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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-03-05 11:06
Weirding It Out without Weird Enough: Dune Re-Read Update #2

 

 

 

 

 

Brief Recap

 

  1. Paul is tested by the Reverend Mother, the leader of the Bene Gesserits.
  2. We meet the Atreides and their enemies, Harkonnens. 10, 000s of years ago, Harkonnens were stripped of their titles for showing cowardice in a war. That is just one of the reasons they hate the Atreides who took over and won the war.
  3. Atreides are being sent to the brutal desert planet, Arrakis, where the precious spice is mined.
  4. That the Emperor wants to see the house fall and Duke Leto has plans of his own to counter that.
  5. The Harkonnens have plotted the downfall of Atreides and they will be betrayed by Paul’s doctor, Yueh.
  6. The blame is to fall on Lady Jessica (Paul’s mother) who is a Bene Gesserit (BG).
  7. The BGs perform myth-seeding to keep their operatives safe and they have created a legend about Paul in Arrakis.

You can read the rest of the post here. Onward with the next installment:

 

 

This time, we started with:

My father, the Padishah Emperor, took me by the hand one day and I sensed in the ways my mother had taught me that he was disturbed. He led me down the Hall of Portraits to the ego-likeness of the Duke Leto Atreides. I marked the strong resemblance between them—my father and this man in the portraitbothwith thin, elegant faces and sharp features dominated by cold eyes. “Princess daughter,” my father said, “I would that you’d been older when it came time for this man to choose a woman.” My father was 71 at the time and looking no older than the man in the portrait, and I was but 14, yet I remember deducing in that instant that my father secretly wished the Duke had been his son, and disliked the political necessities that made them enemies.
—“In my Father’s House” by Princess Irulan

 

and read all the way until the end of the first book, which was:

O Seas of Caladan,
O people of Duke Leto
Citadel of Leto fallen,
Fallen forever…
—from“Songs of Muad’Dib” by the Princess Irulan

 

A summary of what has happened until now:

  1. We meet Kynes, the Emperor appointed ecologist on Arrakis who is also a whole lot more but not letting on. People are scared of him and by people, I mean Harkonnen spies! He plans on hating the Atreides but they are just too cute and cuddly for him to loathe. Oh, and he is beginning to link Paul with the Messiah myth in his head, even when he doesn’t want to.
  2. The Duke saves some men harvesting spice from a worm attack, even though they have to abandon the harvested product. Who can guess the party behind the almost-accident? That’s right; the Harkonnens! Two Fremen are spotted riding the worm by Paul, which Kynes denies vehemently.
  3. It is hinted that the Emperor doesn’t really hate the Atreides but is scared about how popular and loved the Duke is, making the latter a threat that must be dealt with.
  4. Jessica and Hawat have a psychic showdown, which Jessica wins (duh) but causes Hawat to be more attentive towards her (not that it did any good)
  5. Harkonnens’ plan comes to fruition and the Duke dies while Yueh is not a complete bastard and gives Jessica and Paul a fighting (and since they succeed, escaping) chance.
  6. It is revealed by Paul who turns into a computer-ish freak that Atreides and Harkonnens are genetically related.
  7. Oh, and the evil Duke is a pedophile who has the hots for Paul!

 

 

My Thoughts

The scene at the dinner table was a good one but it seems mild when compared to the complicated political games that Robert Jordan had his characters play with the Dragon Reborn in the series, WoT. I also liked how Paul handled himself in that scene due to his mother’s BG lessons and I loved how he slipped at the end because after all, he is just a boy!
 
His inexperience is put into stark contrast a few scenes later when his mentat (and god knows what else) abilities kick in, making him into a human supercomputer hybrid.
 
I want to take a moment and be sad for Mape who was killed just like so much cannon fodder and Yueh, who knew that henceforth history would remember him simply as the Traitor and that his wife was probably already dead hence the evil Duke had no plans of fulfilling his end of the bargain, yet he did what he had to!
 
I also want to casually remember the Atreides allies:

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On a lighter note, I came across National Lampoon’s Doon . On Wikipedia,the plot of the parody is described in the following words:

Dune is set on the dangerous, sandworm-ridden desert planet Arrakis, sole source of the spice melange, the most valuable substance in the universe. The parody follows a similar storyline, wherein rival restaurant-owning families battle for control of Arruckus, which is overrun by giant pretzels and the source of valuable beer.
Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? I might give it a read, if Weird Enough shows some interest in it too!
Remember the Orange Catholic Bible that Yueh gifted Paul (and then remorselessly betrayed him afterwards but nobody mentions that, do they?). Well, it and the religion based on it show up in this blog, Top 10 Made-Up Religions for Nerds and Geeks. Check it out, if you want to see what else is on that list.
 
I will leave you with this postcard that you can send to your friends while vacationing on Arrakis
 
postcard_4x6_front

 

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review 2016-07-22 14:57
Der Feuerkelch // The goblet of Fire!!!
Harry Potter und der Feuerkelch - J.K. Rowling

German and english review

 

 

Gegenüber dem vorherigen Buch, kam das hier nicht ganz mit. Aber ich musste dem Buch trotzdem 5 Sterne geben, weil es mir trotzdem richtig gut gefallen hat.

 

Allgemein finde ich es einfach klasse auch andere Zauberschulen kennenzulernen. Auch wenn es hier nur zwei andere waren, war es trotzdem spannend zu sehen wie es da so ist. Ich hätte gerne mehr davon. Weitere Schulen. Mehr Charaktere. Mehr. Ich glaube wenn es um Harry Potter geht, dann finde ich immer noch etwas von dem ich gerne mehr hätte lol

 

Ich fand es auch klasse Bill und Charlie in dem Buch zu haben. Die Weasley's als Familie sind sowieso ein der wichtigsten und schönsten Dinge an den Büchern, dass ich es einfach super fand, jetzt die ganze Familie zu kennen. Vor allem, einfach wie in jedem Buch, liebe ich es wie selbstverständlich Harry zu der Familie gehört, wie sie für ihn da sind bei der letzten Runde des Wettkampfes und auch wie Harry den Zwillingen am Ende das Preisgeld gibt. ALL DIE FAMILIEN GEFÜHLE.

 

Hermine's Storyline weg von den Jungs, wo sie sich eben um die Hauselfen ihre Gedanken macht und auch wie sie die Reporterin überführt. Sie ist einfach klasse und wirklich mein Lieblingscharakter wenn es um die Serie geht. Ich glaube das habe ich inzwischen auch schon viel zu oft erwähnt lol

 

Hagid hat ein bisschen Backstory bekommen. Da sind wir wieder bei etwas von dem ich noch mehr wissen will.

 

Den Wettkampf an sich, fand ich echt ganz schön krass. Frag mich, wie sie da überhaupt Freiwillige für finden. Die sind doch alle verrückt. Und dann natürlich die Wendung am Ende der letzten Runde. Da steht der gute alte Voldemort auf dem Plan. Das Duell zwischen ihm und Harry fand ich ja unglaublich gut gemacht und wirklich klasse beschrieben. Ich hatte ja alle möglichen Gefühle als Voldemorts Opfer aufgetaucht sind um Harry zu unterstützen. Gerade als dann Harry's Eltern da waren. Ach, da hat mir das Auge doch ein bisschen getröpfelt.

 

Wie immer sind die Bücher einfach richtig gut geschrieben, so dass man wirklich total in der Welt drinne ist.

 

***

 

Compared to the book before, it didn't really quite work for me. Still, I gave it 5 stars cause I still enjoyed and liked it alot.

 

Overall, I really liked getting to know other schools of magic. Even if we only had two other school, it still was great to see how they are. I just want more. More school. More characters. I think when it comes to Harry Potter, I always find something I want more of lol

 

I loved that we had Bill and Charlie in this book. The Weasley's as a family are just one of the most important and greatest thing about these books, that's why I love that we know the whole family now. The thing I love, in the other books as well, is how naturally it is for them, that Harry is part of the family. They were there for him before the last round in the tournament and also Harry giving the money he won from it, to the twins. ALL THE FAMILY FEELS.

 

Hermione's storyline away from the boys, with her caring about how the house elves are treated and later taking care of the reporter lady. She is just amazing and she is my favorite character in this whole series. I think I talk about that to much lol

 

Hagrid got a bit of backstory, too. And once again it's something that I want to know more about.

 

The tournament was just crazy. I wanna know how they find people who are willing to do something like that. They are crazy. And then the twist, that good old Voldemort shows up. The duel was incredible good done and amazing written. I got all the feels when Voldemort's victims showed up to support Harry. Especially Harry's parents. My eye started to leak a bit.

 

Like always the books are just so well written that I feel like I'm in the middle of all that is happening.

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text 2016-05-29 16:32
Re-reading this one...
Valiant - Sarah McGuire

... because my newest reads weren't grabbing my attention.

As for "Valiant" it is still that good :D

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review 2016-01-27 13:14
Der Gefangene von Askaban // The Prisoner of Azkaban!!!
Harry Potter und der Gefangene von Askaban - J.K. Rowling,Klaus Fritz

So far I think this is my favorite book, i just love the whole story and how things were revealed. I mean, I loved the first two books too but THIS IS THE ONE. So far. I still have the others to reread or well read, since I have never actually read the last three books. Ooops.

 

The book gave us a lot more backstory about Harry's parents and James Potter's time in Hogwarts. And I loved that we didn't actually have to deal with Voldemort in this book. I needed a break from that. I mean he is still always present in one way or another but still.

 

I also just really loved Hermione's part of the story. With her taking on way too much work and the question how she actually does all of it. Even though she could get it all done, she really got to the point where everything was too much. Also the grief she got from Ron and Harry. Leave my girl alone. Hermione is just my favorite person in these books. Big shocker there.

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review 2015-11-08 15:03
Die Kammer des Schreckens!!! // The Chamber of Secrets!!!
Harry Potter und die Kammer des Schreckens - Klaus Fritz,J.K. Rowling

Viel kann man eigentlich gar nicht sagen.

 

Es war wie immer ein richtiges Abenteuer das Buch zu lesen. Ich mag einfach wie alles ge- und beschrieben ist. Man ist einfach mitten drin. Vor allem ist es auch wirklich ein schnelles Lesevergnügen, weil man wirklich nur so (auf seinem Hexenbesen) über die Seiten fliegt.

 

Die Geschichte in dem speziellen Buch finde ich wirklich auch total klasse und spannend gemacht. Was ich besonders an dem Buch mag ist ein bisschen mehr von den Weasleys und ihrem zu Hause zu sehen. Ich mag die ganze Bande einfach total und liebe es wie sie Harry behandeln als würde er zur Familie gehören.

 

***

 

There's nothing much to say about this.

 

Like always it was a real adventure to read the book. I just love how everything is written and described. I just feel like I'm in the middle of everything that is happening. Also it's a really fast read, you just fly through the pages (on your witch's broom).

 

The specific story in the book is really great and exciting. What I really loved about the book was that we got to read more about the Weasley's and their home. I just love the whole gang and love how they treat Harry like he is part of the family.

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