- Series: The Dune Chronicles (Book 6)
- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: Ace Hardcover (August 4, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0441017215
- ISBN-13: 978-0441017218
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 279 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,315,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chapterhouse: Dune (The Dune Chronicles) Hardcover – August 4, 2009
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About the Author
Frank Herbert was born in Tacoma, Washington, and educated at the University of Washington, Seattle. He worked a wide variety of jobsÂincluding TV cameraman, radio commentator, oyster diver, jungle survival instructor, lay analyst, creative writing teacher, reporter, and editor of several West Coast newspapersÂbefore becoming a full-time writer.
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The only thing that would make it better would be six more books written by Frank. I might prefer relying on my own Mentat projections to the Brian Herbert series (Though, maybe some of Frank’s pearls of wisdom lay within his offspring after all). Wikipedia summary will suffice until I get the time.
Now, as to the E-book version, the one I just finished reading and am reviewing: There are conveniences that I appreciate with E-books vs hard copies (ex: who wants to lug around 20 books while traveling vs a tablet?). There still seems to be a problem with those stray typos and wrong words thrown in that just rubs me wrong, especially if they become a distraction while I am concentrating on the story. I would expect better from the publisher. This is not a good reason to knock off one or two stars, but I came close to that decision.
Dune novel in the series. It has a huge (and I do mean HUGE) build up
from the beginning of the novel until about fifty pages from the end
when Herbert dumps the proverbial soup into our laps. But there are
many questions left unanswered at the end (not that all questions
SHOULD be answered but I felt that a sequel was sure to come had Frank
Herbert not passed away before he could finish the series). I've
heard that Brian Herbert, Frank's son, discovered a seventh Dune
manuscript in a safety deposit box after his father died. If this is
true, I can't wait to see it in print. If it's not true, then we may
never know what the 'master' had in mind.
But enough of
that...onto the book itself!
The story is that of the Bene Geserit
sisterhood and their war against the wicked 'Honored Matres' who've
returned from the scattering and has threatened to wipe out all of the
BG sisterhood. Meanwhile, the BG's are turning Chapterhouse --- their
last sisterhood stronghold planet --- into a desert planet and
bringing back the worms of Dune to this planet in hopes of starting a
new cycle of sandtrout/worm/spice/sandtrout, again. Strong in this
story is that of Duncan Idaho and Murbella, the captured Honored Matre
from the fifth Dune book. They are [multiplying] like rabbits still in
their no-ship prison and the BG sisterhood takes away the babies
hoping to find genetic markers that they haven't seen before
(continuing on in their quest for a perfect human). Also at the
forefront is that of Odrade, the Mother Superior of the BG, who sees
where their paths with the Honored Matres must lead. It is a giant
melting pot that began with Leto II's rule (the God Emperor or the
Tyrant if you prefer). The BG and the Honored Matres must become one
sisterhood for them both to survive. Odrade sees this and passes her
sisterhoods internal lifetimes on to Murbella after completing her
training and watching her go through the spice agony.
In the end,
the melting pot is achieved thanks to Odrade's manipulations and
Murbella's Honored Matre's training. But there's a lot left out to
indicate that more would have been forthcoming had Herbert not died.
Duncan, Sheeana, Scytale, the Rabbi, and a wild-reverend mother,
escape in the no-ship and head off into the unknown; even they don't
know exactly where they end up. And, it appears, the gods don't know
why this was done or where they will end up.
Questions: Who was
chasing the Honored Matre's? Who were the handlers of the Futars and
where did Futars originate from? Will Chapterhouse become another
Dune world? Did Duncan and his runaway band in the no-ship take a
worm? If so, what will they do with it? What will happen to the
Guild now that Chapterhouse is turning into a Dune world?
questions...will there be answers. We'll just have to wait and see, I