- Series: Dune (Book 3)
- Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Ace (May 15, 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0441104029
- ISBN-13: 978-0441104024
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 382 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Children of Dune (Dune Chronicles, Book Three) Mass Market Paperback – May 15, 1987
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Praise for Children of Dune
“A major event.”—Los Angeles Times
“Ranging from palace intrigue and desert chases to religious speculation and confrontations with the supreme intelligence of the universe, there is something here for all science fiction fans.”—Publishers Weekly
“Herbert adds enough new twists and turns to the ongoing saga that familiarity with the recurring elements brings pleasure.”—Challenging Destiny
Praise for Dune
“I know nothing comparable to it except Lord of the Rings.”—Arthur C. Clarke
“A portrayal of an alien society more complete and deeply detailed than any other author in the field has managed...a story absorbing equally for its action and philosophical vistas.”—The Washington Post Book World
“One of the monuments of modern science fiction.”—Chicago Tribune
“Powerful, convincing, and most ingenious.”—Robert A. Heinlein
“Herbert’s creation of this universe, with its intricate development and analysis of ecology, religion, politics and philosophy, remains one of the supreme and seminal achievements in science fiction.”—Louisville Times
From the Back Cover
With millions of copies sold worldwide, Frank Herbert's magnificent Dune books stand among the major achievements of the human imagination.
The desert planet has begun to grow green and lush. The life-giving spice is abundant. The nine-year-old royal twins, possessing their father's supernormal powers, are being groomed as Messiahs.
But there are those who think the Imperium does not need Messiahs...
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A series of character vignettes ease audiences back into the familiar world of Dune, setting the stage for a complex web of political intrigue. Within each chapter details are carefully doled out, making a minor mystery of the context, before giving way to dialogue and monologue driven scenes. Audiences are challenged to read between the lines and make their own conclusions about the characters, who speak with many layers of meaning.
At times the diverse plots can be a little daunting. Chapters rarely offer more than a scant reference to what’s come before. Instead they consistently plough ahead, engaging a variety of philosophical questions about the moral and utilitarian nature of existence, as well as the burdens of knowledge and duty. Alternating perspectives counterbalance the slow pacing of the narrative, and offer opposing views on the underlying issues. Characters are recognized as both sympathetic and callous, though gradually characters are cast as either villain or hero, paving the way for an ending that is satisfying, if a little anticlimactic, and leaves much unanswered. A strong waypoint that paves a new path for the rest of the series.
+Strong, Complex Characters
*Slow, dialogue driven plot
*Regularly alternating between numerous perspectives
This is the Twin’s story, and the wrapping of up Paul’s, and only the beginning of this fantastic universe of eugenically bred rulers and their people, religion and biodomes, prescience and free will, the ultimate goal of the Dune series. It’s a must read.
The second Dune book was also very good. Many negative reviews for it but I enjoyed.
Children of Dune is where the series took a turn for me and I was no longer interested in reading more about this world. I pushed through the last quarter of the book just to finish it.
- The text is blurry and blotchy, very difficult to read without very bright light. Normal text sometimes looks italicized, and it's hard to tell when certain passages were meant to be italicized or not
- The margins are terrible. The text goes almost all the way into the binding, so you have to really pull the pages apart to be able to read it. There is a lot of extra margin on the outside of the pages... if they just moved the text closer to the outside of the book, it would be fine...
- There are some bad typos. Normally a typo is not a big deal because you can tell what it was supposed to say, but Dune contains so much unique language and fantasy elements that it's impossible to know sometimes... it could be a typo or it could be a new word?