Dune: House Corrino Hardcover – Oct 2 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
In this fully satisfying conclusion (after Dune: House Atreides and Dune: House Harkonnen) to the authors' "House" trilogy, Emperor Shaddam Corrino tries to grasp greater power than any emperor before him and to rule the Million Worlds solely according to his whims. On the captured planet Ix, the research Shaddam directs into the creation of a synthetic spice, amal, that will make him all-powerful spirals out of control, putting the entire civilization at risk. Meanwhile, the enslavers of Ix must contend with threats from exiled Prince Rhombur Vernius, who wishes to rule the planet instead. Tumultuous times are also in store for the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood, whose breeding plan has been thrown off course one generation shy of its end. Tension between the houses Atreides and Harkonnen builds to a dramatic showdown. While the intricacy of the first prequel is absent here, so is the filler of the second. Because Herbert and Anderson are extrapolating from someone else's ideas and characters, they tend to overuse catch phrases (like "the Golden Lion throne") from Dune and its sequels with a resulting flatness of language. The inevitable derivative features aside, this is a good, steady, enjoyable tale, and readers who haven't read the first two books can easily follow the plot. A bold, red-and-gold dust jacket, with illustration by Stephen Youll, is a real eye-catcher. Fans who will be sorry to see the end of this series will be heartened by the hint that the Dune saga is far from over.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
As Emperor Shaddam IV seeks to consolidate his power as Emperor of a Million Worlds through the monopoly of the spice trade, other forces array themselves in opposition to his increasingly tyrannical rule. Herbert and Anderson conclude their trilogy (Dune: House Atreides; Dune: House Harkonnen) chronicling the years leading up to the events portrayed in the late Frank Herbert's Dune with a war for the liberation of the conquered planet Ix and the birth of a son to Duke Leto Atreides and his Bene Gesserit wife, Jessica. Though dependent on the previous books, this complex and compelling tale of dynastic intrigue and high drama adds a significant chapter to the classic Dune saga. Highly recommended.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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We see the continuing story that begins in the years before Dune. The Atreides family, rocked with tragedy, begins a desperate plan to retake the planet of Ix, while Jessica is pregnant with a forbidden son, Paul. The Harkonnens still seethe and stew their evil plots from Geidi Prime. And most of all, the decadent emperor Shaddam IV, greedy for more power, is close to unleashing his secret amal on the universe, regardless of the consequences.
The writing style and depth have improved considerably from the beginning in House Atreides. The vivid details make it easy to imagine the majesty of Kaitain, the desolation of Dune, and the depravity of Geidi Prime. Herbert and Anderson also show more confidence in developing intricate plots and subplots. And still, they manage a little humor, like the Baron's etiquette lessons.
But, like other reviewers have pointed out, the prequel isn't finished yet. There needs to be a fourth book, to seal the gap, the empty 15 years between House Corrino and Dune. I know Herbert and Anderson are up to the task.
The authors set the stage in the two previous prequel stories ("House Atreides" and "House Harkonnen") and really didn't need to build up interest over such a long novel. FYI, both previous works are musts for devoted Dune fans. However, this is the best book out of the three editions. New readers will find the style smoother and more modern than the original Frank Herbert series, but not quite as creative. These stories fill in the many gaps in Frank Herbert's background, almost as if reading historical fiction.
The final third of the book is excellent, even difficult to put down as the action reaches a crescendo. Though every fan knows what is going to happen, we have been shielded from the truth all this time. You almost feel as if the story were new. However, there is one last story to tell here. Prepare to see "Dune: Bene Gesserit" bridging the birth of Paul Atreides to the relocation of his family to Planet Arrakis.
I have read every book in both Dune series and rate this book 3.80 out of 5.00 stars, rounded up to 4.00 stars, with points for writing style and for nicely wrapping up a lot of pre-history. Still want to read about more workings behind the scenes of the Sisterhood though.
Another failing of the book is the ridiculous yet surprising climax that revolves around Harkonnen mentat, Piter.Read more ›
The younger Herbert is a competent author, but his story is stretched paper thin in an attempt to include all the major characters from Dune without any dramatic action that would contradict the older book. There is practically no reason, for instance, to have included the Fremen in this series, and very little reason to have included the Harkonens. All in all, this book and the series to which it belongs are unsatisfying and unnecessary. The subtle games of politics and nuance practiced in the world of the origninal Dune universe are completely missing, which robs the characters of much of their fascination. Reading this book on it's own without having read Dune, the entire concept of Galactic Empire seems silly and outdated. It's a measure of the writing skill of Frank Herbert that he was able to make it so convincing in his orginal work.
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One of 3 Prequels to DUNE Helps to make my Dune collection complete. Son is a good writer although not as brilliant as Dad.Published 22 months ago by Jack Graham
I have been trying to track down a version of this novel in Hard Cover for years. Thank you from my husband for the step closer to completing his collection. Read morePublished on April 10 2011 by Roseanne V. Johnson
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A Quote from Dune, by Frank Herbert: "...And take the most special care that you locate Muad'Dib in his place: The planet Arrakis. Read morePublished on April 20 2004 by M. Elizabeth Pietrzak
It is a decent tale by itself and within Brian Herbert's series, but as he grows more comfortable, he seems to stray further from the original Dune storyline, in which case he... Read morePublished on Dec 15 2003 by Steven M. Balke Jr.
We of the Sisterhood have discovered a glaring transgression of the tenets of the "Dune" series in this last and the worst written of the series of manifestos: the drug Amal and... Read morePublished on Dec 5 2003 by Heather H.