Library Journal starred review for SISTERHOOD OF DUNE

Herbert, Brian & Kevin J. Anderson. Sisterhood of Dune. Tor. Jan. 2012. c.4960. ISBN 9780765322739. $27.99 SF  **starred review**

In the aftermath of the Butlerian Jihad and the destruction of all thinking machines, human planetary governments reorganize themselves in to the First Imperium under the leadership of Faykan Butler, now known as Corrino (after the decisive battle of Corrin). Eight decades later, a number of schools have arisen to push the human mind to its highest levels. This includes the training of Mentats as human computers, the development of the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood as practitioners of mental and social manipulation, and the bizarre transformation of men and women into mutated Navigators who use their minds to allow instantaneous interplanetary travel. Amid these changes, youthful members of disgraced House Harkonnen seek vengeance against the Atreides hero responsible for Harkonnens’ downfall, while the Butlerian movement under the leadership of zealot Manford Torondo seeks to root out every vestige of machine dependence. VERDICT: With their usual fidelity to the vision of the late Frank Herbert, coauthors Herbert (Frank’s son) and Anderson (The Winds of Dune) continue to illuminate heretofore hidden areas of the Dune time line.  Fully realized characters and intricate plotting will put this title high on fans’ to-read list.

 

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