Dune (Herbert)

Next up: “Dune” by Frank Herbert

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Be careful when buying this book– I tried to get a new copy to replace my battered hand-me-down version, and it was basically throwing money away.  There was a ‘recent’ reprinting, a mass market paperback that was very obviously intended to be a ‘cheap’ version, by the quality of the paper (or lack there-of).  It was riddled with printing errors, oh my god.  Ink smudges, missing ink, crooked pages, etc.  It was seriously appalling.  So, if you want a copy, check before you buy!

This is a huge series; I’m only going to review the first book.  The others can get… weird.  But the first one is a pillar of scifi.

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Tales of the Otori series (Hearn)

Next up: “Across the Nightingale Floor”, “Grass for His Pillow”, “Brilliance of the Moon”, “Harsh Cry of the Heron”, and “Heaven’s Net is Wide” by Lian Hearn.

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Okay, so this series is kind of difficult to rate, because it’s actually grouped into 4 “parts”.  The original trilogy is AtNF, GfHP, and BotM.  The sequel, HCofH, was written with some separation, and was intended to wrap up the series.  HNiW is a prequel to the original trilogy.

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Metro 2033 (Glukhovsky)

Next up: “Metro 2033” by Dmitry Glukhovsky.

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This is a Russian post-apocalyptic novel, the first of a series; it is followed by “Metro 2034” and the upcoming “Metro 2035”.  There is also a video game based on the first book, and the third book is rumored to be an expanded novelization of the second video game (Metro: Last Light).  I bought the first game for my husband, who has a lot of interest in Russian things, and then we got the book when we realized the game was based on one.

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