Dune Club with Comic Book Girl 19
July 12, 2017 1:30 AM   Subscribe

Join Comic Book Girl 19 and read and discuss Frank Herbert's Dune. The Dune Book Club is streamed live on Twitch on Sundays at 3 pt.
posted by Foci for Analysis (8 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
 
I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

posted by Phssthpok at 2:49 AM on July 12, 2017 [10 favorites]


Nice. Maybe I should do this for my online book club.
posted by doctornemo at 7:53 AM on July 12, 2017


"Frank Herbert was, like, into a lot of shit!"

....Sigh. Kids these days.
posted by Mooseli at 10:59 AM on July 12, 2017


I reread Dune pretty regularly—whenever I need a reminder of my terrible purpose as the Kwisatz Haderach—and am always rewarded by the effort. See also Rereading Dune on Tor.
posted by Kafkaesque at 11:10 AM on July 12, 2017 [2 favorites]


Dune is also a book I've reread every 10 years. Reading as a 13 year old, then a 23 year old and again as a 33 year old, it's amazing what I remember and forget. I'm surprised at what seemed significant in the past and what passages have stuck with me.

“Yet, he could not escape the fear that he had somehow overrun himself, lost his position in time, so that past and future and present mingled without distinction. It was a kind of visual fatigue and it came, he knew, from the constant necessity of holding the prescient future as a kind of memory that was in itself a thing intrinsically of the past.”

Also, Dune was such a complete and final book. I'm uniquely drawn to the original yet completely repulsed by the existence of any of the Herbert Sr.'s sequels and especially of Brian Herbert's spinoffs. The book was wonderful because of what it alluded to. I don't need to have every detailed diminished and ruined by somebody's son filling in the blanks.

A few things I have found to be true. If you leave out important things or events that you know about, the story is strengthened. -Hemmingway
posted by Telf at 8:45 PM on July 12, 2017 [1 favorite]


Also, Dune was such a complete and final book. I'm uniquely drawn to the original yet completely repulsed by the existence of any of the Herbert Sr.'s sequels and especially of Brian Herbert's spinoffs.

The basic problem with Brian's Dune books is that he inherited none of his dad's talents. He's just not a good writer.
posted by scalefree at 8:49 AM on July 13, 2017 [1 favorite]


Dune has a really good book inside it, but it desperately needs a good editor. It is so incredibly repetitive, heavy-handed, and humorless. It will probably never happen at this point, but I'd love to read a version of the book edited to about half its current length.
posted by Cranialtorque at 2:48 PM on July 17, 2017


epulsed by the existence of any of the Herbert Sr.'s sequels

I've tried 2 or 3 times to read the first sequel, what, Dune Messiah, and I always lose interest.
posted by thelonius at 3:08 PM on July 17, 2017


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