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3.0 out of 5 stars A drawn out and not always believable Dune backstory, 25 Mar. 2007
This review is from: The Battle Of Corrin: Legends of Dune 3 (Paperback)
Frank Herbert hinted at the Butlerian Jihad in his original Dune novel as the 100+ year war that saw humanity defeat thinking machines. The Legends of Dune trilogy is an attempt to fill-out this backstory. I waited until I had read all 3 books before writing a review. There are so many superfluous threads in these novels that would have made the whole thing much more believable had they have been omitted. Primary the Cymeks, the living brains of rathers nasty ex-humans. They are entirely pointless in the whole scheme of things and take up several hundred pages over the three novels. At the very least their role could have been played down. It took nearly 2000 pages in 3 books that could have been told in half of that - worse and ironically the ending was rushed and left so many threads hanging including the Bene Gesserit, the Spacing Guild, the formation of the Empire and more. The importance of Spice and Arrakis and the Fremen is however developed quite well - but most of the story felt self-indulgent with the authors seemingly enjoying the writing experience over hundreds of totally unneccessary pages and plot threads. Of particular annoyance to me was how the Jihad went on for over a hundred years without victory and yet when the authors decided enough was enough and it's time to end it - the end victory was rushed and felt so easy. The actual battle of Corrin only takes up the last 40 or so pages - and the final reason for the feud between the Atreides and Harkonnens is so inplausable it's untrue. For the most part I enjoyed the story but I doubt it was the kind of dark, fight for humanity's survival that Frank Herbert originally was thinking of when he developed the backstory. I can't help but feel they drew it out so long it took a lot of the edge of it and it was, for the most part, an unlikely history of the wonderful Dune universe (the Prelude to Dune trilogy by the same authors is much better.)
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