Returning to Arrakis with House Corrino

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I digested the book House Corrino during my vacation last week and must say it was my first “read” novel in many years. I have listened to audio books fairly regularly but to sit and read through a 669 page novel in about a week was a treat.

I remember when I first watched the Dune movie when I was a child and soon dove into reading all of the books right after becoming a fan of the movie. The books were even better and more detailed and the intricate future with the year being in 10,191 in the original books and 10,140+ in the newer precursor books written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson.

The future was quite a political and chaotic mess often like a medieval structure where solar systems were kingdoms and a single corrupt emperor strived to become an even more powerful force than he already was.

I certainly think the imagination was subtle, dark, twisted and heroes were few and far between. Everyone had a political agend and sub plot to further their own goals of obtaining power of distancing themselves from a falling house or ruler. The Atreides were literally the closest to Arthurian knights among the future royal families and I really enjoyed the newest series of books which lead up to the events right before Paul Atreides birth.

If you are a fan of the Dune series, you will enjoy delving deep into the political scheming of the Harkonnens and Emperor Shaddam IV himself as well as learning more about the Tleilaxu and their dispecable ghola, faced dancer and amal programs. You will learn more about the heroism and stoic nature of Leto Atreides who has such small appearances in the movie and only a little more so in the original books.

I highly recommend you dive into the Dune series again and hope you enjoy it as much as I have. The books were published in the early 2000’s and did a really good job of capturing the Dune universe which literally revolved around Arrakis and the spice melange.

-Justin Germino

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Updated: July 18, 2011 — 8:16 pm