Tell me of the tales of kicking ass from your homeworld, Usul.
November 8, 2012 11:35 AM Subscribe
I just reread Dune, and the parts I liked were as good as always. I don't have much patience for the parts other than that. Help me find more books that feature the "navigating a new culture but doing it really well and then kicking ass in some sort of fight" narrative. I like it when the new culture is special/insular/devalued but is really the bestest all along. (Special sandgrains inside.)
posted by OmieWise to media & arts (38 answers total) 35 users marked this as a favorite
Not really about the sand grains, I just wanted to write that.
One of my favorite books from childhood is The Blue Sword
by Robin McKinley, which it only just occurred to me has this same narrative arc. I think it's a pretty common arc for fantasy and some sci/fi, but I don't like books that are too heavily about the "chosen one," which is one of the things that bums me out about parts of Dune. The other parts I like less in Dune are those that concern the byzantine politics. I like the world building behind the politics, but find the political maneuvering boring.
Sci/fi recommendations preferred, but not required.