- Series: Dune (Book 4)
- Mass Market Paperback: 423 pages
- Publisher: Ace Books; Reissue edition (June 15, 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0881036358
- ISBN-13: 978-0881036350
- ASIN: 0441294677
- Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 364 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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God Emperor of Dune (Dune Chronicles, Book 4) Mass Market Paperback – June 15, 1987
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Praise for God Emperor of Dune
“Rich fare...Heady stuff.”—Los Angeles Times
“A fourth visit to distant Arrakis that is every bit as fascinating as the other three—every bit as timely.”—Time
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
THE CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL SCIENCE FICTION SERIES IN HISTORY
With more than ten million copies sold, Frank Herbert's magnificent DUNE books stand among the major achievements of the imagination. God Emperor of Dune is the astonishing fourth book in the series. Centuries have passed on Dune itself, and the planet is green with life. Leto, the son of Dune's savior, is still alive but far from human, and the fate of all humanity hangs on his awesome sacrifice...
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It will be too wordy for some, too philosophical and tedious. For me, it's a deep book that, in usual Herbert style, educates you on a myriad of topics as you read it. For me, it's a book I've read multiple times because it's just that rich. For me, it's a return to that wonderful universe Frank Herbert created and, despite the changes and time that's passed, it still feels like home.
Like the first three books I found this one a bit wordy, but the story is timeless. Now onto the next book. These will be my first time.e reading them.
It is (over)loaded with philosophy that is, I think, supposed to justify Leto's actions toward humanity. I think more judicious editing could have stopped some over use of the same ideas. However, it is not overly detrimental to the book.
My real issue with the GEoD is the glacial pacing and lack of big payoffs for the reader. Again, harsher editing could have helped.
I have mixed feelings about the book, but I did enjoy it. It could easily have been five stars with the aforementioned editing and I fully understand why some reviewers have given low ratings for its shortcomings.
I really enjoy the Dune series and am used to how 'heavy' they can be at times so this book was ultimately a good interesting read.