The Cranky Old Reader

I'm a Goodreads refugee, looking for a new home. Old books for children, science fiction, fantasy, mysteries, and humor are my main areas of interest. I've little interest in books that were written after 1975 or so, and prefer books that are older still. There are, however, a few still-living authors that I respect.

National Lampoon's Doon

National Lampoon's Doon - Ellis Weiner A brilliant parody of Frank Herbert's Dune. Weiner's mimicry of Herbert's style is dead-on accurate. How he managed to successfully parody a huge tome in such a relatively slender book is beyond me.I'd tried to read Dune at the age of ten, and I simply wasn't ready; I cried and threw the book across the room (not something I had ever done before or since). I bore a grudge against Frank Herbert for years. When I read Doon, I was delighted at the skewering of Herbert's style and plotting.And yet...somehow, it led me back to Dune again. I was much older by then, and now I was ready for it; the humor of Doon added a leaven of humor to Herbert's extremely complex and dense masterpiece.Doon lampooned Dune, literally, but not by tearing it apart. I'm not quite sure how to explain it, but Doon actually enhanced Dune, at least for me. Needless to say, you should read Dune (or at least a good chunk of it, as I did) before reading Doon!I can't help but wonder if Herbert read Doon...and if so, what he thought of it. He's not considered one of science fiction's great humorists, but I've caught a few in-jokes in his works (read the appendices to Dune carefully and you'll catch one or two). I'd like to think he'd have enjoyed Doon.

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