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Dune: House Atreides (Prelude to Dune Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Step into the universe of Frank Herbert’s Dune, one of the greatest science fiction novels of all time.
Before Paul Atreides became Muad’Dib, the dynamic leader who unified the wild Fremen on the desert planet known as Dune . . .
Before the evil Baron Harkonnen overthrew House Atreides and sent Paul and his mother Jessica fleeing into the deadly wasteland of sand . . .
Before the secrets of the spice and the sandworms were discovered . . .
There was another story . . .
The tale of young Leto Atreides learning to become a ruler in the shadow of his great father.
The tale of Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, ruthless tyrant who becomes a pawn of Bene Gesserit breeding schemes.
The tale of Pardot Kynes, ambitious planetologist dispatched to the sands of Arrakis to understand the origins of the spice melange, the most valuable substance in the known universe.
And the tale of Crown Prince Shaddam Corrino, whose lust for power leads him to plot the assassination of his own father and to create a plan that will replace the spice and disrupt the Imperium forever . . .
Dune: House Atreides begins the epic worldwide bestselling trilogy that tells of the generation before Dune and sows the seeds for great heroes, vile enemies, and terrible tyrants.
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DUNE: HOUSE ATREIDES • DUNE: HOUSE HARKONNEN • DUNE: HOUSE CORRINO
Dune remains the bestselling SF novel ever, such that three decades later no prequel can possibly have the same impact. Yet in House Atreides the authors have written a compelling, labyrinthine, skillfully imagined extension of the world Frank Herbert created, which ably commands attention for almost 600 pages. It is powerful SF that continues a great tradition, and in itself is a very considerable achievement. --Gary S. Dalkin, Amazon.co.uk--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B000FBFN42
- Publisher : Spectra (March 18, 2003)
- Publication date : March 18, 2003
- Language : English
- File size : 5676 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 681 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0593159608
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #26,011 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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While the writers were playing in Frank Herbert’s sandbox, they are playing almost entirely with his toys without bringing many new toys of their own, so this lacks the outflow of rich invention that is part of what makes Dune such a mind blowing experience. This is not the case with the story, though. There aren’t many new inventions, but the story is intriguing and compelling.
I guess you could say Frank Herbert invented the car and drove it well. Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson don’t put anything new under the hood, but they do drive it really well.
Finally, I liked the way that the writers put little summaries of the story inside the story. For some people this may be repetitive or seem like dumbing it down, but for me it was welcome. I didn’t have too much trouble following the Dune books when I read them as a younger man, but I am now a lot busier, and appreciate these little moments where something like, “Leto considered the events that had brought him here. He wondered why X had happened, and when that had led to Y, he regretted having to do Z which had led him inexorably to this point.” Sure, it feels a little contrived, but these guideposts let me get right back into the story after a hard week and I appreciate it.
- Great way to get a richer history of Dune (Houses, schools, the empire as a whole)
- Very nice development of Leto Atreides as a main character
- Some really cool new characters and development of other well known ones
- Fremen in particular you get a lot of detail of them as a people.
- Overall good writing with some scenes just top notch (check CONs)
- Not Frank Herbert, you can tell that right away
- No inner dialogue, no plans within plans :(
- Characters most of the time unidimensional
- Some really bad scenes where resolution feels frantic, pushed, not elaborated.
I just got House Harkonnen hoping for more details of the Dune universe.
Get the book, you won't regret it
This book tells the story of Duke Leto Atreides and is the first of the new series. The events happen a generation before the original Dune book and together with the other two (House Harkonnen and House Corrino) they give a great introduction to the original books, providing much better background to everything that follows.
We get to meet Duke Leto as a young man, before he becomes Duke Leto, Count Fenring and Emperor Shaddam before he becomes Emperor Shaddam, and Barron Harkonnen as a young, strong, but still very twisted specimen. We also see Duncan Idaho as a boy, who becomes perhaps the only character in science fiction to travel to another planet looking for someone and not arrive on their doorstep as if the planet's surface area covers only a couple of square miles. He actually has to travel to the other side of Caladan to meet the Old Duke, and isn't just dropped into his lap once he gets off the ship. That by itself is mildly notable.
In short, the entire book is filled with rich descriptions of the Dune universe, as well as storylines that compliment and help complete the original.