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Old February 26th, 2015, 05:17 PM
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That is exactly what Paul is supposed to be. The irony is that Paul is NOT the main character of the series.

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Duncan Idaho is the Kwizatz Haderach and the actual main character of the series.


Reread it knowing that, and it takes on a different view of the setting and the first 3 novels.
I figure that it is not worth my time. The first book was acceptable when I read it back as a teen, in monthly chunks, in Analog. As for it being the best-selling science fiction novel of all time, in the words of Captain James T. Kirk:

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Old February 26th, 2015, 07:47 PM
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I found the Galactic Milieu books to be better.
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What I like about Dune is its implied depth of history much like the Lord of the Rings. I was reading (wiki):
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Herbert spent the next five years researching, writing, and revising a literary work that was eventually serialized in Analog magazine from 1963 to 1965 as two shorter works, Dune World and The Prophet of Dune.
Which Timerover was lucky to read, I was born in '64, so missed that. And thanks for the spoiler Aramis! I didn't know that! But thinking about characters, I guess the characters aren't important as the underlying philosophy of life that I see Herbert trying to grasp with his novel. To me the first appendix "The Ecology of Dune" might be the most important part with the second appendix "The Religion of Dune" a close entwining second.
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I really liked Dune, but I got disappointed when I found out that the story is pretty close to the synopsis of Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves.

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The proposed film in the doc looks like it'd make for a good CGI toon.

Not to get too off topic, but in my forty plus years of reading the genre, I find that good sci-fi is a rarity. Alan Dean Foster, Christopher Stasheff, our own Keith brothers, Asimov, Bradbury, and a handful of others are all masters of the genre. Other authors tend to waddle through it some. Sometimes you find a gem. Not always.
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I really liked Dune, but I got disappointed when I found out that the story is pretty close to the synopsis of Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves.
Its makes me think more of the 8th century when the Arabs erupted from the desert to fight the Parthian and Roman (Byzantine) empires. I've always wanted to read "The Arabian Nights" those stories are archetypal. I love listening to Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Op. 35 Scheherazade!
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I've always wanted to read "The Arabian Nights" those stories are archetypal.
And likely to vanish from the literature of the West, given how things are going. That said, I had great fun reading them years ago, picking out the popularized bits as I went. Seeing how scrambled the voyages of Sinbad were was interesting.
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Watching Jodorowsky's Dune, to quote Spock "Fascinating!"

Wild to look at the conception art by Jean Giraud





Maybe he should have tried doing an animated film? Like Wizards
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Again, a Spock quote; "I believe I said that, doctor."
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Those look nothing like anything described in the book.

Just started reading it again last night

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