Beth Beth's Comments (member since Apr 26, 2012)

Beth's comments from the The Sword and Laser group.

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4170 Definitely the worst movie I ever paid to see was "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou". I saw it with my family on my birthday, thinking it might be funny because Bill Murray was in it...we were horribly, horribly wrong. It was terrible, and I still remember it as my worst birthday ever.
Apr 26, 2012 05:41PM

4170 Hi, I'm Beth.
Texan, college student, book addict.
I read mostly sci-fi and fantasy, so when I stumbled upon this group on GR, I thought "My people!" and promptly joined.
Some of my favorite authors are Tolkien, Frank Herbert, C.S. Lewis (His space trilogy is awesome!), Robert Heinlein, Charlesde Lint, R.A. Salvatore, and so many more...

See ya'll 'round the discussion boards!
4170 I read all the way through to Sandworms of Dune, and I actually enjoyed all of it. Some of the later books were a challenge to get through, but I wanted to have all my questions answered about the series. If you reach Chapterhouse: Dune, the cliffhanger at the end is enough to make you go out and get the last two books. Hunters of Dune and Sandworms of Dune weren't the greatest, but I had to find out what happened! I would say that they adequatly answered my questions, and they were supposed to be based on outlines left by Herbert before he died. However, I felt they lacked the philosophical quality to Herbert's works that made them unique.

I liked how all Herbert's Dune books presented the cause and effect of how actions in Dune had far-reaching consequences into the distant future, and you get to see those consequences played out in each subsequent book. He used his books to tell an underlying story that had relevence in his day and today, and I felt that his son never tried to go beyond an entertainment value in his own novels.

I bought some of the prequels(Before I ever got on GoodReads, so I had no idea how terrible they were), and I only got through The Butlerian Jihad and The Machine Crusade before I couldn't take anymore. I would say that if you genuinely like the dune series, it is worth it to read through the originals and the two conclusion books to satisfy any lingering questions. Don't even consider the prequels. You were warned.

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