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It snowed like mad this weekend. Of course that was after 8 h of ice. The pup, the wife and I stayed in.

I picked-up the DVD of Dune. Herbert's books have always interested me because they are a compilation of the mythologies of the people of the Book [I'm sure you know what that means]. This is an area that I have studied for more than 40 years.

The movie is very fragmented. It was panned by the critics; of course their main interest is who Britney Spears is sleeping with. Not real intellectual stock.

I'm not sure. It appears to be loaded with symbolism. Not trite, but hidden. I will need to see it a few more times to make a decision. Got to go back to some old Islamic references first. At 4 hours playing time, new reviews will take a while. ;o)))

Best Wishes,,,,,


-- Z1X4Y7 (, March 03, 2002


A better film version of Dune was done within the last two years, although I can't remember who played the lead. It was much better than the version done in the 80's. It was a magnificent book.

-- helen (, March 03, 2002.


I saw one of the Dune movies several years ago, and I thought they did a decent job. If you'll recall, in the book, the characters often talk to themselves mentally; how do you convey that in a movie? It ain't easy.

"He's trying to use the Voice!" I remember that scene especially.

I like my brother Ed's general, all-purpose review of the whole Dune Empire: the first book was killer, what with its own language, customs, settings, etc., etc. After that book won awards and sold a zillion copies, Herbert decided to expand on the enterprise -- and none of the later books were as good.

But that's just one opinion.

To combat the cold, make a hot toddy and sit close to the fire. I just brewed some decaf coffee for Sandy and I. :)

-- Stephen (, March 03, 2002.


Dune Messiah

Children of Dune and

Rama Revealed

OOpppsss...different series at the end there. Don't remember the last Dune Book, but the entire series was incredible up to it. The second and third were not thrown together because the first was so good, they were part of the whole when the first was written. I believe the last one, (if there was one) was weak and was written by pressure put on him the publishers.

The first movie tried but was pretty poorly done. The last one, made for and shown on cable's sci-fi channel was really rather impressive. But then, I first read the books years ago, and reread them a few times over the years and had my own view of what everything looked like. It is always an advantage to read the book before seeing the movie so you can know what people are thinking, which is difficult to get across in most movies. I liked the worm in the TV movie a lot better than the one in the first movie. And "The Navigators" were some of the best movie effects I have ever seen in any Science Fiction movie.

Z, it sounds like you are watching the first movie. Do the worms have trisected mouths?

-- Cherri (, March 04, 2002.

This was the last one, for Sci-Fi. The DVD version may be longer. On first viewing, it appears to have the makings of a cult film, somewhat, like the Matrix. This surely isn't Britney does Vegas.

I will give it some thought.

Best Wishes,,,,,


-- Z1X4Y7 (, March 04, 2002.

Britney is a virgin but she does give good head.

-- (, March 04, 2002.

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