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House Harkonnen (Dune: House Trilogy, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – August 28, 2001
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"House Harkonnen" reads like one of those Star Wars novels. This makes sense, because co-author Kevin Anderson has written several Star Wars novels. His writing style (along with Brian Herbert) just doesn't fit in well with the other Dune novels, which were known for their rich style. My other big complaint with this book is that it is chock-full of torture scenes. Why? I mean, we get it - the Harkonnens are evil. Is it necessary to give all the grisly details? Frank Herbert was far more subtle and effective in portraying good vs. evil. He did not have to resort to shock value.
Still, this book is interesting, at least for its storyline and its insights into Dune's history. I think it's a worthy read for hardcore Dune fans
I didn't expect the writing to be up to Herbert's standard, but even with that said, the whole book is in serious need of a firm editor's hand.
What killed it for me was finding the word "muscular" used three times on a single page to describe the same person. I suddenly realized that I couldn't waste any more time on something written this badly.
Having accelerated the demise of his father, Emperor Shaddam IV now sits on the throne of a vast galactic empire. A few years ago, the Tlielaxu (a mysteriously religious race who are masters of genetic engineering) subjugated the planet of the Ixians (famous for their advanced machines). The Tleilaxu, in league with the Emperor, are running a huge, secret program on Ix to create an artificial substitute for the spice melange - the most valuable substance in the universe due to its life-extending properties and ability to enhance mental capabilities. Melange can only be found on the desert planet Dune, ruled by Imperial edict by House Harkonnen. The cruel Baron Vladimir Harkonnen seeks to tighten his control over the spice, while at the same time gaining vengeance against his blood enemies House Atreides, and an all-female cult called the Bene Gesserit (who blackmailed the Baron into cooperating in their secret breeding program to create a super-being known as the Kwisatz Haderach, and later infected him with a slowly debilitating illness). The Baron's rival, the young, popular Duke Leto Atreides, having befriended the exiled Prince and Princess of Ix, hopes to help them regain control of their world.Read more ›
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The book is especially helpful to see the past of the characters in the famous Dune series and thus helps to better understand the plot of the Dune.Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
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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
Excellent story and performance. A brilliant addition to the original series.Published 5 months ago by Pen Name
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