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Emily Asher-Perrin

Rereading Frank Herbert’s Dune: Dune, Part Four

The Dune Reread is going to keep questionable items in our dining rooms, ponder age-old feuds and sit with guilt, then get almost-assassinated! So. Pretty full docket, there.

This week we’re questioning the practicality of bobblehead toys. What is the intended purpose of bobbling? Does it provide any measurable joy? These are the questions that plague us. (Actually, the questions that plague us are hopefully more meaningful, but this is still a big one.)

Index to the reread can be located here! And don’t forget this is a reread, which means that any and all of these posts will contain spoilers for all of Frank Herbert’s Dune series. If you’re not caught up, keep that in mind.

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Rereading Frank Herbert’s Dune: Dune, Part Three

The Dune Reread wishes it were more crafty. In the making sense, not the tricky sense. It’s already crafty in the tricky sense. Now it would like to learn knitting, or something.

This week we are going to spar with Gurney Halleck, chat with a Mentat, get a gift from a traitor, and finally meet Duke Leto Atreides! I mean, he had to show up at some point.

Index to the reread can be located here! And don’t forget this is a reread, which means that any and all of these posts will contain spoilers for all of Frank Herbert’s Dune series. If you’re not caught up, keep that in mind.

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Rereading Frank Herbert’s Dune: Dune, Part Two

The Dune Reread is hoping to achieve precognitive abilities by the time this is done, because if it doesn’t, what is the point of anything?

This week we’re going to meet the Harkonnens and find out why the Bene Gesserit are displeased with Jessica Atreides for giving the Duke a male heir. (I apologize, these are short sections. I meant to do three for this week, but that’s what pre-holiday madness will do to you.)

Index to the reread can be located here! And don’t forget this is a reread, which means that any and all of these posts will contain spoilers for all of Frank Herbert’s Dune series. If you’re not caught up, keep that in mind.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is Fast Fun, But Leaves A Lot of Unanswered Questions

It’s easy to be of two minds about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them… because it seems very much like two movies. They blend together, sure enough, but they’re still staggering side by side. Viewers who thought they were in for a fun romp with cute CGI magic creatures will be pleased that a good half of the film is certainly dedicated to that. But there are much darker underpinnings to this tale that provoke all sorts of questions about Rowling’s wizarding world, and what sort of past it heralded from.

[Spoilers for the film below.]

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All the People Who Created the Death Star Weapon Throughout Star Wars History

So now that the Rogue One is near and its prequel–Star Wars: Catalysthas hit shelves, we have an intriguing new piece of info on Jyn Erso’s pops, Galen (it was made clear in the trailer, so it’s not a spoiler)–he had a hand in the creation of the Death Star, specifically the weapon-y laser part.

Here’s the thing, though. Do you realize how many people have been made responsible for the construction of that dented oversized softball in the history of Star Wars? Because it’s a lot. Like, a whole lot. Of people.

A bunch of people.

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The Sleeper Has Awakened: Welcome to the Reread of Frank Herbert’s Dune!

Over half a century ago, a little publishing house called Chilton Books (primarily known for their auto manuals) put out a novel called Dune by Frank Herbert. It was not an immediate success—despite the fact that Herbert had sold an earlier version of the tale to Analog magazine—and the editor who obtained the book was let go following his mistaken gamble.

Dune went on to win the inaugural Nebula Award and tie for the Hugo Award for Best Novel. It is frequently name-checked as one of the greatest science fiction novels of all time.

[So let’s get rereading!]

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Belle’s Dress in the Live-Action Beauty and the Beast: Is it Yellow or Gold?

So…I have a question for everyone. Is Belle’s dress supposed to be yellow or gold?

Entertainment Weekly recently released pictures for Disney’s upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. The cover photo features Belle and the Beast dancing in the famous ballroom sequence, presumably while Angela Lansbury–er, sorry, Emma Thompson this time–sings gorgeously in the background about tales and time and meta-narratives.

Something was bugging me, and it wasn’t the Beast’s horns (which are still very odd to look at no matter how I turn my head). It was, in fact, the ballgown.

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We Tried The New Tim Burton-Themed Bar in NYC

Three brave souls from the Tor Books/Tor.com offices stumbled into the cool autumn air. Their destination? Beetle House, a Tim Burton themed bar and restaurant in Manhattan, stuffed between a few swanky cocktail bars in the East Village. They had a mission—to see if this bar could live up to their haunting, semi-wistful, melancholy dreams.

This is Halloween, folks. Let’s see how the night unfolds….

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Authors, Actors, and Fans Participate in #HoldOnToTheLight to Raise Awareness For Mental Illness

Struggling with mental illness is a day-to-day fight that taxes countless people all over the world. And while it is common, the stigma around discussing mental illness, in its varied forms, remains. That’s why authors, actors, and celebrities are coming forward to share their experiences at part of the #HoldOnToTheLight campaign. Because at its best, fandom takes care of each other.

Need some words of wisdom?

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