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Sisterhood of Dune (Schools of Dune #1)

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  2,592 Ratings  ·  245 Reviews
It is eighty-three 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 desc
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Tor Books (first published 2011)
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M Strawberry
Nov 30, 2016 M Strawberry rated it did not like it
Shelves: science-fiction
Time to milk the cash cow yet again!!!

Before all these McDune books came out, Brian and Kevin claimed that they had found Frank Herbert's notes and outlines for Dune 7 on some floppies or something like that. They however have offered no evidence of said notes and/or floppies, which throws the entire matter of if there really were notes into question. The fact that Brian and Kevin's handling of Dune 7 in 'Hunters' and 'Sandworms of Dune', primarily evinced by their complete tossing out of the me
Dec 19, 2011 Joanne rated it it was amazing
Sisterhood is a prequel, taking place over 10,000 years before the Paul Atreides timeline of the regular Dune novels. It is best read after the Legends of Dune trilogy: The Butlerian Jihad, The Machine Crusade and The Battle of Corrin, however it does provide enough explanation that you will understand what is going on, even if this may be your first Dune novel.

This is an origins story, but it easily stands on its own within the main Dune series. A generation has passed since the Butlerian Jihad
Gavin Reed
Jan 08, 2014 Gavin Reed rated it it was ok
Only mildly interesting at times.
The series of "prequel"books co-written by Herbert and Anderson are generally, in my opinion, very weak in storytelling and, especially, dialogue compared to any of Frank Herbert's Dune novels. The prequels' authors do not appear to even attempt to emulate FH's style or approach to character development or story structure. Much of what they write - and this novel is a prime example - is just flat narrative with occasional unconvincing dialogue. I read most of wha
Mar 27, 2012 Ampoliros rated it did not like it

Now to start, I'll begin with a bombshell.

This is the best Dune book they have written.

WHA? Has Amp turned traitor? GET THE HANGIN TRIPOD!

No no no my fellow cast out, let me explain.

When I say best, remember the caveat that this is still a KJA book, meaning it was still written by the most philistine hack alive. (Hey Kev, philistine means you don't hold anything sacred.)

What I mean is that this book is not a Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson 'Dune' book. This is a Brian Herbert and Kevin J And
Andrew Bedggood
Dec 28, 2013 Andrew Bedggood rated it did not like it
Hmmm. Perhaps the best bit about this book is the cover - and even that's a painting of a pseudo - Hawk out of Space 1999 - but what's it doing with anti - shipping missiles fitted to it on a planet like Dune ????? The mind boggles.....
Anyway, as you can probably gather I wasn't exactly enamoured with this novel. Okay so it was nothing like as bad as The Butlerian Jihad, but it's still a terrible waste of ink and paper. Perhaps the most worrying thing is that it proudly announces upon the cover
Jul 25, 2016 Skip rated it liked it
This book has been sitting in my TBR pile for too long so I dove in. The beginning was too slow; in fact, I think the first interesting thing did not happen until page 100 or so. I thought the characters were a bit unidimensional, and that some of the themes (man versus machine) have already been fully covered in earlier novels. Yet, once the story got going, it was entertaining, especially the twins, Vorian Atriedes, and the Corrins. I did not care for the demagogue, Manford Torondo (nor his ...more
Jeremy Compton
Dec 28, 2013 Jeremy Compton added it
Recommends it for: Canon-minded Dune fans
Recommended to Jeremy by: New York Times
Since there are only glowing endorsements of 'Sisterhood' here, I would like to mark some points of objective criticism. As a DUNE purist and fanatic, I've been watching the title come dislodged from the stars of Sci-Fi, and plummet to Earth. Many complaints have been made against Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson for the direction they've taken Frank Herbert's opus. Terms like "Dune dumbed-down" and "McDune" are commonly batted around. Where the original works were thought provoking, and ...more
Jan 17, 2012 Cathy rated it really liked it
Anderson is a master space opera writer and I always sense his style very strongly in these Dune prequel novels. The large number of points of view and the tone reminds me very much of Anderson's Saga of the Seven Suns, one of my favorite series. But the main thing that's fun is just seeing how the authors fit the stories together into a tighter and tighter weave of the historical document that they've been designing that spans millennia. As they add each strand to the loom and make it work, and ...more
Aug 30, 2012 Suzanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
I’m so glad I’m not a Dune purist. I just glanced over several reviews of Sisterhood and found that most people were in one of two camps. There are those who loved the original series and resent the backstories presented by Frank Herbert’s son and Mr. Anderson. Then, there are those like me, who loved the Dune series and want more.

When I picked up Sisterhood of Dune, I was hoping for an escape from the dark historical books I had been reading. I wanted entertainment and excitement, and that is e
Sep 17, 2013 Nathan rated it liked it
Having read all of the other books in the original Dune series by Frank Herbert and all of the offshoot series created by Brian Herbert (along with Kevin J. Anderson) I was obviously looking forward to reading this novel as well. To be fair, I must admit that prior to reading each of the other two prequel trilogies (Legends of Dune and the Houses trilogy) I had hesitations relating to how well the stories would mesh with the original series. The same is true of this series as well. I've always ...more
Apr 26, 2012 Bill rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Dune aficionados and anyone concerned with the fate of our civilization
Shelves: science-fiction
IMO, this is the best book so far of the Dune prequels or expanded universe, whichever you prefer. It is a nexus in the Dune universe, a node from which many branches remain to be explored. I wanted to give it 5*, but only Dune gets that in this universe. It approaches 4.5*.

The book is about beginnings—beginnings of the major powers of Dune. The title is somewhat deceptive. Though it does explore the Bene Gesserit's beginnings (here called The Sisterhood) and the 1st Reverent Mothers, it gives
Zach Seigel
Oct 23, 2016 Zach Seigel rated it did not like it
Shelves: dune
Of all the books within the Dune universe written by Kevin J Anderson and authorized by Brian Herbert, this is the most irrelevant.

The writing aesthetic of Sisterhood of Dune, is very, very simple and pedantic. Kevin's prose are brief and hardly, if ever, fleshed out. A typical chapter runs around three to five pages and always ends on a cliffhanger. Each chapter feels like I am reading a screenplay for a hour long television drama.

Sisterhood of Dune suffers further from completely flat characte
Sep 14, 2012 Brie rated it did not like it
I got this as an Goodreads First Reads win and was excited to read it because I enjoy sci-fi and fantasy novels and the original Dune series.

I barely made it a few chapters before giving up on it. The characters were cardboard, the story shallow and boring, and I just could not stay interested in it. This is a rarely occurring thing for me because I can usually power through books I don't enjoy but I just could not stick with this book. I was that bored and uninterested in the story.

So this will
Jul 11, 2016 Vexation rated it liked it
"The mind of Man is Holy"

apparently the Butlerian aphorism does not protect you from low quality repetitive puff pieces. I love the whole Dune universe and while I enjoyed the earlier Jihad trilogy, this feels more like a grind than actual enjoyment, especially since you already know how things end, and all you have to see is the road taken.
Jan 27, 2013 Alex rated it really liked it
Ahh, it felt good to just throw myself into a book again.

This one's quite good.

As an afficionado of the Dune series, especially the prequels, this was a good one-- I even broke my Robert Jordan rule (no unfinished series!) to read this one.

Turns out this is the first in a new series taking place after the Butlerian Jihad series of prequels, so chronologically book 4 in the Dune universe. Luckily, I read that series pretty recently, so the characters are still fresh in my mind.

Since this isn't th
Mar 13, 2015 Krbo rated it liked it
Ovo je prva knjiga nove trilogije Herberta sineka koju naziva "velike škole" (iduća je Mentati Dine i izlazi za desetak dana)

kronološki je smještena samo 80 godina nakon finalnog prašenja dupeta zlog Omniusa i njegovih strojnomislećih zlica tako da
je prilično jasno što možete očekivati - nastavak priče.

Ja jesam veliki fan Dune serijala i svašta prođe lakše kod mene no, recimo, Dune7 (Sandworms/Hunters of Dune) katastofu nisam mogao oprostiti.

Zato sam ovo lako pročitao i zabavio se. Da je drugi d
S. W.
Mar 25, 2012 S. W. rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: SF fans
Recommended to S. by: Amazon
*SPOILERS AHEAD * BEWARE * I have a thirst for more Dune! I didn't realize how much I longed for more about the sorceress' of rossak, the mutated navigators, the mentat school of Gilbertus Albans, or the evil independent robot Erasmus. This book updated my internal chronology of the Dune Universe, and inserted some seemingly irrelevant side stories (i.e. the twins of Juno and Agamemnon). I was glad of the inserted stories though, because it deepened my interest and the value of the Dune ...more
Jan 06, 2012 Clydene rated it it was amazing
I love the continuation with the Dune series by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. Yes, it is not Frank Herbert, but it is as close as you are going to get, and it is Wonderful.

I got an ARC of the book. It is really great. I love the Dune series that Kevin and Brian have written. It keeps the story alive for me.

Perhaps I loved Sisterhood of Dune best because it dealt with what I think is the best part of the Dune story line, the Bene Gesserit.

The authors have done a great job telling the bac
Vincent Darlage
Dec 28, 2013 Vincent Darlage rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
I really loved the original Dune books, and even enjoyed some of the first prequels, but I am starting to tire of the McDune series. The characters are hard to like - all of them are super obssessed to the point of making everyone an unlikable villain - basically all the characters are the same. The plot threads didn't combine at the end; it felt like I read three novels with this one, all with the same basic plot, and without any connectivity. There was the Atreides-Harkonnen plot which ...more
David McDonald
Feb 06, 2012 David McDonald rated it really liked it
I'm a big sucker for the Dune books, I've read all the originals, many times over. The Dune books written by Frank Herbert's son Brain and Kevin Anderson are good fun but don't quite have the weight that the originals. Both in style and substance, they are not quite up to what Frank did. But of course that may be an unfair judgement, as it doesn't let these books stand for what they are, which is well produce and written Sci-Fi. I really do enjoy them, and love that I still get new content from ...more
May 09, 2012 Donovan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Sisterhood of Dune is the first of a new series that presents a pre-history to the Frank Herbert Dune series. It's written by Frank Herbert's son Brian Herbert and well known sci-fi author Kevin J Anderson. It is a well written and nicely paced novel that looks at the founding years of the 'schools' that appear prominently (later) in Dune. While it is not required reading, I think it would be pertinent for any reader of this series to have read Brian & Kevin's other series in order to ...more
John Keegan
Jul 09, 2012 John Keegan rated it it was ok

Shortly after producing their "House" prequel trilogy, marking the beginning of the modern Dune rebirth, Herbert and Anderson decided to go much earlier in the series' mythological timeline and tackle the Butlerian Jihad. That it gave them the chance to frame those events in a way that facilitated their version of the saga's ultimate finale was only part of the consideration, it seems, as it set the stage for a follow-up trilogy. And so the threads left wide open at the end of the "Legends of Du
C-Cose Daley
Oct 01, 2012 C-Cose Daley rated it liked it
Overall this latest Dune installment from BH & KJA was good .... not great .... but a passable inclusion in the overall story. I appreciate the attempt to provide us with a history of the founding of the Great Though Schools and the beginning of the Imperium. But, I have several issues with how they presented this tale:

1. Inserting the antecedents of what was to become the Bene Gesserit into the founding of all Schools except Ginaz was a trifle overdone. It's not only improbable, but also le
Mar 05, 2012 Shaheen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love reading books set in the Dune universe because it’s such a richly detailed, vibrant world. This novel is set after the Battle of Corrin and features a war-torn world still coming to terms with the place of computers and science in it. The development of the Schools of Dune - learning centres dedicated to furthering human capabilities - is a natural result of the war against thinking machines, and I really enjoyed reading about it.

The legacy of Reyna and Serena Butler is the most interesti
Feb 28, 2012 Eric rated it it was ok

If you like the other books in the series like 'Paul of Dune' and 'Winds of Dune' then you’ll probably enjoy this as well. However, if you don't then this book is not going to change your mind about any of it.

Like the other books mentioned 'Sisterhood of Dune' is basically a 50 page story turned into a 500 page book. How Herbert and Anderson manage to spend so much time talking about the Bene-Gesserit's origins without really saying much is beyond me. It feels a lot like the authors are not get
One of my favorite novels of all time is Dune by Frank Herbert. I have read all six of his novels about the worlds of Dune, but I have not read any of the followup novels by his son until the Sisterhood of Dune. And I was surprised by how comfortable this world felt. It was very familiar and fit like an old glove.

Some of the reviews on Goodreads that I read were very negative about the book because it does not live up to the writing of his father. While I love Dune and have it on my all time fav
Jun 24, 2014 bella rated it really liked it
Let me make it clear from the start, I'm a fan of the original Dune series but I'm also a fan of the books by Kevin J Anderson and Brian Herbert, since House Atreides is the book that got me hooked on the Dune series.

I picked up Sisterhood of Dune straight off finishing The Battle of Corrin, since I am re-reading all the books with a friend. Sisterhood of Dune was a completely new read to me, and I'm glad I included it in my re-read.

Sisterhood of Dune is the first book in a new trilogy called Sc
Chris D'Antonio
Apr 28, 2016 Chris D'Antonio rated it really liked it
Herbert and Anderson once again prove adept at weaving the fabric of the universe Frank Herbert created with the original Dune saga; this time approaching the enormous task of attempting to fill in the upheavals which would lead the galaxy to the events and setting of Dune some 10000 years after this novel takes place. This novel strives to remain connected to the original trilogy surrounding the Butlerian Jihad, while making connections to the distant Dune. There are also somewhat more subtle ...more
Jun 05, 2012 Myra rated it really liked it
This particular period of the imperium puts one in mind of the current day clash between liberals and conservatives, with the Butlerians, led by the rabidly anti-machine Manford Torondo, are out to destroy any semblance of progress, and using the hordes of his followers to intimidate and control even the emperor. It would be very interesting to do a survey of liberals and conservatives who read this book to see who they most identify with. The story hits a little too close to home, but it ...more
Aug 15, 2013 Holly rated it did not like it
Only 80 years have passed since the thinking machines were overthrown in the Battle of Corrin. Humanity struggles to define itself as the universe learns to live free from the bondage of Omnius and the cymeks. I am not too pleased to be back in this particular time in the Dune chronicles. Not one to read a book jacket or review before I pick up a book, I had hopes that Sisterhood of Dune would be further into the history of the Bene Gesserit. To read more of my review visit my blog, Thank the ...more
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