Chapterhouse: Dune

Chapterhouse: Dune

by Frank Herbert
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Chapterhouse: Dune by Frank Herbert

Frank Herbert's Final Novel in the Magnificent Dune Chronicles—the Bestselling Science Fiction Adventure of All Time

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...

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ISBN-13: 9780441102679
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/28/1987
Series: Dune Chronicles Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 66,137
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 6.88(h) x 1.18(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Frank Herbert is the bestselling author of the Dune saga. He 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.

In 1952, Herbert began publishing science fiction with “Looking for Something?” in Startling Stories. But his emergence as a writer of major stature did not occur until 1965, with the publication of Dune. Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune, and Chapterhouse: Dune followed, completing the saga that the Chicago Tribune would call “one of the monuments of modern science fiction.” Herbert is also the author of some twenty other books, including The White Plague, The Dosadi Experiment, and Destination: Void. He died in 1986.

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Chapterhouse: Dune 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A decent, if not compelling, sequel to the previous volume. It's a middle book, with all the attendant struggles that such a book possesses. Strong, thoughtful material, but with the uneven pacing required to avoid attracting a great worm.
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brjunkie More than 1 year ago
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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harstan More than 1 year ago
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