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Sisterhood of Dune Hardcover – January 3, 2012
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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.
“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--This text refers to the Digital edition.
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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".
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.Read more ›
I received "Sisterhood of Dune" for Christmas, and looked forward to a novel that would fill in some of the back-story to Dune, while also standing on its own as a complete story with sympathetic characters.
The descriptions of the effects of technology and space exploration on human society are interesting, as is the explanation of the rise of schools and cults that attempt to improve human capabilities. Many of the ideas presented in the book are interesting as abstract exercises. But it reads more like a chapter in a history textbook, describing various acts committed by a lot of rather nasty people, in a galaxy far, far away.
I found it impossible to empathize with, or even believe in, any of the individual characters, except, possibly, Vorian Atriedes. I finished reading Sisterhood of Dune with the feeling that the story itself applauds putting self-interest, including greed, hatred, a lust for revenge, and ego-gratification above any other human motivation. To be simplistic, all of the "bad" people are rewarded, and the very few "good" people are punished. And the actions of the players often contradict the character that is attributed to them.
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As an avid Dune fan, I am grateful for the story of the Sisterhood, but there are plot holes here and there. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Joseph Hvezda
Expert writing duo Herbert & Anderson continue to flesh out the Dune universe, this time telling the tale of the founding of the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood, the Mentats, and even the... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Jamil Bhatti
Humanity has defeated the last of the thinking machines. There is a general distrust of computers and higher technology. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Michael S. Kraus
A good book, just not as deep or engrossing as the original Dune books.Published 23 days ago by David Benson
Excellent book that makes the entire Dune Series more understandable. Wish this would have come out sooner.Published 27 days ago by 5eagles
I loved this book. It was very entertaining. A great addition to the series. I highly recommend this title. A great read.Published 1 month ago