Last night my boyfriend and I saw this preview for the documentary "Jodorowsky's Dune." My boyfriend mentioned that he'd like a book of the concept art & photos shown in the preview. Does a book like that exist? [more inside]
I recently ran across a cartoon, late at night. It showed a pony or donkey with some sort of problem, and was sort of my-little-pony-ish, but the last frame of the cartoon was a giant sandworm from Dune coming out of the ground and eating the pony, and the ritual saying of the Dune Fremen, "Shai-hulud, may His passing cleanse the world." It was literally the best thing ever, especially since I am rereading Dune. Can anyone find it for me?
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.) [more inside]
Help me get my kicks! Where can I find free slides, free-standing roller coasters, and other amusements? [more inside]
What is this? I've had it hanging on my wall for a year or two. It was found on the sand below the water line at the Fire Island National Seashore/Wilderness. It's lightweight and friable, like a sea creature. It's 24 cm (9.4 inches) long by 11 cm (4.3 inches) wide. 24 cm is 1.7 monkey skulls, if that helps.
Dune question: Why doesn't the Spacing Guild just take over the universe? [more inside]
Looking for a sci-fi, fantasy, art film I saw as a child, it must have come out in the 80s, I remember watching it at an inappropriately young age and I was born in 82. [more inside]
I remember, and know people who have memorized, the Gunslinger's Creed from the Stephen King books and the Litany Against Fear from the Dune books. They may be more famous than the books themselves. And I was wondering: is there anything else like that? A literary work inside and literary work that is more famous (or as famous) as the work containing it? [more inside]
Help me choose a couple of my next books: Which Dune sequels and which Gene Wolfe book to buy? [more inside]
Dune (1984) Special Edition is on ON DEMAND. Should I watch it? Should I have read the books to fully "get" this? Will I need a study guide to watch it? Should I even bother? [more inside]
I just finished reading Frank Herbert's "Dune", and I am in love with it. Should I continue reading the series and/or see the movie adaptations, or will it ruin my fascination with the original book? [more inside]
If I liked Dune and The Left Hand of Darkness what other books would I like reading?
What should I read next? The past few years, I've been reading some contemporary fiction and a lot of science fiction (mostly hard Sci-Fi). I tend to like strong character driven stuff with politics and religion (particularly as a method of social control) as major themes. So for instance, I LOVED books like Dune and Cyteen. I also like near future stuff with cool tech, so books like Diamond Age were also well received. Loved American Gods -- not a big fan of Neverwhere. Also, for some reason I didn't like Perdido Street Station very much -- I'm not sure why -- I just found it slow to read. I've read most of the well known science fiction writers, so I don't need recommendations for the luminaries in the genre. I'm looking for lesser known gems/works I might have missed, or for similar themes that cross out of the genres with which I am familiar.