I belong to the local Science Fiction group Harry. The upcoming meeting’s book discussion is Frank Herbert’s Dune. I’ve read the Dune series in the past and don’t really have the time to reread it before the next Harry meeting. I decided to go to the Literary Reference Center and check to see if it had a synopsis ior the story or any other fun tidbits.
I started with a Title search Dune. As you can see this gives me 137 hits on the series with some of the hits not being about the Frank Herbert book.
I decided to go to the advanced search and added the author Frank Herbert into the mix.
By doing the search this way I get 43 hits on the book .
I can now narrow the search to full text and Plot Summaries by clicking the boxes on the left of the page.
I choose The Great Dune Trilogy because that is specifically on the book Dune wiwhich is the first book of the series.
The synopsis will then give me a short listing of information about the author and the various subject headings of the book.
One of the fun things that this database does is translate the synopsis into several different languages.
Also available is the ability to have the review read to you in either American English, Austrailian English or British English
You can also regulate the speed and whether or not the words or sentences in the synopsis are highlighted.
By doing this and looking at some other articles I refreshed my knowledge of the book without having to reread it and I’m now ready for the next Harry meeting.
Thanks for listening!