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Dune: House Corrino (Prelude to Dune) MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
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From Publishers Weekly
In this fully satisfying conclusion (after Dune: House Atreides and Dune: House Harkonnen) to the authors' "House" trilogy, Emperor Shaddam Corrino tries to grasp greater power than any emperor before him and to rule the Million Worlds solely according to his whims. On the captured planet Ix, the research Shaddam directs into the creation of a synthetic spice, amal, that will make him all-powerful spirals out of control, putting the entire civilization at risk. Meanwhile, the enslavers of Ix must contend with threats from exiled Prince Rhombur Vernius, who wishes to rule the planet instead. Tumultuous times are also in store for the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood, whose breeding plan has been thrown off course one generation shy of its end. Tension between the houses Atreides and Harkonnen builds to a dramatic showdown. While the intricacy of the first prequel is absent here, so is the filler of the second. Because Herbert and Anderson are extrapolating from someone else's ideas and characters, they tend to overuse catch phrases (like "the Golden Lion throne") from Dune and its sequels with a resulting flatness of language. The inevitable derivative features aside, this is a good, steady, enjoyable tale, and readers who haven't read the first two books can easily follow the plot. A bold, red-and-gold dust jacket, with illustration by Stephen Youll, is a real eye-catcher. Fans who will be sorry to see the end of this series will be heartened by the hint that the Dune saga is far from over.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
First House Atreides. Then House Harkonnen. Now, continuing to plunder the material left by Frank Herbert, the authors finish off the trilogy that serves as a prequel to Herbert's immortal sf epic, Dune.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
Brian and Kevin start with this trilogy a difficult mission: revisit Dune's universe describing the events immediately preceding Dune, the first & unforgettable volume of the famous saga.
Did they succeed? Well, yes and... no. Yes because they deliver an interesting first step with all the elements of this fascinating universe; and no because the stories are not as gripping as the original Dune.
Nevertheless Dune's fans (as me) should not be too disappointed because even Frank Herbert wasn't at the same height when writing Dune Messiah, Children of Dune and God Emperor of Dune and he will recover allure only with the two last books of the series.
So let us hope the same will happen with Brian & Kevin efforts in next trilogies!
The variety of themes touched by the original series is still present in this trilogy: ecology, political-religious interaction, genetic manipulation, longevity drugs and secret sisterhoods and brotherhoods.
The story is as follows.
There is a Galactic Empire ruled by the Emperor. There are powerful Noble Houses that rule different planetary systems and confront each other in endless struggle, yet subject to strict rules. There is a Guild of interstellar Pilots. There is the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood following their eugenic plans and playing in backstage as advisors to all powers. Computers & AI are forbidden and replaced by human-computers called Mentat. Arrakis is Desert Planet producer of a unique substance: the Spice and it is inhabited by mysterious desert dwellers: the Fremen.
Consist of several threads that are mingled and interact thru the whole triad.
A Duke Leto Atreides is decided to establish his House in a dominant position at the same time Lady Jessica his concubine is pregnant.
The Bene Gesserit Sisterhood following their eugenic plans is anxiously waiting for Jessica's child certain that will be the expected girl.
Baron Vladimir head of Noble House Harkonnen, Atreides' ancestral enemy, continue staging plot after plot against the Atreides.
The Emperor Shaddam is certain that his secret plan to obtain synthetic Spice is nearing success and start launching imprudent political and military blows without the counsel of his intimate supporter Count Fenring.
The Bene Tleilax main investigator is planning to profit from "his" Spice and let down Emperor's hopes.
This book is the best of the trilogy and all threads are neatly tied at its conclusion.
I recommend this book to sci-fi lovers and general public too.
Reviewed by Max Yofre.
In fact, House Corrino does a fair job of explaining the inner workings of the Galactic Imperium--better than Dune itself did. The reader learns a great deal about House-to-House warfare, the strictures of kanly, and other elements of the Dune universe which the original Dune novel really only just touched upon. The Bene Gesserit Sisterhood, similarly, springs to life in this novel.
I went back and forth between three stars and four, but ultimately went with four stars because this book passed one of my major tests: I enjoyed reading it the second time as much as the first. This is a genuine story of political intrigue that is internally consistent, features decent character development (perhaps even better than Frank Herbert achieved in Dune; character development was never one of Frank Herbert's major strengths.)
Overall this is an engaging novel that Dune enthusiasts won't want to pass up. I thought it was clearly better than the sequels to Dune that Frank Herbert himself wrote.