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  • gilwilson 11:30 AM on April 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bene gesserit, , duneverse   

    “Sisterhood of Dune” By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson 

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    By: Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    Series: Dune Saga, Book 4, Schools of Dune, Book 1
    Hardcover: 496 pages
    Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (January 3, 2012)

    While some people do not like the Dune prequels and sequels published by Kevin J. Anderson and Frank Herbert’s son, Brian Herbert, I’m a fan. This is for two reasons; first, because I’m a big fan of Kevin J. Anderson’s writings, and second I’m an even bigger fan of the Duneverse originally created by Frank Herbert.

    Kevin J. Anderson was the one that got me to read my first Star Wars novel. I’ve never been a big fan of Star Wars, but seeing Anderson’s name on the cover on on book changed me to a bit more of a fan. a couple of years ago when I saw that he was coming to the Indian Comic Con (which I attend every year) I was anxious. I picked up this book had him sign it and got my photo taken with him and I was happy. I could have left the Con with only doing that and I would be happy.

    This series of prequels focuses on the creation of the different “Schools” in the Duneverse. There is the Suk school which trains extremely loyal medical personnel, the Mentat school to train human computers, the navigator school which deforms humans in order for them to learn to fold space, and the Bene Gesserit school of “witches,” which is the focus of this book.

    Starting just a few decades after the war between humans and the thinking machines, the Universe is starting to rebuild. The schools are being formed and each one has its secrets, most of those secrets are they are harboring some sort of computer or thinking machine. The radicals are coming in and trashing all forms of technology. They do this without regard of human life or the advancement of science. This makes these radicals almost as bad as the Thinking machines.

    When this band of radicals receives support from the Emperor Corrino, all the schools and all of humankind are threatened.


    Publisher’s Summary

    It is 83 years after the last of the thinking machines were destroyed in the Battle of Corrin, after Faykan Butler took the name of Corrino and established himself as the first Emperor of a new Imperium. Great changes are brewing that will shape and twist all of humankind. The war hero Vorian Atreides has turned his back on politics and Salusa Secundus. The descendants of Abulurd Harkonnen Griffen and Valya have sworn vengeance against Vor, blaming him for the downfall of their fortunes. Raquella Berto-Anirul has formed the Bene Gesserit School on the jungle planet Rossak as the first Reverend Mother.

    The descendants of Aurelius Venport and Norma Cenva have built Venport Holdings, using mutated, spice-saturated Navigators who fly precursors of Heighliners. Gilbertus Albans, the ward of the hated Erasmus, is teaching humans to become Mentats… and hiding an unbelievable secret. The Butlerian movement, rabidly opposed to all forms of “dangerous technology,” is led by Manford Torondo and his devoted Swordmaster, Anari Idaho. And it is this group, so many decades after the defeat of the thinking machines, which begins to sweep across the known universe in mobs, millions strong, destroying everything in its path.

    In Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson’s Sisterhood of Dune, every one of these characters, and all of these groups, will become enmeshed in the contest between Reason and Faith. All of them will be forced to choose sides in the inevitable crusade that could destroy humankind forever.

    Tor Books 2012

  • gilwilson 1:47 AM on May 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    “Dune: House Corrino” Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson 

    “Dune: House Corrino”
    Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
    Narrated by Scott Brick, unabridged
    Tantor Media
    Approx 24 hours

    After the death of Frank Herbert, son Brian Herbert discovered some manuscripts left behind with more information on the universe of Dune. Teaming up with Kevin J. Anderson, the two authors began a quest to add more stories to the “Duneverse” based on these manuscripts and their own talents in writing science fiction. Their first effort was the Prelude to Dune series. “House Corrino” is the third title in this series and as such, gives even more information on the buildup of events which created the situations leading to the epic novel Dune.  Many hardcore “Dune” fans will complain about some of the continuity errors, but all in all the books written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson are some great additional stories that fans can use to revisit the worlds created by Frank Herbert.

    The book is read by Scott Brick, a narrator who is no stranger to the Dune series. He has voiced many of the audiobooks and is thoroughly familiar with the material. I’d have to say he is the perfect choice as narrator for these books, because of his ability to read as different characters and even make a difference between when the character is thinking or talking aloud.  All his voices as characters are distinct yet subtle enough to make for a smooth hearing experience.

    Book three of the prelude to the original Dune series answers many questions, but also leaves some unanswered, which is good. Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson, to be honest to the Duneverse could not try to explain it all away, that is one of the many features of the Original Dune novels by Frank Herbert that keeps the reader intrigued, and makes the the books more adventuresome, the philosophy is within the reader.

    In this book the Emperor of the known Universe, Shaddam IV has devised a plan with his right hand man Hasimir Fenrig, to create a synthetic form of the Spice Melange. In doing so he will hold even more power over the universe. As you may know, the Spice extends life, and makes space travel possible and is only found on one planet, Dune (Arrakis).

    On the machine planet, Ix,Tleilaxu “scientists” use slaves and prisoners as part of a horrific plan to manufacture a synthetic form of melange known as amal. If amal can replace the spice from Dune, it will give Shaddam what he seeks: absolute power. However the amal is not quite right. Adjudica the Tleilaxu that has created the amal, has not run adequate testing but has been taking the amal and has been dosing the Sardukar guards with the amal and gains some control over the Emperor’s terror guards. Also we learn how the Tleilaxu use women to become living tanks to produce the amal, thus explaining why there are no Tleilaxu women.

    Duke Leto Atriedes, grief-stricken yet unbowed by the tragic death of his son Victor, in an assassination attempt is determined to restore the honor and prestige of his House, has his own plans for Ix. He will free the Ixians from their oppressive conquerors and restore his friend Prince Rhombur, injured scion of the disgraced House Vernius, to his rightful place as Ixian ruler. In doing so Leto leaves his home planet of Caladan unguarded. Hearing of this and in order to save face The Beast Rabban (Harkkonen), attempts to conquer Caladan, but the master of assassins and Mentat to House Atriedes, Thufir Howat devises a plan to keep any attackers at bay.

    Meanwhile, Duke Leto’s concubine, the Lady Jessica, obeying the orders of her superiors in the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood, has conceived a child that the Sisterhood intends to be the penultimate step in the creation of an all-powerful being. Yet what the Sisterhood doesn’t know is that the child Jessica is carrying is not the girl they are expecting, but a boy. Jessica’s act of disobedience is an act of love — her attempt to provide her Duke with a male heir to House Atreides — but an act that, when discovered, could kill both mother and baby. Learning of the heir to house Atreides, House Harkkonen’s mentat, Pitor Dufries attempts to kidnap the baby.

    Like the Bene Gesserit, Shaddam Corrino is also concerned with making a plan for the future — securing his legacy. Blinded by his need for power, the Emperor will launch a plot against Dune, the only natural source of true spice. If he succeeds, his madness will result in a cataclysmic tragedy not even he foresees: the end of space travel, the Imperium, and civilization itself. With Duke Leto and other renegades and revolutionaries fighting to stem the tide of darkness that threatens to engulf their universe, the stage is set for a showdown unlike any seen before.

    This book has a great storytelling and a great culmination of many battles that as you come to the end you will want more.

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