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Sisterhood of Dune

(Schools of Dune #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  3,871 ratings  ·  314 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 de
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Tor Books
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M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
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
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
There are so many elements of Dune that I adore. The myriad Machiavellian factions, their complexities, strategies and drama. Its dazzling tapestry of politics, religion, genetics and environmental resource stitched through with the vibrant wildcard thread of prescience. The way the vastness of its planetary scope never overshadows the individual's travail. I appreciate the structure; each chapterhead a slice of evocative historical quote or observation. Is it a memoir of our past or of our futu ...more
Dec 19, 2011 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 Jiha
Feb 16, 2012 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
Gavin Reed
Mar 07, 2012 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
Nov 04, 2011 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
Apr 12, 2012 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
Dec 20, 2011 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 b ...more
Jul 25, 2016 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 de ...more
Jeremy Compton
Feb 07, 2012 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 insi ...more
Jan 05, 2012 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
Apr 02, 2012 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
Jan 14, 2012 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
Apr 15, 2012 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
S. W.
Mar 25, 2012 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 Universe ...more
David McDonald
Nov 26, 2011 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
Jul 11, 2016 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 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
Dec 06, 2011 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
Feb 06, 2012 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 resolve ...more
Jun 05, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
what a piece of crap i have recomended these predune books to many people and now that will stop.was this book watered down on purpose? what an insult to the avid dune fan.a couple of plot twists and the rest just filler.the authors should be ashamed to put there names on this trash.were you guys short of cash?hope youre proud of yourselves.took an awesome series and turned it into drivel.frank would not be impressed
Vincent Darlage
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
The original "Dune" and its sequels by Frank Herbert are masterworks, where nearly every sentence drips with challenging thoughts and belief systems, despite some of the comic-book-like dialogue. This book, however, has none of the challenge and retains the somewhat cheesy dialogue.

The antagonist (Manfred Torondo) is a caricature of obsession. He has no hobbies, no redeeming characteristics, a charismatic demagogue with faceless fanatical supporters. He can do no wrong in their eyes even as he
Michael Hoelke
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
May 09, 2012 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 understand ...more
John Keegan
Jun 22, 2012 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
Sep 07, 2012 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 lessen
Matthew Willis
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
*Spoilers* Thoroughly mediocre.

Short Review: Gilbertous and Vorian were the only good things about this book. The whole book is about the sisterhood and they defintely bring that portion out, but it better be seting up for something way better then this book. Bringing Vorian Atreides to Arrakis is probably the smartest thing they have done. Also, creating another war with the Venport was great. I think the next book is going to be better.

What I Liked: Reverand Mother was a bit dull but it sets u
With the caveat that KJA is a hack writer who has probably never written anything good or of substance (judging from the high volume output, I assume he's like the Walmart of insubstantial space opera), this novel wasn't utterly terrible, only just as bad as most of the non-Herbertian "Dune" "trilogies"

This is a sequel(?) to the prequels(?) for the original Dune series. For a couple of guys who supposedly found the notes to how the last Dune should be written, 11 books seems like an awful lot of
Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
This has been one of my favorite of the Brian Herbert Dune books. It may be that he has gradually grown into the role of his father's successor more and more as the series has continued. What brings this book above many of the rest is the way he manages, quite adequately, to juggle several concurrent story lines that are gradually converging and which have many of the characters serving as interconnecting elements. The book does a good job of keeping all the stories aloft while continuing to dev ...more
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