OK so I finished Dune. Overall I liked it a lot but I found the ending kind of underwhelming. Herbert explains out everyone's plans, thoughts and motivations which makes it easier to follow but there are times it gets kind of grating and that definitely showed on the back end.
Anyway, I've started Iain M. Banks' Consider Phlebas which I mentioned a few posts ago was the next one I had on deck. Most of the SF I've engaged with is more grounded (near-future, on earth, speculative, cyberpunk, that kind of thing) so the only real references I have for outer space, far-future SF are star wars and mass effect. Phlebas has more in common with those than Dune, though it also seems to be written for a more "adult" audience, both of which are neither absolute positives or negatives but, while extremely compelling, Dune's interstellar feudal monarchist society felt stuffy at times so the idea of space travel and non-humanoid aliens and artificial intelligences and people who say "fuck" and have bodily functions feels refreshing right now.
I doubt I'm going to read a whole lot this weekend. I'm looking after the dog at my parents' place while they're on vacation and not only is reading the first thing to go when my routine gets disrupted (just edging out exercise) but also they have movies on demand so I'm going to take advantage of that and try to catch up on the movies I missed in 2016 because I prefer watching movies on TV without having to hook up my laptop. Plus if they end up adding a new hero in Overwatch rest assured I'll be doing that.
Because of that, and because the Academy Awards are on tonight, how about cinematic discussion theme: what notable experiences have you had with book-to-film adaptations where you've both read the book and seen the movie? I think there's a lot of factors at play in this one - whether you read the book or saw the movie first, one being better than the other or both standing on their own merits for different reasons. I'll answer in the comments. Are there any books you've read that you wish would get adapted into a film? I'm not the boss of you or anything but I'm specifically referring to movie adaptations, and I am specifying this so that I have an easy preloaded question about TV adaptations next time I can't think of one or whenever the Emmys happen.