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The Battle of Corrin (Legends of Dune, Book 3) Hardcover – August 17, 2004


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Dune addicts will happily devour Herbert and Anderson's spicy conclusion (after 2003's Dune: The Machine Crusade) to their second prequel trilogy, Legends of Dune. A fearsome robot-engineered plague opens the tumultuous Battle of Corrin, climaxing the century-long galactic war between humans and the computer Omnius's robotic Synchronized Empire. Vorian Atredies, supreme commander of the human Army of the Jihad, initiates the no-holds-barred feud between House Atreides and House Harkonnen by exiling Abulurd Harkonnen for cowardice, while Vorian's granddaughter Raquella molds the Sorceress survivors into a biochemically based sisterhood and Ishmael leads his people into Arrakis's sandwormy desert to become Fremen of Dune. All the Dune themes-religion and politics, fanaticism, ecology, opportunism, totalitarianism, the power of myth-exhaustively prepare the way for Frank Herbert's sweeping classic of corruptibility and survival.
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What appears to be the end of the Herbert-Anderson Dune prequels opens 56 years after the death of Serena Butler. The Jihad offers hopes of victory over the sentient machines and peace on human terms to a war-scarred galaxy. Unfortunately, the machine leader Omnius conceives a final, desperate, and, coming from a machine intelligence, ironic plan: biological warfare that spreads devastating plagues across scores of human-settled worlds. Herbert and Anderson vividly depict the plagues' effects, although given such a large cast of characters, some readers may feel the emotional impacts of particular characters' fates are rather blunted. The action rises to a thunderous climax in the account of the Battle of Corrin, which occupies a good third of a long book but more than makes up for previous deficiencies in pacing. At the end, we understand why House Corrino sits on the imperial throne, why House Harkonnen is out of favor, why House Atreides is where it is, and why Ishmael has led the ancestors of the Fremen into the desert wastes of the planet known as Arrakis. Thence on, or back, to Frank Herbert's perdurable classic. As before, a job well done. Roland Green
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Product Details

  • Series: Dune (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (August 17, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765301598
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765301598
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.7 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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82 of 96 people found the following review helpful By B. Capossere TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
One steps into this series not expecting the achievement of Dune, an unfairly high standard, but a good read with maybe some flashes of Dune's complexity of character, plot, and philosophy. The first book of this trilogy, the Butlerian Jihad, failed in the latter two areas but the plot was a good enough read to overcome those flaws. The second book was a step backward, with the same weak characterization, but this time not balanced by a strongly told story. The Battle of Corrin, unfortunately, continues the downward trend. As in the other books, characterization is almost uniformly shallow, which is tough to do since some of these characters we've seen over the course of several long books now. Those characters we've seen in prior books don't seem to have developed much and the new characters are mostly two-dimensional. The plot is weak, mostly an episodic narrative of battles among the three major groups at war (the humans, the cymeks, the robots). The weakness of the plot is exacerbated by the "been there, done that" sense of repetition. It seems the three books could easily have been combined into two, making for a more streamlined, less repetitive narrative. Not everything needs to be a trilogy (Tolkien be damned). Another flaw affecting involving both plot and character is that too many actions seem arbitrary or contrived, done more for a plotline than developing out of character. Some, in fact, seem wholly out of character or simply unbelievable. Finally, whereas the first book mostly avoided the prequel problem of rote action meant to connect the dots of later books, this one is rolling in it, filled with awkwardly introduced or clumsily handled events/phrases written in so the reader can go "ahh, so that's why they call them xxxxxxxx in Dune".Read more ›
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 28, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Like so many others, I did not expect this series to equal or surpass the original Dune series.

I have been quite pleased with this series until now, enjoying the opportunity to view the world of Dune from a new perspective. Watching Herbert's universe take shape has actually been quite entertaining.

This particular book, however, falls short. The writing feels forced and rushed, the dialog completely inane, the characters stripped of any complexity. The villians are stupid and easily manipulated. The characters make rash decisions with vast, universe-shattering consequences but do not even pause to do a bit of soul-searching for the benefit of the by now befuddled reader.

The sentences are often redundant and obviously barely edited, if at all. The book is readable, but the poor writing intrudes constantly.

If you're a follower of the series, you might rent it from the library to find out how the conflict ends, but I'm not sure it's worth the 7.99. (To add insult to injury, my copy, at least, is poorly printed.)
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44 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader VINE VOICE on September 19, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Where others have attacked this series of books for not living up to the original Dune, I've tried to give them the benefit of the doubt. Sure, they don't compare with Frank Herberet's masterpiece, but then I never expected them to. On their own, the first two novels were good "Star Wars"-style space opera; however, this book was just not as good. It was almost as if the authors wanted to get the series done and over with so they could move on to other ideas. I think it also lacks in continuity between the other novels. The first two books featured the same characters and followed within several years of the Jihad timeline. This book jumps ahead several decades and introduces and entirely new cast of characters, with the exception of Vorien Atreides who survives because he received life extending treatments from his father. Near the end, the book seems rushed and falls flat. What started out as an OK continuation of the Dune saga fell flat with this novel.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Monty on May 26, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Like several other reviews for this product, this review is more a review for the entire trilogy than for the Battle of Corrin in particular.

I like the Dune series a lot. The first book by Frank Herbert is one of the greatest sci-fi/fantasy novels of all time. I say "fantasy" because as a work of "soft" sci-fi, Dune displays many characteristics of fantasy.

Although I contend that Frank Herbert never managed to recapture the greatness of the original in the later books, there is no doubt that he was a tremendously intelligent and skilled writer. His talent still shines in Dune Messiah through Chapterhouse.

The Butlerian Jihad had a lot of potential to be made into a great story. I do not pretend to know how Frank Herbert would have handled this subject matter if at all so I'll try to critique this series on its own merits. Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson are NOT good writers. The writing throughout this trilogy is very, very bland. The characters are numerous but the characterisation falls flat (in part because of a very detached narrative style that doesn't allow the reader to peer into the characters' heads).

Besides being boring, the writing also comes off as lazy. The authors use vague adjectives rather than vivid imagery. They use too many similes that start with "like..." I felt that certain descriptions that would have been interesting to the reader if done in-depth were glossed over because an in-depth job would have required more effort. There are also a number of questionable plot elements. Omnius, a supreme AI that exists thousands of years in the future, is more an example of artificial stupidity than anything else.
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