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Postby Tom Servo » 14 Sep 2020 21:38

Hello everybody. I decided to join as I'm currently reading through all the Dune books though I've been a pretty casual (at best) fan over the years. I first read Dune about 20 years ago, when I was 20, because I saw the book and vaguely remembered seeing the David Lynch movie when I was 5 and thinking the worms were cool. Plus the book was covered with blurbs and various things telling me I pretty much had to read this if I considered myself a sci fi fan... which I did. I enjoyed it and not long after that the mini series came out which I thought was okay. But I never watched Children Of Dune until recently when I was reading all the books, I think after reading Dune and watching the mini-series I'd had my fill of Dune for the time being and my young attention span moved on to other things.

Sometime in my 30s as I started reading a lot more I started to plan to read the Dune series at some point but as it was getting pretty large by then I was reluctant to jump in, figured it would nice to hold in reserve for when I'm laid up with a future hip replacement or light prison sentence. Then when I found out there was a new movie coming and even though I'm not crazy excited about it I figured I'd probably wind up seeing it and it might be good to re-read the book after 20 years. So then I was just like screw it I'll go ahead and read that series. That was a while back, by now I'm getting close to the end. I've read Frank's original series, Hunters/Sandworms, Prelude To Dune, Legends Of Dune, Paul Of Dune and now I've started Schools Of Dune and will wrap up with Winds Of Dune shortly before The Duke Of Caladan comes out. I also read Road To Dune and all the other short stories Brian and Kevin wrote except for one which I have to wait until I get to the appropriate spot in the Schools trilogy. Also for laughs I read an old paperback I found called The Making Of Dune about David Lynch's film. I also checked out some other stuff by Frank such as The Dragon In The Sea, The Heaven Makers and several short story collections such as Eye and The Worlds Of Frank Herbert. Obviously I'm enjoying it or I wouldn't be grinding through all this stuff, there are things I like and don't like about both Dune and Expanded Dune but it's been extremely entertaining.

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Postby Serkanner » 15 Sep 2020 11:50

Welcome Home!

Just a short notification: you will not find much love for anything Keith and Bobo have published. If you like to know why i can recommend this topic especially: viewtopic.php?f=13&t=1538

Or basically any topic in this part of the board: viewforum.php?f=13
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Re: New to the forum

Postby Tom Servo » 15 Sep 2020 14:07

It's okay, I didn't really expect to (nor did I come here to defend them) I knew some Dune fans before I jumped into the whole series and knew the way many fans looked at the Expanded Dune books. I mainly just started reading them out of curiosity and it was a combination of the completionist in me and the fact they tie those books together so much that I wound up deciding to read them all. I've read lots of trashy sci-fi over the years plus I came into this not being a longtime/hardcore Frank Herbert fan so they don't bother me as much as they probably do a lot of people. I enjoy them almost as if they were an 80s Saturday Morning Cartoon version of Dune, which it certainly feels like at times. Crappy and often forgettable but sometimes kinda fun.

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Postby georgiedenbro » 17 Sep 2020 11:43

Hello and welcome!

When reading the fanfic Dune books just remember that it can get tough to keep the content separate in your head, because much of what's in the K&B books is contradictory to what's in Frank's original six. But I think it's a great idea to keep on going with FH's other books, I mean to keep doing that myself as I've only read a few of them.

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Postby Freakzilla » 17 Sep 2020 18:55

:text-welcomeconfetti: :text-welcomeconfetti:

Check out the reading group viewforum.php?f=31

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Postby DuckAtreides » 20 Sep 2020 04:15

Welcome. Your experience with Dune's rather different to mine - I started reading The Children of Dune because the library at the secondary school I was then attending (or at least, only in the flesh) had it out on loan just when I came in looking for it ... :) It's a bad habit I have, of starting reading series somewhere in the middle ... :)