Heretics of Dune (Dune #5)
From Dune to Rakis to Dune, the wheel turns full circle. From burning desert to green and fertile land and on again to burning desert ... the cycle is complete.
The people of the Scattering are returning. Amongst them, mysterious and threatening, are the women who call themselves the Honoured Matres, adepts of an ecstatic cult.
And on Rakis, become Dune, an ancient prophecy...more
So many lives touched by her decisions, he thought.
She looked up. He had promised himself that he would not flinch before the fire of her gaze, and once more he broke his promise.
"It is... almost finished."
"Almost." Her irony was palpable, a force. "Almost is not enough. You know that, Frank. When will it be done?"
"I think... a month. At most two. I am working as hard as I can, Rever ...more
This is strange to me! I thought the fifth and sixth books were rather awesome, frankly!
And that's why I'm skipping books 2, 3, and 4 altogether and jumping right back in to the books that I have only rea ...more
Anyhow, with the God Emper ...more
“The surest way to keep a secret is to make someone think they already know the answer.”
The tyrant God Emperor has returned to the sands of Dune. The universe that was once ruled by Houses Corrino and Atreides have fallen into chaos and is controlled by dozens of bickering factions. The Bene Gesserit and the Tleilaxu struggle for power, but their ambitions are contested by billions of humans returning from the Scattering. But on the surface of Dune, a small girl might be a ...more
2.5 stars, rounded up to 3.
I do love the Dune universe, but I usually limit my re-reading to the first three books. The fourth book, God Emperor of Dune, is definitely the worst of the bunch, in my opinion, and yet I’m glad I read it long, long ago so that I knew what the main characters in Heretics were talking about! (Not enough to re-read God Emperor, mind you.)
Things I like in this book? Miles Teg, beloved Bashar and Atreides descendent and his interesting development in the last chapters. ...more
Book 5 of the Dune Chronicles
A Dune Retrospective by Eric Allen
Heretics of Dune is a bit of an odd book in my experience. The first time I read God Emperor of Dune I was so put off the series by it that I refused to pick Heretics up for almost an entire decade. When finally I did pick it up, reading through the entire series again with the hope that age had given me new perspective on life to keep God Emperor from sucking so hard, it was probably my second favorite book in the s ...more
Organizations at varying degrees of the grotesque, cland ...more
What's different? Well, there's still a lot of obscure talk, but some of it finally is relieved with some actual ACTION! Things ...more
[Nota Bene: As Frank Herbert's last two published novels in the Dune series, Heretics of Dune and Chapterhouse: Dune, along with the unwritten Dune 7, in fact comprise a single story that happened to be divided into three parts, I'll post the same review for both of the two published volumes. This review contains no spoilers.]
During the first half of his literary career, Frank Herbert focused most on coming to terms with what it meant to be conscious. The evolution of his thinking on the subject ...more
Several of the characters are fantastic, in particular Miles Teg, who provides a necessary balance (oddly enough, given the typical focus on me ...more
As always Frank Herbert does seems to really instill a sense of beauty and at the same time mystery in his writing. Something that seems to be lacking in the writing of the continuation writers. And of all the actors in the Dune books I have always ha ...more
This is my absolute favorite Sci-Fi book that completely blew my mind when I first read it. It is much more then just a means of entertainment. It is perhaps one of the most revolutionary commentaries on the anthropological analysis of the usage of language, sexuality, ecology, economics, religion, and military power all tied together. I first read this book before any of the earlier books in the Dune series by Frank Herbert. Because it occurs thousands of years after the earlier books, it can b ...more
Heretics is probably not the book anyone was expecting, which probably led to most of the ill-feeling about it. It's much less a philosophical work and much more an action-adventure story, and I'll tell ya, the sex gets weird. It's not so much a gender-politics thing (although I r ...more
It's rather fashionable to dismiss Herbert's later books, particularly the later Dune books, as inferior to the originals. But that's unfair. Heretics of Dune clearly shows that Herbert's abilities were not flagging as he carried on the series; the one weakness that the book can be charged with is that it is clearly not complete in itself, but rather obviously a "middle" episode in an ongoing saga.
Heretics has much ...more
"'Never underestimate the power of an idea,' Taraza said. The Atreides were ever philosophers in their governance. Philosophy is always dangerous because it promotes the creation of new ideas.'" - Heretics of Dune (p. 440)
This is my third time through the series. The first time I read Heretics I thought it was okay, but it was my second least favorite of the series after Dune Messiah, mainly because it seem ...more
I loved Dune and I liked Messiah and Children well enough, but God Emperor came very close to making me give up on the series. It was so terrible, with so many juvenile ideas about power, ...more
The main problem is the weird sexual theme to this book. Although one can understand the Honored Matres thing to an extent (a less subtle splinter group of the Bene Gesserit), does it really have to be this distracting? What makes it worse is that Duncan Idaho's "hidden Tleilaxu power" is that he can do hypno-sex too! A ...more
He is best known for the novel Dune and its five sequels. The Dune saga, set in the distant future and taking place over millennia, dealt with themes such as human survival and evolution, ecology, and the intersection of religion, politics, and power, and is widely considered to be among the classi ...more