Saturday, October 4, 2008

Finished Dune

Bonnie Jean and I finished reading Frank Herbert's Dune Thursday. It was a beautiful story. I have to admit, science fiction was really my first love in reading, I've just spent so much time in fantasy because there's more quality "youth fantasy" where authors don't feel a need to spill their obscene fantasies onto the paper to fill up space. Science fiction tends to be either children's books like Tom Swift and Danny Dunn (I've poured myself over every single one of those they had in the local libraries growing up) or adult. But with some help from Bonnie Jean I've started finding my way through the variety and beauty of adult science fiction. I've nearly read the entirety of Le Guin's Hainish cycle, discovered Roger Zelazny, read all of Card's Ender series (though I didn't like the shadow sequals, they were annoying), and now I've discovered Frank Herbert.

I've been thrilled to discover the local library maintains a list of all the Hugo and Nebula award winning novels on their website, but subsequently disappointed to find they don't have many of them. They didn't even have Dune, which won BOTH Hugo and Nebula, till just recently. I think someone stole their copy or something because they have many of the sequels.

Hopefully I will continue to find good authors and good books to fill my leisure hours.


Bobbi said...

I have that same problem. I'm reading Terry Brooks right now. So far, clean. And I KNOW WHO YOU ARE. I would never forget.

CrouchingOwl said...

I have a love hate relationship with Terry Brooks. He writes such good stories but he just doesn't have a way with words. I remember reading recently him describing his main characters being attacked with "razor sharp throwing implements." His characters had hours, perhaps even days if I recall to observe these implements and to be advised of their use and name by a local, and yet he cannot come up with a better way to describe these... spears?, ninja stars?, arrows?, javelins? We don't know...

Sorry to have wondered if you remembered my online alias as me, I was certain you remembered me. :)