Unlike the previous books this one continues the plot line of the previous ones books had definite endings but book did not So the Bene Gesserit pulled back to regroup and get ready for a cou
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 threat was a part of a fabled Golden Path - Leto II never bothered to explain it - or whether Frank Herbert has pulled it out of his ass to keep the series going. I finally finished the series and the only emotion I feel is a great relief, otherwise I am completely drained by my efforts not to DNF this one. Sufficient to say, I am not impressed. The biggest problem for me was the complete lack of any even remotely interesting characters. I became convinced Frank Herbert is unable to create a good character even if his life depended on it. The only decent one was Paul in the first book. That particular book became a classic of science fiction? Coincidence? I do not think so.We have a conflict between two sides. One side is a typical power-hungry generic villain readers saw countless number of times practically everywhere and the other side consists of literally heartless cold-bloodied automations who weeded all the emotions out of themselves during their more than 5000 year history. Those girls think nothing about sacrificing complete planets with their inhabitants when it suit them, by the way. Is it any wonder I could not care less about anybody? I already mentioned the atrocities committed by supposedly "good" guys. I had to give it to the series though: it makes a wonderful job of desensitizing the readers. Sufficient to say I was not shocked by a child rape (obviously committed in the name of a Greater Good) after what I have seen before in the series. To Herbert's credit after the previous book he realized nobody would care about completely emotionless characters, so some of them began rediscovering said emotions, but for me it was too little too late. The vast majority of the novel is spent on philosophical ideas about government, bureaucracy, and other related high topics. Too bad nobody remembered the little people who did the thankless job of providing comfortable living to the philosophers. After all of the philosophizing I finally came to promised action on the last 70 pages. To my complete disappointment it all happened behind the scenes which is not surprising because the rest of the book simply did not leave enough space for anything else. Please note that I am not criticizing the fact that the tale stopped practically in the middle of a sentence as Frank Herbert died before he wrote the continuation. The book and thus the series end in an unresolved cliffhanger. There is a big lesson here: if a writer ends a book with one, he/she better have the next one with some resolution ready. You might get hit by a bus (sorry, but this is life), or just hit a writer block and you end up with an army of pissed off fans. Speaking about cliffhangers this book is guilty of me changing the definition of the word. A cliffhanger is when something ends in the middle of an action and you care about what happens next. I already mentioned I could not care less about every single character in the book, so for me it was not a cliffhanger, just unresolved plot-lines. Now would be a good time to speak about the whole series. I have to give a credit where it is due: it makes a wonderful job in sense that you can stop after any book (except book 5) and have a complete tale. Do you want to read about Paul's struggle against the Emperor and Baron Harkonnen? Read the first book. Do you want to have a conclusion of Paul's tale? Read first two books. Do you want to have a conclusion of Atreides' direct influence on Dune? Read first three books. Do you want to see the conclusion of Dune tale? Read first four books. By the way in case you have not figure this out this book has practically nothing in common with Dune books except for some names; none of the action even takes place on that planet. All I want to say here is that you will not have the right idea about Frank Herbert's idea about Dune if you stop after the first book like countless people did. The first trilogy might serve though. I finished the series and now like countless hipsters of sixtieth (they were not called that then) can annoy people around me by constantly saying, "The spice must flow". I earned this privilege by my hard work. Speaking about which I now know that if you say this you miss the point of the series completely as it is not about the spice. It sounds cool though; first million times it was used - after this it overstayed its welcome, just like the series after book 4. Good Chapterhouse: Dune Author Frank Herbert Viral Book 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 turning it into a desert, mile by scorched mile.Here is the last book Frank Herbert wrote before his death A stunning climax to the epic Dune legend that will live on forever. 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 classics in the field of science fiction.He was the father of fellow author Brian Herbert.. The best Ebook Chapterhouse: Dune 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, the fifth book in the series, published in 1984, continues with the Bene Gesserit front and center. Heretics had followed a thousand five hundred year hiatus following the events in the fourth novel, God Emperor of Dune(published in 1981) and had taken a new direction, resurrecting much of the intensity and charisma of the original. The reign of the God Emperor, Leto II, son of Paul Muab ‘Dib Atreides, has ended and the story has been taken up with political and economic intrigue between the Bene Gesserit and the Bene Tleilax and a new power, the Honored Matres. Chapterhouse involves action between the Bene Gesserit and the rising power of the Honored Matres.As literature, Chapterhouse: Dune is inconsistent and unbalanced. There are sections that collapse into a syrupy space opera melodrama and other parts that demonstrate some of Herbert’s best writing. “Power attracts those who are corruptible” muses Herbert and his Dune work represents an accomplished skill that highlights his remarkable powers of observation, detail and complex characterization. It is these talents that keep a reader engaged when the plot wears thin. Though it drags intolerably in places, Chapterhouse ends very well and makes me (almost) want to explore the continuations and explorations of the world building following Frank Herbert’s untimely death.If I had to rate the original six, making a mini-listopia, I would do so as follows:1. Duneand a very distant2. Heretics of Dune3. Children of Dune4. Dune Messiah5. Chapterhouse: Dune6. God-Emperor of DuneIf I was asked for a recommendation, I cannot endorse the original 1965 publication higher, it is in a rare atmosphere, populated by such classics as Fahrenheit 451, Childhood's End and 1984. If you REALLY loved Dune, by all means read the series, but alas, gentle reader, as great a writer as Frank Herbert was, and he was, he never comes close to Dune again.