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Robert Shepherd
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Posted: 04 July 2017 at 10:26pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

A question for all who have read Dune and the Wheel of Time series.

Reading Dune again, I'm fairly certain Robert Jordan modeled the Aiel after the Fremen in the Dune books. Or the Aiel were inspired by the Fremen.

My question: Are the Fremen an original concept or might they be modeled on something earlier in Herbert's experiences be they his or another authors?
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Posted: 06 July 2017 at 6:34pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

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Just finished audiobook of Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough, which might be subtitled "Becoming Teddy Roosevelt."  Follows Roosevelt in the context of his family, beginning with his parents, with generous attention to his sisters and brothers, through his youth, early political career, first marriage, death of his wife and mother on the same day, time in "the Badlands," and concluding about the time of his second marriage.

One amusing piece.  Roosevelt's first Republican national convention found him a leader of the "stop Blaine" movement.  Various predicted that if the Republican party nominated "the plumed knight" the party of Lincoln would have lost its soul, and suffered a blow from which it would probably never recover as a national party.  Blaine was nominated, Roosevelt eventually effectively endorsed him, Cleveland defeated Blaine, and gosh, the Republican party survived.  History worth keeping in mind when you hear that a particular election is going to be the death of one party or another.
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After watching Bosch on Amazon Prime I was wanting more stories featuring the character so I've been reading the Michael Connelly Bosch books the show is based on. There sure are a lot of them. And they are really good. Best one yet has to be the one I'm reading now, The Narrows.
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How might terrorists next strike the United States?  Retired FBI agent James Ring weaves a fictional tale based on real possibilities, in Necessary Assets.  The good, the bad, and the ugly of the CIA, FBI, Homeland Security, et al.
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VALIANT AMBITION, the second book in Nathaniel Phillbrick's history of the Revolutionary War.

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Now starting the latest book from Thomas Friedman... This one is going to take me a while :-)  Loved his earlier stuff such as The World Is Flat and The Lexus And The Olive Tree.
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Darktown by Thomas Mullen.  "Responding to orders from on high, the Atlanta Police Department is forced to hire its first black officers . . . The newly minted policemen are met with deep hostility by their white peers; they aren't allowed to arrest white suspects, drive squad cars, or set foot in the police headquarters.  But they carry guns, and they myst bring law enforcement to a deeply mistrustful community."  "Darktown" is the black section of Atlanta.  Set in the postwar, pre-civl rights South.  Ostensibly a murder mystery, but the usual mystery twists take a back seat to the depiction of the black officers and their struggle for respect.
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