I meant to post this on the Pavilion, and I probably will at some point. Heck, it probably deserves its own thread here:
I've been reading SF for the last 40 years, pretty much since age 11. And for some reason, because someone somewhere told me the book either wasn't 'an exciting read,' or it was 'dense and nearly unreadable,' I never picked up Frank Herbert's DUNE. Until last month.
If you haven't read it (and I'm sure most of you have) it's an absolute delight. And perhaps if I had picked it up and read it back when I was a teenager, I wouldn't have liked it as much as I do now. Here's how much I liked it: I read 2/3 of it over Labor Day weekend, then read the final third (it's around 800 pages long) on a four day backpacking trip I took a few weeks back.
I can't imagine how I would feel if someone said they'd read SF for decades but had never tackled Asimov's FOUNDATION series. Or perhaps I can...
(edited to add): In fact, I think it may have been something Harlan wrote that led me to believe that he found the book difficult to get through, but it's been a few decades, and I'll probably leave that little detail out if I tell the story "up there," unless I can find a definitive source. Truth be told, it could have been any one of the writers/columnists" I've read over the years who said it.