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Dune: The Battle of Corrin (Legends of Dune Series #3)

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

strong Dune entry

The century long war between the human Army of the Jihad and the thinking machine robots of the Synchronized Empire has surprisingly gone very well for the carbon based people. Machine leader Ominius concludes that if current trends continue the humans will prove victo...
The century long war between the human Army of the Jihad and the thinking machine robots of the Synchronized Empire has surprisingly gone very well for the carbon based people. Machine leader Ominius concludes that if current trends continue the humans will prove victorious as they keep recruiting new members with ease. Ominus needs a new weapon of mass destruction to change the tide so he introduces pandemic plagues to eradicate the enemy.--- The virus work extremely well. The machines feel victory is eminent. The humans make a last stand at Corrin, but they are not only reeling from the plague infested deaths, they are divided weakening them further. Jihad leader Varian Atreides claims rival Abulurd Harkonnen acted cowardly; thus both major houses are ready to battle one another at a time when unity is the only hope. Others have split apart seeking solace in enclaves by forming a sorceress based sisterhood and the Freemen of Dune. The future looks bleak for mankind.--- Dune fans will appreciate the final tale in the Legends of Dune trilogy (see THE BUTLERIAN JIHAD and THE MACHINE CRUSADE) that is based on references from Frank Herbert¿s original 1960s novels. The story line is relatively fast-paced (at least for a Dune tale), but also contains the typical mythos-religious blending that is a series trademark). The cast seems two dimensional whether they are human or machine (no Johnny Five is alive amongst this crowd) except perhaps the heated rivalry that adds depth to Varian and Abulurd, but only when they are together in some context. Still readers will enjoy the final act of survival prequels to the Dune dynasty.--- Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 9, 2008

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

It's sad to see what Dune has become.

Anyone who loved Frank Herbert's original Dune series will likely read this book (and all other B. Herbert/K. Anderson Dune books) and be saddened by what Dune has become. Frank Herbert's series was original and driven by multi layered characters. This book is neithe...
Anyone who loved Frank Herbert's original Dune series will likely read this book (and all other B. Herbert/K. Anderson Dune books) and be saddened by what Dune has become. Frank Herbert's series was original and driven by multi layered characters. This book is neither of those things. Originality is non existent - the story seems to be pieced together with bits from popular science fiction books and movies like The Matrix, Star Wars, and even B-grade horror films like Phantasm (piranha mites - what were they thinking?!). The characters are one dimensional at best and leave no lasting impression on the reader. This book suffers greatly from poor editing (as do most Brian Herbert books). Some points in the story must be mentioned, usually verbatim, well over a dozen times. What makes this even worse is that the same points that are repeated in this book have already been repeated ad nauseum in the first two books of this trilogy as well. I dare anyone to read this book without resorting to skimming through pages. The pacing is also very poor. The main points of interest to most fans of the original Dune series (Bene Gesserits, space folding and melange, the Fremen, etc) are all thrown together in the last 1/4 or so of the book. It would have been a much better read had these points been revealed throughout the book. So what could make this book worse? How about plot points that don't make any sense. There are many but for the interest of posting a short review I will mention the main one that really bothered me - if the humans had technology that could wipe out the gel circuitry of the computers without damaging the surrounding area or killing any humans why did they completely destroy entire planets and kill billions of people with atomic weapons? Also, why did they only entrap the machines on Corrin with the gel circuitry destroying sattelites rather than destroying them? These enormous plot holes make absolutely no sense. While all the B. Herbert and K. Anderson Dune books have been disappointing this one is the worst. Unfortunately for Dune fans they are planning on picking up the story after Chapterhouse Dune. Let's hope they do a better job with that - it wouldn't be hard.

posted by Anonymous on May 1, 2006

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2006

    Boring

    The novel is inflated in length, and lacks twists or turns: entirely predictable. The whole series deteriorates from the first book. The 'House' series was much better. Let's hope that when he wraps up his father's work it is much better than this.

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