Sunday, September 16, 2012

Genre Faves Blogfest - Books, Movies, Music






Name your Genre Favorites in three categories: Movies, Books and Music and tell us your Guilty Pleasure from one of those categories. Hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh, a friend to an army of bloggers and followers, be sure to check out the list of participants and what they have to say.  You might discover the names of new books, movies, or music to explore. Hope you enjoy the bloghop.  Thanks, Alex!


DG's choices:

Movies:

Science Fiction:  DUNE, based on original book by Frank Herbert.

The DUNE universe is vast, spanning centuries and worlds, with the power struggle for control of the spice pitting high-born families against one another and against an empire starting to lose its grip.  In the background is the story of a family who supports the wrong side in a political struggle, a planet that is terra-formed, and a species nearly wiped out.


DUNE, the movie.  The Spice Planet.


 Books:

Science Fiction: I. Asimov's Robot Series
 
The Robots of Dawn:
I, Robot, Caves of Steel, The Naked Sun, and The Robots of Dawn

This series introduces Elijah Bailey and Daneel Olivaw, a humanoid robot.  I re-read these new copies a couple of years ago when I received them as gifts.  Want more Asimov? Read the Foundation series.  The movie, I, Robot, with Will Smith is a favourite too!


Asimov, The Caves of Steel, The Naked Sun, The Robots of Dawn

Music:

My All-Time singer, song-writer, author and poet: Bob Dylan

Songs:  Thunder on the Mountain, (Modern Times) and Idiot Wind, (Blood on the Tracks)  This guy kept on a-changing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RPkJeziNyI - Thunder on the Mountain youtube
(An ad shows first but after, there's a montage of images behind the song showing Dylan through the decades.)


My Guilty pleasures:

Guilty of Reading a variety of literary books, especially novels about Paris, France.  And mysteries, Dashiel Hammet's, The Maltese Falcon


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Did you find it hard to choose just one? Let me know if you're in the Genre Faves Blogfest.  Please share in the comments. I'll reply and visit your blog.


To continue bloghopping, visit the Genre Favorites list on Alex's blog. Thanks for dropping by.

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59 comments:

  1. Science fiction dominated my list as well. Does that surprise you?
    Thanks for participating in my blogfest!

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    1. Not at all, Alex. Once you discover scifi, you stay hooked. At least I did. Your blogfests are always fun!

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  2. I admit I really liked the Dune with Sting.

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    1. Sting's performance was a good interpretation of the book, he was in good shape then, too.

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  3. totally interested in your musical choice, i am not sure who... i am going to check them out!

    Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]
    Howlin' Wolf Records: On-Line Magazine

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    1. I should think that would be a good idea, Jeremy, for you to check everyone's music choice, considering you're a HWR Curator. . .

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  4. Ah, indeed -- we are birds of a feather! How can I not admire a fellow sci-fi lover with tastes close to my own heart (and yes Dune was a good movie).

    Plus, who doesn't love Bobby Zimmerman? A true musical genius -- especially his lyrics. And as a singer, he's always made me feel less self-conscious about my own nasally pitch-challenged voice, lol.

    However, I would NEVER consider 'The Maltese Falcon' a "guilty" pleasure -- that's one flag I fly high and proud. ;^)

    New follower right back at'cha!

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    1. Dylan was true to himself, even though he went through two periods where he alientated fans. You have to change sometimes to stay relevant. Watching him live (2008) is watching a master. He's still got it.

      Thanks for the follow, Chris, and for dropping by.

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  5. Hard to choose, you bet. Dylan is one of my favorites too. Need to go back and see that video.

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    1. The video is worth watching, farwayeyes. We've read several books by Bob and it helps you see a little bit of the man. Bob's lyrics have always been the draw for me.

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  6. Haven't seen dune. Know of Bob Dylan though. If I remember correctly, he was popular in the 80's.

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    1. Dylan went up and down in popularity but he's re-energized now. The eighties may have been his wilder days.

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  7. I want to read I, Robot. I've seen the movie but apparently it is nothing like the book.

    Allison (Geek Banter)

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    1. The I, Robot, book that I read was like a collection of early robot stories. One of the stories tells of a robot who may have been a crossover to the humanoid type.
      It's a good intro to the series.

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  8. we were just discussing how bob dylan was a musical genius--my daughter was not seeing it--she will :)

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    1. You have to pick the right songs, Lynn.

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  9. I loved the I, Robot movie. It came across as quite logical for what boiled down to a "robots go crazy" plot. Scary logical, especially nearer the end.
    Had no idea it was based off something Asimov wrote. Have to keep a look out for them.

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    1. I, Robot, the book may seem more dated, if it's the original. The three robot books shown above are more like a space detective story and introduces the spacer worlds.

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  10. Dune is one of my favorite series. I haven't read any of the new ones though.

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    1. The new books (by his son and a co-writer) are an enjoyable read. Try one to see if you like their style. I've read all the follow up books, since they're supposed to be based on Frank Herbert's notes.

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  11. I'm not in the blogfest, but it was fun to read about your favorites and your guilty pleasures. And thank you for supporting my blog with your comments.

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    1. Thanks, Inger! I like visiting your blog and seeing what's happening with the doggie crowd, especially what trouble Samson has gotten in.
      Thanks for dropping by!

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  12. I still have not - gasp, I know - read the Dune books, nor seen the movies. My husband has read all the books. The two of you will see to it that I read them, though, I know!

    I love Asimov's Robot Series. I did enjoy the movie, too. I recommend every sci fi fan both read and watch! There is much to be gained from both.

    For any who have read The Naked Sun, look up and read the short story "The Machine Stops" by E. M. Forster.

    Have you seen the new Total Recall movie? The 1990 version? Have you read "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale" by Philip K. Dick?

    Continuing this pattern: Who has seen Bladerunner? and read "Do Androids Dream of Elecrtic Sheep"? I would say this combination has the most drastic differences from book to movie, but once again, both good.

    Yes, I'm in the blogfest, although I did not get as detailed! I just expressed which is my favorite genre, not specific titles. I am a huge sci fi fan. My newest blog is entered: http://writeonjulie.blogspot.com/

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    1. You've brought up some good comparisons of books and movies, Julie. Writers do influence other writers.

      Just start with the first DUNE book, get it out of the library, if you're not sure you'll like it.

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  13. I love Will Smith in I, Robot but i've never read the books.
    It was difficult to pick but it's fun reading so many choices that I should have thought of.

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    1. The book isn't like the movie that Will Smith was in. btw - The scene in the tunnel was filmed in Vancouver.

      The original I, Robot, was a collection of stories, one of which was I, Robot.

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  14. The thing I remember about Dune was the guy's really nasty pimples. Ick.

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    1. That was because a Bene Gesserit priestess (or witch as they were also called) gave him a bacterial infection, for not cooperating with her requests. You're referring to Baron Harkonnen, a nasty specimen.

      Thanks for stopping by, Tonja!

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  15. Hi D.G.
    Tons of sci-fi fans on this list! I've never seen Dune, but I love Bob Dylan. He's a genre all by himself! :)

    Nice to meet you!

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    1. Yes, there are a lot of scifi bloggers on this list, probably because we hang around Alex's blog, which is scifi-centric.

      Glad to meet another fan of Bob Dylan, and one day you should give DUNE a try.

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  16. DUNE the novel is one of the most brilliant scf-fi stories ever written. The politics between the factions is intricate and believable. I like the latter mini-series better than the first film, but anything with Sandworms is awesome!

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    1. My thoughts exactly, Rick! Couldn't have said it better. I like your new photo image (funny walks, eh?)

      I used to do the walking lunge at work. It looked something like that.

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  17. never seen Dune (or read it)... should be on my to-do list!
    totally dig Bob Dylan!! he's one of my favorties

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    1. At least give it a try, Jeremy, it's a complex story with some dramatic ideas. Glad to hear you're a Dylan fan.

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  18. D.G! So glad to be connected! Too cool your daughters do ballet... I love the world SO MUCH...

    And loved your genres! Such a fun blogfest! And now I'm intrigued by Dune... ;)

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    1. I think you should give Dune a try, Morgan and thanks for the follow. BTW, the daughters DID ballet, now one works for a fitness wear company and the other works as an actor, among other things. Welcome.

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  19. I did find it hard to choose. I have such varied tastes in EVERYTHING ... I get bored easily. Lol.

    You have some interesting choices. Bob Dylan for one. He's definitely an acquired taste.

    LIke you, I certainly enjoy a good mystery. I have never heard of Asimov's Robot series. I am not a big sci/fi fan, but I am always open to new suggestions for books.

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    1. Bob in his later days is better than some remember from his early days. I acquired a taste for Bob's music early on.

      Thanks for stopping by, and nice post on your blog today about writers and fitness.

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  20. Great picks! And I've always wanted to read the Maltese Falcon.

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    1. I'll always see Bogie when I think of the Maltese Falcon. Thanks for the follow, Cherie.

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  21. I love Isaac Asimov's Foundation series. I read I, Robot but haven't gotten around to the rest of the Robot series.

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    1. That's impressive, Golden Eagle. If you liked Daneel Olivaw - the humanoid robot, you'll like the Robot trilogy.

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  22. All your choices sound like fun to me. I loved Asimov when I was younger (er--a long time ago), read everything of his and don't even recall them now. I'm partial to Peter Hamilton these days.

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    1. I hadn't heard of Peter Hamilton (and I first read Asimov at a younger age, too) Thanks for stopping by and letting me know of another writer of SciFi.

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  23. I forgot about this blogfest but I do love SF and fantasy. I was hooked by The Fellowship of the Rings at age 9. In 5th grade, I talked the school librarian into letting me check out I, Robot and I've loved Asimov's books ever since.
    I liked the Dune books better than the movie. My favorite movie was and is 5th element. Good to meet you!

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    1. I like 5th Element, too. Love that taxi that Bruce Willis drives. We still say "big-badda-boom" every now and then. . .in honour of it. Enjoyed your post featuring Rick Daley and his book. It's timely now that kids are back to school.

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  24. I hadn't pegged you as such a SciFi fan. Now I have to like even more! nice picks.

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    1. Thanks, Julie. I'm a strong scifi fan, and am drawn like a moth to any scifi books or movies. Nice to know you like them too!

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  25. Wait, you found those Asimov books new!? I've been looking to read the robot series again (plus, I missed one of them to begin with), but I couldn't find it last time I looked. It's probably been awhile, but now I'm inspired to go look again.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    My Genre Favorites & Guilty Pleasures

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    1. My sister bought these for me a couple of years ago. She lives in Georgia, so I'm sure you can find them in Colorado.

      Nice to know someone else likes robots and Asimov.

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    2. Thank you for the information! It's been a long while, but I'd love to jump back in and read the series.

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  26. Welcome, Eva, and thanks for the follow. If you have a blog, leave me your link so I can check it out.

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  27. Haha yeah I had a hard time picking as well. :-D you made some great choices, though. Love Bob Dylan's music.

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    1. I'm glad we have similar tastes in liking Bob Dylan. I've liked him through all his changes (Thunder on the Mountain is one of my faves, as we heard that one live from 5 rows back.)

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  28. Bob Dylan -- yesss! Fun 'fest; cool to know what our fellow bloggers enjoy during their free time.

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    1. So true, Milo,and I'm glad you like Bob Dylan as well. This is a guy who didn't follow the rules or the trends. He made his own.

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  29. I thought Dune was the coolest movie I'd seen as a young girl. Well, next to Star Wars. :) I remember going with my family and my sister kept asking me questions during the entire movie.

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    1. When the studios became technically able to put scifi on the big screen we could finally see fantasy and scifi as they should be seen. With lots of special effects. Thanks for stopping by, Ciara.

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  30. Hi DG .. I hate to say it - I fell asleep during Star Wars (it is possible!) ... and I struggled with Dune - but I must try the Alex' style Sci-Fi ..

    Now Dylan is another story .. just going to put the YouTube on ... cheers Hilary

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