knapplc wrote: beanoX3 wrote:
Have you read any of the Dune prequels written by Herbert's son and Anderson?
Right now I'm reading the Dune series. I've recently decided to go back and re-read all of my novels. Since July I've read about 20 or so novels. It's been a lot of fun.
Nope. My interest in the series really fizzled around the God Emperor of Dune times. I suppose I should read Heretics and Chapterhouse, but I haven't and I'm not sure I will unless I hear some really glowing things about them sometime soon. Any chance you could convince me, or did it really lose steam after God Emperor?
To tell the truth, I half-heartedly tried to read Heretics and Chapterhouse, but kinda lost interest in those two. So I haven't really finished Herbert's Dune saga.
But the prequels were great. More plot than philosphy and really fleshed out the different houses, which were the best parts of Dune, reading about all the political infighting between the groups. The other trilogy also explained the Machine War and why technology was so backwards in the Dune series. Pretty different style by the authors to draw in interest from new people to the Dune universe. I'd definitely recommend it to Dune fans.
They've also decided to continue past Chapterhouse too, releasing a new series that kinda picks various storylines from God Emperor on, to continue and flesh out. That is why I've been thinking about going back to re-reading Heretics and Chapterhouse with more effort. On that I still haven't decided, but I'm interested.
The first of the two prequel trilogies is "Prelude to Dune" consisting of House Atreides, House Harkonnen, and House Corrino. This set is a direct prequel to Dune. "Legends of Dune" consisting of The Butlerian Jihad, The Machine Crusade, and The Battle of Corrin are set thousands of years before Dune and explains some history.
Great reads IMO, and no need to finish out the original Dune saga.