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  1. Regarding Hunters/Sandworms, I read these and would say if, like me, you are hungry for more information on the Dune universe, and willing to accept different writing styles, then I would say read them, and enjoy what there is to discover. In fact I hold the same thoughts on The Butlerian Jihad trilogy and indeed the 3 original prequels. I must confess that Paul of Dune and Winds of Dune have somewhat let me down though. Especially Winds of Dune. If this is the direction the writing will take, I'm not sure I necessarily need more. I have the basic background of the Bene Gesserit origins/Mentat origins etc from other books, so I don't really feel compelled to read the about the schools of Dune. That's probably where the problem lies for me. I was intrigued by the histories, and the Jihad and how things came to be, and even though the writing style is different, the information was new and important. As things unfolded it was quite enjyable to go "Ohhh!!! THAT'S what she's going to do/be" and it mean something to me. I was interested in the stories about Leto and the Baron and House Vernius. I wanted to know how the story ended. But now we have it, a full arc. I don't *need* any more information to complete the tale. Having just finished Winds of Dune, it was like comparing the works of JRR Tolkien to the works of JK Rowling in terms of the level that the writing will challenge you. That isn't necessarily a slight to JK Rowling, or even BH/KJA but it is more like a lighthearted read, to wile away a train journey, rather than something I to be excited about. So I would say read Hunters/Sandworms and even the prequels and the Jihad books. But I dont think Paul/Winds are vital to the telling of the tale and though you should read them if you want to (of course), I wouldn't worry yourself about getting hold of them....
  2. I have just read all through this thread and there are so many familiar names! Its nice to see you're all still around :D I haven't posted here for so many years, I don't even know how many. It must be at least 5. I wonder if anyone remembers me though... hmmm ... Amy x
  3. I have been happily collecting the Dune books for many years now, and keep buying the new "inquels" or whatever they are called, and decided (as I was under the impression Winds of Dune would be the end of it, that there would be no more and I could get a nice full picture now) to start that The Butlerian Jihad and read my way through in the correct order or events. I know, everyone hates the BH/KJA books. But I just love to know the details and what happened/ what was supposed to have happened and what ties everything together. I am now just finishing Dune Messiah again and about to start Winds of Dune, and am loving living in the Dune universe again, I left it too many years. However, NOW there is another bloody new book!! That falls BEFORE the book I am on. I cant start the entire thing again, because its taken up about 3 months already. Gr. As much as I look forward to reading about how the things in Sisterhood of Dune came about, I really wish that one day, when they say its the end, it really is that. The end. Rant over, I just wanted to vent, Amy x
  4. I read The Jesus Incedent, The White Plague, The Dragon in the Sea and The Green Brain. I like the Green Brain probably best, or maybe The Jesus Incedent.
  5. ... like I had found something truly special. Note: I was right.
  6. That tshirt has just made my day... awesome. :D
  7. Before i say anything... please don't think me another newbie strolling in to make blithe comments... I'm not new, but I will admit my postings are now a loooong time between (nothing personal, just a severe lack of internet access over the past couple of years) Anyway.. I've read all the sequels and prequels and while I agree they are not in the same league as Franks writing , (of course, thats what drew us all here, a love for Franks writing), I am grateful for the books. As a stand alone they may not be anything magnificent, but for adding depth and understanding I love them. I love to know things that I have questioned in the past when reading the originals and I get practically hungry for the information to the point of real excitement when I get a new book in my hands. I want to know how the series was going to end, and even though I know frank may have written it differently, I still want to know. And that thirst for the ending far far overrides any literary complaints. I dont think they are bad books, but like I say, they are not amazing books either. Nonetheless, they are books I have (and will) thoroughly enjoyed, almost in a studying kind of way. I'm glad we have them. (and I hope you're all well and happy. you take care, okay?) Amy xx
  8. ohhhh kay. yes, you are right about the genetics that makes sense and i did actually already know that in the back of my mind.. so yes. thank you!! i got too involved in being confused to think about it sensibly!! xx
  9. Hi all, I hope you are well. Now forgive me if I'm being stupid here, but I'm currently readin Hunters of Dune. It's alright.. not amazing by a long stretch yet. But I came across something that I can't get straight in my head and if you havent read it, it doesn't really *spoil* it, but nonetheless you could class it as a sort of spoiler.. but anyway, I'll get on with my question. Sheeana has someone in her Other Memory talking about jihad and when she asks who it is, the voice identifies itself as Serena Butler. Now, correct me if I'm wrong please because this is doing my head in a little... Wasn't the Bene Gesserit started with Norma Cenva..AFTER Serena Butler? Is that right or have i mixed it up in my head? Because if it was after Serena Butler that the Bene Gesserit originated, then how did she get in Other Memory? Now I'm really hoping I have my facts straight here, so I dont make a complete idiot of myself but.. can someone explain? Thanks guys x x x x
  10. i bought it in the sale in hmv.... but that was quite a while ago. i dont know where you'd need to look now if they dont have it anymore.... sorry hun!
  11. Dune Chapterhouse: Dune Soul Catcher Heretics of Dune The White Plague Non Dune stuff.... I enjoyed The Green Brain and Soul Catcher. I think I like Soul Catcher best non-Dune. Currently reading The White Plague, which is very good. I've been scouring second hand book shops and have managed to get hold of The Jesus Incedent and The Dragon in the Sea too, which I was quite chuffed with, but I haven't read these yet.
  12. disenchanted by my chemical romance
  13. Chani

    Who are you?

    i was gonna just write stuff, but hell now i've started i dunno.. so i'll use your format :) Name: Amy Age: 26 Status: Still Single... Kids: none Work: I work for a large multi national telecommunications company. Pastimes: music music music. reading, movies, my friends. Music currently listening to the new My Chemical Romance album. love Turbonegro, Mondo Generator, Kyuss, Biffy Clyro, David Ford, Jimmy Eat World, AFI, CKY, Queens of the Stone Age. (secret vice: robbie williams) I am learning Arabic, and aim to also learn Hebrew. I live in the UK. I feel like I am being dragged unceremoniuosly into the world of George Orwells 1984 or perhaps V for Vendetta and there seems to be precious little I can do to prevent it. Did you know that they are thinking of letting people into our homes to take photos to decide that if you have done stuff to your home, like conservatories, decorating, etc.. they can charge you more tax? and the fact that we're going to be CHARGED for our rubbish makes me feel sick. i hate it. i like to live in the world in my head, where i can just look after the people i love and be happy. i'm starting to think i need to move is i want that to happen. thats a bit depressing for this post though, so let me think of something happier! i'm going to see my chemical romance, tool and david ford in the next few months. i've been to see afi, mondo generator and robbie williams in the recent months past. i trekked 100 miles in the anti atlas mountains this years to raise money for the national autistic society. it was awesome. contemplating trek china next year. still play guitar. still wish i was a rock star. and movie wise... did you see clerks 2? laughed til i cried...... and obviously, i still love dune best of all. hello :)
  14. 23 by jimmy eat world makes my heart hurt. so does hallalujah by jeff buckley and song for the road by david ford. but they're not technically sad... they just make *me* sad. cancer by my chemical romance is a sad song, it made me cry on the first listen..
  15. some of you probably already know about this... i've made some awesome friends over my sporadic postings over the years, some of whom i still get to talk to, but others who i don't, and i know i havent been around lately to give me rights to ask for help... but i do still love you all very much.... and well... i'll paste my plea: As you may or may not know I am going on the Vodafone Trek Morocco for the National Autistic Society. It is a week long trek through the anti-atlas mountains in morocco, we will be camping each night after trekking around 7 hours a day up to altitudes of 2800m. I have been working very hard training and fundraising but still have a long way to go. The National Autistic Society is a very worthy cause, aiming to provide a better life not only for sufferers of autism, but their families and supporters. There are many different forms of autism that affect both children and adults in many different ways, so any help that can be provided is going to make a difference. We have to raise
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