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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; Library edition edition (5 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857208454
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857208453
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With their useful fidelity to the vision of the late Frank Herbert, coauthors Herbert (Frank's son) and Anderson (The Winds of Dune) continue to illuminate heretofore hidden areas of the Dune time line. Fully realized characters and intricate plotting will put this title high on fans' to-read list."
--Library Journal Starred review
"Characters and plot are thus beautifully set up, the timing is precise....the universe conceived by Frank Herbert is so vast, complex and fascinating that the magic lingers."
--Kirkus Reviews
Praise for the Dune novels of Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson:
"[A] fun blend of space opera and dynastic soap opera...The narrative is broken into short, jazzy chapters studded with familiar names like Atreides, Harkonnen, and Arrakis that will grab the attention of longtime Dune fans."
--Publishers Weekly on Sisterhood of Dune
"Delivers solid action and will certainly satisfy."
--Booklist on The Winds of Dune
"Fans of the original Dune series will love seeing familiar characters, and the narrative voice smoothly evokes the elder Herbert's style."
--Publishers Weekly on The Winds of Dune
"This sequel to Paul of Dune is an important addition to the Dune chronology and will be in demand by Herbert fans."
--Library Journal, starred review on The Winds of Dune
"Unquestionably, Herbert & Anderson can spin a great yarn; while technically producing a vivid, mystifying universe, filled with characters that are both endearing, and loathsome. I recommend this one highly, but be warned, if this is the first Dune book you are reading, get ready to hit the bookstore, because I promise you, it will not be the last!"
--BookSpotCentral on The Winds of Dune
"Drawing on Frank Herbert's massive body of notes, the coauthors of the new Dune series continue their expansion and illumination of the unexplored pieces of one of the genre's most significant and powerful stories. A priority purchase for libraries of all sizes. Highly recommended."
--Library Journal, starred review on Paul of Dune
"Dune addicts will happily devour Herbert and Anderson's spicy conclusion to their second prequel trilogy."
--Publishers Weekly on Dune: The Battle of Corrin

With their useful fidelity to the vision of the late Frank Herbert, coauthors Herbert (Frank's son) and Anderson (The Winds of Dune) continue to illuminate heretofore hidden areas of the Dune time line. Fully realized characters and intricate plotting will put this title high on fans' to-read list. "Library Journal Starred review"

Characters and plot are thus beautifully set up, the timing is precise .the universe conceived by Frank Herbert is so vast, complex and fascinating that the magic lingers. "Kirkus Reviews"

[A] fun blend of space opera and dynastic soap opera The narrative is broken into short, jazzy chapters studded with familiar names like Atreides, Harkonnen, and Arrakis that will grab the attention of longtime Dune fans. "Publishers Weekly on Sisterhood of Dune"

Delivers solid action and will certainly satisfy. "Booklist on The Winds of Dune"

Fans of the original Dune series will love seeing familiar characters, and the narrative voice smoothly evokes the elder Herbert's style. "Publishers Weekly on The Winds of Dune"

This sequel to Paul of Dune is an important addition to the Dune chronology and will be in demand by Herbert fans. "Library Journal, starred review on The Winds of Dune"

Unquestionably, Herbert & Anderson can spin a great yarn; while technically producing a vivid, mystifying universe, filled with characters that are both endearing, and loathsome. I recommend this one highly, but be warned, if this is the first Dune book you are reading, get ready to hit the bookstore, because I promise you, it will not be the last! "BookSpotCentral on The Winds of Dune"

Drawing on Frank Herbert's massive body of notes, the coauthors of the new Dune series continue their expansion and illumination of the unexplored pieces of one of the genre's most significant and powerful stories. A priority purchase for libraries of all sizes. Highly recommended. "Library Journal, starred review on Paul of Dune"

Dune addicts will happily devour Herbert and Anderson's spicy conclusion to their second prequel trilogy. "Publishers Weekly on Dune: The Battle of Corrin"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Kevin J. Anderson has over 20 million books in print in 30 languages worldwide. He is the author of, among others, the X-FILES novels, GROUND ZERO and the JEDI ACADEMY trilogy of STAR WARS novels - the three bestselling SF novels of 1994. He has also co-written the international bestselling prequels to Frank Herbert's monumental DUNE series. He has won, or been nominated for, many awards including the Nebula Award and the Bram Stoker Award. Visit his website www.wordfire.com

The son of Frank Herbert (1920-86), Brian Herbert is a bestselling SF author in his own right. He has also written Dreamer of Dune, a comprehensive, Hugo Award-nominated biography of Frank Herbert.


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I want to preface my comments by saying that I think Frank Herbert's original Dune works are the best science fiction ever written. He was able to write political and psychological thrillers while he simultaneously created cultures and worlds as he told his stories. No wasted words, no wasted effort - absolutely masterful writing. His characters were fascinating, captivating, strong personalities with gripping ambitions, hopes and fears. As you read you were pulled into their personalities and experienced the stories through them.

Sadly this book reads like little more than an expository piece of backstory doing nothing more than telling and explaining. The characters read like cardboard cutout characters as their motivations and histories are explained, described, redescribed and retold repeatedly page after page. There is little life in the characters or their worlds other than what was so powerfully written by Frank Herbert in his original books. The characters are lifeless, flat, dull and boring and in short order I noticed I didn't care about them or what happened to them. Don't expect anything even remotely like the original books. I wanted to hear more of Frank's storytelling but you won't find any of it here.
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Having been engrossed for years by Franks work, and then enjoying Brian's follow up (especially with the thinking machine wars) I have to say that this book has lost a little something. The continual need to summarise over and over again at the commencement of a chapter storylines from the book you have only just read in the previous chapters, has had me almost tossing it in the bin. The plot and storyline could be so good but the execution is dreadful....I cannot believe anyone with the Herbert bloodline could have written this or supported such poor writing of what could/should be one of the best tales ever leading up to the Birth of Paul!
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Rubbish. Couldn't get more than a couple of chapters in to it.
Also had to force my way through the pre-Dune stuff by Kevin. Just doesn't really do what it says on the tin. Just common or garden sci-fi novels that would have been okay on their own but suffer from comparison with Dune.
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Fantastic reading for Dune fans. Very true to the rest of the universe, and giving insights into areas I always wanted to know more about, the sisterhood, mentats, the budding start of the Corrino empire. Well written, cannot wait for the last book in the trilogy!
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If you are a fan of the Dune series I would be surprised if you didn't get hooked by this new wave of books. They are written in a similar style to the originals and bring a whole new dimension to the Atreides/Harkonnen stories. Compelling characters and connected contexts - buy them all and get immersed!
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Sisterhood of Dune is a novel of multi-level complexity and yet is simplistic enough in it's vision of an as yet untold history within the Dune universe.

I really liked the focus on the story, following a number of decades after the Butlerian Jihad, where humanity rose up and threw off the long years of Machine rule.

But as one power vacuum is removed, another takes its place in the form of the Butlerian movement and their unending quest to destroy technology at any cost (the paradox being that they don't mind using technology when it suits them, thereby travelling in starships, going from world to world to continue their crusade).

I also liked the varying viewpoints from different characters and ideologies, and also the true birth of the Sisterhood and the planting of the first seeds that leads to its own desire to control humanity through genetic selection (a goal similar in many aspects to the Butlerian cause).

With various factions now turning against the Butlerian movement, the following two books look to be leading to something quite spectacular, and the return of a powerful force, but this time controlled by humans.

Well worth reading if you like the Dune universe.
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This title is one of the slightly better ones in the BH/KJA range of Dune books. The best part is where the Sisterhood are dealt with; the other factions are bland. As one other author has remarked, the modern efforts do not have the characterisation and originality of the original works.
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By Quentin on 31 Mar. 2014
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I love the series but I hate the way these two are bending the Dune universe over and shafting it repeatedly. There was an entire story thread that was unnecessary and rather than using it, they just killed it off. Not the seller's fault, it's the authors.
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