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Dune: House Harkonnen (Prelude to Dune Series #2)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2000

    Read for Dune's history, not for a good SF novel

    The redeeming bit about both this book and its predecessor is that the new stories are culled from the notes of Frank Herbert. Many of the events, in and of themselves, ring true to the designs of the original Dune masterworks. However, (and I'm making a HUGE assumption about who's to blame here) Kevin J. Anderson's contributions to the story and his writing style are out of place. An example of a poor contribution (if it is such) is the introduction of a creature called an 'elecran.' An elecran is a near-mythical beast that is essentially a sentient thundercloud. It can be killed by making it lose contact with the Caladanian seas, and it attacks the main characters solely to illustrate aspects of the characters which have already been revealed. Not only was that inefficient writing, but poor plotting. And the creature simply does not come across as real. It's existence is not justified the way sandworms' are. (BTW, the reason I blame Anderson is that his other books read this way, that Brian had collaborated with his dad in the past and should know better, and that, even if it _was_ in Frank's notes, Herbert Sr. would never include such a creature in the final text.) There are also stylistic problems, not just in voice and content, but even in the mundane things. ('had showed' vs. 'had shown' Which do you think they used?) But, for all its flaws, it is fascinating to discover why certain characters became who they are at the start of Dune (although I'm still trying to discover why Liet Kynes, planetologist to the Emperor, doesn't know Gurney Halleck at the beginning of Dune even though they apparently meet in this book). I plan to get the next installment simply to continue filling in the gaps of Dune's history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2000

    This book is not at all worthy of being part of the dune series....

    This book has way too many 'fuzzy' areas... and even though the entire plot was designed to key into the book Dune it self it does a horrible job. Not only is the plot in this book weak around IX but it also has so many other loopholes. Like when Leto is on the boat and the 'sea monster' is coming straight at them.. What was that all about? Second I found no where in Dune concerning Leto's son Victor.... this is one of the weakest plot in the story... along with idea of the artificial spice development on IX.... and the weak idea around the freedom fighters within IX is just left open... perhaps for future prequels...but even so it just faded away from the book.... the book itself focus more on Gurney on Giedi Prime, Duncan becoming a sword master and the out of place kanly among two Houses the have nothing to do with the saga (Yet, I don¿t know where the authors are going with that) then it does explain all the other essential items to the story most notably the rise and disappearance of Ix later on in the saga... the previous book House Atreides was far far better than this one... it was actually on solid ground in conjunction with the original book. This book however dallies in places that just plain wrong... its just disappointing...they are too many loopholes in the entire story. Also during the first part of the story the reader does not have a clear idea of how mush time is passing by¿ once you reach the second half the entire book seems to go into fast forward mode. And then suddenly it slows down to a crawl. This is showed in Dune itself but it was MUCH more smoother then this books choppy time flow. Also the book does not dwell too much in the politics that surround the imperiam.. In other words this book is just plain bad compared to all the other Dune books. It seems that the book was rushed. Taking all the other books into account this one is by far the worst. God Emperor of Dune was pretty dry.. but it essential for the two ending books¿ I suggest that people wait for the book to come out in soft cover. There is really no point and a waste of money for you to buy it right now.

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