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Dune: La cruzada de las máquinas (Legends of Dune #2)

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More than two decades have passed since the events chronicled in the Butlerian Jihad. The crusade against thinking robots has ground on for years, but the forces led by Serena Butler and Iblis Ginjo have made only slight gains; the human worlds grow weary of war, of the bloody, inconclusive swing from victory to defeat.

The fearsome cymeks, led by Agamemnon, hatch new plots

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Hardcover, 807 pages
Published June 30th 2006 by Plaza & Janés Editores (first published September 16th 2002)
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Markus
Buddy read with Athena!

"There are countless ways to die. The worst is to fade away without purpose."

After decades of standstill, the Butlerian Jihad is rising. The almost fanatical priestess Serena Butler and the power-hungry patriarch Iblis Ginjo have led it from an idea to a universe-spanning holy war. And in the spearhead of the movement stand the now legendary generals Vorian and Xavier, two brothers in arms whose surnames happen to be Atreides and Harkonnen.

A curious statement that pulled t
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Athena Shardbearer
Buddy Read with Markus!






ALL THE FEELS!!!!


Oh book...you ruin me!

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Dufour
Feb 07, 2008 Dufour rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This book makes me want to scrub my brain with a brillo pad to get it out.

Having established that Herbert & Anderson are just PLOT VOMITTING things out by now instead of telling a good story, this volume of the Butlerian Jihad trilogy features all your favorite hints of amateur writing. We have random skips through time, checking in on characters whenever the authors get too lazy to finish their stories. We have random character deaths after pointless circumstances in which you've invested s
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Kyle
Jul 04, 2016 Kyle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

800 pages of “OMG will this book ever end!!!” Seriously a book should build to a climax which these authors didn’t seem to understand. I so had to force myself to finish it hoping that at some point something exciting would happen. Instead they decided to kill off the characters that I cared about. So now I have to ask, “Why should I read the next book in the series?”

I guess the authors used notes left by Frank Herbert to write this and the other books after Frank died. I get that they wanted to

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Johnny
Aug 17, 2010 Johnny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
As much as I dislike “epic” fiction where the cast of characters is longer than the credited cameo appearances in “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World,” I seem to keep coming back to the enthralled, mummified forms of Frank Herbert’s Dune as they are commanded by the necromantic chroniclers of the latest Dune novels (more accurately, prequels), Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert. The experience isn’t the same, the ecological gospel not as clear and the novelty long since displaced, but there is som ...more
Wilson
The book is not that good. I read it for the sake of understanding the events that happened before Dune.
I really had a hard time convincing myself that the political events in the book happened as they have without scrutiny from the society. Had these events happened in reality, a large deal of scrutiny would ensue. Another problem is that, the setting of the story is the universe so it is hard for me to fathom how events in the story had become critical points (How large was the Thinking Machi
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Delicious Strawberry
Out of all the McDune books that Brian and Kevin wrote, I found the Butlerian Jihad trilogy to be the most enjoyable out of them all. However, the same writing problems abound in all of the books, regardless of what it's about - useless detail, flat characters, and clunky writing in some places. This story would have been better if it was an entirely original creation by Brian and Kevin instead of a non-canon, fanfiction-esque extension of the Dune universe.

This book is heavy on filler. There ar
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David Dunnagan
Oct 10, 2014 David Dunnagan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Relentlessly insipid. The shambling horror of its plot is bound together only by the staggering stupidity of every single one of its characters. Immersion is impossible; suspension of disbelief wholly undeserved. I confess, this is the first book in a long while to defeat me. I did not finish it.

I try to keep my nostalgia glasses from becoming too rose-tinted: the Dune sequels penned by Herbert himself had many problems. But these novels are simply abysmal. The first editor to see them should ha
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Tien
Apr 24, 2013 Tien rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just couldn't do it. I enjoyed the Butlerian Jihad so naturally I wanted to read the sequel. I got about 1/6 of my way through the book before I just couldn't read another page. I kept thinking to myself, "maybe it'll get better. Just one more chapter." And the more I read, I realized I'd discovered the perfect replacement for sleeping pills. This book was so dry and dull and flat, with too much over-characterization and excessive exposition. I didn't know science fiction could be so dull it w ...more
Silvio Curtis
I honestly didn't expect the Dune prequels to be much good, but I figured I should still sample one to give them a chance. This one is part of a subseries fleshing out the details of the Butlerian Jihad, the episode of Dune series history when computers were destroyed, and hinting at the origins of a lot of other things too. It does have a complex plot (it isn't 700 pages long for nothing), and does try to keep the same themes as Frank Herbert's original books, but it's packed with cliches and i ...more
David Bonesteel
Jun 02, 2013 David Bonesteel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the war between humans and thinking machines grinds on, both sides threaten to splinter under the weight of conflicting agendas. Meanwhile, on Arrakis, the outlaws who will one day be known as the Fremen begin to gather strength as the spice mélange grows in popularity throughout the human worlds.

This is a sprawling, messy novel that could easily have been shortened by more than a hundred pages by editing out the repetition, excessive narrative about minor characters, and many meandering para
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Patrick Hayes
Aug 27, 2013 Patrick Hayes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this without reading the first book (Dune: The Butlerian Jihad) and had no problems getting into this book and its vast universe. I had thought the book would focus on the fight against that machines (as reading had always intrigued me since "hearing" about it in the original Dune), however with a cast of characters this large, the war can consume all of the book. I was a little mifted at this initially, but I soon found myself getting caught up in the spectacle and drama.

Some characters
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David B
Nov 29, 2013 David B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the war between humans and thinking machines grinds on, both sides threaten to splinter under the weight of conflicting agendas. Meanwhile, on Arrakis, the outlaws who will one day be known as the Fremen begin to gather strength as the spice mélange grows in popularity throughout the human worlds.

This is a sprawling, messy novel that could easily have been shortened by more than a hundred pages by editing out the repetition, excessive narrative about minor characters, and many meandering para
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Nioosha
May 09, 2012 Nioosha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've read this just for not losing the main plot of last dune books but remember:
books of "legends of dune" are ordinary books! (not like frank Herbert's works)
dark sides:
1-the story is told for lazy people with no imagination.
2-anyone can write books like these. (any serious sci-fi reader)
3-the characters are one-dimension. (except Vorian)
4-why these books are weaker than "Prelude to Dune"! they wrote them before this series.

bright sides:
1-you will have a background for main dune.(although not
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Graham Sneeringer
Amazing,amazing,amazing! The books just keep on getting better and better! Before I say anything else, you have to read The Butlerian Jihad by Brian Herbert before you read this, or you will not understand what is going on. Anyways, I found this book was very intense. I felt you really connect with the characters and their personalities, and overall you just get to know them better. The ending really surprised me, it was not what I expected at all. I found I could not put the book down, and I wa ...more
Emilio27
This is a partial review because I'm currently reading this book. I'm in the middle so there is 300 pages or so left to read.

I've read all the 6 Frank Herbert's (FH) books. Some were amazing and others were not, but I liked all of them. Then I decided to read the sequels by Brian Herbert (BH) and Kevin J. Anderson (KJA): Hunters of Dune and Sandworms of Dune, which ended the main storyline. I liked them both. Of course, they had its flaws, but overall I enjoyed them both. And I know: it's a diff
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Jason Schneeberger
I enjoyed the first prequel book, The Butlerian Jihad, but I think I enjoyed this book just a little bit more. There are so many things that happen in this book that make it an EPIC extension of the Dune Universe. As the war between the sentient machines and humans rages on, there are severe implications and sacrifices that take place on both sides of the fence in this book. I really enjoyed the depth that we see in some of the characters in this story, that were introduced in the first prequel ...more
Brad Harmer-Barnes
Not as strong as the preceding "The Butlerian Jihad", but still one of the better books in the Dune series.
Dan Sharber
Aug 13, 2014 Dan Sharber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
so good!!!
Nigel
Sep 09, 2015 Nigel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 2 of the Legends of Dune completed. I am not sure if it is just a case of ‘middle part of a trilogy syndrome’ but the story does seem to drag in places. A weighty tome (700 – 800 pages depending on the addition) does move the story of mans war against Omnius and the thinking machines as machine as that amount of words could, and for that matter, probably should have done.
Some of the issues I had with the Butlerian Jihad remain in book 2 namely the quotes and short chapter lengths, but the
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Scott Rhee
"The Machine Crusade", the second book in the Dune Butlerian Jihad series, plods along at a snail's pace in some parts. There are so many tangential stories, major and minor characters, that it seems like a sci-fi soap opera at times. Actually, with some of the most atrocious melodramatic dialogue I have read in years, this book really IS a sci-fi soap opera. I expected so much better from the writing team of Herbert and Anderson.
Dark-Draco
The second book in the trilogy starts a few decades after the events in the first, which, as a reader, made me feel a little hard done by - what else had been going on while I wasn't around? But in terms of the story, it didn't make a lot of difference. The free humans are still fighting the machines, while the Cymeks are also planning to revolt. Norma is working on her space folding ships and the rebels are still fighting the spice merchants of Arrakis. Erasmus makes another bet with Omnious an ...more
Kevin O'Donovan
May 22, 2016 Kevin O'Donovan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm currently reading through the Dune books from start to finish. I've previously Frank Herbert's books several times, and these prequels once. With the series now complete I figured I'd read it end to end.

I've got mixed feelings about these prequels. It's interesting to read about the (an) origin of the dune universe, but I struggle with the poor writing. I find myself wondering time and again what was the editor doing when he worked on these books. Many passages are long and drawn out without
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Rocky Sunico
Jan 21, 2016 Rocky Sunico rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dune
This second part of the Legends of Dune trilogy was definitely better than the first although not necessarily a great book on its own. Given it was no longer burdened with the task of establishing the characters and the completely different universe that is the setting of this books so far back in Dune's past, it did manage to focus more on plot development and such.

Okay, perhaps it may be more accurate to say that it had the opportunity to devote more time to plot development and such but frank
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Matthew Willis
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Fernando Játiva
A good continuation of the previous book. Still feel like reading and historical saga, a little to deep for some, but the revelations of how the fight against the machines got turned is pretty good. Also it shows the beginning of the space guild...
Steve
Aug 12, 2016 Steve rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who enjoy shallow books which read like movies.
Seems like a great book for Michael Bay to make into a movie! Lots of explosions and space battles, the characters are shallow and uninteresting so wont get in the way of the CG.

The evolution of the characters introduced in the previous book is not really believable; particularly Serena Butler. Its very hard to imagine how the characters could be as naive as they are portrayed.

The so called "Thinking Machines" don't appear much thinking at all, and seemingly don't bother to try and win the war.
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Jackie
Mar 12, 2012 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction, epic
Interesting depiction of religious mania used as a weapon. A theme seen throughout the Duniverse as well as Earth history.
Tabi Wares
Jan 18, 2016 Tabi Wares rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than Butlerian Jihad, but still not among my favorites. The changes in Serena were strange. Trauma can do that, but typically the change would have been more insidious I feel. At least considerably less abrupt. I also feel like there was more gratuitous death like the authors couldn't think of what else to do with some characters so they just killed them off to get rid of them, and that's just sloppy writing. I also feel like the Hecate thing was mishandled. She should and could have been ...more
Joshua Hales
Dec 03, 2014 Joshua Hales rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Today I finished "Dune: The Machine Crusade" by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. It was an excellent and adventurous chronicle to the Duniverse, drawing from the strong original story and characters of the Butlerian Jihad. I enjoyed the consistent discussion of humanity's diversity as its main strength in the face of automation. Here's a quote that resonated with me: "Important concepts must be absorbed in their totality. Do not attempt to interpret scriptures while wearing blinders in order ...more
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