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So, do I have time to order *Foundation *and read it? Or, … just enjoy the TV series first?

Foundation is a bit of a task to read. Asimov is a sci-fi legend and his concepts are deep and thought provoking but quite frankly...he's not the smoothest writer. 

I have considered reading the Foundation series again. Asimov was one of my favorite authors, and I read maybe 60 of his books, fiction and non-fiction.

Read Dune for the first time in anticipation of the movie. There is a lot of depth in the "history" that begins each chapter, but the story seems a little basic after having seen the Lynch adaption and the SyFi series. I actually liked those adaptions. Herbert was a very good writer though. Will try to read the rest of the series.

I will certainly see Dune on IMAX, but I am looking forward to Foundation a little more. The only disappointment with Foundation is that it will stretch over many seasons.

For me, Villeneuve has been flawless. He makes movies I want to see. I'm hoping Villeneuve can do more with the source material than just make a workable film.

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Prime example: Blade Runner 2049

I loved it. I just watched it again last week. I personally thought it was an amazing movie.

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I started Wheel of Time but stopped. It's really a Young Adult series.

I read them when I was a younger adult, and they were great. But I never finished them because I outgrew that type of story before he finished publishing them. If I recall correctly, Jordan died before publishing the last one, and a ghost writer had to be used, using his notes. I think that the same will likely happen to George RR Martin.

Foundation was interesting, and I'm looking forward to the TV series about to come out. Science Fiction holds more interest for me than Fantasy, as SF is based on possible futures, whereas Fantasy is based on unreal histories. Usually.

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snowymountainhellSep. 13 08:43 pm JST

Foundation is a bit of a task to read. Asimov is a sci-fi legend and his concepts are deep and thought provoking but quite frankly...he's not the smoothest writer. Some people like to read before watching the film, others the opposite. In my opinion watching Foundation first may be the better route to go. I agree. The trailer looks pretty good.

Wheel of Time will premiere on Amazon Prime in November. There's also a series on Netflix called Shadow & Bone that seems similar.

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Thanks @MilesTeg 6:25pm for the Dune rankings. - Looks like Apple TV will premiere Isaac Asimov’s Foundation novel TV adaptation next week, Sep 24, 2021. The previews look pretty good.

- “The original 6 books by Frank Herbert are the best. His son and Kevin Anderson wrote a bunch of ‘Dune’ prequel books that I found really bad. God Emperor of Dune is my fave cause it's so freaky followed by Heretics (most action), Chapterhouse, Dune, Children, and Messiah.” -

*- ‘Foundation’ is pretty impressive considering when it was written.” -*

So, do I have time to order *Foundation *and read it? Or, … just enjoy the TV series first?

- “‘Childhood's End’ by Arthur C. Clarke is great, quick read.” -

Okay then. I’ll save that for the next holiday abroad.

- “I started Wheel of Time but stopped. It's really a Young Adult series.” -

Ok, will pass on Wheel of Time. (You opinion reads like that’s a franchise Disney+ will want to ‘strip-mind’, next.)

Thanks for the follow up. (Complete, unopened Song of Ice & Fire from Eslite Taipei will stay on the shelf…Mecari? Ebay? BookOff?)

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Sequels are some kind of a disease. Don't blame the industry for them of course. Those mansions don't pay for themselves, but why do audiences never learn? It is not good to feed the junkie.

Prime example: Blade Runner 2049

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The original 6 books by Frank Herbert are the best. His son and Kevin Anderson wrote a bunch of Dune prequel books that I found really bad. God Emperor of Dune is my fave cause it's so freaky followed by Heretics (most action), Chapterhouse, Dune, Children, and Messiah.

Foundation is pretty impressive considering when it was written. Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke is great quick read.

I started Wheel of Time but stopped. It's really a Young Adult series.

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Wow! @garymalmgren 1:19pm, five times! Did you read the 5 others? ….

*- “Just reread the book for the 5th time and am looking forward to seeing it at IMAX - gary” - *

… and how do they rank?

Looking forward to reading ‘an epic’ during ‘the long night’ as winter is coming, once again.

Was considering Dune, Foundation or Wheel of Time.

(Don’t want to waste another $, or minute, with GRRMartin, who will probably NEVER finish his saga.)

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Only movie I'm looking forward to seeing

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Thankfully Villeneuve is only covering the first half of the book in a +2.5hr film. The second film, if greenlit by WB, will cover the 2nd half of the book in probably the same amount of time. So we're hopefully getting over 5hrs to tell the story of the first book. That's almost equal to a 7 x 45min episodes in a TV series.

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When I heard they were making this (and that's all I heard, no details), I was like, "Just leave it alone. You just canNOT make some things!" but the more I read, the more eager I became to see what it's become. I like Lynch's Dune, to an extent, but you knew the minute it started with a huge segment of exhibition that it was going to be problematic, and you never get to know how the various tribes and universe works. It's be like making Game of Thrones into a two hour movie, or Lord of the Rings into a 30 minute short.

I'll go see it in the theater, regardless of what formats they release it on.... unless they're still not selling popcorn.

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Warner Bros studio's $165 million gamble

That does not seem like an unusually high sum by Hollywood standards.

Actually, I am a little surprised.

Just reread the book for the 5th time and am looking forward to seeing it at IMAX

gary

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I think Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049, Arrival, Sicario, Prisoners, etc) being a huge Dune fan will give me the movie I finally expect. It is only half of the first book. Lynch's 1984 version in addition to constant interference from producer Dino de Laurentis, tried to cram a complex book in one film and completely missed the mark. Not surprising that Lynch pulled an 'Alan Smithee' on it. The 2000 Syfy TV series version was more faithful to the book but lacked a decent budget.

I give credit to Jodorowsky for his arthouse films like El Topo and Sante Sangre and he made significant contributions to European graphic novels. But he's made 10 films in 60yrs, is difficult to work with, and is better with his own material not adapting others work. He wanted to Dune to be over 10hrs long. Who in their right mind at the time would've invested in that. His casting choices were beyond dumb, Have you ever seen Mick Jagger act? Salvadore Dali? LOL! Thank god it was never made as it would've been an unmitigated disaster.

Dune was written in 1965. George Lucas stole so many things from it to make Star Wars that Frank Herbert was actually considering a lawsuit. For me it's one of the pillars of science fiction. I'm pleasantly surprised that it'll be released on Oct 15 in Japan, one week ahead of the most country releases, and will definitely see this in IMAX.

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snowymountainhellToday 09:38 am JST

The Jodorowsky & Giger concepts for the proposed 70’s versions were wild but unfortunately, never made it to filming.

Yes. I saw a terrific documentary about Jodorowsky's doomed attempt to film Dune, well-worth searching out if you haven't seen it.

I'll be watching this for sure. As much as I like Lynch's work, his version was really poor.

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David Lynch’s 1984 Dune, despite its dated Sci-fi ‘effects’, has a certain ‘charm’ and ‘quality’ of diverse casting of characters, IF seen in its original form, with ALL the deleted scenes and score.

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The Jodorowsky & Giger concepts for the proposed 70’s versions were wild but unfortunately, never made it to filming.

We can see some of their elements in Alien, Flash Gordon and Prometheus, amongst others.

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His "Dune" film splits Frank Herbert's seminal 1965 sci-fi novel in two parts, but Warner has yet to officially green-light the sequel, presumably waiting to gauge its performance with the public.

An adaptation concerning The Butlerian Jihad would be a timely and cinematic sci-fi epic.

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Both earlier Dune’s are definitely lessons & representations of the available technology, budgets and, most importantly, unnecessary studio meddling of the 1980’s. - Apparently, those lessons were NOT learned by the studios and current political agendas have tainted storylines in the last few years.

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Interested in this ‘interpretation’. IMDB reports Dune’s Japan release date is October 15, 2010 and the U.K. October 21, 2021.

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