Thursday, January 18, 2007

Reading Lists

I finished updating my 2006 Reading List and started my 2007 Reading List. As is usual for me lately, I'm reading 2 or 3 books at a time, but they won't be listed until I've actually finished reading them.

The first book for 2007 was Dune by Frank Herbert, which I finished last night. This is the third time I've read it and it didn't let me down this time either. I first read it when I was about 14 and I found it dry but passable. I read it the second time when the movie came out in my 20's, to see how badly they screwed up in the movie. The movie was a mess, and you can trust me that the book is much better.

This time I think it was different because I could relate more to the character Paul near the end of the book when he's a father. I won't spoil anything, but the ending of the book struck me in more of an emotional way this time around. It also helps to have a laptop with Wikipedia called up next to you when you're reading it. I looked up things on several occasions and gained a deeper understanding of some of the terms and concepts. All of this was unavailable when I first read the book 25 years ago.

2 comments:

TheHeffer said...

Heff's 2006 reading list was as follows :

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BamaNana said...

Wow! Does that PL. Ad. actually have WORDS?? Oh, sorry, momentary senile moment - forgot, words not important!