House Atreides is surely a good prequel to the Dune saga. I was really doubtful upon reading this book. I was quite disappointed with the last two books by Frank Herbert and I'm still thinking that the real Dune saga begins and ends with Paul Atreides.
But Prelude to Dune - House Atreides is nice, well written and coherent with Frank Herbert's vision. It tries to bring back the plot within a plot scheme of the first part of Dune and the result is acceptable. Unfortunately it doesn't expand the "vision" theme (e.g. Hasimir Fenring in Dune was a failed K Haderach, in House Atreides he looks like just a smart assassin and politician)....Continua