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Why I’m Reading Shorter Fiction

This past summer I successfully read Dune for the first time after at least ten failed attempts. In part, I think those earlier aborted attempts were due to my failure to connect with the book, but there was definitely another factor that definitely had an impact:  the length. The version of Dune that I finished was nearly 800 pages long and required a serious time commitment on my part. Fortunately for me, I was working nights for a while and had some time on my hands but that was not my normal schedule. Though I enjoyed the book, I came to one inescapable conclusion: it was way too long. Continue reading

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Review: Jodorowsky’s Dune

Jodorowsky's Dune.OneSheet

Take a moment to think about the most influential science fiction movie.  Chances are that most people have several of the same movies on their lists: Star Wars, Blade Runner, Alien, Avatar, Terminator, just to name a few. However, there is a movie that is potentially more influential than any of the ones I’ve listed, and yet that movie was never made.  Such is the tale told by Jodorowsky’s Dune, a recent documentary that chronicles the failed attempt by director Alejandro Jodorowsky to make a film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic novel Dune. Continue reading

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