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Sisterhood of Dune (Schools of Dune) Paperback – 3 Jan 2013

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; UK ed. edition (3 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849830282
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849830287
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
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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""

"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 alternate Paperback edition.

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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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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Have read 1st dune novel and bought complete set of first 6 books of dune I got this for 99p good to read as a dune book but had not enjoyed reading it get original one
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Excellent book, bit slow to start but the tale picked up pace and detail quite quickly. As always the Dune books never fail to engage, stimulate and entertain.
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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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Hubby loved this for Christmas ,arrived with the others I ordered
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Having just re read the original Dune Sequence, I thought I'd look at the additional books by Frank Herbert's son and Kevin Anderson. So far, the sample chapters are one dimensional, and lacking in insight into the meaning of Frank Herbert's books. they make extensive use of parts culled from the original novels, but completely fail to make stories live, even within the limited adventure story parameters they set. They both appear to lack enough imagination and really should have left Frank Herberts books alone.

I started reading Sisterhood of Dune and it appeared to have a plot and some interesting ideas, unlike other samples I have read....but it is not good enough to pay over £6 to read what I know will be a disappointing story in many ways, because the authors are simply not up to recreating or getting anywhere near Frank Herbert's vision. If it were £1.99 or less, that would be a fair price but these books can be little more than a cynical money making machine.
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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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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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