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House Corrino (Dune: House Trilogy, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – August 27, 2002
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The authors set the stage in the two previous prequel stories ("House Atreides" and "House Harkonnen") and really didn't need to build up interest over such a long novel. FYI, both previous works are musts for devoted Dune fans. However, this is the best book out of the three editions. New readers will find the style smoother and more modern than the original Frank Herbert series, but not quite as creative. These stories fill in the many gaps in Frank Herbert's background, almost as if reading historical fiction.
The final third of the book is excellent, even difficult to put down as the action reaches a crescendo. Though every fan knows what is going to happen, we have been shielded from the truth all this time. You almost feel as if the story were new. However, there is one last story to tell here. Prepare to see "Dune: Bene Gesserit" bridging the birth of Paul Atreides to the relocation of his family to Planet Arrakis.
I have read every book in both Dune series and rate this book 3.80 out of 5.00 stars, rounded up to 4.00 stars, with points for writing style and for nicely wrapping up a lot of pre-history. Still want to read about more workings behind the scenes of the Sisterhood though.
What am I getting at?
I didn't read the Prelude to Dune novels hoping for Frank's insights and inventiveness. I read them not only hoping to see what Brian and Kevin had salvaged of his unwritten work, but also to escape into one of the grandest space opera's ever conceived.
Yes, there are problems as other reviewers have pointed out. Personally, I think collaborative work on this scale is seldom as successful as it could have been if left for one author to anguish over. The best books, and Frank Herbert was well-known for this, offer insights; other ways of seeing the world so that we may be able to see our own world more clearly.
But I couldn't put it down. The short chapters were like so many tasty morsels of finger-food. 600 pages in five days. I amazed myself. When I got to the last 20 or 30 pages, my head spun with all that was about to happen. House Corrino is like a spider web covered in tiny spiders all vying for their place in the scheme of things.
My conclusion is that if you paid to watch any of the Star Wars movies, then happily pay the man and read yourself this book.
Brian Herbert tells the prehistory of Dune from a different viewpoint than his father. Even though the style is distinctly different the story has definite merits of it's own. I enjoyed learning about the Baron Harkonen and how he became so large. I also enjoyed learning more about the navigators and how they accomplished space travel. Brian Herbert does an excellent job of explaining these mysteries.
There were some negative points in this novel, however. Brian Herbert spent too much time with several characters receiving various forms of punishment. He missed the point, if he thought by over-emphasizing the continual harsh treatment of the stories heros' were either entertaining or inspired fierce sympathy for these characters. The treament of Gurney Halleck for instance, became monotonous and a little embarassing.
I found it difficult to put this book down because it was light reading, very entertaining and fast paced, compared to Dune which I was forced to put down to absorb what I had read.
If you are the type of reader that loves Dune and only enjoys reading fine literature, or you are a Frank Herbert purist you would be better off re-reading Dune. If you enjoy thoughtful, light sci-fi and can deal with the fact that the author is not Frank Herbert you will very much enjoy this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pretty good for something not written by the original author. Not as bad as some of the other ones they've done. Decent read for what it is.Published 1 month ago by Cindy
This book closes up the questions left from the first two books in the trilogy of course, but Herbert comes into his own in this novel. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sam R
House Corrino completes the three part prequel to Dune. It gives the reader a first hand look into the Golden Lion Throne and all the complexities of the Universe of the Future. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stephen Lewis
The writers did a good job of connecting the past with the future. Also, the authors were able to continue the great writing theme in a believable manner.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Despite the haters, I found this entire prequel trilogy fun, exciting, and with delicious background on the dune universe and its characters. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Anonymous scholar
Pulls together the prequel trilogy brilliantly and keeps maintaining the spirit and consistency of the original series.Published 4 months ago by Pen Name
I just finished all three of the "House" trilogy. I enjoyed each book and appreciated the information that was in the House trilogy which supplemented the original Dune... Read morePublished 5 months ago by irene