Chapterhouse: Dune (Dune Chronicles #6)

ISBN: 0441102670
ISBN 13: 9780441102679
By: Frank Herbert

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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...

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Nano Villa

Al fin logre terminar la saga de dune, a pesar de que me gustaron mucho los primeros tres libros mucho mas que estos, tengo que decir que es una buena saga, aunque si hay que alcarar que este libro es muy lento en su ritomo en exceso, me demore mas de dos semanas pues no podia avanzar, a pesar de eso y de que la historia en ciertosp untos es un poco confuza, es muy buena, deja un final un poco abierto, pero de igual manera a diferencia de lo usual, este final me agrado, y esa dedicatoria del fina, (aunque nada tiene que ver ocn el libro) me gusto mucho, es una satisfaccion terminar una saga aunque le hayas invertido mucho tiempo :3


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 about... and then re-read the last few pages. You will have to refer to the appendix for definitions and clarifications. If you manage to finish all six books, you will find that parts of them come back to you unbidden years later, and you will pleasantly sit and wonder at the meaning of some passage and the vastness of Herberts imagination. It's hard work, but as with most strenuous climbs up high mountains, the view from the top makes it all worth it.


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. but then you get to know them a little. you find that you begin to panic a bit after spending more than a couple of hours with them as you start to understand that not only did you entirely underestimate their intelligence, but that you had no, not even a whiff of an idea of how fucking weird they were. not non-sequitor-weird, but probably-masturbated-to-thinking-about-breast-feeding-the-cat-weird. yes. when frank starts in on the t-probes and the sexual slavery and child-ghola riding around one of the sisters like a horse...i start to think about how many exits the restaurant has and try to remember if i ever mentioned where i live.

Silvio Curtis

This book continues from Heretics of Dune with only a few years' break and almost the same cast of characters. Again, it focuses on the Bene Gesserit, who Honored Matres have now launched a war of extermination against. Traditional Bene Gesserit strategies don't offer much hope against Honored Matre ruthlessness. Mother Superior develops a daring plan to save the Sisterhood, which the other characters and the reader only find out about as she puts it into effect. There's some fascinating explanation of Bene Gesserit philosophy in the course of all this. The ecological engineering theme also resurfaces, with the Bene Gesserit introducing sandworms to their Chapterhouse Planet.

Jeremy Preacher

This is the second half (well, part 2 of 3, really) of the arc started in Heretics. I think it's actually a stronger book than Heretics too - less scattered, more time spent developing the characters, and the stakes are clearly higher.It also displays its Reagan-era politics pretty obviously, which made me roll my eyes at least once, but there's also some commentary on the all-consuming nature of bureaucracy that are definitely relevant to modern times. The Honored Matres are developed a little further, and become more interesting (marginally, anyway) than the generic boogeymen they were in Heretics. I would have loved to see the arc finished, but I'm not sure I'm willing to stomach Herbert's less-gifted son's attempt at it.This was the book, of all of them, that felt the most like the original. That sense-of-wonder on discovering a fantastic new world isn't there, but the sharp observations on politics and human behavior are back up to par. The Bene Gesserit are nearly as neat a group to examine in depth as the Fremen were. I'm definitely glad I finally picked these last two books up.

Spike Spikey

I have a problem when a long multi-book series basically finishes with no real ending.

John Shumway

*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 stop after that series and be done with Dune.. but if your not done....3. -- Go and read the "Prelude To Dune" series its also 3 books and is a prequel to the original dune series but just prior so you will learn about some of the characters in the 1st book you read "Dune". 4. -- By now you have committed enough time in the series that you probably NEED to finish it. Go back and re-read Dune, (trust me you will want to) then go on and read the rest of the original Dune series (Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune, Chapterhouse Dune) Your devotion to the series will help push you through some of the parts that I think are slightly. Its worth it though!4. -- You will notice the series ends up in the AIR! Frank Herbert died before finishing the series. The authors of the prequel series (his son Bryan Herbert and Keven J. Anderson) finished the series from compiled notes from Frank, Brian's experience talking to his father about the series and both Brian and Kevin's love of the Dune universe. It is very well done. Its two books (Hunters of Dune, and Sandworms of Dune.)OK so sum up here is the order I would do the series. (which ends up being chronological except for the 1st book, even though it wasn't published this way.Dune (to make sure you like it.)Legends of Dune (series of 3 books)Prelude to Dune (series of 3 books)Dune (again since your restarting the original series)The rest of the Dune seriesHunters of DuneSandworms of DuneOk have fun.


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, the Bene Gesserit come out of the myopic distortions of the first five and into a clearer, cleaner focus).As with the other books, this one is full of remarkable insights into government, politics, economic necessity and - in short - human behavior; and as with the first five books, right up until the very end the conclusion is shrouded in mystery: what is the plan of Mother Superior Odrade? Who are the Honored Matres and from whence did they come? How is humanity to survive in the face of a newer, scarier enemy from beyond the empire?Herbert's style is brisk and driven by both character and psychology - most often while a character is on the page, we know what that character is thinking, and so the story (while on the surface moving slowly) actually quite rapidly advances us through the thoughts of the main players while leaving the endgame an insolvable conundrum. Not the satisfying ending I'd have hoped for, Chapterhouse: Dune nevertheless rings true to life - perhaps the only answer to mystery is more mystery.

Delicious Strawberry

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 this book was not supposed to be the end of the Dune series. Unfortunately it is, for we have been denied Herbert's genius after his untimely death.We can assume that with Leto's Golden Path, Siona's 'no-gene' and the Scattering that humans have spread across many galaxies and this would eventually give rise to myriad races and civilizations, which in itself is a more than intriguing thought.Thank you for sharing this fantastic story with us, Frank Herbert, and may your legacy be always cherished (even if not from Brian and Kevin) We love you.

steve ross

Now, having read all of Frank Herbert's Dune books, I find myself depressed.

Steve Roach

Many people seem to like these books less as they went on into the series. Quite frankly the opposite is true for me. Each book added more twists and complications to an already complicated world, but that's ok because by the time I got there, I had already had time to assimilate the earlier books.In Chapterhouse we see the ultimate consequences of what was started in Dune, and especially what came out of the Golden Path of Leto in God Emperor. Especially compelling is the statement that Leto saw the entire human race as one being, trying to not only survive but to become mature. This casts the entire struggle between the Bene Gesserit and the Honored Matres into new light: the human race struggling between two essential parts of its own nature.One of the great tragedies of Science Fiction is that Frank Herbert was never able to complete this series. Oh, I know about Brian Herbert's efforts, but unfortunately Brian, while a competent writer, simply isn't the genius-writer that his father was. I would have loved to see how Frank would have ended it.


The last chronological book in the series by the original author, ends with... a cliffhanger =pMost of the action of the book takes place at the Bene Gesserit headquarters, Chapterhouse. It is a nice follow-up of the previous book, and it is good to see some characters return =) In one hand, the pace feels a bit slow, since most of the book is around the preparations of the final attack to the Honored Matres, who are destroying the Bene Gesserit. However, there is a lot going on between many characters, and there is a lot of mystery surrounding these fearful enemies. His son continued the story with at least two more books (not counting prequels and short stories), I'm curious to see how he handled the series ;p


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 Gesserit, or belongs to a similar order only exacerbates the problem, as does the fact that dead characters keep returning as gholas. Maybe another part of the problem is that I was never impressed with or interested in Duncan Idaho, the only character who appears in all six Dune novels.

Eric Allen

Chapterhouse: DuneDune Chronicles Book 6By Frank HerbertA Dune Retrospective by Eric AllenChapterhouse: Dune is the final Dune book published by Frank Herbert, the second in the storyline began with Heretics of Dune. Though he did leave behind a 20 page summary of "Dune 7" he never wrote that book, and we'll take a closer look at that next month with Hunters of Dune. Ten years have passed since the destrution of Dune and the Bene Gesserit are beginning their own scattering, taking Sandworm larva to the corners of the known universe and beyond that the species and the pearls of Leto's awareness that they carry will not die out, creating new Dunes throughout space.Meanwhile, the Honored Matres are hunting the Bene Gesserit planets down and utterly destroying them one by one, slowly but surely exterminating them.The Bene Gesserit have cloned Miles Teg, and have planned a final desperate attack upon the Honored Matres to bring them under control, or, if that fails, buy time for the remaining Bene Gesserit scatterers to escape. Everything comes together in an explosive confrontation between the two orders for a truly unpredictable outcome.The Good? One of the biggest problems of the previous book was that it didn't explain a single thing. Not who the characters were, why they did things, why we should care about them, why anything is happening, why any of it is important, and why anyone should give a damn. This book is far less vague and seems to have an eventual goal in mind throughout it's entirety, and it does eventually reach it. These were things that were lacking in Heretics so greatly that the book is nearly unreadable. Chapterhouse makes some vast improvements upon that. The writing has improved drastically over the previous two novels and it feels a lot tighter and more focused. It actually seems to have a point and purpose, two things that have been lacking in this series for a long, long time.The blatant and offensive sexism of the previous two books has been toned down significantly. It still exists if you are keeping an eye out for it, but it's not right up in your face throughout the entirety of the book, and I count that as a plus. Honestly, reading the previous two books made me rather uncomfortable because of Herbert's blatant and utter hatred of women. Here it's more an annoying buzz in the background like it was in the first two books. While not exactly good, it is an improvement and a step in the right direction.The Bad? I could almost consider this to be a good book if not for two huge, glaring flaws. The first is irrelevance. There are so many scenes in this book that serve no purpose whatsoever to the plot. They just take up space. They're rather boring to read through, and I found myself constantly asking why these scenes and conversations and whatnot were even in the book at all. I could edit this book down by one third to one half of the word count and had you never read it before, you would be none the wiser. The rest of the book suffers greatly for the inclusion of all the irrelevant crap and I'll bet that the editor was utterly terrified to even mention it to Herbert for fears that he would take his book to another publisher. Every scene, every page, every sentence and word should be absolutely VITAL to the story. If you can remove any of them, you SHOULD remove them before it is published.Secondly, this book is built upon the foundation laid out by the previous book, and that foundation was about as flawed as is possible. It explained nothing. It gave no motivation for ANYTHING at all, not the characters or the events. It didn't do a very good job of introducing characters and conflicts in a way that anyone could give half a crap about any of them. And so, as the followup, Chapterhouse suffers greatly because it details the further adventures of the same characters whose motivations were unclear to begin with, if they even had any at all, and the same situations which were vague, out of context, and uninteresting. As a result, we still have no idea who any of the characters are at heart, even if some of their motivations have been made much clearer in this volume. We still don't know why anything is happening, what is driving events, and why we should care about any of it. The foundation upon which this story is built is so weak that even though the events of the book itself are rather enjoyable, the entire thing collapses under its own weight because we literally have no idea why any of this is going on, and why any of it is important because, the author failed to tell us in the previous book, and assumes that he did in this one.The Ugly? Child rape. Okay, the teenaged Duncan Idaho having two MUCH older women fighting over which one gets to force herself on him, resulting in the unveiling of his sexual super powers was bad enough. It's made slightly less icky by the fact that he had the memories of a grown man and the body of a child. Not by much, mind you, I ranted pretty hard about how disgusting and wrong it was in the previous review. Here we have a ten year old boy, with no memory of his past life, being raped by a woman in her thirties, graphically and in disgusting detail. There is no excuse for this. There is no defense for this. This is a horrific abomination that should not be justified in any way shape or form. Any child being forced into sexual situations is horrific, offensive, and downright uncomfortable to read about. Why is this in this book? Why does Herbert keep throwing child rape at us like it's a good thing? I don't get it. He more than makes up for toning down his sexism by having a ten year old boy getting screwed by someone three times his age in graphic detail. This is not cool. This is not okay. This is not acceptable under any meaning of the term. I hope that Herbert was ashamed of himself for this before his death, and anyone that finds it to be entertaining or not all that bad should also be ashamed of themselves. Child rape is never acceptable, whether the victim is male or female, it is still just as horrific for one or the other.In conclusion, though this book makes some vast improvements upon the previous volume, it still must try to stand upon the weak foundation that that book laid for it, and frankly it just failed to do so. The narrative collapses under its own weight because the basic building blocks of storytelling used to prop it up were so weak. Far too much of the book can be removed from it without notice, and Herbert really doesn't seem to know where he wants to take the series as a whole from this point. The story was enjoyable, and it had a great climax, it just would have benefitted from a bit more editorial influence and a much stronger foundation to build the story upon. And yeah, child rape... NOT COOL!!! Herbert started out very promising with Dune and Dune Messiah, but the series really started to fall apart after that and get out of his control. He appeared to be trying to rein things in with this book, but, unfortunately, he died soon after its publication and was unable to. It's probably the third best book in the series for pure enjoyment, but the drop between second and third is a rather steep one. Check out my other reviews.

Peter Jones

The biggest problem with Chapterhouse: Dune is that we never get the story Frank Herbert wanted told to conclude it. Nevertheless, the book ends in such a way that it is still satisfying. Murbella really comes into her own here, the fascinating mixture of Bene Gesserit and Honored Matre. Dar is again a powerful force. The building menace of the threat that drove the Honored Matres back from the Scattering is intriguingly written. I would have loved to know how Frank Herbert wanted to end this conflict (not the hack attempts from his son and KJ Anderson), but am content with my own vision of how it ended, based on what Frank wrote. All in all, a good ending to the series.

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