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The Machine Crusade (Legends of Dune #2)

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The breathtaking vision and incomparable storytelling of Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson's Dune: The Butlerian Jihad, a prequel to Frank Herbert's classic Dune, propelled it to the ranks of speculative fiction's classics in its own right. Now, with all the color, scope, and fascination of the prior novel, comes Dune: The Machine Crusade.

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ebook, 624 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Tor Books (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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Du4
Feb 07, 2008 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
Jan 04, 2015 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 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
David Dunnagan
Aug 16, 2014 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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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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M Strawberry Reviews
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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Patrick Hayes
Aug 27, 2013 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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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 B
Nov 29, 2013 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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Caden
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Continues the story of the Butlerian Jihad and gives even more background to the Dune universe.
David Bonesteel
Jun 02, 2013 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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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
Nioosha
May 09, 2012 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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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.
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...
Farth
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Beaucoup trop long et pénible à lire.
Jackie
Oct 27, 2008 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.
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 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
so good!!!
Jeremy Gallen
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Florin Constantinescu
The "Legends of Dune" trilogy is one long novel split into three for publication purposes, so this review will apply to all.
The "sons" of Frank Herbert decide to write just one more prequel trilogy before tackling on the long-expected "book 7" that should wrap up the original sequence. Did we really need this one? They claim we do. And I tend to concur.

So previous "House" trilogy was decently written, enjoyable, but didn't bring anything useful or new to the universe. Only managed to dilute it.
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Güneş Eser
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dune
Arrakis, Lonca, Evler, Bene Gesserit, Bene Tleilax, IX ve diğerleri, hepsinin başlangıcını gördüğümüz efsanelerin 2. kitabı. Açıkçası origin hikayesi olarak harika ve Butleryanda daha fazla bilgi olsa bu daha başarılıydı. Tek büyük sorun, Frank Herbert ın değil oğlunun ve K.Anderson tarafından yazılması. Gerçekten çok yorucu ya dilleri. Dune un 6 kitabında, o bin yılların anlatıldığı hikayeye göre on yılları anlatıyor ama bir aksaklık var aktarımda. Buna rağmen Frank nasıl bir Melanj bıraktıysa ...more
Asif Mahfuz
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SOURCE OF THE DUNE SERIES
Paul Apsley
Really 3 1/2 stars. The Jihad suffers lots of losses but is still battling the thinking machines. Lots of action heading into the third book of the Jihad.
Julie
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Machine Crusade

Excellent book. I'm reading the entire Dune saga for the second time. It keeps getting better and better. Ready for the next one.
Erwin Vermeulen
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good prequel to Frank Herbert's Dune universe by his son.
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
Suz
First: I reviewed the first book in this trilogy immediately before starting this one.
Second: pretty much all of that review still applies to this book (cardboard/two-dimensional characters, terrible writing, continuous repetitions of plot, telling, not showing, etc).

Clearly I enjoyed this book 12 years ago, when I gave it 4 stars, but I think 2 is more than generous. As the middle book of the series, we're plodding on with the human uprising against the thinking machines. We have two major ch
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