Daily Archives: April 11, 2021

Reading Notes, 4/11/21

Finished Reading

Children of Dune by Frank Herbert

I finished Children of Dune yesterday and started the infamously difficult God Emperor of Dune today. I wonder if some of the problem with God Emperor is that Children of Dune is the most character-driven of the Dune novels (at that point in the series, at least) and, from what I remember of my previous attempt to read it, God Emperor take a hard turn away from that. Something I need to keep in mind. Yeah, I like this book better than Dune or Dune Messiah and it’s probably because Children of Dune is, well, more focused on the Children of Dune, both Paul’s children and the culturally changed Freman. I am amused by the blurb on my old paperback “The climax of the classic DUNE trilogy.” I don’t know whether Herbert was encouraged by his publisher to continue or if he felt he had more to do with Dune, but God Emperor being the start of a second trilogy (more or less) might be further reason for its awkwardness. I suspect that I’ll have more to say on this in a couple months when I’ve finished or given up on God Emperor of Dune.

Deal Me In

6♦️: “The Mouser of Peter the Great” by P. Djèlí Clark
P. Djèlí Clark has become one of my favorite speculative fiction authors. I love the blend of fairy tales and history that he often brings to his fiction. Here, Ibrahim, a boy who can see things and summon a golden sword with which to behead ogres, ends up at the court of Peter the Great. He is tasked with taking care of a very dangerous “mouse” that is stifling the Tsar and the Empire.

Classics Club Spin #26

What is the spin? At your blog, before next Sunday 18th April, 2021, create a post that lists twenty books of your choice that remain “to be read” on your Classics Club list.

This is your Spin List. … On Sunday 18th, April, we’ll post a number from 1 through 20. The challenge is to read whatever book falls under that number on your Spin List by the 31st May, 2021.


Here is my list:

  1. A Thin Ghost and Others by M. R. James
  2. Carnacki the Ghost Finder by William Hope Hodgson
  3. Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
  4. Three John Silence Stories by Algernon Blackwood
  5. The House of the Vampire by George Sylvester Viereck
  6. Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things by Lafcadio Hearn
  7. The Horla by Guyde Maupassant
  8. Three Ghost Stories by Charles Dickens
  9. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
  10. Curious, if True Strange Tales by Elizabeth Gaskell
  11. Mosses from an Old Manse by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  12. Clarimonde by Théophile Gautier
  13. The Mummy! by Jane Webb Loudon
  14. The Private Memoirs…of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg
  15. The Devil’s Elixirs by E. T. A. Hoffmann
  16. The Monk by M. G. Lewis
  17. The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Ward Radcliffe
  18. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  19. Behind a Mask by Louisa May Alcott
  20. Lord Arthur Saville’s Crime, and other stories by Oscar Wilde

Currently Reading

As I said above, I’m starting God Emperor of Dune; I’m planning on reading a chapter a day which means I’ll finish the first week of June. Still reading The Phantom of the Opera and Books of Blood.