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The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature (Canto)
C.S. Lewis
Boys and Girls Learn Differently!: A Guide for Teachers and Parents
Michael Gurian, Terry Trueman, Patricia Henley
Ambition and Survival: Becoming a Poet
Christian Wiman
Deep River: The Life and Music of Robert Shaw
Keith C. Burris
Daring, Trusting Spirit
John De Gruchy
The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities, and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church
John Thavis
The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia
Orlando Figes


Dune - Frank Herbert Have read this book probably a dozen times, but not in the past decade. Time to revisit this classic!*************I think C.S. Lewis said that all good stories are really re-told from good stories that have been written about in the past, and that was one reason why it is important to read the classics of old. I have discovered that for "Dune", this is true. I read it for the first time when I was a teenager and was blown away by the sheer scope of the book. Galactic politics, galactic religion, galactic plots and uprisings and wars. The most fascinating thing to me was the science of the book -- the explanations of the worms and their role in the existence of Arakkis. In re-reading it I have discovered that I am better read now and can recognize some of the elements in the book from classics of the past.Coming back to the book after many years, I am surprised at the Islamic influence in the book and the changing role for the novel's hero, Paul. He seems to the Fremen much like T.E. Lawrence was to the Arabs. This struck me anew as I have been reading up on Lawrence recently and was fascinated that his style of fighting that he adapted from the Arabs is mirrored in Paul's guerilla warfare with the Fremen.So coming back to it was worthwhile and interesting, but the "WOW" factor of the book has not remained. While understanding that it is one of THE classics in science fiction literature, I have to say now that I've read a bit more and perhaps studied a bit more history, I am less enchanted by the book and the hero.