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Book 1 of 2 in the Schools of Dune Series

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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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Product Details

  • Series: Dune (Book 8)
  • 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: 7 x 2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (236 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I have been an avid reader of science fiction for 50 years, which covers literally thousands of novels, from Heinlein to Asimov to Simak, from LeGuin to McCaffrey, Bear to Vinge. I absolutely was fascinated by Dune, and even on the third reading round myself engrossed in its universe.

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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