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  •  You read DUNE? How did you (2+ / 0-)
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    Brown Thrasher, LuvSet

    get through it?

    My first lover highly rec'd it.  So I tried.  I managed to force my way through the turgid prose to page twenty...several times.  Because I loved her, and she thought it was a good book.  After about page twenty, I always gave up in disgust: the bad writing defeated me.

    Years later, when I was at an sf convention, the subject of DUNE (the novel) came up, and I said how awful it was, and the person with whom I was conversing said, "Oh, yeah, it doesn't get good until about page 200."

    Life Is Too Short.  And Dune Is Too Boring.

    I have read that the movie is extremely faithful to the book.  In Other Words, The Cure For Insomnia.

    (apologies to all the Dune-lovers out there.  But it is a book so bad it's not worth reading, IMHO)

    •  I read and enjoyed the first one (1+ / 0-)
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      Brown Thrasher

      Second one wasn't great.  Third one was meh.  Fourth was unreadable.  Never tried the others.

    •  funny! (0+ / 0-)

      I read Dune twice as a teen. I forced my way through the painful second novel Dune Messiah.

      Children of Dune was sort of a remix of Dune & Dune Messiah. God Emperor of Dune was like the dance remix of Children of Dune for a Goth club where everybody is on 'ludes.

      Heretics of Dune is a giddy potboiler. That's the last I got through.

      I only read SF occasionally these days and am rarely impressed by the writing. I can understand better its marginalization as literature. As a kid I didn't get why SF was considered a ghetto or the rage of many SF readers at that fate. Now? Well. I'm reading Gregory Benford's Timescape, which has been on my shelf for 20 years. As I usually read a more literary fiction, rather than thrillers, say, the writing in Timescape (& the retrograde social politics) underwhelms.

      •  Try Neil Gaiman (0+ / 0-)

        He's fabulous, and he writes very well.

        •  lotsa people love Gaiman (0+ / 0-)

          My usual test is to pick up a book and flip to somewhere in it at random, read a few lines, if I like them I read a few lines elsewhere, maybe that makes me take the thing home

          Gaiman has yet to pass the random flip test. Not saying never. Too many people whose opinions I respect think he's the cat's pjs. But the flip test has kept Gaiman from climbing higher on the to-read list.

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