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Hunting Harkonnens (Legends of Dune 0.5)

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An original prequel short story to "Dune: The Butlerian Jihad".
Paperback, 20 pages
Published August 8th 2002 by Tor Books
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Tony Calder
Jul 01, 2013 Tony Calder rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This is, so far, the earliest story (chronologically) in the Dune universe, and is a prequel to The Butlerian Jihad, which starts the Legends of Dune series. It's only a short story - about 20 pages, and the backdrop bears no resemblance to the setting of Frank Herbert's classic, except that it features a Harkonnen and the planet Caladan. However, as this is set 10,000 years before the events of Dune, that's not really surprising.

I am giving some thought to reading all the Dune stories in chrono
Crina Bucur
Apr 26, 2016 Crina Bucur rated it liked it
My first encounter with Brian's and Kevin Anderson's writing style. The story is alright, but the general tone has a certain je ne sais quoi of ridicule to it.
Luis Arenas
Feb 03, 2014 Luis Arenas rated it really liked it
Es bueno para ampliar la jihad buttleriana. A pesar que cronologicamente es el primer libro, no se si valdria la pena leerlo antes que la jihad porque la informacion es muy escueta...
Nov 29, 2016 S. rated it really liked it
Chronologically the first book in the Dune timeline.
I hope the rest as this good.
Oct 07, 2016 Emilio27 rated it liked it
Included in The Road to Dune anthology, I really liked this short story from Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson's Butlerian Jihad series. I think it was more enjoyable than the entire The Butlerian Jihad book. That's what I say: you never know what to find with these two authors. You might find a good reading or maybe you might find a very, very bad story. In this opportunity, it was good.
Bruno Silva
Dec 02, 2015 Bruno Silva rated it liked it
Shelves: sf
Uma história interessante, dando-nos uma visão dos duros e resistentes Harkonnens, onde um dos membros da família, Piers Harkonnen, ao contrário do seu pai, pretende ser um contador de histórias e tratar as pessoas como seres humanos em vez de escravos.
A nave onde o Pai, Mãe e filho mais velho viaja, é atacada pelos Cymeks, que são organismos com cérebro humano ligado a corpos mecânicos, que têm como objetivo destruir e conquistar os mundos humanos.
Essa perseguição termina num planeta onde Piers
Feb 16, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it
Now these comments will probably draw ire down on me but I guess we are all entitled to our views. This story really like the previous two is really about a small set of events in one corner of a much great sage being told - almost a footnote explaining and tying up loose ends. For that I have no complaints (I don't actually have any complaints at all) just that the way the story goes it almost starts to feel like one of Fred Saberhagens "Berserker" stories - now those who are familiar with the ...more
Rachel Redhead
May 22, 2016 Rachel Redhead rated it it was amazing
a nifty little tale and at this time officially the earliest story in the Dune-iverse. The Cymeks are intro-d to be big bad monsters, though several of them get pwnd in this short story. It also introduces the family Harkonnen, who at this point are not quite the monsters they will become, though shades of what is to come can be seen. It's also a delicious irony that the people of Caladan could well have Harkonnen blood in their gene pool, though I doubt a fat baron arose in the planets past...
May 09, 2016 Campo rated it it was amazing
An enjoyable story set before the Butlerian Jihad beginning. It has cymeks, Harkonens, Caladan and even Agamemnon.

It maintains the Atreides-Harkonen dynamic as it also adds extra union between houses.

And also it's funny how the Harkonens in the story view the Tantors and even more funny as the Tantors also are in their Characteristic nice guys trobes.

Sets up certain things for a central Butlerian Jihad character.
Jan 10, 2013 Heather rated it liked it
Shelves: own
The first (short) story in the whole extended Dune series is a big of a disappointment. It was a very simple introduction to the universe and what free humandkind is facing.The story itself is a bit weak, the writing is average, but it is somewhat enjoyable.
Jun 21, 2016 A.G.P. rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
A view from the perspective of a family member, and an understanding of the house portrayed. It is a short story, whetting the apetite for more.
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