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House Atreides (Dune: House Trilogy, Book 1)
House Atreides - Dune: House Trilogy, Book 1
Author: Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
The New York Times bestselling prequel to the classic award-winning saga by Frank Herbert. — Frank Herbert's award-winning Dune chronicles captured the imagination of millions of readers worldwide. By his death in 1986, Herbert had completed six novels in the series, but much of his vision remained unwritten. Now, working from his f...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780553580273
ISBN-10: 0553580272
Publication Date: 8/2000
Pages: 681
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 129 ratings
Publisher: Spectra
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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The first book in the prequel series to Dune. We get to see a young Leto Atreides and the events that shape him into the man he will become. It's a different style than Frank Herbert wrote, but it's a very good book.
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This was the first book that Brian Herbert took on to try to carry on his father's legacy. In all honest, I was sceptical at first. However, getting a familiar character back (Duncan Idaho) was nice, and to get some early looks at the worlds that would come to play major roles in the original 6-book series was great!
Brian Herbert ability to keep the same feeling in his novel as were in the original novels was great! I felt like I was still reading the same seemless story that Frank Herbert began to weave all those years ago.
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The characters of the book Dune are more fully fleshed out in this book, which somehow manages to keep the flavor of the original classic.
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More than a decade after Frank Herbert's death and the sudden end of his Dune series (with at least another book yet to be written), his son Brian and co-author Kevin Anderson chose to plumb the depths of the Duneiverse and produced this book and its two sequels. Previously, the vast history of Frank Herbert's series was only hinted at in snatches of dialogue, purported encyclopedia entries and in the cult favorite (although disputed as non-canon), Dune Encyclopedia, edited by Dr. Willis E. McNelly. With House: Atreides, Herbert and Anderson attempt to fill in details about the lives of the major players of Dune, namely the families Atreides, Harkonnen and Corrino (the subjects of the trilogy).

Although perhaps not as weighty and significant as the Frank Herbert written works, the book does attempt to fill in the holes of and create a rich backstory for characters only previously seen in Dune. The storytelling is gripping, with enough adventure and intrigue to keep the reader engaged until the end. The fleshing out of minor characters from the original book into major characters in this one and its sequels is an interesting conceit that works well.

An interesting and pleasant enough read that convinced me to move on to the next book and the next. Fans of the original series willing to suspend a bit of criticism and who hoped for more books set in the same universe will not be disappointed by this one.
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