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I definitely remember suggesting it to you a couple of months ago, as well.

Regardless of whether I suggested it or not, you definitely should be reading it. Thoughts so far?

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I've finished the first part and my thought right now is "its too short." There are some minor quips with the diction, but all in all I'm thoroughly enjoying it. Lately I've been focusing more on world than on story, and theres plenty of that here. I'm going to try and restrain myself from finishing it tonight so as to draw out the fun. 

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Lady N wrote:

I've finished the first part and my thought right now is "its too short." There are some minor quips with the diction, but all in all I'm thoroughly enjoying it. Lately I've been focusing more on world than on story, and theres plenty of that here. I'm going to try and restrain myself from finishing it tonight so as to draw out the fun. 

I've got to say, I think that's the first time I've ever heard someone call Dune "short". I'm glad to hear you're enjoying it, though, since I think it's exactly your kind of thing.

You might check out the miniseries after you've finished the books. It's the first (and only) time I've ever been satisfied with an adaptation from book to screen. It can't really capture the scope of the universe, but I thought the style and the storytelling really did the books justice.

And while we're at it, the games aren't bad either. At least the ones I've played, which are admittedly only Dune 2000 and the original Dune, which was hands-down the best strategy/management game I've ever played. It was one of the first games to offer mouse support back in the DOS days, and I still think it's beautiful.

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What can I say, I'm used to reading door-stoppers. Much of the criticism I've heard about Dune was that it dropped a lot of info and words on you in the first chapters and that it was hard to follow then. Maybe I'm just a perceptive reader (:P ), maybe I'm used to it, or maybe I had enough foreknowledge (hard to hang in the S/SF community and not pick up on Dune stuff) but I didn't think there was that much of it. Hell, I'd liked to have more (hopefully that'll be provided as the book goes on). 

I had forgotten how nice it is to submerge in fiction, though. Been reading primarily nonfiction lately, and the only fiction was short stories with for class. 

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Astion wrote:

And while we're at it, the games aren't bad either. At least the ones I've played, which are admittedly only Dune 2000 and the original Dune, which was hands-down the best strategy/management game I've ever played. It was one of the first games to offer mouse support back in the DOS days, and I still think it's beautiful.

Understatement. I've played Dune 2K and Emperor: Battle for Dune and both are awesomeness. Not many games I can just walk back to and play all the way through and still be completely satisfied like those ones. I haven't even read the books or watched the movies, which I guess I should get around to.

Painted my room and finished The Infernal City while I waited for it to dry. All considered I had fun reading it and I'm definitely buying the next one.

 

@bluesquirrel: It's been awhile since I read through a book too and I can agree with you when you say how it's nice to take a dip in false realities.

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Oh man. Frank Herbert was a frickin' genius. May he rest in peace.

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 I am such a flip-flopper with books. 

Anyways, I read the book "The Bastard" by Jone Jakes. It is about a Frenchman who travels to England and then makes his way to Boston for the Boston Tea Party and the events after. It is fiction, but I found it to be very approachable even if someone generally didnt care for history. The author has a bit of an obsession with describing women's breasts as hills and valleys, but still a good read.

Recently purchased "A Peoples History of the United States" By Howard Zinn, and will read that after I finish the other crap on my plate.

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Finished up Dune the book (same sentiment as earlier - too short but over all satisfying) and watched the 80's movie. Classic sci-fy is the best, this movie is corn smothered in cheese coated in a layer of awesome with a side of random and adorable pugs. It also has Picard and Leto is totes hawt (...I have a strange taste in men .___.; )

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Holy crap, you read fast.

Patrick Stewart was a great Gurney Halleck, but I still say that William Hurt is the best Leto.

Edit: Actually, I take that back. William Hurt is not the best Duke Leto. This guy is.

Edit 2: I just looked up the guy who played Leto in the Lynch film and I have no idea what to think anymore.

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It wasn't really very long, only like 500 pages. I could have done all that yesterday, probably, but I spaced myself. I just have a lot of time. 

District 9: Fucking. Brilliant.

Also awesome: Netflix. 

 

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 I just borrowed Sherlock Holmes from my grandmother. I was gonna see it in the theater back when it came out but I just never wound up going.

Also, does anyone else realize how well-written Ganon is in Wind Waker? He has that creepy air of a villain who has failed so many times he has a contingency plan for just about anything that can go wrong (except of course that one thing).

I'm reading a prose retelling of Norse mythology at the moment while I wait for Lindsey Davis' Nemesis to come out.

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Lady N wrote:

District 9: Fucking. Brilliant.

I saw that about a month ago and liked it.

If all goes according to plan, I will be seeing Inception on Wednesday.

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If all goes according to plan, I will be seeing Inception on Wednesday.

I need to go see that movie 'n all. I've heard nothing but good reviews. And I find the challenge of trying to wrap my head around the plot intriguing.

Still having moderate amounts of fun kicking ass and taking names as Groove Champion from i76... in APB. So far I don't think anyone's gotten the reference. I'm also trying to jolt some new life into Oblivion but it's quite dead. Maybe if I can devote some time I'll play through Morrowind...

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If all goes according to plan, I will be seeing Inception on Wednesday.

Really want to see that, but its probably not going to happen anytime soon. 

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I never really see movies in the theater anymore (I think I've seen 2 movies since January of this year).  I try to make an effort to see the ones you really need to see on the big screen (for example Avatar).  Inception looks like one of those movies I need to see in the theater.

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A filmmaker buddy of mine went to the premiere yesterday. He says it's fantastic.

Also, oh my god Interstate '76. I miss that game.

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Hey stampede, how 'bout a poem?

Sometimes I try to go back and play i76 again but the weird graphics and annoying sound effects just get to me. I substitute by dressing up my character in APB like Groove and then bust criminals to Never Get Outta the Car from the i76 soundtrack. 75% as enjoyable.

I need a new book to read that isn't Canterbury Tales...

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Astion wrote:

A filmmaker buddy of mine went to the premiere yesterday. He says it's fantastic.

Your filmmaker buddy is correct. I think its the movie of the year.

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 Watching: Dollhouse. Way too much Dollhouse. 

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Lady N wrote:

 Watching: Dollhouse. Way too much Dollhouse. 

That's one of the many shows I never watched while it was on television but want to go back and watch someday.

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I watched the 2nd half of the 2nd season on Hulu some time back. I liked it then, but it seemed disjointed. Now I'm watching from the beginning and its definitely getting better, though it still has loose ends and imo the ending was sloppy (since they kept canceling it. Damn Fox). Still worth watching, imo. 

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Lady N wrote:

 Watching: Dollhouse. Way too much Dollhouse. 

Joss Whedon ♥

I'm going to see Inception tommorrow, celebrating-my-birthday-kinda-thang (except it would nearly be a week ago by then). Can't wait! Also watched A Scanner Darkly last night, rather enjoyable.

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Also watched A Scanner Darkly last night, rather enjoyable.

One of my favourite movies. Although most people seem not to like it.

In fact, that's the case with most of my favourite movies.  The Fountain, for instance, or The Village.

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The Old Ye Bard wrote:

I'm going to see Inception tommorrow, celebrating-my-birthday-kinda-thang (except it would nearly be a week ago by then). Can't wait! Also watched A Scanner Darkly last night, rather enjoyable.

I'm seeing Inception today at 12:15. I, too, am so excited! I cannot remember the last time I was this excited to see a movie. I hope I didn't build it up so much that I'm disappointed.

I saw the first ten minutes of A Scanner Darkly last week.  It didn't look too bad so I may have to watch it when I get a chance.

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The other mind-warping sci-fi thriller that everybody should watch is Dreamcatcher.

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I just watched Eastern Promises (while I was eating- schoolboy error). That Turkish barber at the beginning is a few doors down from where a friend of mine lives.

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 Finally saw the Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes last night. I very much enjoyed it on both levels. 

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Inception was complex, thought-provoking, ambiguous, and enjoyable.

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This is the most fucking brilliant Family Guy episode they've made.

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I can't watch Hulu, but Family Guy is as funny as finding blood in your urine. King of the Hill is where it's at. Except they cancelled it.