Mentats of Dune (Schools of Dune, #2)
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In Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson'sMentats of Dune, the thinking machines have been defeated but the struggle for humanity’s future continues.

Gilbertus Albans has founded the Mentat School, a place where humans can learn the efficient techniques of thinking machines. But Gilbertus walks an uneasy line between his own convictions and compromises in order to survive th...more
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Published March 11th 2014 by Tor Books
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Cathy
This was a really bad book. I was very surprised. I've always enjoyed Herbert and Anderson's prequels to the original Dune books. It's varied some by series, but they've all been at least OK, some have been really enjoyable. I gave Sisterhood of Dune four stars. How did this series go from "pretty darn good" to "what the heck" so quickly?

It started off fine. I'm always stuck by the power of these archetypes, if that's the right word. I felt a bit of awe as Valya described becoming a Reverend Mo...more
Clint
Mentats of Dune, part two of the Schools of Dune series, was a hell of a lot of fun to read.

It continues the epic story of mankind's struggle (now several decades free of the thinking machines oppression), in choosing an ideological path forward for all in the empire. On one side is Joseph Venport, and other like minded individuals, who embrace technology and all the benefits derived from it, without fear. On the other side is the Half Manford, and all of his fanatical Butlerian followers, who p...more
Aletia
Jul 14, 2013 Aletia marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I have been waiting for this book for YEARS! SO excited about the Schools of Dune series/collection!!!
Ampoliros
Ludicrous Twilight of Dune

Reading this book is like going on a commando raid at night, cutting your way through a forest with flamethrowers and light-enhancing goggles. And then, when you get to your destination, using the voice to force the people who came with you to do what they willingly came with you to do.

Perhaps I should have put a SPOILER in front of that. I'll just put it here. Spoiler's ahead.

In my review for Sisterhood of Dune I gave them the 'praise' that it was the best Dune book th...more
Ralph Halse
Many years ago, when I first read Dune, I was seriously impressed and subsequently purchased each novel in the series. Kevin Anderson has continued to honour the theme with this latest offering. It is well-written and contains a fast moving plot full of intrigue, high-quality dialogue and scenes of many dystopian worlds. Readers will be very pleased with this engrossing page turner.
Mark
Apr 02, 2014 Mark rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the expanded Dune series
Recommended to Mark by: Frank Herberts Dune books
I would begin with the downside of this novel, it will take two more years for the next installment of Schools of Dune. When you come at the end of this book and that realism hits you ut will call on a feeling of frustration.

The Expanded Dune series is not all haleluja and praise LetoII, this particular series is easily their better work of monsieurs Herbert & Anderson, even better so far than the "House of.." series. The other seven novels are more hit and sadly more miss in my humble opini...more
Atman88
When this book arrived on my kindle I didn't remember pre-ordering it. I'm so glad that past me had the prescience to foresee my absolute enjoyment of this book. I'm sure the Kwisatz Haderach would approve of my pre-order and the prescience that it required, but alas there is no mention of the human savior god in this book, just a mere hint when Reverend Mother Raquella Berto-Anirul mentions her sisterhoods great plans.

To be honest, the title of the book is misleading. It should be something mo...more
Ryan White
I was blown away by this book. The plot twists surprised me and left me wanting to read right into the next one.
Tulara
It was so wonderful being back in the pre-Dune series. Loved the intrigue and power struggle for spice. Really shed some light on the internal workings of the political battles. I finished it too soon!!!
Ron Kolb
The universe of Dune continues to expand. Bliss.
Daniel
Mentats of Dune continues the post-Jihad, pre-Frank Herbert story started in previous books. In this one, despite what the title implies, it is equally about the Mentats, the Sisterhood, VenHold, the Emperor, and, oddly enough, research scientists at a VenHold black site. All of these groups of people are intertwined and act with their own agendas, often in conflict with others. There are some secondary stories, but they take place within the context of the previously mentioned main lines.

The B...more
Patrick Hayes
I enjoyed this book immensely. I've been sporadic with my reading of these prequels but when I read one I want an epic scale political saga and I am always delivered it by Herbert and Anderson.

I had not read the Sisterhood of Dune, the book before this, but easily fell into the situations all the characters were in and had a blast.

This is not an action filled book, though there is some physical action, but instead this is on the political machinations of a group of individuals who feel that th...more
Rod Bell
Mentats of Dune is the second book in the Schools of Dune Trilogy following on from the events of Sisterhood of Dune (Book 1). For those versed in both Frank Herbert's Duniverse you will be more than aware of the Bene Gesserit, Mentats, Suk Doctors & Navigators; those not versed in the aforementioned - you’re missing so, so much.

I’ve read a number of Brian & Kevin's Dune books and in the past I haven’t been overly impressed. I’ve found a number of their books suffer with parts of stories...more
Robert
You know, Dune is a place that you either like to go to or you don't. Having been entranced by the world of Dune in the original novel of that name (and to a greater and lesser extent for the rest of the original series), I can't help but go back to that world in its various manifestations as negotiated by the two authors.
It seems to me that the last several "Dune" novels that Herbert and Anderson: Winds; Sisterhood and Paul (of Dune) are better than some of the entries that preceded them. I fe...more
Brett Boerner
I won a copy of the book via a Goodreads Firstreads giveaway.

I've read all the Dune books up to this point, so I feel like I have a pretty good feeling for the tone and setting of the stories set far into our own future. This book fits nicely into that future universe in my mind.

One of the neat things about the "Schools of Dune" sub-series is that we're getting a chance to learn about the formation of the various factions that populate the original series, and some of the prequels. The Bene Gess...more
Clay Rylee
Frist of all, I recieved an ARC of this book in a giveaway thru Goodreads. This in no way affects my review. Mentats of Dune, the second book in the Schools of Dune series was, for me, quite an enjoyable read. The pacing was good and the action was great as well as the portrayal of the conflics between the factions involved. I only had one complaint with this book and that is the fact that you get recaps of what happened in the previous book as well as in the Legends of Dune series. In the first...more
Mia Kleve
Anderson and Herbert once again plunge you into the vibrant Dune Universe.

In Mentats you start to see why the Atreides/Harkonnen feud becomes so entrenched that they will soon reach the point where no amount of restitution, from either House, will heal their wounds.

The Mentats, the Bene Geserits, and the Navigators are close to the final form that is so familiar to all who have read the Frank Herbert Dune books.

The question now is, can these three schools take on and defeat the Butlerian movemen...more
Luke
Another great installment from the Herbert-Anderson team.

I've loved each new installment to the Dune universe and Mentats of Dune is no exception. It continues the story began in Sisterhood of Dune, chronicling the early years of the Bene Gesserit sisterhood, the Mentat and Suk schools as well as the formation of the Spacing Guild.

A great read!
Nathan Setzer
I have read every Dune book that has been put out to-date. This is one of my favorite books series. Frank's vision and writing skills are in a world by themself. Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Hebert are just, different. I actually enjoy their writings (I have read about 20 books by Anderson and three by Brian)

In Mentats the pace of the book is a bit slower than the previous prequels. The book is held back by the constant rehashing of the backstory. Like it is being told to a small child and you...more
Ethan I. Solomon
I always have a difficult time rating the Dune books of Kevin James Anderson and Brian Herbert. I am a big fan of Frank Herbert's original Dune novels, all six of them except perhaps for Children of Dune. Frank Herbert's books were visionary masterpieces that only become more relevant as time marches on.

This is where my problem with the KJA/BH Dune books. While they are Dune books, they differ greatly from FH's vision. They are, at best, pop sci-fi novels; filled with space battles and the destr...more
Dave Kramer
The continuing series of prequels to the classic Dune by Frank Herbert plod on. It's fun to see one version of how the Dune world became what it is, so I'll keep reading these. But the characters are so black and white - and I mean evil or virtuous, almost nothing in between - that it gets a little tiring after a while. In previous books, we've learned the nature of the Atreides/Harkonnen feud that propels the original series. We've learned the origins of some of the key groups like the Bene Ges...more
Ruth
c2012: FWFTB: fanatics, Sisterhood, Navigators, embargo, submission. I readily admit that I have not kept up with the Dune franchise mainly because I lost interest after the first 3 books and the not-so-successful screen adaptations. The first third of the book was great; fast paced, (re)introduction of the characters, placement and background of the various adversaries and then, well, then it started to drag and seemed to have a bit of trouble staying on target. There are multiple POVs from the...more
Stuart Nager
Like the previous Dune books by Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson, this book fleshes out the history of the Dune universe that was mentioned/hinted at in the original five Dune books. It is rich and universe building: often depressing with the Machiavellian antics of both sides of the struggles.

And dense. Each book is dense in politics, political maneuvering, unforeseen and unwelcome deaths, and the struggle to survive.

Mentats comes many years after the defeat of the Thinking Machines, and the...more
Barbara Ghylin
Dune books are always hard to follow. This one looks to be the same. The time and effort are worth it.
The way this one ended made me want to ask what is next. I little difficult to read at times, but well worth the effort.
Andy
As readable as previous Herbert/Anderson conglomerations, this entry once again makes me wonder how many tales this duo can wring from papa's glorious Duniverse. While there are many diehards who continually pick up each new story and rip it to shreds, I really enjoy each new book. I found the descriptions of the trials that the Sisterhood and the Mentats (led by Mother Raquella and Gilbertus Albans, respectively) endured and had to overcome just to survive very enjoyable. How Directeur Venport...more
The Book Geek
Fans of the Dune series will love this. It's a solid 4 star book. I really enjoyed reading about how the Mentat school was set up, but was a little disappointed by what happened to Gilbertus. I'm guess the Spacing Guild will be the next one, and the one that features the war between the Butlerians and Venport.

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Frank
I like the Dune Universe so I like Dune books - this one is ok
Candace
BRAVO! This makes up for the disappointment of the previous installment in the "Schools" series (Sisterhood of Dune.) Actually, I rate this up there with the Butlerian Jihad trilogy. There is much to cherish here: the founding of the Mentat school, of course; the foundation of the Sisterhood (not yet named the Bene Gesserit) on Wallach IX as we came to know it in the original series; the work of the early Suk doctors; the struggles of the precarious Corrino Imperium; more about Norma Cenva and t...more
David Preston
The team of Herbert and Anderson continue to hit it out of the park. Bring me more Dune stories!!!
Bookboy
In the aftermath of the Butlerian Jihad, when mankind overthrew its robot overlords, the Empire struggles to survive the turmoil left behind. As the Corrino Emperor strives to strike a balance between the remnants of the Jihad, determined to assert control over humanity, and Venhold Spacing, who hold the only key to safe travel through foldspace, two rival schools who will one day play key roles in the galaxy take their first faltering steps. The Mentat School especially finds itself thrust into...more
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Brian Herbert, the son of famed science fiction author Frank Herbert, is the author of multiple New York Times bestsellers. He has won several literary honors and has been nominated for the highest awards in science fiction. In 2003, he published Dreamer of Dune, a moving biography of his father that was a Hugo Award finalist. His other acclaimed novels include Sidney's Comet, Sudanna Sudanna, The...more
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