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God Emperor of Dune (Dune Chronicles, Book 4) Mass Market Paperback – June 15, 1987
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That said, this book is easily the best book in the Dune series (only the first can compete; and that is because it sets up the world). The setting is a quantum leap from the first one; there is virtually no connection to the petty feuding world of Dune, with the intense Fremen and their intense culture.
This book revolves around 5 characters: Hwi Noree, Siona, Moneo, Leto II and Duncan Idaho, the ever present ghola. The idea of Duncan Idaho being constantly resurrected struck me as as an interesting conceit, and it played well into the story (Leto's psychological analysis of Duncan based on his resurrections is also interesting).
Of these five characters, Moneo and Leto are easily the most interesting. They form a perfect foil- Leto, so intelligent and so far beyond the normal human awareness that his thoughts cant help being nearly incomprehensible, and Moneo, the former rebel who was converted by his visions of the Golden Path and is now staid in his duty and unquestioning in his belief.
Figuring out what exactly the Golden Path is- the path that Maud'Dib could not bring himself to contemplate and that Leto took upon himself in place of Ghanima- is a tussle.
It is an immensely enjoyable tussle, however. Leto seems to be saying, by being the ultimate power-holder and despot of this universe, I accomplish too things.Read more ›
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A classic work of fiction. Frank Herbert manages to weave politics and ecology and sociology into the story and even today, statements made in the book are relevant and poignant. Read morePublished 13 days ago by kg4giy
This is my second time through this book. So, I'll be honest, the first time reading this through I hated it. I didn't understand the universe, and I found it really long winded. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Boyd McKenzie
Long drawn out blah blah blah that no-one can understand...the first two books were better even though they had there share of the same, but the concept is awesomePublished 2 months ago by Frank Corl
Let me start by saying I loved the first three Dune books. The political intrigues, the action, the scheming among the powerful and the less powerful: these all gripped me and held... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Midwest Reader