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About the Author
Kevin J. Anderson has written in many genres: science fiction, epic fantasy, suspense/thriller, and humor. He is best known for his work in the Star Wars, X-Files, Batman, and Superman universes, as well as the space opera The Saga of Seven Suns; the epic fantasy Spine of the Dragon; his humorous Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. series; and two steampunk fantasy adventures, Clockwork Angels and Clockwork Lives, written with legendary Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart. Anderson is creative consultant on the new Legendary motion picture of Dune and is co-producer of the forthcoming TV series Dune: The Sisterhood. He is the publisher of WordFire Press and also professor and director of the publishing MA program at Western Colorado University.
Together, Herbert and Anderson have written numerous international bestselling novels set in the universe of Frank Herbert’s Dune, as well as the definitive graphic novel adaptation of the classic Dune. They are the authors of an original epic science fiction trilogy, Hellhole, Hellhole Awakening, and Hellhole Inferno. --This text refers to the mass_market edition.
- ASIN : B000FBFN3S
- Publisher : Spectra; Reissue edition (March 18, 2003)
- Publication date : March 18, 2003
- Language : English
- File size : 6367 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 752 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0553580302
- Lending : Not Enabled
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The point of this series of books (Dune: House Atreides, Dune: House Harkonnen, and Dune, House Corrino) is, as far as I can tell, to set up the universe of the original series at the time of the first Dune book. To that end, in these books, we are introduced to the stories behind the feuds that fuel the action in the original books and the backstories of the characters of those books.
Additionally, some stories that were barely hinted at in the original series are told in much more detail here. For instance, the feud between the Tleilaxu and the Ixians, although it is a force in the original series is not explained in any detail as far as I can remember (it has been a while since I read the original series). But here we see how the Tleilexu were just as oppressive of the Ixians during their occupation of Ix as the Harkonnens were of the populations on the planets they controlled.
We also, by the way, get to see the Harkonnens doing their worst to the people of at least three different worlds. And this time we meet what appears to be the only nice member of the Harkonnen family, possibly ever – Baron Vladimir’s younger brother, Abulurd.
We witness the further development of characters we met in Dune: House Atreides – Leto Atreides, Rhombur Vernius, Duncan Idaho, Liet Kynes, and C'tair Pilru. We also pick up another fugitive from Harkonnen persecution, Gurney Halleck. No wonder the Atreides retainers are so hostile to Harkonnens by the time Dune opens.
And speaking of character development, there are the further adventures of Glossu Rabban, Baron Harkonnen’s nephew. In this book, he has graduated from worm hunting and boy hunting to destroying the environment and economy of his home planet, Lankiveil, and murdering his father, Abulurd. But in the process, he messes up so many things that he even manages to irritate his uncle the Baron and almost gets himself killed in the process.
Of the criticisms I've seen, the one that most holds up is repetition and lack of subtlety in the writing. I'm not sure if this is because the book had two authors, but the book repeats itself as if worrying readers will forget. In House Harkonnen, I found the biggest problem to be simplistic characterization. It's as if the authors feel the need to place characters in a "good guy", "bad guy" box, something Frank Herbert probably would never have done. For example, Abulurd Rabban, Baron Harkonnen's brother, is portrayed as nearly angelic because the book needs to use him as a foil to the Baron. This guy comes across as even more saintly than Duke Leto! I love the idea of showing some benevolent Harkonnens, but it would have worked better to have created nuances in the characters that display multifaceted character traits rather than just creating "good" and "bad" Harkonnens.
This book - like the other House books - doesn't have a particularly strong story. I get the sees that the House books were written more to provide backstory for the main characters in Frank Herbert's Dune than to tell its own unique story. This is both good and bad. I'm glad the books don't try to overshadow the story of Dune. Dune clearly represents the climax of a struggle, and so having a major story set just decades before might have detracted from its power. As the middle book, this is particularly problematic because we're past introductions (House Atreides) but not yet at the climax (House Corrino).
That said, if you take the book as general backstory to Dune, it actually works somewhat well (small contradictions aside). Unlike the House Atreides book, which only marginally dealt with the Atreides family, House Harkonnen does provide a more focused look at the Harkonnens and what makes them tick. I do like the contrast between Rabban and the Baron - again, not necessarily subtle, but nevertheless it works for the characters.
Overall, if you read this book, set your expectations. It's not great literature, not even at the level of Frank Herbert's latter Dune novels. But if you want more Dune and you're willing to suspend disbelief, House Harkonnen can be a fun read. Don't expect any great philosophical insights or plot twists. I do think it's safe to expect that the books will make the Dune universe feel much larger and more complicated than what we got in the original novels.
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El libro tardara lo suyo en llegar,pues viene por correo desde UK.
Sobre el libro,es la continuacion de Dune:Casa Atreides.Y,por supuesto,seguira siendo esa novela ficticia que te tendra enganchado a el por largos periodos de tiempo.