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  • Series: Dune
  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780765322739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765322739
  • ASIN: 0765322730
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #380,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“In his inimitable style, Brick draws upon his well-established characterizations to weave the threads of the plot and maintain interest and focus.” – AudioFile Magazine

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BRIAN HERBERT has been nominated for both the Hugo and the Nebula Awards. In 2003, he published Dreamer of Dune, a Hugo Award–nominated biography of his father.
 
KEVIN J. ANDERSON has been nominated for the Nebula Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the SFX Reader's Choice Award. He set the Guinness-certified world record for the largest single-author book signing.


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96 of 106 people found the following review helpful By W. Stacey on February 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I've read every single Dune book. This review is not a statement of someone who categorically hates the new authors. I enjoyed the "Houses" trilogy; though they were not in the same style as Frank, the story was very enjoyable. The Jihad trilogy and Hunter/Sandworms had good and bad points, but I liked them. I think that any Dune fan should read those.

But with this book I think I am done with the series.

I found myself just angry as I read this, trying to finish as quickly as possible and get on to another book that I wanted to read more. The writing style is childish. Conversations are obvious and predictable, like a TV show script. This is a Dune novel? Remember those conversations in the original series where the characters were all "smarter than you"? When you couldn't understand what they were talking about until many chapters later? When there were many layers of "plots within plots?" When you had to THINK? Nope, won't find that here.

Instead, we get horribly one dimensional characters: grunting thugs (Anari), cookie-cutter zealouts (Manford), mindlessly vengeful women (Harkonnen). The characters are not likable nor do you feel empathy for them. And the story? Whereas previous BH/KJA novels were retelling pieces of Dune, this is nothing more than a retcon. They already told us how the Butlerian Jihad ended and the initiation of the societies we know about ... and now they are telling us that it isn't REALLY over, and that all those societies weren't REALLY doing what you expected. To do this, they need to twist the story so it can be retold. If that sounds familiar, you've seen it on many TV shows that try to extend additional seasons (Alias, Heroes, etc).

It's called "Jumping the Shark".
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By B. Capossere TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The Sisterhood of Dune is the latest installment by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson in the add-ons to Frank Herbert's classic Dune series. To be honest, it's a series I gave up on after the The Battle of Corrin--the third book in the opening Legends of Dune group--after it continued a downward spiral from a solid if not inspiring book one (The Butlerian Jihad). It's several years and books later, and I wish I could say Sisterhood recaptured my interest, but unfortunately I found many of the same problems that caused me to give up the earlier series.

The human race has won against the machines, but the Butlerians, led by Manford Torondo, are trying to force the complete rejection of nearly all technology (while blind or self-rationalizing about their own uses of said tech of course). Meanwhile, the Bene Gesserit is in its embryonic stages as the very first Reverend Mother, Raquella Berto-Anirul, continues to try to find a way to create others in her Sisterhood, even as they explore the possibilities of a human breeding program, aided by "thinking machines" that would bring the wrath of the Butlerians down on them. As these two groups grow in power, the Corinno Emperor is having a hard time solidifying his own and standing up against the Butlerians especially, even as other groups and schools and factions rise and fall--the Suk school, the Swordmaster school, the Mentat school led by Gilbertus Albans--who has his own dangerous secret, the Venport Space Fleet, which is the Navigators Guild in its nascent stage, and so on. Along with all the galactic politics, more personal motives arise as two young Harkonnen heirs seek vengeance on the disappeared Vorian Atreides who enters back on stage after long absence.
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96 of 118 people found the following review helpful By David Moore on January 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
All of the works that Anderson and Herbert have done seemed like filler to me. They are Sci-Fi side dishes to the main course that was Frank Herbert's Dune legacy. Now they give us Sisterhood and it doesn't even make side dish status. It feels more like the odd Jell-o salad with stuff floating in it that some crazy aunt brings to Christmas dinner and no one eats. Strained metaphor aside, I tried to like this book. I was looking forward to learning more about the sisterhood and was disappointed. They tried so hard to neatly tie all of the left over threads together into something cohesive and all they did was make a mess. Also, the whole sub-plot with Vorian on Arakis felt tacked on. Almost like they said, "We can't have a dune book without Dune." "Oh yea, and we like Vorian, he is such a macho mans man." Thus a very bland sub plot was born. It felt like the old resse's commercial, You got your Vorian on in my Arakis.....
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Kenon on June 25, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Brian and Kevin: enough is enough already.

Make up a new story outside of "Dune". This is long past ridiculous. Whatever, Brian- you're Frank Herbert's son, I know- but please! Just move on. As many, many others have pointed out, you are not even 1/5th of the author your dad was on his worst day. These books read like fan-fic from a group of 12 year olds. The stories are poorly plotted, the dialogue is inane and (worst of all), you don't even use the original books and the Dune Encyclopedia as references (!?!?!?) when you write.

I heard that you found a secret cache of notes for "Dune 7", but I sincerely doubt it. I know that you are supposedly basing all of these books on things your father said/wrote, but again, I doubt it, considering that your version of the Dune universe bears little or no resemblance to the original. I would be satisfied if you would put a disclaimer on the title page saying that the new books are not what FH envisioned, that they're your own take on the series- but no, you insist that these books are canon, and that the original books are not. How ridiculous! Even modern authors who write new Sherlock Holmes stories don't make that claim- and their works belong to a much less expansive universe.

Let it go, man. It's a cash cow, but it's past its prime. The milk's gone bad.

I suppose it might be a mystery to you, why I care. I don't eat and breathe Dune, but I have read every book in the series. I own the Dune Encyclopedia, as well as a number of Frank's other books. He was good author, who wrote books that were genuinely fun to read.
I care because just knowing that your books exist lessens my enjoyment of the originals.there was such potential for the prequels and sequels, and you frittered it away for a dump truck full of money and the illusion that you would be considered as good a writer as Frank. Thanks, Brian.
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