lotek wrote:Also, caps lock.
I noticed that style of writing book titles in caps in the afterwards to Dune: House Atreides. BH and KJA seem to be consulting a citation style where the book titles are in caps in the movie titles are in italics. In my experience, in both MLA and AP citation, movie titles, game titles, and books are written in italics. Maybe it's a style they both made up back in 1999, or perhaps that was just the way their editor used that form of citation without knowing how to use MLA or AP? It's a mystery to me.
Sardaukar Capt wrote:
Heard from @TheKJA today that he is nearing finish line with his chapters of NAVIGATORS OF DUNE, so that they can be combined with mine.
8:30 PM - 2 Feb 2015
So about 2 weeks to dicta-hike half a McDune novel... the Farce is truly strong in Kieth Jay Anderhack.
Reading BoBo's twitter feed, its painfully obvious he's trying to keep his father's true legacy alive by endlessly quoting Frank's sayings, opinions, writings, and books because (I think) he knows deep down he's pretty much ruined his father's Dune legacy. I say that because there is now pretty much an entire generation of readers who came to Dune via McDune and probably for a lot of them, they never tried the real Dune ... likely because after McDune, the real Dune is just to hard.
I don't think it's that clear-cut. It's more likely that Brian thinks he's doing a good thing, but doesn't have the same kind of creative force as his father. And KJA's own style has dominated the style of the books, so he may be kind of pushy as to how the books should be written and which direction they should take. Frank himself was a particular kind of imaginative alpha male who was dedicated to the universe he created, and I think his very particular personality was what made his books still stand out to this day. I think BH and KJA just don't have the same motivation or discipline as Frank had, and are unaware that their writing is not completely good. I personally think that they are in need of an assistant with better organizational skills, and a better editor. I know the damage has already been done, and I know the saying that no editing can save their writing at all, but if they intend to write more, a better editor is always a good addition. It might make their books less pulp-fiction (or at least write better sentences, though maybe that's too much).
'...all those who took part in the rise and fall of the Dune project learned how to fall one and one thousand times with savage obstinacy until learning how to stand. I remember my old father who, while dying happy, said to me: "My son, in my life, I triumphed because I learned how to fail."' -Alejandro Jodorowsky