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Very, very long, but compelling reading.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Dune: House Harkonnen (Prelude to Dune) (Hardcover)
With 626 pages in large format softback edition, it is a formidable book, and a bit daunting, but once you get past the first few pages it is difficult to put down. Again the usual multi-plot storyline, again the intense detail which was the highlight of the original Dune, this is not a book for the faint-hearted. The book draws much of the character descriptions, I think, from the film Dune, with the fat Baron Harkonnen floating around in his suspensor belt a prime candidate. House Harkonnen has always been portrayed as 'the baddies' in the Dune series - read this and you will understand why. Some of the dirty deeds done by Rabban are staggering, and you wonder how much worse he can get. You don't have to wait long - he must rate as one of the most evil creatures alive - Charles Manson and Hannibal Lecter are nice people by comparison. As with the previous Prelude, House Atreides, I think that the last 5% of the book is hurried, as if the authors were told to 'get a move on, it's going to be too big to fit inside the book cover'. That aside, this is an excellent book, and I can't wait to read House Corrino due out this year.