[thechat] LotR

Norman Bunn norman.bunn at craftedsolutions.com
Mon Jun 4 16:30:34 CDT 2001

Though it has been a few years since I read the Dune series, I thought the
SciFi Channel's version FAR superior to the movie; much closer to what I
envisioned from the book.  Definitely worth a look.

The first time I tried to read the Foundation series, I had to put it down.
Now my 13 year-old son has read the whole thing, I have re-read it and my 16
year-old daughter is giving it a shot. Guess persistence is the key.

Haven't read any Heinlein in more years than I can count, but I have read
some Clarke (really enjoyed Rendevous with Rama, but less crazy about the
other books in the series).   My son is turning into the SciFi fanatic I
once was, and is really eating up all the old copies I have from my
membership in the Science Fiction Book Club.

Can anyone suggest any current authors who are real science fiction writers
(not fantasy)?  I get a bit tired of magic/sorcery genre, though I have
enjoyed Tolken's work including The Hobbit and the LotR set , as well as
Thomas Covenant.

aka Olo Gamgee-Took of Bywater

> > > PS - anybody up for a thread about the upcoming
> > > movie version of LotR?
> >
> > 1. I'm not a fan of LotR - but I have deep geek
> > roots, and appreciate that I /could be a fan/
> >
> > but for:
> >
> > 2. I have been unable to finish reading the thing.
> >
> I read most of it straight through sitting on a
> towel at Pacific Beach during Spring Break a few
> (ahem) years ago. I've now read the Hobbit outloud
> to four of my five children and am almost 1/2 way
> through LotR with my 10yearold.
> > which puts it in good company with:
> >
> > 3. Dune, and Gravity's Rainbow
> I couldn't get past about 20 pages in Thomas Covenant
> the first time. A few years later I tried again and
> read all 6 volumes almost nonstop. Unemployed at the
> time. heh heh.
> Had no trouble with Dune, Dune Messiah, and Children
> of Dune, but never started whatever book 4 was. The
> 1981 movie had, let's say, some faults. SciFi channel
> is going to rerun their made for tv version starting
> June 12, if anybody's interested. (Dune, that is.)
> I can't address the tv version of Dune cuz I didn't
> see it. Yet.
> But then, I never finished Stranger in a Strange Land
> or the Foundation series.

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