Frank Herbert's Final Novel in the Magnificent Dune Chronicles—the Bestselling Science Fiction Adventure of All Time
The desert planet Arrakis, called Dune, has been destroyed. The remnants of the Old Empire have been consumed by the violent matriarchal cult known as the Honored Matres. Only one faction remains a viable threat to their total conquest—the Bene Gesserit, heirs to Dune’s power.
Under the leadership of Mother Superior Darwi Odrade, the Bene Gesserit have colonized a green world on the planet Chapterhouse and are turning it into a desert, mile by scorched mile. And once they’ve mastered breeding sandworms, the Sisterhood will control the production of the greatest commodity in the known galaxy—the spice melange. But their true weapon remains a man who has lived countless lifetimes—a man who served under the God Emperor Paul Muad’Dib....
Now that the planet Arrakis (Dune) has been annihilated, the Bene Gesserit order turns its stronghold Chapterhouse into another desert world, and from this base, the sisterhood plans its moves against ruthless rivals. Drawing on a vast store of history and religion, the book is "so rich in this one area that others suffer and the narrative crawls,'' PW observed.
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Chapterhouse Dune is one of the great works of science fiction from the last century. I have the original Putnam hardcopy edition from 1985. The convenience, ability to look up words, make notes, and create bookmarks made me look forward to re-reading it in ebook format.
It didn’t take long before the mistakes in the ebook edition appeared. There are so many spelling mistakes and typesetting/layout errors that it really detracts from the enjoyment of reading. I will even say that the care and attention put into this ebook edition goes way beyond simply sloppiness - it smacks of blatant apathy. The book and its author deserve better.
Here are some (but far from all) examples (reading in portrait mode for page numbers) …
p28 - … conciousness car-r ying …
p102 - What did I take] The right …
p110 - ’We seek … our past.” (closing single quote mark at beginning, no ending closing single quote mark)
p147 - … call it my any other … (should be “call it BY any other …”)
p 202 - … we ever have need to her?” (should be “… we ever have need OF her?”)
p264 - … a limited immortatity … (yep, should be “immortality”)
p268 - … more difficult to Play.” (“play” should not be capitalized)
p277 - … A bit more fredom …
p293 - … Guildsmen never seened …
p346 - … balderdash (mervelous old word … (try MARVELOUS)
p 364 - … crept into every crevice they way water did … (crevice THE way)
p 394 - … Master Schytale. (the name is SCYTALE)
p 434 - … revenge and violence - rotes reversed. (try ROLES)
p 532 - … I must talk to you. Dar. (Sheesh! How about … talk to you, Dar.)
p 533 - Bene Gesscrit (They even get that wrong!)
p765 - … When. you avoid …
p789 - … Face Dance warriors. Domel … (should be … Face Dance warriors, Domel …)
p 822 - … Being Bene Gesserit maks you (Sheesh!)
p 827 - … in that ulitmate way.” (try ULTIMATE!)
p 830 - “I can’” (Sheesh! CAN’T)
p866 - … well or my way … (how about … well ON my way …)
These spelling and transcription mistakes just go on and on and on. Here is my favorite:
p 1137 … depending on primitive corns. (the Bene Gesserit reduced to using vegetables for “com”munication!)
By far, however, are the uncountable number of times where plain text is curiously mixed with passages requiring italics. The transcriber also has a major problem with quotation marks in general and with quotes enclosed in quotes (use single quotes on the inside, wrapped in double quotes on the outside). It’s just embarrassing!
It makes me sad and angry that such a great story is so disrespected.