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Chapterhouse: Dune

(Dune #6)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  49,759 ratings  ·  1,008 reviews
Frank Herbert's Final Novel in the Magnificent Dune Chronicles--the Bestselling Science Fiction Adventure of All Time

The desert planet Arrakis, called Dune, has been destroyed. The remnants of the Old Empire have been consumed by the violent matriarchal cult known as the Honored Matres. Only one faction remains a viable threat to their total conquest--the Bene Gesserit, he
Paperback, 624 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Ace Books (first published April 1985)
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"Imprinters are the most talented and most highly trained Bene Gesserit with extensive skill in seduction, sex and sexual imprinting. Men in a position of power or future power, or those with specific qualities that the order wishes to incorporate into their breeding program, are typical targets of a Bene Gesserit imprinter. Men seduced by an imprinter are permanently affected (imprinted) by the intense sexual experience and are thereafter consciously or subconsciously favorable to the Sisterhood. An imprinter can be successfully resisted if the subject has been psychologically pre-conditioned to do so, and the subject's automatic defensive response may even be entirely subconscious."

So, in short, the imprinters are the best Bene Gesserit that can use sex to brainwash/convert/persuade regular people to support their cause. Imprinted is someone who has been brainwashed/converted/persuaded by Bene Gesserit to support them.

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Michael Finocchiaro
Introductory notes:
Some initial notes for building my impressions of Dune where book references are denoted by D1-D6 for the 6 volumes of the trilogy - warning - there are some spoilers below, but once again if you have read this far into the Dune series, they are hardly spoilers because you already know all of this, or most of it.

Royal Houses

It is interesting to me that despite the massive scale of Dune, it remains a tale concerning really only three families (initially
Jun 05, 2014 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
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
Unlike the previous books this one continues the plot-line of the previous ones; books 1-4 had definite endings, but book 5 did not. So the Bene Gesserit pulled back to regroup and get ready for a counterattack. The regrouping only took them 10 years to do so while the new menace appearing out of nowhere continued to capture or destroy their home bases. Can we say after 5000 years of preparations the Bene Gesserit were not exactly ready? Sure we can. It is also completely unclear whether the new ...more
As with much of Frank Herbert's other writing, Dune excluded, this one is a novel notable and worthy on the realm of ideas. He never stints on ideas. He might get slighly sloggish and lose the thread of the plot while we plod around in the ideas, but there's always great scenes and always great blow-out reveals. The original classic of Dune has none of these faults. It is a classic and imminently readable from page one and is still my favorite book of all time.

So what about this one? Is it worth
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Chapterhouse: Dune (Dune #6), Frank Herbert

The situation is desperate for the Bene Gesserit as they find themselves the targets of the Honored Matres, whose conquest of the Old Empire is almost complete. The Matres are seeking to assimilate the technology and developed methods of the Bene Gesserit and exterminate the Sisterhood itself. Now in command of the Bene Gesserit, Mother Superior Darwi Odrade continues to develop her drastic, secret plan to overcome the Honored Matres.

The Bene Gesserit a
Ivana Books Are Magic
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Chapterhouse: Dune opens with Mother Superior Darwi Odrade's excitement over the birth of her father, the legendary Miles Teg or rather- a Teg ghola. With Dar's top advisers by her side: the withdrawn Tam and the violent Bell, the novel doesn't waste any time in setting the scene or showing us the principal characters within the Bene Gesserit. After being suppressed by the Divine Emperor/Tyrant, the Bene Gesserit are ready to take on more responsibility and become the key players in Dune's unive ...more
Ramón S.
Jan 15, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: worst-books-ever
Finally I ended this unbearable book. Had been a real penance, a hardship. I recognize that Dune is a classic in the genre but just the first book. The rest of the saga is incredibly boring and full of emptiness, the worst of the philosophical reasoning fills the book, a pomposity and a senseless discourse. One of the worst books I have ever read. Such a pity
Aug 17, 2009 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
May 28, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dune completists
Shelves: sf-fantasy
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Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is probably the best book so far in my opinion. Excellent storyline and well written, and gripping to the end
Mar 01, 2011 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
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
Aug 03, 2009 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
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
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
Bob R Bogle
Apr 16, 2012 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
Philip of Macedon
A good end to the Dune series. The final 150 pages really took off into something excellent, climbing and climbing until peaks of ultra-epicness appeared that I wish the rest of the book matched. Maybe my mediocre enjoyment of the first 280 pages or so was my own fault, which I will find out someday in the future when I hope to reread the whole series. I found it a bit too slow and uneventful for some time, with actual events of interest or importance being too far apart, and the whole thing los ...more
Athena Shardbearer
Buddy Read withMarkus ...more
Hasham Rasool
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, favourites
I enjoyed this book. I admitted that Chapter House Dune book wasn't as good as Heretics of Dune but the ending was really good!

Dune books I prefer chronologically:

1 Dune
2 God Emperor of Dune
3 Heretics of Dune
4 Children of Dune
5 Chapter House Dune
6 Dune Messiah
May 15, 2021 rated it liked it
More than likely three and a half stars, but I don't round up unless I think it warrants the upgrade. Three-fourths of this book was quite enjoyable, but the final one-fourth was tedious and messy. Too much action in too many places to keep track of, especially when significant time passed from one to the next. I get the feeling Herbert expected to continue/finish this saga in future books because this ended with plenty of important and unanswered questions. Luckily Brian Herbert doesn't have ac ...more
Bri (bloodydamn_taveren)

“Oh, you bitch!”
“I prefer witch. Either is preferable to whore.”


Chapterhouse continues furthering the reader’s understanding of the Bene Gesserit and mayhaps has brought me around to them. Teg & Duncan are always a joy when on the same page. Sheeana is my favorite Bene Gesserit eVER. Ugh. I love it.
Mar 09, 2008 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
Jun 29, 2009 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
Mar 07, 2011 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
Brian Turner
Aug 14, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The most exciting part of this book was the cigarette burn toward the end of the paperback, from when my dad read it. I used to buy him the latest in the Dune series for his birthday - now I know I was punishing him.

To summarize Chapter House:

People talk with each other, then remember earlier conversations, go back to the current one, recall another earlier conversation - all the time talking about absolutely nothing of consequence.

There is no plot, other than people talking about whores vs witc
Feb 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thrilling and satisfying end to the Dune saga. I know there's quite a bit of evidence (including in the text) that Herbert intended to write at least one more Dune novel, but I feel quite satisfied with this as a concluding chapter. I don't believe I will read any of Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson's sequels or prequels; I have not heard good things, and Herbert's vision was so unique that I have trouble imagining that even his son could continue it in the same vein. ...more
John Shumway
Nov 07, 2009 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
Aug 23, 2007 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
Yassine Lachgar
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chapterhouse: Dune

Frank Herbert's sixth novel of his Dune series.

Definitely a 5/5 stars book.

Frank Herbert's last novel he wrote before his death in 1986, I consider this to be the third best novel in the Dune series after the Dune and GEoD. Can't believe why so many people think of it as a weak one, thinking that the first 1/4 of the book takes a slow pace. But I totally disagree Frank starts the book giving the reader strands of his main plot through dialogues and monologues you should really
Sep 15, 2011 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
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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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