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The desert planet Arrakis, called Dune, has been destroyed. The remnants of the Old Empire have been consumed by the violent matriarchal cult known as the Honored Matres. Only one faction remains a viable threat to their total conquest-the Bene Gesserit, heirs to Dune's power.

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Overview

A beautiful new hardcover package for the "exciting and gripping" (Kirkus Reviews) New York Times bestselling science fiction classic.

The desert planet Arrakis, called Dune, has been destroyed. The remnants of the Old Empire have been consumed by the violent matriarchal cult known as the Honored Matres. Only one faction remains a viable threat to their total conquest-the Bene Gesserit, heirs to Dune's power.

Under the leadership of Mother Superior Darwi Odrade, the Bene Gesserit have colonized a green world on the planet Chapterhouse, and are turning it into a desert, mile by scorched mile. And once they've mastered breeding sandworms, the Sisterhood will control the production of the greatest commodity in the known galaxy-the spice Melange. But their true weapon remains a man who has lived countless lifetimes-a man who served under the God Emperor Paul Muad'Dib.

Now--the conclusion to Frank Herbert's l3-million-copy epic masterpiece. The desert planet Arrakis, called Dune, has been destroyed, and the heirs to Dune's power, have colonized a green world--and are turning it into a desert, mile by scorched mile. "Impressive...the whole saga will be one of the monuments of modern science fiction."--Chicago Sun Times.

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Hunted throughout the galaxy by the Honored Matres, the Bene Gesserit clan fends off its attackers while attempting to morph a green world into the sand planet needed to harvest the sought-after spice. Thus begins the complicated finale in the Dune series. Longtime readers will fall right into step with the continuing saga while newcomers will be overwhelmed, particularly in this production: the complex names of technology, characters and groups challenges getting oriented. But the talented cast-Euan Morton, Katherine Kellgren, Scott Brick and Simon Vance-do yeoman's labor. Each reads from a different point of view, a move that could easily be confusing but for the superb direction. A Putnam hardcover. (Feb.)

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Now that the planet Arrakis (Dune) has been annihilated, the Bene Gesserit order turns its stronghold Chapterhouse into another desert world, and from this base, the sisterhood plans its moves against ruthless rivals. Drawing on a vast store of history and religion, the book is ``so rich in this one area that others suffer and the narrative crawls,'' PW observed. (October)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441017218
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/4/2009
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank Herbert was born in Tacoma, Washington, and educated at the University of Washington, Seattle. He worked a wide variety of jobs-including TV cameraman, radio commentator, oyster diver, jungle survival instructor, lay analyst, creative writing teacher, reporter, and editor of several West Coast newspapers-before becoming a full-time writer.

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  • Posted December 31, 2009

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    Chapterhouse: Dune, the Dune Chronicles, Book 6

    The Bene Gesserit are the last enemies remaining to the Honored Matres. Odrade is desperate and devises a plan to attack the Honored Matres, with the help of Dortujla. The Bene Gesserit's first ghola is that of her father, Miles Teg. Sheeana is heading the project of the return of the sandworms. Murbella, sexually bonded to Duncan, once surviving the Agony, is a Reverend Mother. The Bene Gesserit bring an attack to the Honored Matres. Their victory seems too easy, but Teg and Odrade fall into a trap, when Logno assasinates the Great Honored Matre, taking her place. Odrade's final plan, after death to neutralize the Honored Matre threat is Murbella becoming Mother Superior. She is both Bene Gesserit and Honored Matre, merging the two Sisterhoods together. Duncan leaves with Sheeana untraced to an unknown galaxy arriving to an unknown planet, escaping the Sisterhood. There are unanswered questions about Skytale, Rabbi, and the future of the Sisterhood, as the story ends on a cliffhanger.

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  • Posted July 21, 2009

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    This is a reprint of the 1985 final book written by Frank Herbert in the Dune Chronicles

    In the past twelve years (since the HERETICS OF DUNE), the Honoured Matres have devastated the Bene Gesserit to the point their adversaries are nearing extinction; their last enclave is a slowly changing Chapterhouse into the desert realm like they once had on Dune. The desperate Bene Gesserit Mother Superior Darwi Odrade knows her Sisterhood is in deep trouble. Their only hope resides with technology taken from the now almost extinct Bene Tleilax whose last survivor Scytale is in captivity.

    The Bene Gesserit Sisterhood creates a ghola of Miles Teg, but no one knows how to use it against the enemy only that they must train the ghola to be their counter weapon as he has been used in many lifetimes before. Meanwhile the Sisterhood also mentors with training the application of the Coda ex Honoured Matre Murbella and her lover Duncan Idaho in hopes that they prove useful. However a tribe of Jews offer to help the Bene Gesserit as they know what the final solution means to them if the Honoured Matres win as seems likely.

    This is a reprint of the 1985 final book written by Frank Herbert in the Dune Chronicles with the concentration about 90 plus percent on Odrade and her efforts to save her group by correcting a major defect in all of the Bene Gesserit that leaves them vulnerable to the enemy. This is a fascinating well written tale; however that focus also means minimal appearance by the Honoured Matres so the big theme never moves forward much. The completion of that overarching saga was done in collaboration by the late great author's son Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson based on notes left behind. Fans should read previous Dune books before Chapterhouse and the collaboration of Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson starting with HUNTERS OF DUNE to obtain the full flavor as this entry is a betweener tale.

    Harriet Klausner

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