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Dune: House Atreides (Prelude to Dune Series #1)

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Prelude to Dune stands on its own merits

Dune: House Atreides, the first of three books leading up to the events of the original Dune series, successfully (re)introduces the characters and themes of the Frank Herbert books, although it is burdened by the legacy the classic Dune books have left behind. Brian...
Dune: House Atreides, the first of three books leading up to the events of the original Dune series, successfully (re)introduces the characters and themes of the Frank Herbert books, although it is burdened by the legacy the classic Dune books have left behind. Brian Herbert, a most gentle and honorable soul I have had the pleasure of meeting on a couple of occasions at book signings, and Kevin J. Anderson, have undertaken an almost impossible task in trying to fill out the missing story lines of the original books. To those who quip that they are just out to make an easy buck, know that this undertaking was not done in haste, and no decision was taken lightly. Brian and Kevin have done their homework and their goal is to finish the story. But to do so requires telling us what lead up to the events in Dune. Creating the 1000 page Dune Concordance used as their Dune encyclopedia, and writing 1800 pages plus to get to the point of being able to finish the Dune story line, not to mention a probably detour to the Butlerian Jihad events 10000 years earlier, is no way to go about making an easy buck! Both authors are accomplished writers who did not need to take on such a tremendous challenge. Yet they have, and although I think the story gets off to a slow start, the last 300 pages made it hard to put the book down. Although one who has read the original books will be familiar with the characters, the story in House Atreides is well enough written to keep the reader's interest, and keep one wondering how things will play out. The authors follow a number of plot threads that generally coalesce into one thread that is followed at the end. My one complaint would be that early on the story line tends to jump around just a little too much. I would have liked to see a little longer spells following one plot or another. Perhaps this clearer focus later on made the book a more gripping read for me as I turned the pages. Having not read the original Dune since the mid 1980's, and only having been able to 'catch' up with Frank Herbert's later Dune books because he sadly passed away - he seemed to write them far faster than I could read them - I cannot easily compare this new book with the original. However, I do not feel compelled to do so either. House Atreides stands on its own merits. It is a book that new fans can enjoy, and old fans should be able to as well. It cannot be as original as the original - that's just the nature of things - but that does not lessen the quality of the book. As the authors become more comfortable with the Dune world they are writing about/in, and their storyline becomes more developed I suspect the future offerings, House Harkonnen, and then House Corrino, will be even more compelling reads. I recommend this book.

posted by Anonymous on November 19, 2003

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A fair attempt

The original Dune series was enigmatic and challenging. It demanded that the readers pay attention and draw connections that Frank Herbert did not always make immediately clear. With House Atriedes the treatment of the characters and subject is too light and entirely ...
The original Dune series was enigmatic and challenging. It demanded that the readers pay attention and draw connections that Frank Herbert did not always make immediately clear. With House Atriedes the treatment of the characters and subject is too light and entirely too elementary. I respect the challenge that young Herbert faces following in his father's tracks but I was disappointed in the lack of depth.

posted by Anonymous on October 11, 2000

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2000

    A fair attempt

    The original Dune series was enigmatic and challenging. It demanded that the readers pay attention and draw connections that Frank Herbert did not always make immediately clear. With House Atriedes the treatment of the characters and subject is too light and entirely too elementary. I respect the challenge that young Herbert faces following in his father's tracks but I was disappointed in the lack of depth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2014

    Good

    This book is set 10,148 years after te Mentats of Dune. Although this was good, so far it has been my least favorite( dethroning MoD). The story was interesting, but the writing was somewhat awkward. This was as well written as the 5 previous novels and I found myself dozing off in some parts of tthe book. I enjoyed reading about PE Elrood IX and Duke Paulus, but the rest the story was somewht flat, and you can certainly tell that is the 1st DUNE book that these two wrote, it was still good but I only give it a 80 % C.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2000

    Good... but not like the original.

    Frank Herbert's series nearly blew me away in its complexity, themes, and scope. While Dune House Atreides is very good, after the opening chapter it is clear it was not written by the writer of Dune and Chapterhouse: Dune. It is worth the read, but lacks the complexity of the original books. Interesting, and sometimes compelling, it helps to lay the foundation that is only hinted at later.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2000

    Not as good as the original Dune, but how could that be?

    I read the original Dune novel about 25 years ago and it's still one of my favourite SF-novels. For a start: 'Dune: House Atreides' isn't as good as the original novel. But hey: what is? Even Frank H. himself couldn't top his original. His sequels to Dune aren't on the same level as the original, none of them. Only - in my view - 'God emperor' comes close, but not very. So what could be expected of Herbert junior and Anderson? That they might do better than 'Heretics' or 'Chapterhouse', for example. And they did. They put some nice twists and turns to (or rather: before) the original story which make me curious about the next prequel. There's a lot of critism about their effort, and some of it is right. Of course, this is more of an adventure novel, not as rich in ideas as the original and sometimes they are way of the mark with the 'prequels' to the original characters. Count Fehnring for example. Nevertheless Herbert/Anderson have wrought an enjoyable read. Oh and boys and girls: do not confuse the information about Duncan Idaho's background from the original Dune with the personal history of Gurney Halleck, please. It was Halleck who had a sister who was killed by the Harkonnen, not Idaho. And I have a pretty good idea why Halleck seems not to be around yet in D:HA. Look for the character who has a much beloved sister and learns how to play the baliset, is all I say.

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