House Atreides

House Atreides THE EPIC PREQUEL TO DUNE DUNE HOUSE ATREIDES is 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 visio

  • Title: House Atreides
  • Author: Brian Herbert Kevin J. Anderson
  • ISBN: 9780553110616
  • Page: 496
  • Format: Hardcover
  • THE EPIC PREQUEL TO DUNE DUNE HOUSE ATREIDES is 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 KoontzFrank Herbert s Dune chronicles became an enduring classic and the most popular science fiction series of all time Working from recently discovered fTHE EPIC PREQUEL TO DUNE DUNE HOUSE ATREIDES is 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 KoontzFrank Herbert s Dune chronicles 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 us Dune 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 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 to Dune where we step onto planet Arrakiscades before Dune s hero, Paul Atreides, walks its sands Beginning nearly four decades before Dune, House Atreides introduces pivotal characters, alliances, base treacheries, and bright hopes that form the foundation of Dune, 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 impatientfor 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 of Dune, 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 melange 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 Atreides stands next to Dune in its power and scope While this new novel solves some of Dune 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 the Dune chronicles will relish the opportunity to return to the rich and exotic universe createdby 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 Behind Dune 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 teach me what he called the care and feeding of editors how to make manuscripts look presentable so that they wouldn t be tossed into a slush pile, unread He then proceeded to teach me how to write I remember many instances when we would brainstorm ideas and dissect my own novel manuscripts He taught me how to develop worlds, to create characters, to invent actiond to describe all of it We collaborated on the novel Man of Two Worlds, Frank Herbert s last published work, and even talked about working together on a new Dune novel, but we d set no date, had established no specific details or direction That novel was not to be When my father died in 1986, he left several projects unfinished For years there were rumors that I would write another novel set in my father s Dune universe, a sequel to the sixth book in the series, Chapterhouse Dune Prominent writers approached me with offers of collaboration, but in tossing ideas around with them I couldn t visualize the project coming to fruition They were excellent writers, but in combination with them I didn t feel the necessary synergy for such a monumental task Along with Tolkien s The Lord of the Rings and a handful of other works, Dune stood as one of the greatest creative achievements of all time, and arguably the greatest example of science fictionworld building in the history of literature For the sake of my father s legacy, I could not select the wrong person It wasn t until I began conversation with Kevin J Anderson, a critically acclaimed and internationally best selling author, that I found someone whose enthusiasm and passion for the Dune universe match my own Much of Kevin s writing had been influenced heavily by the work of Frank Herbert I read everything I could get my hands on that Kevin had written, and did checking on him It soon became clear that he was a brilliant writer and that his reputation was sterling We hit it off immediately, both on a personal and professional level new story ideas fairly exploded from our minds and together, we found the energy to tackle such a massive project Frank Herbert had left behind literally thousands of pages of notes, ideas, and sketches Of all the possible Dune stories we could tell, Kevin and I chose to concentrate on an immediate prequel, to go back to the heart of Dune s readership, the core characters and situations that had made this the best selling science fiction novel of all time The love story of Duke Leto and Lady Jessica their first battle with Baron Harkonnen the quest of the planetologist Kynes, sent to the desert world of Dune to investigate the precious spice and the sandworms and the Fremend the power hungry Crown Prince Shaddam, who would do anything to secure the Imperial throne The Dune universe is a vast canvas, with ample opportunity for many stories, but we have chosen to start here, featuring the characters with whom all Dune fans are familiar Dune House Atreides is a personal story that means a great deal to us we hope booksellers and readers alike will feel the same way Signed, Brian Herbert

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    1. At a meeting of the Jedi Council on Coruscant, the Masters discuss Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson’s 1999 novel Dune: House Atreides.Yoda: Enjoy it I did.Mace Windu: Yes, I felt that an exploration of the earlier generation was an excellent way to further develop the storyline.Ki-Adi-Mundi: Absolutely, Herbert and Anderson’s collaboration did not try to copy or imitate the narrative style of Frank Herbert, but rather to give life and a new voice to his earlier vision.Plo Koon: And sell s [...]

    2. Buddy read with Athena!Blindness can take many forms other than the inability to see. Fanatics are often blinded in their thoughts. Leaders are often blinded in their hearts. - The Orange Catholic BibleDecades before the events of the Great Dune Trilogy, we go back to the blissful times in the reign of Emperor Elrood IX. Peace and prosperity rule in the Known Universe, and on the beautiful Atreides homeworld of Caladan, young Leto Atreides is being slowly, but steadily, groomed for command.Forge [...]

    3. The entire "House" series is unreadable crap and an embarrassing exploitation of the author's father's name.

    4. Buddy read with MarkusDune 5*****Dune Messiah 5*****Children of Dune 4****God Emperor of Dune 2**Heretics of Dune 4****Chapterhouse: Dune 3***I must rule with eye and claw-as the hawk among lesser birds.-Duke Paulus Atreides,The Atreides Assertion

    5. This the first in the Prelude to Dune series of novels that provide the back story to Frank Herbert's DUNE.The series consists of:House AtreidesHouse Harkonnen House CorrinoPlot ***Spoilers***House AtreidesThe novel begins on the planet of Arrakis, 35 years before the events of the original novel Dune. The Baron Vladimir Harkonnen has just taken over the governorship of Arrakis (also called Dune) from his younger brother Abulurd, who has allowed spice production to decrease heavily. The Baron se [...]

    6. Well after I finished Chapterhouse Dune, I was pretty sure I was done reading anymore Dune books, but I decided I would give Herbert's son and Anderson a chance to wow me with the their writing, imaginations and notes left behind from Frank Herbert. Needless to say I love Herbert's Dune series, it really blew my mind on many levels. Inventiveness, technology, cutting edge class, philosophy I don't know where to stop really.So when I picked up these prequals, they really had quite a bit to overco [...]

    7. Terrible. A few interesting moments but it's diluted with too much that's simply boring.There's a few ways to do a good prequel. The easiest is to throw it back so far in time that pretty much *anything* could result in the world your readers are expecting. The second way is to hit the nail perfectly, making the one obvious lead-in to your source material. Thirdly, you can start of with a completely unexpected plot and through Herculean loose-end-tying make it mesh in an interesting way.This is [...]

    8. I just wrote one of the best reviews ever, one that included a lot of self-degradation and covered a lot of science fiction nerd-dom and references to Roger Zelazny and shit and freaking made it all disappear. Things like that make me want to vomit. There will be no recreating that colossal review.Suck this, !I'm going to go put on my stillsuit and ride a sandworm while munching on some melange. I'm going to take down now with my mind, Bene Gesserit style. If you don't get any of that, I can't [...]

    9. I felt so dirty after reading this "novel" that I felt compelled to re-read the entirety of the actual Dune series.

    10. Like many sci fi lovers I read Frank Herbert's Dune--a book I loved for its richness and detail with all of the subcultures, traditions and intrigue centered on the spice--the eye-blue-ing, mind-altering and space-bending drug of drugs. Add the aristocracy and royal "Houses" murdering, betrayal, plots within plots and I did little else but read for days. It seemed that sequels were not as compelling and when Herbert died, I assumed a grand story was finally done. Then the "prequels" came out and [...]

    11. These are, of course, horrifically bad. I read them one Christmas break when I was stuck in a house in the middle of Missouri with nothing to do but read these or watch ER. Last time I forgot to take a book with me to that house!

    12. *Same review for the Dune Universe*GREAT books! VERY time consuming! Worth the time!Ok here is the deal. If your not sure about starting a series this big, here is what I would do.1. -- Read the 1st one by Frank Herbert "Dune" if you like it2. -- Read the "Legends Of Dune" series. Its 3 books written by Frank's son Brian and a author I really like by the name of Keven J. Anderson. Its a prequel that is so far in the past that it doesn't spoil the Original Dune series in any way, and you could st [...]

    13. Anderson appears to have written books for a lot of different sci-fi worlds, and this gives me the impression that it has given him a sort of writing ADD. Everything in Dune: House Atreides and Dune: House Harkonnen was just stated straight out, and then the plot moved on, nice and orderly, with no expansion, no flavor, no life: march, words, march! Some important event has occured here, moving on! Look at the rate the books are churned out: Oct 99, Oct 00, Oct 01, Sep 02, Sep 03, Aug 04, Sep 05 [...]

    14. The House Trilogy is a good addition to the Dune series. For those that have read the originals, you get a good introduction to the history behind a lot of the key players in the original Dune.Despite this, Brian Herbert doesn't recreate the same world his father did. Certain things feel a bit predictable where as his fathers work never had that feeling. Perhaps it has partly to do with knowing that certain things can't happen or that would have violated the continuity of his fathers work, but e [...]

    15. I had to put this down after the second or third chapter. It was too painful.The audio-book as read by Tim Curry, however, was somewhat curiously entertaining. Likely because Tim Curry could make a curiously entertaining reading of a telephone directory if he really wanted to. Come to think of it, that might be a more constructive expenditure of time and money.Frankly, I'd skip the entire "House" series entirely if I were you. I rather wish I had.

    16. Very disappointing. Given how many holes are already in Frank Herbert's Dune books, it's easy to see how this is an impossible task. Take the bestselling SF novel of all time and cash in -- err, I mean write -- some prequels.Frank Herbert's writing is brilliant but definitely flawed. But the mix of the two is, apparently to lots of readers, definitely tolerable. Messing with that is asking for trouble, and that's what this book is. The characters are even flatter and less believable than in the [...]

    17. Although I genuinely enjoy Frank Herbert’s original novels, these 2nd generation novels furtive attempts at capturing the essence of his universe lack finesse as well as grace (at least this one does). Having grown up reading Kevin J Anderson, I know him to be a strong writer with a firm grasp on characterization and form. I can only surmise that he deferred too much steering of the authorship to Brian, who I will refer to by his first name rather than his last to denote that he in no ways liv [...]

    18. When I first read Dune by Frank Herbert, I was lying on a beach with a stack of about 8 books that I intended to read over the next few days. On the first day, I blew through 2 or 3 quite easily. On the second day, I started Dune, and by the second chapter I knew that I would be consumed by this book for probably the rest of my vacation. Mr. Herbert constructed an elaborate and engaging universe of unrivaled imagination in science fiction. The characters lept from the page including the very piv [...]

    19. The first "Dunequel" I read. The original "Dune" series, the first book of which is a sci-fi classic, was written by Frank Herbert, who died in the 1980's. His son Brian Herbert then undertook the task of writing many prequels, sequels, interquels (an actual thing!), and basically any other type of -quel you can imagine. A skeptic would say that this was done to "cash in" on a sci-fi franchise that should've been much huger than it ever was ("Star Wars" was very heavily inspired by "Dune" and lo [...]

    20. Dune is one of my all-time favorite books, and this is a great addition to the canon. It's so exciting to learn the histories of the well-loved characters of Dune. Brian Herbert's writing style is very similar to his father's, so the book (and the whole prequel trilogy) doesn't seem out of place in the Dune universe.From the book jacket: "Covering the decade when Shaddam wins the throne, the teenager Leto Atreides becomes unexpectedly the ruler of House Atreides, and Pardot Kynes uncovers one of [...]

    21. I am not a big sci-fi reader and I've never read any of the original Dune series, so I went into this somewhat skeptical. Honestly, I picked up the first one, House Atreidies, because it was on the paperback sale at Audible. That said, I really really enjoyed the whole series.At the end of book 1 of the trilogy I was a bit taken abackat's the end? That's when I went out and bought books 2 and 3. And I've been listening to these books non-stop now for a week. It's fascinating, well written, and a [...]

    22. Brian just doesn't have the skills of his father, I was clearly disappointed with this novel in comparison to my love for his father's Dune Series!

    23. I am enjoying the backstory of Dune - one of my favorite series. Learning the history of the great houses and the agenda of the B.G. has certainly changed my perception of the original novel. Watching the decline of the Baron has given me a perverse pleasure - The man that embodies everything horrible about house Harkonnen. It will be interesting to read the next book and determine how a house that started from heroes of the Jihad has declined to such a cruel, perverse bunch of psychotics. The d [...]

    24. The Brian Herbert-Kevin J. Anderson Dune books are quite polarizing. After having read this book, I find some of the criticism valid. But it's also clear that the authors did try to flesh out the Dune universe in a way that would satisfy Frank Herbert. They're clearly not quite as good with the art of writing, but the books aren't trash.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 autho [...]

    25. What can I say about "Dune: House Atreides"? Well, it wasn't bad. The story fit into the Dune Universe rather nicely. The characters are easily recognisable as the classic figures from the original story, and the events—while few and far between—conjure the predictable prelude to Frank Herbert's classic original. Herein lies the problem though. There was a very good reason Frank Herbert started "Dune" at the brink of disaster. He threw you right into the middle of the story. He ignored all o [...]

    26. Book title and author: Dune House Atraties by: Brian Herbert & Kevin AndersonTitle of review: A Beautiful Prequel to an epic sequelNumber of stars (1 to 5): 5Introduction I read this book before reading the original Dune and I feel that is the best way to experience the series from prequel to sequal and all in between.Description and summary of main points The book follows many charters but the main character is no doubt Leto Atreties the young heir to House Atreties. His father Palus , D [...]

    27. Kuća Atreida prva knjiga trilogije Preludijum Dune kvalitetom odskače od serijala Legende Dine. Ipak ona nije na istom nivou kao knjige koje je pisao Herbert stariji. Svakako da svim fanovima Dine toplo preporučujem ovu knjigu uz savjet da smanje očekivanja u odnosu na Frenkove knjige, ali da očekuju više u odnosu na Legende Dine. Radnja romana se dešava par decenija prije Dine. Leto Atreid je dječak koji polako sazrijeva uz svog oca, ali i kroz uzbudljivi boravak na Iksu. Vladimir Harko [...]

    28. When you love a series it is natural to get excited by the thought of another part of the series. It is great to be able to read more about the characters we know from the Dune books. We get to see how Duncan Idaho escaped the Harkonnen slave planet at the age of 8, and joined the household of the young Leto who we setting out on the path to becoming a powerful leader. When a book is written by someone other than the original author we now that the story cannot be exactly what it should be, but [...]

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