In 2003 the Sci-Fi Channel made a miniseries called Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune. The miniseries is actually an adaptation of both Dune Messiah and Children of Dune.
The book was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1977. It lost to Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm.
The one-eyed view of our universe says you must not look far afield for problems. Such problems may never arrive. Instead, tend to the wolf within your fences. The packs ranging outside may not even exist. ~ Children of Dune by Frank Herbert
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The play starts at a swanky house party located at Lady Hunstanton’s country estate. It’s announced that Gerald Arbuthnot has been appointed as Lord Illingworth’s secretary. Drama ensues because of a scandalous secret regarding Gerald’s mother. Will Gerald’s prospects be derailed?
“Men always want to be a woman’s first love. That is their clumsy vanity. We women have a more subtle instinct about things. What we like is to be a man’s last romance.” ~ A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde
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The summer of 1816 was dreary one because of the eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815. It adversely affected the weather and some people called 1816 “the year without a summer.” That year Mary Shelley, then Mary Godwin, and her future husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley, visited Lord Byron at the Villa Diodati by Lake Geneva in Switzerland. Because of the bad weather the group ended up spending a lot of time indoors. One of the things they did to pass the time was to read ghost stories. That gave Byron an idea. He proposed that they “each write a ghost story.” That challenge lead to Mary Shelley writing Frankenstein.
The first edition of the book was published anonymously in London in 1818. Shelley’s name appears on the second edition, published in France in 1823.
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In Through the Looking-Glass Alice climbs through a mirror into another world. Characters in the book include:
- Haigha (March Hare)
- Hatta (The Hatter)
- Humpty Dumpty
- The Jabberwock
- Jubjub bird
- Red King
- Red Queen
- The Lion and the Unicorn
- The Sheep
- The Walrus and the Carpenter
- Tweedledum and Tweedledee
- White King
- White Knight
- White Queen
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The novel depicts the life of Vivian Grey as he grows up and attempts to succeed in the world of politics. The novel has autobiographical elements and is also a satire on the social and political life of the time. Its publication caused quite a stir as the members of London society tried to deduce the name of the author.
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The story follows Agnes Grey, a governess, as she works for well-to-do English families. Anne herself worked as a eagerness for five years so the novel is partly autobiographical. The novel deals with the precarious nature of being a governess and how that affected women in that position.
But our wishes are like tinder: the flint and steel of circumstances are continually striking out sparks, which vanish immediately, unless they chance to fall upon the tinder of our wishes; then, they instantly ignite, and the flame of hope is kindled in a moment. ~ Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
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Great Expectations was the thirteenth novel that Charles Dickens wrote. In the UK the novel was published in weekly installments in All the Year Round from December of 1860 until August 1861. Harper’s Weekly, in the United States, published installments of the novel from November 1860 through August of 1861.
All the Year Round was founded by Dickens. Its first issue was printed on April 30, 1859. The publication featured serialized novels. In fact, the first novel it featured was Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities.
In October of 1860 sales of All the Year Round were declining. The featured novel, A Day’s Ride by Charles Lever, wasn’t very popular. In order to boost sales, Dickens adapted Great Expectations, originally planned for publication in another format, to be published in All the Year Round. His plan worked and sales for the publication increased.
“Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.” ~ Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
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