Well I've been meaning to read this for about 28 years and finally got to it.
I watched the movie when it first came out in 1984 and I liked it a lot.Well I've been meaning to read this for about 28 years and finally got to it.
I watched the movie when it first came out in 1984 and I liked it a lot. A zillion quotable quotes and many memorable scenes. But I fell asleep about half way through.
After I started reading the book, I got so enthused, I thought "hey I want to watch the movie again!". And so I did, and guess what: I fell asleep again! But before I did, I realized just how awful and uneven the movie is. The quotable quotes were still there, and the memorable scenes e.g. the guild navigator being rolled (in its fish tank) into the Emperor's chamber. But man oh man, those voiceovers of characters thoughts. Oy. Yes it was in keeping with the book's italicized sections but man it is annoying in the movie. And sleep-inducing.
Anyhow, the book was good stuff. It was remarkable to me, how much of Firefly came from Dune e.g. prostitution is not only acceptable to highly respectable in Firefly. Shades of the Bene Gesseritt concubines of Dune. Yes I know prostitute != concubine != "companion" != courtesan, but to me, the heritage is unmistakable. I also noted the similarity that in both Dune and Firefly, the human race has moved to a new (single) solar system. On the other hand, Dune is chock full 'o mysticisym, metaphysics and drug trips, whereas Firefly: not so much.
While the story moved along nicely and examples of Herbert's fertile imagination abound, there are places where he slips. For instance in an underground Fremen base, he describes an office with steel file cabinets. Why would Fremen need file cabinets? Why would they be like 19th-century earth ones? There aren't many of these slips but a couple of them are kind of distracting.
All in all, for its quality, entertainment value, and impact on subsequent literature, film and culture, I'd call this one a must-read....more
It was fun to finally read this one. I've been hearing about Lovecraft since I was a kid and enjoyed films like Evil Dead II and Hellboy (based in parIt was fun to finally read this one. I've been hearing about Lovecraft since I was a kid and enjoyed films like Evil Dead II and Hellboy (based in part on his work). Anyhow, this one is endurably short. I say endurably because the writing is mostly narrative without much (any) character development. But there are a few juicy bits in there which made it a worthwhile skim....more