the way that the escape from the planet of the Handlers was written. But exploring the No Ship was kind of fun. [Even as I set about to read it, I knew that the outline-aspect was in disrepute. But, hope springing eternal, I read it despite what I had heard.]
Looking back, my favourite of the BH/KJA books is The Road to Dune. Sadly, and obviously, it's for the insight we get into Frank's mind and writing process. The notes and fragments and possibilities that didn't make it into print. Second favourite, but I haven't had the heart to go back to it, is Sandworms.
My favourite of Frank's books is certainly Dune, but of its sequels I would choose Children of Dune. It was a breath of optimism and delight after the intentional oppressiveness of Dune Messiah. But it's a close call with Heretics and Chapterhouse.
BTW, my lovely wife of whom I've written has refused to even touch any of the new novels. She is content with the Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade-esque ride into the sunset at the end of Chapterhouse. I have commended to her the Frank-written portions of Road, though, and at some point she may browse them.
This, then, is my introduction.
Ampoliros wrote:I literally believe that Dune made me a smarter, wiser person.
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