1. Have you read Dune? If so:
-How long did it take you to finish the book?
-Did you re-read it at any point? When and why?
-Have you read other books in the series?
Days after publication, 1965.
About seven hours.
Many times. I ran out of new books and it was good in reruns. I have. They didn't leave a lasting impression.
2. What motivated you to first read Dune? What preconceived notions did you have about the book before reading it?
I read every SF book published. None.
3. Briefly review the book: What did you like about it? What did you not like? Why?
I loved the culture construction, but Herbert didn't get me with the deification. Of course, this is comparison to Heinlein, Dickson and Bradley's future cultures, not Asimov's. His is specifically an extension of the society of the time.
4. Do you agree that Dune can be seen as the of "Lord of the Rings" of science fiction? Why or why not?
No. Ultimate good vs. evil is not Science Fiction. Is it as important to the genre as LOTR is to fantasy? No, there is no one author as important to SF as Tolkien is to Fantasy. That's in the nature of the genres. Science fiction authors broaden our view with 'what if.'
5. Do you see Dune persisting as a classic work of science fiction in the future? Will it satisfy future readers? Why or why not?
Absolutely. It's a whole lot of fun and a what-if that won't wear out.
6. Would you recommend the book to others? Who? Who would you NOT recommend it to?
See answer five. I recommend individual books to individuals. In general, I think every SF reader should include Dune on the classic reading list.
7. What would you consider your favorite sci-fi novel? How does it compare to Dune?
I can't argue I don't have a favorite, because my family has 'worn out' several copies and I loudly complain when I start to re-read David Brin's Practice Effect.
Dune definitely doesn't have as many laughs.
8. Are you male or female?
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