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Dune: The Butlerian Jihad (Legends of Dune #1)

3.55  ·  Rating Details  ·  14,956 Ratings  ·  373 Reviews
Frank Herbert's Dune series is one of the grandest epics in the annals of imaginative literature. Selling millions of copies worldwide, it is science fiction's answer to The Lord of the Rings, a brilliantly imaginative epic of high adventure, unforgettable characters, and immense scope.

Decades after Herbert's original novels, the Dune saga was continued by Frank Herbert's
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Published September 17th 2002 by Macmillan Audio (first published 2002)
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Buddy read with Athena!

Princess Irulan writes:
Any true student must realize that History has no beginning. Regardless of where a story starts, there are always earlier heroes and earlier tragedies.
Before one can understand Muad'Dib or the current jihad that followed the overthrow of my father, Emperor Shaddam IV, one must understand what we fight against. Therefore, look more than ten thousand years into our past, ten millennia before the birth of Paul Atreides.
It is there that we see the fou
Dec 13, 2007 Liz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my worst enemy
The seven dollars I spent for this book would have been better used buying a cup of battery acid to pour into my eyes.

More detailed ranting here.
Matthew Williams
Jul 28, 2012 Matthew Williams rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was hands down one of the worst books I have ever read. As a fan of the elder Herbert, who's read every Dune book he ever wrote, I was curious to know how his hints about a holy war against thinking machines would be portrayed. Needless to say, I was both insulted and bored to tears with this work, and aside from thinking I'd wasted good money on it, I began to seriously worry about the direction these two were taking with the Dune franchise.

First of all, the characters were one-dimensional
Nov 12, 2008 Gerard rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
An abomination that should never have been written - which is true of all that Herbert Jnr and Anderson have contributed to the Dune series. Putting aside the pedestrian writing, the authors have failed entirely to capture the complexity of Frank Herbert's universe, characters and ideas. They seem incapable of subtlety. Nothing is implied. Everything is stated. They do tell a story but with none of the sophistication of the original.
Life is far too short to be wasted reading this money-spinning
Kevin Xu
Feb 21, 2016 Kevin Xu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read, favorites
The only reason this book is so good is because this is the ORIGIN of the whole DUNE universe! Without this story, there would be no DUNE! This is the only prequel novel that needed to be written at all!
Feb 11, 2008 Dana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Seems to have major continuity issues with the original novels. Much more shallow and less intellectually rewarding than the books written by Frank Herbert.
Aug 11, 2015 Manny marked it as not-to-read  ·  review of another edition
Thou shalt not make a book in the likeness of a Dune.

Didn't any enterprising Iranian cleric even consider a fatwa? And, by the way, "to-read" actually means "not to read, unless threatened with waterboarding, stress positions, dogs and sleep deprivation". Even then, I'd try to hold out a bit.

Oct 26, 2008 Er rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If I could give a negative star I would. It read like bad fanfiction.
Jun 25, 2011 M.L. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Long, long from now in a galaxy too close for comfort, humanity (fondly called "feral humans" by the thinking machines) is struggling for existence. Besieged as they are, the humans themselves are of course not entirely blameless and many of them have not discovered the concept of "human rights" and "equality."
Bravery, treachery, deceit, galactic battles - it's all there - lots of fun. Seen through the long glass of our future prospects, based on where we are now, the concepts are believable.
Apr 08, 2012 retroj rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can't remember ever having read a worse book.

I was optimistic about this Brian Herbert / Kevin Anderson Dune prequel, and though I knew full well going in how controversial their Dune books have been, it proved difficult to sort through the controversy to see whether I should read the Legends trilogy or pass it by. Weighing in favor of reading it was mild curiosity about Hunters & Sandworms, which I understand to have some dependency on having read Legends. I consider myself a fairly forgi
When I was young and foolish, I was as taken with Frank Herbert’s Dune at the rest of the world, but I found myself significantly less enchanted with his sequels. I subsequently became aware that his son and another writer were continuing the series, but I stuck my nose in one of the books at a book store and decided I was not interested. Last summer, however, I purchased one of them at a library book sale, only to discover that the very thick book I had purchased was in fact the sequel to a boo ...more
Oct 11, 2007 Exparrot rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves Dune... at least the original
To be fair Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson do an okay job in continuing with Frank Herbert's Dune legacy. When I mean okay, I mean sure the book doesn't have the same philosophical flow and continuity, it also lacks finesse and would appeal to the younger generation X crowd who's more action and less thought BUT again, if you've been aching to know history behind Dune, then read this book. It gives the origins of the Bene Gesserit, the reason behind the kanly between House Atreides and Harko ...more
Dec 27, 2007 Dori rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one.
Shelves: science-fiction
I listened to this on audiobook and it was dreadful. I couldn't even finish it. I made it about 3/4 of the way through and had to stop torturing myself.
Jul 22, 2008 Donster rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody over the age of 10
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
Fans of Frank Herbert and his excellent Dune novels should avoid the dreck produced by his offspring at all costs. You're better off buying sci-fi comic books.
Oct 05, 2011 A.j. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just Remember: It's NOT Dune

This book is such a guilty pleasure.
Naturally it lacks the depth, sophistication, poetry, philosophy, genius, etc., etc., of DUNE. But still it manages to provide something else quite unexpected:
Good old fashioned Space Opera FUN!

Just overlook the (mostly) 2-dimensional characters and you'll find yourself immersed in a huge, sprawling, edge-of-your-seat sci-fi adventure like the classic serial adventures of old.

Those old serials were well before my time, but this
Phillip Lozano
Jan 03, 2013 Phillip Lozano rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, I couldn't get very far in this book. None of the Brian Herbert/Kevin Anderson collaborations are very good, but this one is staggeringly, mind-blowingly awful. It reads like super-shitty fan-fiction, except than fan fic usually takes a moment to remember what universe it is set in. It's unbelievable that even two writers could churn out over 600 pages of this utterly pointless garbage - and it's only the beginning of a three-volume story arc! Holy cow. Money actually changed hands for ...more
Oct 27, 2008 James rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've noticed that most of these reviews are pretty evenly split. I think I know why. (Note that I gave it two stars. It's not bad enough to deserve one star, but if *this* had been the introduction to the Dune universe, that universe would have crashed and burned.)

The biggest problem is that, frankly, Brian Herbert doesn't know why Dune was so successful. Probably the most intriguing thing about the world-building in Dune was how it started in median res. The characters all acted and behaved as
John Shumway
Nov 07, 2009 John Shumway rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Same review for the Dune Universe*
GREAT books! VERY time consuming! Worth the time!

Ok here is the deal. If your not sure about starting a series this big, here is what I would do.
1. -- Read the 1st one by Frank Herbert "Dune" if you like it...

2. -- Read the "Legends Of Dune" series. Its 3 books written by Frank's son Brian and a author I really like by the name of Keven J. Anderson. Its a prequel that is so far in the past that it doesn't spoil the Original Dune series in any way, and you could
Dec 30, 2011 Harry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Frank Herbert introduced us to the Dune Universe and I can say I have always been a loyal fan.
Although at some point, a a young reader in high school it all went over my head. I did play the lovely games from Westwood studios though.

However I remember that great summer when I read the Butlerian Jihad. I must have only been 17.
Somehow Brian Herbert
s writing was easier to understand and I could comprehend it a little better.
What a story, every second I was consumed by this book. It was science fi
Feb 05, 2012 Donovan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
The Legends of Dune series goes back to the time when thinking machines were a common part of life and tells the tale of woe that lead to the edict "Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a man's mind". The series consists of:-
The Butlerian Jihad
The Machine Crusade
The Battle of Corrin

Plot ***Spoilers***
The Butlerian Jihad
The Butlerian Jihad introduces a generation of characters whose families will later become the most significant in the universe: the Atreides, the Corrinos and the H
Oct 02, 2007 Brooke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another review written back in 2006:

My natural inclination is to assume that anything that's a spin-off from an author's original work is going to inevitably be inferior to the original, no matter what. (Case in point, any books/stories based off of Tolkien's notes after his death.) They just lack the voice and scope of the original. So normally, I wouldn't have even considered picking up a book based off of Frank Herbert's original Dune series, even if it was written by his own flesh and blood,
Feb 07, 2008 Dufour rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
OK, so after the critical phenom success of Herbert & Anderson's first DUNE prequel trilogy...they decide to cash in their chips and do another one. Jesus wept. This series chronicles the Butlerian Jihad hinted at in Frank Herbert's original books, the war by man to cast of the shackles put on them by thinking machines. don't really get an appreciation for humanity's suffering here. There's plenty of free humans living on Salusa Secundus even though Omnius and his machine horde ...more
Dec 18, 2013 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Originally posted on Otherwhere Gazette)

It is said that there are two types of Dune fans: those who like only the original books by Frank Herbert, and those who also enjoy the expanded universe his son Brian Herbert created. I used to think I was at least somewhat in the first camp, because while I enjoyed the original Dune quite a bit, the sequels weren’t among my favorites. However, Brian Herbert’s Dune: The Butlerian Jihad, is changing my mind. The Butlerian Jihad tells the story of the figh
Mark Cheverton
Dec 28, 2008 Mark Cheverton rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
As other reviews have stated, this is not the most well written of books, and some of the plot holes are pretty hard to ignore. In particular the behaviours of the machine overlords and the idea that humans, reduced to slave status, would have any impact is a stretch. This kind of scenario has been done much better elsewhere.

However, this is the world of Dune and for those who loved Dune as kids, as I did, you'll find it easy to forget the difficulties with the novel and just enjoy the explorati
Kevin Carpenter
You know, if you removed 'Dune' from the title, changed a couple of names and erased the (arguably) useless subplot on Arrakis, this is actually a quite enjoyable, albeit adolescent, space opera. It doesn't take itself too seriously, and there's plenty of cool story threads weaving along.

It is not 'Dune', however, and as much as I had a blast reading the first instalment of this posthumous, prequel trilogy, the hard wired facts remain: This book, and everything else written by Herbert Jr and K A
Mike Habiby
Ok so I've been reading enough comments by people that could actually finish the Anderson/Herbert works I decided to give them another try. Now be it known I had read the "House" books before, but when I tried to read the "Legacy" books I about puked. This was a few years ago. Anyway, I'm reading the Dune books now in chronological order. Just finished the Butlerian Jihad and have delved into the tepid waters of the Machine Crusade. I now "get it" with the folks who have said its fun to dip one' ...more
Jake Saunders
Proficient scifi story telling but nothing special. This stands in contrast to both Dune and it's sequels by Frank Herbert which are certainly something special. Perhaps it is unfair to judge this novel against the original Dune novels but I found it impossible to not make the comparison during the story.

My main issues with the story seem to fall into two categories: 1) The character development of the thinking machines just seemed a bit to typically human for something that (at least in my min
David Bonesteel
Jun 11, 2013 David Bonesteel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of controversy and disappointment about this one. Not unexpected, given the legendary status of Frank Herbert's original series. It's been a good 15 years since I read the originals, and I intend to read them again after working my way through the prequels. What to make of this effort by Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson? They've definitely decided to go the route of space opera in this story of the great conflict between humans and thinking machines that would result in the taboo against a ...more
Oct 14, 2010 Java rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book almost got a two star rating out of me, but I had to remind myself that it was my fault for walking into it with the expectation that Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson would attempt to replicate Frank Herbert's "voice" from the first Dune books, or that Brian Herbert (who is Frank Herbert's son) would have some latent story-telling ability that paid homage to his father. This is obviously not the case. Frank Herbert had a seemingly unique way with language and the ability to write hi ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Legends of Dune (6 books)
  • Hunting Harkonnens (Legends of Dune, #0.5)
  • Whipping Mek (Legends of Dune, #1.5)
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  • The Faces of a Martyr (Legends of Dune, #2.5)
  • The Battle of Corrin (Legends of Dune, #3)

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