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Unread postby Bookmark » 6 August 2019, 20:20

Hi all,

New here. I hope I've done this survey right. I'm experiencing newbie syndrome :D

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What you do (job, schooling, etc.): Office work
Dream Job: Full time hermit :D
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Interests and hobbies: Reading, history, hill walking, meditation, creative writing
Drinking, drugs or sobriety?: Whisky
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Pet peeves: At the moment, seagulls!
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Favourite real-life homosexual: Sir Ian McKellen
Favourite movies: Bladerunner, Alien, The Matrix, LOTR
Favourite TV shows: Killjoys, The Expanse, Dexter
Favourite music: All sorts, to many to list
Favourite books: Dune, Interview with a Vampire
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A quote to live by: Your mind is like a parachute, it needs to be open to work properly...
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Re: Hello

Unread postby Brenden » 6 August 2019, 20:26

Welcome, Steve!

How many Munros have you bagged?
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Re: Hello

Unread postby Shaved-Nudist » 6 August 2019, 22:08

Welcome aboard!
Hope that you enjoy the site.

Great variety of interests.
Try living nude!
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Re: Hello

Unread postby Iamjava » 6 August 2019, 22:28

Interesting book choices.
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Re: Hello

Unread postby Bookmark » 7 August 2019, 13:09

Brenden wrote:Welcome, Steve!

How many Munros have you bagged?


Not many unfortunately, I think I bagged one by default during the West Highland Way a few years ago now. I prefer smaller forested hill walks :)
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Re: Hello

Unread postby René » 7 August 2019, 13:39

Hi Steve, welcome to the forum :keke:

Bookmark wrote:Favourite books: Dune

Awesome, have you read many of them? I'm currently on the 5th (Heretics of Dune) :)
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Re: Hello

Unread postby Bookmark » 7 August 2019, 14:14

René wrote:Hi Steve, welcome to the forum :keke:

Bookmark wrote:Favourite books: Dune

Awesome, have you read many of them? I'm currently on the 5th (Heretics of Dune) :)


Hi René,

Thanks. Yes, I've read the first six books up to Chapterhouse Dune but I've not read any completed by his son after his death, I'd heard that they don't really compare to his fathers writings. I may give them a go at some point though. The scope of the universe that Frank Herbert created is breathtaking, it just sweeps you away :D

There's a new film in the making too which will be out next year, which I've heard will be much closer to the events in the book :)
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Re: Hello

Unread postby René » 7 August 2019, 14:47

Bookmark wrote:Yes, I've read the first six books up to Chapterhouse Dune but I've not read any completed by his son after his death, I'd heard that they don't really compare to his fathers writings. I may give them a go at some point though. The scope of the universe that Frank Herbert created is breathtaking, it just sweeps you away :D

There's a new film in the making too which will be out next year, which I've heard will be much closer to the events in the book :)

I heard; I'm quite excited! :)

My dad introduced me to the story when I was little, so it's always been close to my heart. I have lots of fond memories of playing the DOS games, Dune and Dune II.

I saw the 1984 movie when I was about 8 (and somehow wasn't scarred for life :lol:) but didn't actually start reading the books until a few years ago. I really loved the first and second. I almost gave up after managing to get through God Emperor, but Heretics is much more to my liking so far.
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Re: Hello

Unread postby Bookmark » 7 August 2019, 19:29

René wrote:
Bookmark wrote:Yes, I've read the first six books up to Chapterhouse Dune but I've not read any completed by his son after his death, I'd heard that they don't really compare to his fathers writings. I may give them a go at some point though. The scope of the universe that Frank Herbert created is breathtaking, it just sweeps you away :D

There's a new film in the making too which will be out next year, which I've heard will be much closer to the events in the book :)

I heard; I'm quite excited! :)

My dad introduced me to the story when I was little, so it's always been close to my heart. I have lots of fond memories of playing the DOS games, Dune and Dune II.

I saw the 1984 movie when I was about 8 (and somehow wasn't scarred for life :lol:) but didn't actually start reading the books until a few years ago. I really loved the first and second. I almost stopped gave up after managing to get through God Emperor, but Heretics is much more to my liking so far.


The books vary considerably if memory serves me, they span a great deal of time from one to another so you need to grapple with new concepts continuously. I'll have to re-read them all again sometime but I'll need to be in the mood and commit myself :D
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Re: Hello

Unread postby René » 7 August 2019, 19:37

Bookmark wrote:The books vary considerably if memory serves me, they span a great deal of time from one to another so you need to grapple with new concepts continuously. I'll have to re-read them all again sometime but I'll need to be in the mood and commit myself :D

It took quite a bit of commitment for me to get through God Emperor of Dune. That and about 50 baths while listening to the audiobook :lol:

The first, though, may be the best book I've ever read and was hard to put down :keke:
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Re: Hello

Unread postby Bookmark » 8 August 2019, 09:58

René wrote:
Bookmark wrote:The books vary considerably if memory serves me, they span a great deal of time from one to another so you need to grapple with new concepts continuously. I'll have to re-read them all again sometime but I'll need to be in the mood and commit myself :D

It took quite a bit of commitment for me to get through God Emperor of Dune. That and about 50 baths while listening to the audiobook :lol:

The first, though, may be the best book I've ever read and was hard to put down :keke:


I agree, definitely one of my all time favorite books. Confession, I've never actually listened to an audio book, it's never appealed to me as i'm an old fashioned page turner :D I think I need to hear the words in my own voice in my head if that makes sense? :glasses:
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Re: Hello

Unread postby René » 8 August 2019, 13:03

Bookmark wrote:
René wrote:
Bookmark wrote:The books vary considerably if memory serves me, they span a great deal of time from one to another so you need to grapple with new concepts continuously. I'll have to re-read them all again sometime but I'll need to be in the mood and commit myself :D

It took quite a bit of commitment for me to get through God Emperor of Dune. That and about 50 baths while listening to the audiobook :lol:

The first, though, may be the best book I've ever read and was hard to put down :keke:

I agree, definitely one of my all time favorite books. Confession, I've never actually listened to an audio book, it's never appealed to me as i'm an old fashioned page turner :D I think I need to hear the words in my own voice in my head if that makes sense? :glasses:

I love that too, I just read so much text as part of my job that my eyes need a rest :D

Having said that, the Audible recording of the first book (and I think the second one too) isn't just narrated by one person — it has some very well-cast voice actors, making it quite an interesting experience. It sometimes feels more like you're watching a stage production.
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Re: Hello

Unread postby Bender » 10 August 2019, 07:00

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Re: Hello

Unread postby Bookmark » 10 August 2019, 16:23

René wrote:
Bookmark wrote:
René wrote:
Bookmark wrote:The books vary considerably if memory serves me, they span a great deal of time from one to another so you need to grapple with new concepts continuously. I'll have to re-read them all again sometime but I'll need to be in the mood and commit myself :D

It took quite a bit of commitment for me to get through God Emperor of Dune. That and about 50 baths while listening to the audiobook :lol:

The first, though, may be the best book I've ever read and was hard to put down :keke:

I agree, definitely one of my all time favorite books. Confession, I've never actually listened to an audio book, it's never appealed to me as i'm an old fashioned page turner :D I think I need to hear the words in my own voice in my head if that makes sense? :glasses:

I love that too, I just read so much text as part of my job that my eyes need a rest :D

Having said that, the Audible recording of the first book (and I think the second one too) isn't just narrated by one person — it has some very well-cast voice actors, making it quite an interesting experience. It sometimes feels more like you're watching a stage production.


That makes sense, you need to look after your eyes. I'm parked in front of a computer screen for most of the day too, both at work and at home so I should take a leaf our of your book and try it, pardon the pun :D
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