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2 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

Probably a good book, can't read it yet.

Being asked to review a book more than two weeks before it is published is hilarious. Don't you love computers ! GIGO ( garbage in, garbage out...)

posted by Penzoil3 on December 18, 2011

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19 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

The Last Dune Novel I will Read

I have been a Dune fan since the early 1970s and loved all of Frank Herberts Dune Novels and was excited when it was announced that the series would continue in 1999 with Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson in the helm. The novels were all entertaining and many I enjoyed a...
I have been a Dune fan since the early 1970s and loved all of Frank Herberts Dune Novels and was excited when it was announced that the series would continue in 1999 with Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson in the helm. The novels were all entertaining and many I enjoyed as audio books during by long commutes. However, there the spirit of the orignal Herbert novels was missing in the new books. Frank Herbert was the master of suspension of dis-belief. I fully beleived that a society could evolve without computers and yet still have some technology elements like star ships and force fields. This was accomplished by maximizing the capabilities of human beings thorugh special training or forced evolution that created Mentats, Sisters, Suk Doctors, and celestial navigators who all excell at their craft witout technology. Where the new novels missed the boat is there is too much technology and it actually negates Frank Herberts original conception. For example, in the House Atreides to House Corrino novel we, the Suk Doctor, Wellington Yueh, rebuilds one of the characters into a cyborg; this made no sense and the Frank Herbert novels that were supposed to be the sequels of these novels, make absolutely no reference to cyborg-like being and they would in fact be forbidden as "machines in the form of man." What Brian Herbert and and Kevin Anderson completely miss is that Frank Herbert reveled in the unlimited capabilities of the physical and mental capabilites of humans; even without our machines we could still build a galactic empire, and this was all done in a believable fashion. Now, the lastest Dune Novel: Sisterhood of Dune, the authors throw everything out that made Frank Herbert's Dune Universe the beleivable word it was. We find out that the Sisterhood and Mentats actually depended on "secret" computers to acheive greatness (a big "Excuse Me" on this!). Don't the the authors realize that this completely negates Frank's first novel. Ans, by the end of Sisterhood, the Great Schools seem to be fully evolved. We have Sisters and Mentats all over the Imperium supporting the Great Houses; we have Reverend Mothers with all of their powers, we have CHOAM, we have what appears to be an almost fully evolved Imperial Family and the politic that existing in the Frank's first Novel. The problem I have is that this novel take place only 100 years after the Butlerian Jihad and nearly 10,000 years before the setting of the very first Dune Novel. We are expected to believe that the complex machineless society that Frank Herbert envisioned in the first Dune novel evolved in just 100 years and then just remained stagnant for the next 10,000. Perhaps, Brian and Kevin will explain that in the next book, but I won't be there. This book is just Anderson and the younger Herbert cashing in on the Dune Franchise by giving us more of the same, but in this novel, it make little sense.

posted by ApocolypticJourney on February 11, 2012

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  • Posted December 18, 2011

    Probably a good book, can't read it yet.

    Being asked to review a book more than two weeks before it is published is hilarious. Don't you love computers ! GIGO ( garbage in, garbage out...)

    2 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    loved it

    A great read I hope to see more of the same. There were to many areas left unfinished, this story isn't done yet! I loved the
    story and if people will keep ab opsn mind

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    Does not disapoint

    This is a great book. It allows you to revisit your favorite characters from the legends trilogy. It also offers great new story lines that stand on their own.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2011

    Very creative writer!

    Mr. Anderson, once again, writes so you feel like you're experiencing the action. Very fun reading.

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2012

    Highly recommended, DUNE series.

    One of the great DUNE series.

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