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Postby Omphalos » Fri Feb 01, 2008 6:35 pm

Im sure most of you have this, but I personally love this book, and wanted to make sure everyone could see what it was all about. Please give it some time to download. Its a biggun'.
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Postby GamePlayer » Fri Feb 01, 2008 7:31 pm

Wow. This is GREAT!

Can you still buy this book?
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Postby Omphalos » Fri Feb 01, 2008 7:35 pm

GamePlayer wrote:Wow. This is GREAT!

Can you still buy this book?


Check my Secondary Dune links page. Under books there is a link to the Amazon listing for this book. It is no longer in print, but is available:

www.solahpmo.com
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Postby GamePlayer » Fri Feb 01, 2008 7:46 pm

Oh, I HAVE to own this. There is so much good stuff in here. Look at all this!

OMG! HOUSE ORDOS! :)
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Postby Omphalos » Fri Feb 01, 2008 8:08 pm

Nebbish?
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Postby GamePlayer » Fri Feb 01, 2008 8:18 pm

No, just excited :)
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Postby Omphalos » Fri Feb 01, 2008 8:32 pm

GamePlayer wrote:No, just excited :)


It is a good book. I dont think Ive even read the entire thing yet. Its a true monster.
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Postby SandChigger » Fri Feb 01, 2008 9:07 pm

Unless they've updated that PDF, there are a lot of scan errors (or typos?). (Search for "Cenva" vs "Cevna" for example, IIRC.)

I get burned out reading stuff on screen. (Nothing beats a REAL book! :D) So I recently splurged and bought a copy from one of the Amazon resellers; was about $50, I think. Probably could have gotten it cheaper on eBay, but didn't feel like the hasSle.

I love old books. :D
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Postby Omphalos » Fri Feb 01, 2008 9:39 pm

The pdf has not been cleaned up. For example, "mehtats." Kind of makes searching a bit of a bitch, but it is an expensive book for free. I got mine for a song on Amazon a long time ago, before the Doonsey-Twins started befouling the Earth with prequels.
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Postby Liege-Killer » Fri Feb 01, 2008 10:01 pm

Cool, I didn't know that was online.

My Dune Encyclopedia story:

I used to own a Book Club edition of this book when I was a teenager. I got many many hours of enjoyment from reading it.

Then in my mid-20's I went through a sort of "slump" period of a few years when I wasn't too interested in reading, I just had other things going on in my life, and I sold a lot of my books, some of them on ebay, including this one.

Mind you, at the time I had absolutely NO idea this was a rare book. I was amazed when it fetched me around $75!

Now, of course, I curse myself for letting it go.
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Postby Omphalos » Fri Feb 01, 2008 10:20 pm

I have a sad story like that too. I had a copy of Octavia Butler's Survivor in paperback. I sold it at a yard sale for a quarter. Last year when I was going back to review all the books in her Patternist series, including Survivor, I learned that after the first edition she disclaimed the book and bought all the rights back so it would never be published again. Thus far I have found it for $600 on the book finder services I use. :cry:

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Postby Liege-Killer » Fri Feb 01, 2008 11:13 pm

Omphalos wrote:Thus far I have found it for $600 on the book finder services I use.


:shock: :shock: :shock:

I hope you spend that quarter well. :lol:
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Postby Omphalos » Fri Feb 01, 2008 11:51 pm

Im still pissed off about it all.
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Postby tanzeelat » Sat Feb 02, 2008 3:14 am

I have a first edition hardback of the Dune Encyclopedia. Not a book club edition, a proper first edition hardback - although I believe the trade paperback beat into print by a month or two.
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Postby Omphalos » Sat Feb 02, 2008 11:18 am

tanzeelat wrote:I have a first edition hardback of the Dune Encyclopedia. Not a book club edition, a proper first edition hardback - although I believe the trade paperback beat into print by a month or two.


I think that is true.
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Postby Star Dust » Sat Feb 02, 2008 11:32 am

One thing I think is interesting about this book is that it is intended as fiction.
Or looked at another way, the book is "in character" with the DC. That is,
the "writers" of the DE were historians in the Duniverse. For example, the
entry for Paul Atreides (or was it Muad'dib) is intentionally inaccurate
compared to the novels. The DE rejects the notion of Paul Atreides being
Muad'dib because surely no 15 year old could have ever risen to topple the
Corino throne. etc etc

I just think that's neat-o burrito!
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