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Just read Dune, by Frank Herbert.


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Dune was mediocre, and Messiah of Dune was much worse, but Children of Dune & God Emperor of Dune were great.

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I think I read Dune too young - i found it enjoyable, but way too long and a bit overly wordy. It was a genre maker to a great extent, but there are easier reads in classic sci fi.
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thespaceinvader wrote:I think I read Dune too young - i found it enjoyable, but way too long and a bit overly wordy. It was a genre maker to a great extent, but there are easier reads in classic sci fi.
:oops: See, I snarfed the thing in like 4-6 hours. I am a fast reader, though, thanks to a lifetime of practice.
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Oh, me too. I think I read it when i was 12 or 13 - too young, like I said. I've not managed to read it again - i tried a year or two ago, but circumstances got in the way - I left it at home when I came back to university after christmas or something.

This is why i complain about reading too fast - I can devour the average Pratchett book in about 3 hours...
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3 hours at a push for me, Pratchett's are always slightly more difficult to read than some other books as it does take a lot of attention. I think the fastest I've ever read is when I was ill for a week and went for the whole Lord of the Rings (including The Hobbit) and got to about halfway through the last book by the end of the week. Either that or reading the same book about 10 times over a 2 week skiing holiday.
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Anyone ever read Fablehaven?
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I can do LotR in a weekend nowadays. But I've probably read it at least a dozen times, so I know what's coming... I should read LotR again...
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Right now I'm reading The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1 by Arthur Conan Doyle.

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Good choice. Sherlock Holmes is fun to read. Years ago I tried to read Hound of Baskervilles, and had nightmares. I had to wait a few more years to finish it. :)
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Seconded, I love the Holmes stories. Tell us your favorites when you are done.

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Holmes is actually one of my least favorite detectives to read about.

For the sake of being ontopic I am trying a book called Sly Mongoose. It has a very unique opening but I'm not really sure I'm enjoying it.
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Velensk wrote:Holmes is actually one of my least favorite detectives to read about.
Really? So what is your favorite then? That arrogant Belgian guy or the senile English lady perhaps? :lol2:
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I haven't read a lot of detective stories, but of those, Nero Wolfe ones were the best. There was a TV show of it that was pretty great, too.

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Blarumyrran wrote:Nero Wolfe ones were the best.
This I agree to.

I think the appeal comes from the way the narrator and the title character interact though to be honest I'm not sure. Holmes annoyed me but Archie and Wolf amused me and that difference is the primary reason why I preferred reading about them.
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