September 10, 2009
The Capcom Unity blog has a nice post of old Capcom game box art, but this is my fave:
September 7, 2009
I love the original Dune series. I’m not so hot on the followups. So I made a rough numerical analysis to find out why.
Occurances of the string ‘ had ’ in Dune novels, grouped by author
|Book name||Total word count||Occurances of ‘ had ’||Average no. of words
(larger is better)
|Children of Dune||149377||1201||124.377|
|Emperor of Dune||137410||1144||120.113|
|Heretics of Dune||165154||2026||81.517|
|Total for original series||875737||7258||120.658|
|Hunters of Dune||146500||1958||74.821|
|Sandworms of Dune||144501||1734||83.333|
|Paul of Dune||158244||1948||81.234|
|Total for new series||866067||10251||84.486|
Summation: Original Dune series had on average a third less ‘ had ‘s throughout.
Now I know why it felt like every third sentence was a recollection. And usually of something that sounded more interesting than the current novel.