1. Notification emails are working properly again. Please check your email spam folder and if you see any emails from the Cantina there, make sure to mark them as "Not Spam". This will help a lot to whitelist the emails and to stop them going to spam.
    Dismiss Notice
  2. IMPORTANT! To be able to create new threads and rate posts, you need to have at least 30 posts in The Cantina.
    Dismiss Notice
  3. Before posting a new thread, check the list with similar threads that will appear when you start typing the thread's title.
    Dismiss Notice

What are You Reading Right now?

Discussion in 'Books & Comics' started by Suspiria, Aug 26, 2015.

  1. NunbNuts

    NunbNuts Rebel Official

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2017
    Posts:
    673
    Likes Received:
    1,145
    Trophy Points:
    5,892
    Credits:
    1,526
    Ratings:
    +1,571 / 10 / -3
    With the new ones I only read "Thrawn" but it didn't do enough for me to rush out to read the others. I was really excited for it as I've been a huge fan of the original Thrawn Trilogy since I read them as a kid when they were released but I was somewhat disappointed. It wasn't terrible but I felt like there wasn't enough Thrawn for a book titled "Thrawn" and I really didn't care about the other characters or their storylines.
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Great Post Great Post x 1
    • Friendly Friendly x 1
  2. Creo

    Creo Clone

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2020
    Posts:
    30
    Likes Received:
    56
    Trophy Points:
    12
    Credits:
    112
    Ratings:
    +65 / 0 / -0
    the chronicles of amber, amazing book series
     
    • Like Like x 3
    • Informative Informative x 1
  3. NunbNuts

    NunbNuts Rebel Official

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2017
    Posts:
    673
    Likes Received:
    1,145
    Trophy Points:
    5,892
    Credits:
    1,526
    Ratings:
    +1,571 / 10 / -3
    [​IMG]

    This is the first book of the Legends of Dune trilogy, set like 10,000 years before the first book. It has been my plan for this trilogy to be the end of my Dune reading, leaving out only 4 books. The standalone book Winds Of Dune and the Great Schools of Dune trilogy. But I just read that they're releasing a new Dune trilogy starting in October with "The Duke Of Caladan" and I'm debating reading it. The main problem is that, clearly to take advantage of the film, it's yet another prequel series that leads up to the events of the first book. Supposedly that's what the Prelude To Dune trilogy was supposed to do but it ended like 14/15 years before Dune. It gave me more backstory than I needed though and I really don't feel like I NEED those 14 years filled in. "Paul Of Dune" had a flashback storyline that pretty much filled it in and seemed like it took place immediately before the events of the film. So this is an era and characters that have been explored to death when there are so many more interesting things they could explore. Or finish that God Emperor book they set aside a while back. I'm kind of tired of Duke Leto and his family.

    As for the book, I only just started but its at least entertaining so far. The first 5 chapters were this huge battle between humans and the thinking machines. I'm guessing Frank had something more subtle in mind for the Butlerian Jihad than big flashy battles between giant crablike robots and spaceships dropping bombs on them but its already infinitely better than the Prelude To Dune trilogy.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  4. Angelman

    Angelman Servant to the Whills & Slave to the Muses
    1030th Commander *** (Mod)

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2014
    Posts:
    2,041
    Likes Received:
    24,750
    Trophy Points:
    151,217
    Credits:
    14,285
    Ratings:
    +27,042 / 72 / -20
    To me, you're a hero for plowing through these, @NunbNuts :) Thank you! Once you're done (with all the books you can be bothered reading), might I ask you to please do a ranking/summary/review/whatever of the books in terms of which ones you would recomend Duneology fans to read and which onces to stay away from? (Wow, that was a sentence, apparently!) That would be a huge help to slow-readers like myself who will never be able to fit all of those spin-off books into the busy reading schedule. :D
     
    • Like Like x 2
    • Informative Informative x 1
  5. NunbNuts

    NunbNuts Rebel Official

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2017
    Posts:
    673
    Likes Received:
    1,145
    Trophy Points:
    5,892
    Credits:
    1,526
    Ratings:
    +1,571 / 10 / -3
    I actually hadn't planned to read as much as I've done (and I'm contemplating reading those last 4 books just to have read them all) but Brian and Kevin have made Expanded Dune so connected that you can't really do much cherry picking of which books to read or jump around. Pretty much every book is part of a trilogy or duology and sometimes those are the sequel to one or more other trilogy trilogies/duologies. Even a book like "Paul Of Dune" which is supposed to stand alone (well not entirely, it's supposed to be the direct sequel to Dune filling the gap between Dune Messiah) spends half of its time wrapping up storylines from the Prelude To Dune trilogy... a trilogy I don't really recommend. The 2-part finale to Frank's series that serve as Dune 7/8 spends just as much time wrapping up threads from the Legends Of Dune trilogy as it did continuing the story from Chapterhouse.

    There are 5 books you could read though, the most important stuff from Expanded Dune and the stuff you would probably be most interested in as a fan of Frank's originals. And basically that's the stuff that chronologically bookends the series as the story comes somewhat full circle. Or at least attempts to. So you'd want to read the Legends Of Dune trilogy about the Butlerian Jihad then jump to the finale in Hunters Of Dune and Sandworms Of Dune. I mistakenly just jumped into Dune 7/8 after Chapterhouse and it would have been better if I'd gone in publishing order. Everything else I've read hasn't been very important but for better or worse those 5 I mentioned have been the best and most interesting Expanded Dune novels.

    Anyway I've moved on to the 2nd book of the Legends Of Dune trilogy

    [​IMG]
     
    • Great Post Great Post x 2
    • Like Like x 1
  6. NunbNuts

    NunbNuts Rebel Official

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2017
    Posts:
    673
    Likes Received:
    1,145
    Trophy Points:
    5,892
    Credits:
    1,526
    Ratings:
    +1,571 / 10 / -3
    On to the final book of the Legends Of Dune trilogy...

    [​IMG]
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Great Post Great Post x 1
  7. Addi Ras

    Addi Ras Jedi General
    1030th General **** (Mod)

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2015
    Posts:
    4,103
    Likes Received:
    58,304
    Trophy Points:
    171,477
    Credits:
    34,590
    Ratings:
    +61,993 / 13 / -5
    So I finished Books 1 & 2 of The Mistborn Trilogy by Sanderson ( Both of which are excellent & book 2 has a real sucker punch of a ending)

    I have no w moved on to Thrawn Ascendancy Chaos Rising

    896ABD5D-54A1-4C1E-B649-56D952C9CFED.jpeg
     
    • Like Like x 4
  8. Meister Yoda

    Meister Yoda Your Little Green Friend
    1030th Captain ** (Mod)

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2015
    Posts:
    1,186
    Likes Received:
    31,634
    Trophy Points:
    152,752
    Credits:
    30,157
    Ratings:
    +33,807 / 6 / -5
    [​IMG]
     
    • Like Like x 4
  9. NunbNuts

    NunbNuts Rebel Official

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2017
    Posts:
    673
    Likes Received:
    1,145
    Trophy Points:
    5,892
    Credits:
    1,526
    Ratings:
    +1,571 / 10 / -3
    I'm not reading this (I read these as a kid then re-read them a couple years ago) nor did I really need another copy of this because I have the cool leatherbound Darth Vader edition Barnes and Noble put out as well as an old paperback containing the trilogy I got sometime in the 90s as well as vintage paperbacks of each individual novelization. But this looked so pretty and I used to have this picture (I'm guessing some recently worked up TESB poster) as the background on my tablet until I recently did a reset and I guess I just thought it would look neat with all my other Star Wars books.

    [​IMG]

    Is there some legal reason they still don't credit Alan Dean Foster for the ANH novelization? Though it's probably the best OT novelization it's not Foster's best (The Thing or Alien probably take the cake) but it's one of his highest profile works and while I could be wrong I don't see George fighting over the credit for novelizing the film. Especially since Glut and Kahn got their credit. Since Foster continued to work in the EU over the years (starting the EU with the first two Star Wars novels I guess) and wrote the novelization for TFA I wouldn't imagine it's something there's too much drama or hard feelings over.
     
    • Like Like x 4
  10. NunbNuts

    NunbNuts Rebel Official

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2017
    Posts:
    673
    Likes Received:
    1,145
    Trophy Points:
    5,892
    Credits:
    1,526
    Ratings:
    +1,571 / 10 / -3
    [​IMG]

    I've come to the last trilogy of my Dune reading... though there is a new trilogy beginning soon I'll be able to read them as they're published instead of binge reading them. I should finish this trilogy and then the final Dune book I have to read (Winds Of Dune) just as the new book is released next month.
     
    • Like Like x 3
    • Great Post Great Post x 1
  11. Angelman

    Angelman Servant to the Whills & Slave to the Muses
    1030th Commander *** (Mod)

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2014
    Posts:
    2,041
    Likes Received:
    24,750
    Trophy Points:
    151,217
    Credits:
    14,285
    Ratings:
    +27,042 / 72 / -20
    I am very, very impressed with the speed of your reading and your stamina, sir. I wish I could read as many books as you! (I go through like... 3-4 in a good year... :confused: )
     
    • Like Like x 2
    • Friendly Friendly x 2
  12. Shoegoo

    Shoegoo Clone Commander

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2018
    Posts:
    47
    Likes Received:
    182
    Trophy Points:
    387
    Credits:
    752
    Ratings:
    +211 / 0 / -0
    I'm currently reading "George Lucas : A Life" by Brian Jay Jones. The author is VERY thorough but it is fascinating so far. I read a Jim Henson biography by the same author and it was wonderful as well.
    71g7K39x15L.jpg

    Over the summer I also read two books by Robin Sloan. These were FANTASTIC!!! Both full of fun and heart. I would highly recommend "Mr. Penumbra's 24hr Bookstore" and "Sourdough"

    mr-penumbra-s-24-hour-bookstore.jpg 41YhhUr7iXL.jpg
     
    • Like Like x 3
  13. mythos

    mythos Rebelscum

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2019
    Posts:
    94
    Likes Received:
    397
    Trophy Points:
    1,612
    Credits:
    547
    Ratings:
    +511 / 0 / -0
    Challenged myself to read all the winners of Hugo Award for Best Novels in chronological order a while ago (except the ones that I've already read).

    Recently finished:
    The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester (1953)
    They'd Rather Be Right by Mark Clifton & Frank Riley (1954)

    Currently reading:
    Double Star by Robert A. Heinlein
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Great Post Great Post x 1
  14. Embo and His Pet Anooba

    Embo and His Pet Anooba Rebel Official

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2020
    Posts:
    502
    Likes Received:
    1,975
    Trophy Points:
    5,967
    Credits:
    1,823
    Ratings:
    +2,297 / 8 / -4
    Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut. Only because it required for Academic Decathlon at my school, but it is a fun read.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  15. NunbNuts

    NunbNuts Rebel Official

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2017
    Posts:
    673
    Likes Received:
    1,145
    Trophy Points:
    5,892
    Credits:
    1,526
    Ratings:
    +1,571 / 10 / -3
    Well that last book ended up putting me in a rut, it wasn't very good and it took me 3 weeks to force myself through it. But it got better near the end so I'm less depressed about still having a few books left than I was. I almost quit but I'm too close.

    I did decide to kick off October with some seasonal reading in addition to my Dune stuff, picked this up a while back

    [​IMG]

    Pretty entertaining so far. In the movie they always stay in New York but they apparently fly to Marin county to dispose of a ghost for George Lucas at ILM and Isaac Asimov is calling them for some unexplained reason... either a ghost or just to ask questions about their equipment. And the scene with Winston just showing up answering an ad in the newspaper, and being the only one, makes a little more sense. In the book he's just gotten out of the military where he was trained in electronics/radar/computers and the Ghostbusters ad in the paper was this cheery, normal sounding want ad except asking if you had experience with heavy weaponry, radar surveillance, electronics, etc.
     
    • Like Like x 2
Loading...

Share This Page