Thursday, March 01, 2007

Chapterhouse Dune

Chapterhouse Dune (Dune Chronicles, Book 6)

Frank Herbert

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Fiction, Fantasy

The secrets of the Tleilax have been mostly acquired by the Bene Gesserit, who have started converting their homeworld to a new Dune. With an awakened Duncan Idaho ghola— who remembers not only his original life but every ghola incarnation following— and a girl who instinctively controls the giant sandworms, they hope to stand against the onslaught of the Honored Matres, who use sex as a means to bind men as willing slaves. They further are training a captured Honored Matre to become Bene Gesserit, something she finds almost irresistible due to the greater intellectual and emotional payoff.

But they are running out of time. The Honored Matres feel no compunction about completely destroying worlds, and are almost frantic, seeming to be worried about something that could be following.

Something, by the way, that we never find out, as Herbert died before completing a seventh book as capstone to the series. However, he apparently not only had an extensive outline but copious notes, and the whole purpose of the Brian Herbert/Kevin J. Anderson Dune books is to give them a comfort level when writing about Dune so that they can do a good job for the final novel. As they are a bit more action-oriented writers, as compared to Frank Herbert's philosophical fiction, there will undoubtedly be those who have serious issues with that last book. I am looking forward to it, however. It ought to be fun.

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