At last a series of primer stories set in the decades before Dune. A definite read for any sci-fi fan, especially the Dune fans out there.
Create a story that would stand alone without needing the reader to have already read Dune. I found myself motivated to move through the story, because I loved Dune so much. I wouldn't have finished based on the merits of this book alone.
Most interesting: Duncan Idaho's back story and character development. Details about the Spacing Guild, their technology, training, way of folding space, etc.
Least interesting: Harkonnen depravity. I get it.
Sounded fantastic at 1.5x with identifiable characters without ever sounding silly or taking away from the story.
Inspired me to read a better science fiction novel.
Frank Herbert. Here in Brian's travesty, everything subtle and hinted-at in his father's work is laid out exaggerated, told and retold at great length. Better to rehear the original works any number of times, or anything written by anybody else who is trying to be original.
Its clumsiness, The material is intrinsically interesting - life on Ix, internal organizationof the Bene Gesseret, Emperor vs Landesraat/CHOAM/SpaceGuild, etc. Someone else should try their hand at this material. I gave myself the gift of giving up after a few hours, infinitely tedious.
More is not more. Let the dead bury the dead. To quote a great line from Dune: "If you love me, kill me".
I enjoyed the trip back to the Dune universe. It's been about 20 years since I read the original series but it was still very fun to get some back story of characters like Duncan Idaho and things like the Bene Gesserit breeding programs.
As it was the son and a hired writer recreating Frank Herbert's world, I didn't expect great originality. And I wasn't disappointed...if you catch my drift. The plot was entertaining enough, but there were no impressive, creative ideas (nothing near the scale of the original series). Also the characters felt a bit underdeveloped. Especially the antagonist, who seemed characterchures of villains (were they so trite in the original series?).
In summary, I enjoyed the trip back to Dune and I'm not disappointed I bought this book. However, I'm not going to read any of the other million prequels that this pair has produced.
The story is excellent, especially with the additions of Kevin J. Anderson. Scott Brick's performance sounds whiny. Since I have heard good performances from Brick, I am inclined to blame the director.
Stop sounding preachy
The author staying true to the original characters. It also seemed to just drag on and on and didn't have a true climax to the story.
No, the books by Frank Herburt were amazing. It's difficult for a son to take on a series started by his dad and make it as awesome.
The voices were very monotone and would put me to sleep. I think that was mostly the fault of the story line though.
I was disappointed.
I have always enjoyed the Dune series, but these House Trilogy books have really filled in the gaps in the original books. I also like the pre dune series too.