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Dune: House Atreides

by Kevin J. Anderson, Brian Herbert

Dune: House Atreides by Kevin J. Anderson, Brian Herbert X
Dune: House Atreides by Kevin J. Anderson, Brian Herbert
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    Oct 1999, 604 pages
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    Aug 2000, 720 pages

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Ben C. (09/15/02)

Despite some significant mistakes, this book does a decent job of recreating the world of Herbert's DUNE. Unfortunately, the writing style is geared more towards the less intellectual crowd, an apparent attempt to cater to Hardy-boy type readers who prefer sex and violence over the smooth philosophical undertones which characterized Frank Herbert's DUNE series.

The authors also suffer from mistakes and misreading of the original book, Dune, in other ways. The authors go somewhat overboard with making the Harkonnens into monsters, and depict them with red hair, when the original book had them with black hair. Fenring's hmmm's are actually a secret language between him and his wife, but the authors apparently overlook this, and mistakenly portray this as a speech defect in their new prequel.

The level of violence and sexual innuendo is played up in this prequel, and characters such as "the Baron" are a far more affected than the original book ever suggested. The level of adventure is heightened, which is a refreshing change. The authors also do a good job of creatively enhancing details which were only mentioned in Herbert's dune, as well as creating some intriguing ones of their own.

Overall, a good read, but the authors would have benefited from closer reading of the original books.
Anonymous (08/09/01)

Mark Kani
I thought that this novel sets the scene to Dune very well and that the characters seem to portray the story and the history of the rest of the Dune novels in every realistic setting , This is a well deserved prequel and sets the context of the Dune series in which I am proud to say that I own this copy . If you have read the rest of the Dune series then you would have to agree that the characters in this novel tend to follow on from the original Dune book in particular Thufir Hawat and that he hasn't changed other than the fact he might be younger i think? However the only bone that i have to pick is why isn't Gurney Halleck in this prequel maybe he isn't born yet , But in the first novel he remembers the old Duke Pualus strange that he is not in this novel , Well hopefully he would be in the next novel House Harkonen
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