House Atreides

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THE EPIC PREQUEL TODUNE "DUNE: HOUSE ATREIDESis a terrific prequel, but it is also a first-rate adventure on its own. Frank Herbert would surely be delighted and proud of this continuation of his vision."--Dean Koontz Frank Herbert'sDunechronicles became an enduring classic and the most popular science fiction series of all time. Working from recently discovered files left by his father, Brian Herbert and best-selling novelist Kevin J. Anderson bring usDune: House Atreides, the prequel, which captures all the complexity and grand themes of the original work while weaving a new tapestry of great passion and momentous destiny into a saga that expands the tale written by Frank Herbert more than thirty years ago. Complex, brilliant, and prophetic, Frank Herbert's award-winning Dune chronicles captured the imaginations of millions of readers worldwide--and transformed their perception of what the future could be. By his death in 1986, Frank Herbert had completed six novels in the Dune series. But much of his vision--vast, sprawling, and multilayered--remained unwritten. Now, working from recently discovered files left by his father, Brian Herbert and bestselling novelist Kevin J. Anderson collaborate on a new novel, the first volume in the prequel toDune--where we step onto planet Arrakis...decades beforeDune's hero, Paul Atreides, walks its sands. -- Beginning nearly four decades beforeDune,House Atreidesintroduces pivotal characters, alliances, base treacheries, and bright hopes that form the foundation ofDune. On the planet Arrakis, an aging tyrant sits on the Golden Lion Throne and rules all of the known universe, while his son grows dangerously impatient for the crown. A quasi-religious order of black-robed women move their secret breeding program one momentous step closer to creating a god-child they call the Kwisatz Haderach. And a minor family among the nobility, House Atreides, chooses a course of honor that will bring it to destruction at the hands of its mortal enemy, House Harkonnen--or take it to new heights of power. Here is the rich and complex world that Frank Herbert created in his classic series, in the time leading up to the momentous events ofDune. As Emperor Elrood's son Shaddam plots a subtle regicide, young Leto Atreides leaves his lush, water-rich planet for a year's education on the mechanized world of Ix; a planetologist named Pardot Kynes is dispatched by the Emperor to the desert planet Arrakis, or Dune, to discover the secrets of the addictive spice known as melan≥ and the eight-year-old slave Duncan Idaho is hunted by his cruel masters in a terrifying game from which he vows escape and vengeance. But none can envision the fate in store for them: one that will make them renegades--and shapers of history. Covering the decade when Shaddam wins his throne, the teenager Leo Atreides becomes unexpectedly the rule of House Atreides, and Pardot Kynes uncovers one of the planet Dune's greatest secrets,House Atreidesstands next toDunein its power and scope. While this new novel solves some ofDune's most baffling mysteries, it presents new puzzles springing from the sands where one day Paul Muad'Dib Atreides will walk. But now, in the years before Paul's birth, an unforgettable new epic begins. Fans of theDunechronicles will relish the opportunity to return to the rich and exotic universe created by Frank Herbert, while new readers will be introduced to an incomparable imagination--a future where the fate of the entire cosmos is at stake. The Story BehindDune: House Atreides by Brian Herbert When my father first sat down with me to go over one of my manuscripts, he told me that he couldn't teach me how to write; instead, he would t
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c1999
ISBN: 9780553110616
Branch Call Number: SF
Characteristics: 604 p. : maps ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Anderson, Kevin J. 1962-
Herbert, Frank


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Nov 05, 2013

Not on the same level of the original books. Nevertheless I mostly enjoyed it as it does capture some of the magic of the Frank Herbert originals. House Harkonnen & House Corinno are about the same. if you are seriously into Dune I would recommend reading them in the following order: House Atreides, House Harkonnen, House Corinno, Dune, Dune messiah, Paul of Dune, Winds of Dune, Children of Dune, God Emporer, Heretics, and Chapterhouse. Avoid Butlerian Jihad, Machine Crusade, Battle of Corrin & Sisterhood. I have not yet read Hunters or Sandworms.

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Mar 16, 2010

While it's not as good as Herbert's original series, this book is a welcome return to the world and characters of "Dune," and recpatures some of the spirit of the first book that was lost in the depth of later books in the series like "Heretics of Dune."


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