Book Review: Dune by Frank Herbert

Even though I wrote an article on why this novel is so difficult to adapt into a movie, I didn’t review the novel. It’s time to do just that now.

Few novels have exerted such a tremendous influence on me. Frank Herbert’s masterpiece, and undeniably one of the very best SciFi novels ever written, takes a life of its own over the span of the first few pages.

The universe the story is set in is complex — a vast intergalactic empire working as an intricate mechanism, a lasting feud, and all the treacherous games that are a part of the never ending struggle for power among the powerful.
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Eight books that changed the world

Words have always had the ability to shape the world we live in. To change it for the better or for worse. To influence the way people think and act. Used to defined society, to shape relationships. Here is a list of ten books that changed the world. Continue reading

TMM: the muse needs time

Time. The world’s most valuable commodity. Not only that, but you can trade it for anything else.

The muse also needs it. The more time you spend doing the work, the better you become. It is a rule of nature.

But sometimes people get caught in this romantic thinking. Art is about inspiration, about some sort of poetry, not just work etic. They discard the craft part of art…

But truth is, the muse demands you sit at your desk and do the work. That you set aside a certain number of hours each day and get stuff that.

It’s the one rule you cannot bend or break.

Don’t water this down.

Don’t be seduced into thinking that art is inherently different than any other kind of work.

Book Review: Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk

Palahniuk managed to amaze me with this novel. I’ve read it in a single night, as most of his other books, but this one was shockingly good, more than his usual standard. He increases the intensity of the novel with such finesse that when you reach the end, it feels as if you’ve gotten out of a roller coaster ride(no way of avoiding a terrible cliche here.) Continue reading

Book Review: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

My way of telling a good book and a great book apart is by measuring the time it takes me to read them. And Fahrenheit 451 is a page turner. It took me less than a day to read it, and as I read I kept telling myself that it’s one of those rare instances of a real prophecy. Even though this is not yet the future Bradbury envisioned, we’re close to what he imagined in his novel. Continue reading

New Illustrations for “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”

As it happens whenever a sequel to a famous movie is released, people are more than interested in anything that has to do with Blade Runner, which also means more and more people are interested in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the brilliant Philip K. Dick novel that inspired Blade Runner and its 2017 sequel.

The Folio Society have used this newfound interest for the source material and released an illustrated edition of Electric Sheep.

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