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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; First Edition edition (1 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340823348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340823347
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 23.2 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,015,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Congratulations to Herbert and Anderson for transporting us back to this richly excavated world...A spicy melange treat for both new and long-time fans of the series' Billy Dee Williams (of Star Wars, Lady Sings the Blues etc)

House Harkonnen is compulsive reading. I certainly enjoyed meeting pardot Kynes and Liet, learning more about the Freman, as well as Gurney Halleck, Duncan Idaho and the Lady Jessica. Such vile villains...and such a fascinating description of splendid places. (Anne McCaffrey on House Harkonnen)

'Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson succeed in weaving their own intricate saga. Dune: House Atreides does its predecessors justice.' USA Today

Those who long to return to the world of desert, spice and sandworms will be amply satisfied (The Times)

House Atreides is a terrific prequel, but it's also a first-rate adventure on its own. Frank Herbert would surely be delighted and proud of this continuation of his vision. (Dean Koontz)

'In writing a prequel to what is arguably the best science fiction novel of all time, Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson set themselves a monumental task. They succeed brilliantly. This cynical old critic found himself engrossed from page one, and eagerly looks forward to the rest of the series. Buy it now!' Dave Wolverton (NYT bestselling author)

'All these characters and themes will be familiar to fans of the original Dune novels. But new twists added by Herbert and Anderson will have fans, both old and new, turning pages. Having done their research well, Herbert and Anderson have succeeded in laying out the foundation for a new trilogy that will amplify the original novels and stand firmly as a class act in its own right.' - Dorman T Schindler, St Petersburg Times on HA

'This book is written in a style so close to the original that it is hard to believe Frank Herbert did not direct it through some mysterious genetic link - maybe he did. Did I like it? Hey, I'm a Dune addict myself. I can't wait for the sequel to the prequel' - Mark Graham, Rocky Mountain News on HA

...a rousing story that juggles eight or so plot lines with ease. The first of a trilogy, the book is written so that those who have never read Dune can strat right here with the prequel.' - Michael Glitz, New York Post on HA

'The author's research and passion for the material have served them well. Dune: House atreides captures the essence of Dune while illuminating further the workings of Frank Herbert's universe' - Seattle Times

'Dune: House Atreides is packed with action, great story lines and twists within twists about favorite Dune villains and heroes. The result is a winning combination that keeps the two in stride with Frank Herbert's vision.' - Beyond the Cover.

'...a compelling story that will transport readers back to the world that changed science fiction forever' - Tattered Times, Denver, Colarado

'In a word satisfying: all Dune fans will want to investigate, newcomers will be tempted, and it should promise fresh interest in the magnificent original series' - Kirkus

'. . . Herbert and Anderson have met the challenge admirably. Within a web of relationships in which no act has simple or predictable consequences, they lay the foundations of the Dune saga . . . Even readers new to the saga will be able to follow it easily as the narrative weaves among the many interconnected tales. A TERRIFIC READ IN ITS OWN RIGHT . . . Will inspire readers to turn, or return, to its great predecessor.' Publishers Weekly

'This trilogy stands alone...will appeal to Dune fans, and sci-fi addicts.' Bournemouth Daily Echo on THE MACHINE CRUSADE

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The phenomenal DUNE series continues with the long-requested account of the war with the Titans

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Aug. 2004
Format: Paperback
After reading this book (and the first) I wanted more!
I had high hopes after reading the first book, and this was no disappointment. Many Dune fanatics will probably disagree with me, but I prefer to focus on the story itself.
The characters were even given more depth, more writing was involved in the giving of their personalities and their hopes/dreams/thoughts and more importantly their actions.
Each chapter is fairly short, which helps if you only have a few spare moments to read a bit, yet focused. The story does tend to swap between characters each chapter, which can be a little disorienting to some, but the consequences and actions of the characters are plainer to see than they would be if each section of the book was dedicated to a different character.
There were a few predictable moments, but I didn't feel that this detracted from the story at all.
In short, a very good read and it had the added bonus of making me want answers to further questions it posed, such as what happened even before the first book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Oct. 2003
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So, another Dune episode is with us. Is it better then the original? No. Is it a good read that will have you wanting more? Yes. The new enstallment will have you wanting more, I for one want to see how the Guild will come into being, how the split with Harkonen and Atreides comes about. Not an epic as with the original but on the hole a far easier read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By yh30264 on 17 Dec. 2003
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I think this book is superb, and is extremely fast-paced and difficult to put down...
Yes it doesn't have the depth of the original Dune series, but is describing far more events and characters' lives then the original Dune, which I was more rooted in events on Arrakis...
I can't wait for the next book in the series, and I think the authors have created a superb series of books...
I don't think anyone should tell people not to read a book, because they don't like it... Read it yourself, and decide..
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By yh30264 on 17 Dec. 2003
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I found it surprising that people found the latest book disappointing...
I suppose it just shows how subjective our tastes in books are..
I think this book is superb, and is extremely fast-paced and difficult to put down...
Yes it doesn't have the depth of the original Dune series, but is describing far more events and characters' lives then the original Dune, which I was more rooted in events on Arrakis...
I can't wait for the next book in the series, and I think the authors have created a superb series of books...
I don't think anyone should tell people not to read a book, because they don't like it... Read it yourself, and decide..
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jasper Wong on 11 May 2005
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Dune: the machine crusade is undoubtedly a true dune book. Combining suspense, writing skill, length, and storytelling, Dune; the machine crusade is a great dune addition to a dune fan's bookshelf, and, for that matter, a sci-fi fan's shelf. The plot is very complex and very intricate, and is at times hard to understand/comprehend. It is almost impossible to give a 'quick or short' review on it. The two people write seamlessly, as though only one person wrote it. The title says it all: Dune: the machine crusade is mostly about the war against the thinking robots, with the people of Arrakis, the cymeks, and Norma Cenva and Aurelius Venport just having a small role in the story.
The story itself is set in the Dune universe, but, unlike the originals, are not centered around Arrakis. Instead, Dune; the machine crusade is in many places. Space, planets, different worlds, rockets, and, obviously, Arrakis. In fact, the place-to-place jumping between chapters can get rather confusing, leaving you with thoughts like 'What happened on arrakis 5 chapters ago again?' or 'I forgot when this was done' creeping into your mind. But, well, no book is perfect, but many do come close. This is one of those 'close to perfect' books.
Dune; the machine crusade will most likely appeal to people who love science fiction, or love the world of dune.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By C. Beans on 5 Mar. 2004
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If you're even slightly interested in the Dune series (especially the prequels) you'll want to read this book.
Events in the Jihad seem to be at a standstill after 25 years of fighting, humans are tired (short attention span?) and the Jihad leaders are desperate for anything (at times they're grasping at straws) that might help inspire the people to maintain the war effort... We find all the characters from the previous novel, with the advantage that they seem to be more alive this time (authors seem to have concentrated more on making them believable, developping their personalities).
A few questions do come to mind as you realise that what happens to several of these characters isn't at all like the references made to them in the original Dune series or the prequels... You're waiting (in vain) for the moment in which Harkonnen betrays Atreides and the Jihad, I seem to remember references to Serena Butler's lover Rafael Corrino (who's that guy? haven't met him yet!).
Let's hope things become clearer in the final book of the trilogy (and hope that one comes out soon!)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Nov. 2003
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I thought this book taken on its own was an enjoyable enough read, though I find myself continually frustrated by the long periods of jumping between all the characters I don't really like, and occasionally I was almost on the verge of skipping fifty or so pages just to read the next exciting action bit.
The biggest problem is, even if you take this book on its merits, it will always be in the shadow of Dune and it's sequels. And I don't think any author has the capability to pick up someone elses story and continue it in a way which will please everyone.
This book isn't bad, its just not as great as it could've been.
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