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Obras por Ryan Britt

Associated Works

Rocket Fuel: Some of the Best From Tor.com Non-Fiction (2018) — Contribuidor — 78 exemplares
Clarkesworld: Issue 050 (November 2010) (2010) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Crossed Genres Magazine 2.0 Book Two (2014) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Geeky Giving: A SFF Charity Anthology (2016) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar

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USA

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This wasn't bad. It wasn't fantastic, but it wasn't bad.

It's good for the casual Dune fan. The one who maybe saw the last movie and read the original trilogy and wants to learn more about the world of Dune.

But as a longtime Dune fan, who's been reading (and re-reading) and watching (and re-watching) all things Dune for better than fifty years, this didn't feel like it dug anywhere deep enough. Yes, he provides a good overview of the adaptations vs novels differences. He talks to many of the actors from the films and has a few quotes from Herbert's son.

But overall, it just feels like it's Dune-lite. I can't imagine Frank Herbert would have been excited about a book like this.
… (mais)
 
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TobinElliott | 2 outras críticas | Jan 7, 2024 |
An in-depth, fun, pop culture analysis and history of all things Star Trek, surveying all the TV shows and movies. I learned a lot about Star Trek, even though I wouldn't consider myself the biggest fan. Highly recommended.
 
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ryantlaferney87 | 4 outras críticas | Dec 8, 2023 |
Rating: 4* of five

The Publisher Says: Geek-culture expert Ryan Britt takes us behind the pages and scenes of the science-fiction phenomenon Dune, charting the series' life from cult sci-fi novels to some of the most visionary movies of all time.

Using original, deep-access reporting, extensive research, and insightful commentary, The Spice Must Flow brings the true popularity of Dune out into the light for the very first time. With original interviews with the beloved actors and directors behind the films—including Timothée Chalamet, Kyle Maclachlan, Denis Villeneuve, Patrick Stewart, Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Newman, and many more—The Spice Must Flow also examines the far-reaching influence of Dune on art, music, politics, and, most notably, its status as the first ecological science-fiction story specifically concerned with climate change.

Britt skillfully and entertainingly guides readers through the history of how the Dune universe has unfolded, including the novel’s unlikely evolution from a failed piece of journalism about Oregon sand dunes into an epic science-fiction story, the way Herbert’s work inspired George Lucas, untold stories from the 1984 David Lynch film, the knife-edge balance between blockbuster hit and indie film Timothée Chalamet brings to the 2021 movie, and the exciting future of the franchise. Through a blend of narrative, oral history elements, and fascinating trivia, The Spice Must Flow is the new essential guide to the behind-the-scenes story of Dune. The fiction of Dune is deadly serious, but the real-life story of how it came into existence is full of wonder, surprises, and spice.

I RECEIVED A DRC FROM THE PUBLISHER VIA NETGALLEY. THANK YOU.

My Review
: What I said the book above wasn't this book is. It's by archgeek [[Ryan Britt]] of [Luke Skywalker Can't Read: And Other Geeky Truths] fame, so he's got the chops and knows both the beat and the drill. Plume's published three of his books now, so clearly he commands the geek-culture street cred to make it profitable. Plus he's got a witty way with words that makes his deep familiarity with the subject less...creepy, more fun and funny.

This fictional universe has a lot of hot-button topics in it: Religion, climate change, religion, anti-technological bias, religion, and sheer unsurpassed-in-SF canon-guarding/gatekeeping/incel-friendly detail. Britt doesn't exactly dwell on the toxic parts of the fandom but neither does he ignore them. There are lots of worldbuilding details that he discusses and there are lots of ideas pinned under them, set in stories that are brimful of unapologetically partisan points of view. This is guaranteed to make some people go into full-on rages when their preferred interpretation of some detail is argued against.

This makes me sad, and reminds me of Kit Connor (of Heartstopper fame) feeling forced to reveal his private sexuality to stop muttered accusations of queerbaiting. As he said at the time this was occurring:
"I'm bi. Congrats for forcing an 18-year-old to out himself. I think some of you missed the point of the show. Bye."
(emphasis added to point up the disconnect between messages in the original and fannish gatekeeping)
That's the downside of passionate fandom. Anyone who has been in the Geek Culture world for more than A Minute has seen/been caught up in a pile-on when someone dares to be/say/assert an opinion or a take or even present a closely-reasoned analysis of that fandom's shared object that somehow rubs (some of) the fans the wrong way.

Quite a lot of people, myself included, stay away from fandoms for this reason. This book is a gentle, explanatory rebuke of our skittishness in the form of a reasonable geek-culture maven's informed, excited (almost besotted) explainer of just why this fandom came to be. Also a gentle chiding of the obsessive gatekeeping by some groups of fans. The book makes the point that Frank Herbert, and his son Brian after him, have created and are curating an immense, expansive Duneiverse of fiction, films, comics, and cosplay that contains literal multitudes. There is such astonishingly varied information in this fiction! Letting new players into the sandbox is Author Britt's aim in much of what he's doing...yet he never loses sight of the established fan's desire to see the whole Duneiverse from a wide-angled view...at least as far as the 2021 film...the 2024 one was filming as he wrote, so details and gossip were all embargoed.

I need to be reminded from time to time that fandom can be fun, and fascinating, and an all-around good experience. I hope this book will do the same for you, as a gift to yourself, and your other giftees
… (mais)
 
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richardderus | 2 outras críticas | Nov 26, 2023 |

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Popularidade
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Avaliação
½ 3.7
Críticas
15
ISBN
12
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