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Heretics Of Dune: The Fifth Dune Novel: The inspiration for the blockbuster film

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It appears to have been a question the sisters of the Bene Gesserit started asking themselves as well and once they were free from the direct yoke of the god-emperor (though not of his pre-destined plan for humanity), they decided to keep up the tradition for themselves and see what the result might be.

At a much more human level it is the personal story of several key players against this wider backdrop: the Duncan Idaho ghola as he comes into his own and must decide how to live in this new world separated from all he knew by thousands of years; his teacher and mentor Miles Teg, an Atreides scion and mentat-warrior of great ability who has served the Bene Gesserit all of his life; Sheanna, a young native of Rakis apparently born with the power to control the sand worms into which the god-emperor transformed himself; and Darwe Odrade a sister of the Bene Gesserit who must navigate difficult waters and test her loyalty to the sisterhood that made her and the many plans within plans that have formed the basis of her society. Sandworms, of course, are at the heart of the mythology of ‘Heretics’, which features some of Herbert’s most lyrical writing about these evocative beasts. PS: I also don't think this volume brings much insight for its readers, but I will read the next book anyway. I enjoy the first four books of the Dune series, but by the fifth book, I must admit something in the story is getting old. None of the narrative seems to flow along, and it feels something like a shattered stainglass window rather than a clear picture of a story.Bene Gesserit Imprinter Lucilla (yet another descendant of Siona's) is also sent by Taraza to bind Idaho's loyalty to the Sisterhood with her sexual talents.

Sexual abuse toward ANY child, male or female, is still sexual abuse, and guess what, having sex with a fourteen year old, no matter how many lifetimes of memory he might have, qualifies as sexual abuse.

Herbert used to be able to tell a coherant story, but as his career meandered on, he became less and less able to do so. Recently I was trying to explain to someone how I was almost 500 pages into a novel and still wasn’t totally sure what was happening or what it was about. Miles Teg is truly one of Herbert's great Dune characters and his interactions with the Honored Matres, particularly the final scenes where he displays superhuman abilities are some of the series best.

Herbert tries to mix things up by making this Duncan ghola a teenager, similar in age to Paul Atreides in the first novel. There is little doubt in my mind the first Dune book(which was meant to be a trilogy in of itself) was meant to be the only book. None of the character motivations are clear, and far too many plot points are left entirely to the reader's imagination.Without a strong central figure to identify with, we're left with the fragmented plot and the terrible writing to draw us into the book, and as they were both awful, what are we left with? So of course it stands to reason that some could take those Bene Gesserit teachings and turn them towards more overtly sinister goals.

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