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text 2018-04-24 02:49
Biographical Criticism
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions - Randall Munroe
Dune - Frank Herbert

As a person Randall Munroe does many similar things as done throughout the book he wrote. The story is all Q and A's that have been asked to him, via website.

 

When I started to research him more I understood why the book was written the way it was. When he had worked for NASA he would become bored and doodle comics as a way to pass the time. In his book, nearly every page has at least one picture, big or small, on it. Also being a scientific theorist he basically used all of his knowledge to write the book as a whole. Without him becoming an S.T. he would have never written the book. The book shows the reader how certain scenarios would play out, and just how vast Randall Munroe's knowledge of science really is. 

 

To put it simply, the book is Randall Munroe's life. He does the research for a living anyways. His job was to describe theoretical scientific problems which is what this book does, very well.

 

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text 2018-03-21 14:57
Mentats of Dune - Brian Herbert,Kevin J. Anderson

Another fun, engrossing read. I like the Brian Herbert prequels. I know not everyone agrees. There's thousands of years of space between these prequels and Dune proper, and I'm surprised at how many stories that can be told.

 

These books have a lot more in common with the Butlerian Jihad prequel series than any Dune books that come afterwards.

 

That being said, I'm now retroactively a little disappointed that they've already used the words "Machine Crusade" in the prequel series, because I think the events of this book are more of what Frank Herbert had in mind of the Butlerian Jihad. The dichotomy and balance between Manford Torondo and Josef Venport, with the Emperor right in the middle, is intriguing, and keeps me turning pages.

 

And yet, there's enough room for these books to surprise me. I certainly wasn't expecting the events that happened at the end of this book. On to the next one!

 

(again, this book is 4 stars only in deference to the original Dune, which is unapproachable)

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text 2018-03-04 03:34
Reading progress update: I've read 40%.
Dune - Frank Herbert,Orlagh Cassidy,Scott Brick,Euan Morton

I have such different ears than when I first read Dune as a young adult.  This time through, I keep being struck at just how sexist much of the beginning is despite having Jessica as a strong female lead.

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review 2018-02-20 12:51
Dune Messiah
Dune Messiah - Frank Herbert

I can honestly say that this will be the last book I read in the Dune series. I have been warned after the next one it just gets even more convoluted. That's a shame. I really loved the story-telling in the first book, but this one made barely any sense and there was very little dialogue. You just keep reading what someone was thinking, what they were doing, and the machinations at the court. I started to skim towards the end. The last couple of pages were the most exciting in the whole tale.

 

Dune Messiah takes place 12 years after the last book. We have Paul Atreides as the new Emperor, married to Princess Irulan. Paul and Irulan are married in name only though. He is still with Chani, and though they have been together this whole time, she has not gotten pregnant. The Bene Gesserit, Spacing Guild, and Tleilaxu decide to put pressure on Irulan to help them with dethroning Paul since she still desires to have a child with him.

 

Honestly you would think that the above would make the book more interesting, it does not. It doesn't help that due to Paul and his ability to know all things/sense all things he already knows there is a conspiracy against him and he even knows what Irulan has been up to. So it's just people wandering around trying to make chess moves against each other while holding up a sign saying "I am so going to get you this round."

The characters were very flat in this one. Alia is Paul's right hand or something. I don't even know. We focus on her and her emotions a lot in this book and I was not a fan. We hear about Jessica a lot, but she's not heard from at all. Paul claims to love Chani, but it felt very flat to me. We also have a ghola of Duncan Idaho. I still don't get why he accepted it since you know, trap and all, but just go with it.

 

The writing was not that great and the flow was awful. Everything felt like it was taking a thousand years. The setting of Dune didn't seem as awe-inspiring as it did in the first book. I really felt like I needed a chart to understand how everyone was connected/not connected to each other.

 

 

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text 2018-02-17 13:07
Reading progress update: I've read 331 out of 331 pages.
Dune Messiah - Frank Herbert

Ehhh not that great. This was not as gripping as the first book to me at all until the very end.

 

I don't see me continuing this series. The second book was way too light on dialogue and even plot. If I think too hard about things I just want to sigh and mumble plot holes. 

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