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Chapterhouse Dune (Dune Chronicles #6)

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The desert planet Arrakis, called Dune, has been destroyed. Now, the Bene Gesserit, heirs to Dune's power, have colonized a green world—and are tuning it into a desert, mile by scorched mile.

Chapterhouse Dune is the last book Frank Herbert wrote before his death: A stunning climax to the epic Dune legend that will live on forever.
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Markus
Buddy read with Athena!

“Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.”

The Honoured Matres have returned with their full strength from the Scattering, and their fleets are assaulting all the worlds that once made up the old Empire at the core of the universe. The nobility and the Ixians have fallen, and the one force resisting the relentless invasion is the now legendary sisterhood of the Bene Gesserit.

Heretics of Dune ended with one of the most dramatic
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Lyn
Jun 02, 2015 Lyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chapterhouse: Dune was the last Dune novel that Frank Herbert completed and published before his death in 1986. Though he had written notes and the series would continue with his son Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, most Dune fans regard the six Frank Herbert publications as the “Original Series”. After many books written since his death, pundits have stated that the only notes left is a post it note that says, "write more books."

In this installment the direction taken in Heretics of Dune, t
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Terence
Apr 06, 2009 Terence rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dune completists
Shelves: sf-fantasy
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Stephen
3.0 to 3.5 stars. After loving the first five books in the series, I was a little disappointed in this last installment of the Dune Chronicles by Frank Herbert. While I have always been a big fan of Herbert's heavy use of dialogue and philosophical argument to advance the themes of the story, I thought that its use in this volume was not as crisp and felt a bit too plodding. That said, I did like it and it is certainly not a bad book, but it does suffer in comparison to the previous installments ...more
Gabe
Aug 17, 2009 Gabe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a reader who sometimes enjoys books that make me work hard. This book (this series) is one of those. I loved it, but I fully understand that not everyone will.

In addition to being one of the greatest science fiction sagas ever, the Dune Chronicles were a massive sociological "thought experiment" on Herberts part, and I for one am thankful he had the time to share his thoughts with us. These books (especially the later ones) are the kind you have to put down from time to time to just think a
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najla
Aug 12, 2009 najla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
i think i read the first book when i was 12, and for some reason got the idea in my head that i should read the whole lot in rapid succession. well, the rapid didn't happen so much, and i am grateful that i am five pages away from concluding my brief, but friendly affair with mr. herbert. you know when you begin to go on dates with someone that has been an intermittent and casual friend? you think, well, they seem perfectly nice, reasonably intelligent, compelling conversationalist, let's try. b ...more
Drew Athans
Mar 15, 2011 Drew Athans rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This 6th and final book in the Dune saga that Frank Herbert wrote before his death in 1986 stands as one of the best in the entire series. Many have complained that it doesn't "go anywhere" for the first 150 pages or so, but I think it does. There are all of these seemingly unrelated plot threads that slowly but surely converge such that by the time you're halfway through the book, it all makes sense. The last half of this book is a mixture of intrigue and action that left me breathless and unab ...more
Delicious Strawberry
As far as I am concerned, this is the last Dune book (besides the Encyclopedia) and should be considered the end. The disappointing tripe of Hunters and Sandworms of Dune by Brian and Kevin are nothing but poorly written fanfiction.

The consequences of Leto's Golden Path are made apparent in this and its predecessor, Heretics of Dune. Sheeana is a intriguing character and so is Murbella and Odrade, as well as the nth incarnation of Duncan Idaho.

Frank Herbert died before he could write Dune 7, so
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Matthew
Mar 09, 2008 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After tens of thousands of years, the theme of ultimate prophetic prediction, spice (i.e. water/oil) dependence, universal religious programming, not to mention a great primer on behind-the-scenes political activities, comes to a close. and what a perfect way to bring this series to an end. Well worth the devotion, this series follows one genetic line with supra-sensory perceptions which gave birth to a messianic figure and his son, whom became a galactic tyrant in the name of progress, nay, of ...more
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
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Tom
Oct 18, 2007 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Chapterhouse: Dune marks the final installment in Frank Herbert's original Dune Chronicles (though the story continues through another six prequels and two final sequels written by his son, Brian Herbert).

Set twenty or so years after the events in Heretics of Dune, readers may now follow the final confrontation between hyper-sexualized and dominating "Honored Matres," vs. the Rasputian, scheming Bene Gesserit, for control of the old empire and the fate of humanity (though in this installment, t
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Eric
Jul 27, 2009 Eric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frank Herbert's last Dune novel suffers from the same flaws as Heretics of Dune. One that I didn't mention in my review of that novel, but which certainly applies to both, is the lack of a character to care about. In the first four Dune books, Leto, Paul, and Leto II provide central figures whose rises and falls the reader becomes invested in.

None of the characters in Heretics or Chapterhouse stand out in that same way. The fact that almost every character is a Bene Gesserit, trained by a Bene G
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Sarah
Jan 23, 2014 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Having reached the end of this long and arduous series, my dominant thought is 'finally.'

Chapterhouse: Dune is similar enough to Heretics of Dune that it seems as if it could be one book split in two. Chapterhouse takes place only a few years after Heretics, and like Hereitcs, it involves average writing, a mildly interesting plot, and typically static characters. More of Herbert’s trademark dawdling narrative. Easy enough to swallow in the beginning of the series when the fantasy world was exci
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Bob R Bogle
May 22, 2012 Bob R Bogle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: herbert


[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
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Ivana
Feb 04, 2012 Ivana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'll keep this short. I think that this final novel is the perfect conclusion to the best sf series in history. First time I've read it I liked it, but when I've reread it I loved it. I guess that I had to process it a bit. Maybe because I was sitting in front of split city museum when I was reading it for the first time, and Split is so beautiful it can be distracting. Anyway, all of suppleness that you can find in Herbert's best novels- it's definitely there. Now, I'm not sure how many times I ...more
Abraão
Sep 13, 2015 Abraão rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilhante continuação da Saga Duna. Um final aberto a milhões de continuações. Contudo finda, em sua proposta, de forma inesquecível.
É com pesar imenso que termino Duna. Foram seis livros, muito aprendizado. Desde manipuladoras, passando por calculistas e finalizando com condicionadoras. Foram padrões aprendidos, reflexões realizadas e um mundo de ficção-científica que para sempre reviverei lembrando não menos de Paul Atreides ou Lady Jessica. Contudo aprendendo que eles nunca morreram. Que Leto
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Jeremy Preacher
Apr 07, 2011 Jeremy Preacher rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
This is the second half (well, part 2 of 3, really) of the arc started in Heretics. I think it's actually a stronger book than Heretics too - less scattered, more time spent developing the characters, and the stakes are clearly higher.

It also displays its Reagan-era politics pretty obviously, which made me roll my eyes at least once, but there's also some commentary on the all-consuming nature of bureaucracy that are definitely relevant to modern times. The Honored Matres are developed a little
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Kevin
Mar 16, 2011 Kevin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
The grande finale of the whole of Frank Herbert's six Dune novels. Interesting ending (were the old couple actually god and his wife?), although it leaves many unanswered questions and various loose threads - which apparently his son Brian Herbert has tried to tie up in the later novels based around his Fathers notes. However I hear mixed reviews on these books. Maybe I will try and read them some other time.

The Space-Operatic original book, Dune, went very philosophical from Dune Messiah onward
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Eric Allen
Chapterhouse: Dune
Dune Chronicles Book 6
By Frank Herbert

A Dune Retrospective by Eric Allen

Chapterhouse: Dune is the final Dune book published by Frank Herbert, the second in the storyline began with Heretics of Dune. Though he did leave behind a 20 page summary of "Dune 7" he never wrote that book, and we'll take a closer look at that next month with Hunters of Dune.

Ten years have passed since the destrution of Dune and the Bene Gesserit are beginning their own scattering, taking Sandworm larv
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Seth
Jan 18, 2012 Seth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
one of the best in the series. definitely fulfills a lot that felt unfulfilled in the previous book. it was refreshing to not have a thousand year gap in between two of the books again. you get the same characters back on a large scale for the first time since book two went into book three.

there is a helluva cliff hanger, and frank herbert died before he could write the next chapters. i'm very tempted to read books 7 and 8 by his son brian and kevin j. anderson, but i have my doubts. and after r
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Peter Jones
The biggest problem with Chapterhouse: Dune is that we never get the story Frank Herbert wanted told to conclude it. Nevertheless, the book ends in such a way that it is still satisfying.

Murbella really comes into her own here, the fascinating mixture of Bene Gesserit and Honored Matre. Dar is again a powerful force. The building menace of the threat that drove the Honored Matres back from the Scattering is intriguingly written. I would have loved to know how Frank Herbert wanted to end this co
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Spike Spikey
I have a problem when a long multi-book series basically finishes with no real ending.
Adon Coya
Aug 30, 2015 Adon Coya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable read, and a satisfactory conclusion to the series. However, I sincerely believe that to achieve the full psychological effect, this book should have been twice as big. Epic moments, struggles, characters, appear a bit hurriedly and don't live their full potential in the reader's (mine) eyes. Still a great work of fiction, though!
Jill
Oct 06, 2014 Jill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
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Silvio Curtis
Jan 08, 2010 Silvio Curtis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book continues from Heretics of Dune with only a few years' break and almost the same cast of characters. Again, it focuses on the Bene Gesserit, who Honored Matres have now launched a war of extermination against. Traditional Bene Gesserit strategies don't offer much hope against Honored Matre ruthlessness. Mother Superior develops a daring plan to save the Sisterhood, which the other characters and the reader only find out about as she puts it into effect.

There's some fascinating explana
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Chris Paul
Nov 15, 2015 Chris Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nice

I love a story that keeps me wondering. This entire story of Dune does all the way to the last page! So many stories all intertwined. The ending.....all I can say is I didn't see that coming
Jimmy
Jan 29, 2016 Jimmy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The Bene Gesserit are the last enemies remaining to the Honored Matres. (view spoiler) ...more
Alex Lee
Nov 29, 2015 Alex Lee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, sci-fi
Frank Herbert wrote his Dune series with his wife. In fact, the novels should bear both their names, not just his. With this last book, his wife was sick in the hospital. She was not around to help him with this book. What characterized for me the magic of this series was the way in which characters and dialogue revealed the higher order logic of worlds, the stake of humanity. With this book you get the same attempt but its far more measured. The chapters are regular and the characters still hav ...more
Spencer Lower
And so here it is, the final novel that Frank Herbert wrote before his passing in 1986. The book picks up after the Honored Matres have destroyed planet Dune and the Bene Gesserit are releasing Sandworms into the ecosystem of their homeworld, Chapterhouse, to make a new desert planet rich with melange. Meanwhile, as the Bene Gesserit's homeworld is being turned into a desert, the Honored Matres are scorching planet after planet trying to destroy the Bene Gesserit once and for all. If you've read ...more
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Frank Herbert was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author.

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
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Dune Chronicles (8 books)
  • Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1)
  • Dune Messiah (Dune Chronicles, #2)
  • Children of Dune (Dune Chronicles, #3)
  • God Emperor of Dune (Dune Chronicles, #4)
  • Heretics of Dune (Dune Chronicles, #5)
  • Hunters of Dune (Dune Chronicles, #7)
  • Sandworms of Dune (Dune Chronicles, #8)

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