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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 ›
Leto: "Oh, what I've given up for the Golden Path." [insert pages of oracular philosophizing and a few obscure aphorisms]
Hwi: "Dear one, how I love you."
Siona: "I'll get you, you evil worm!"
Duncan: "You're not a true Atreides. OMG, deviant intimate behavior!"
Moneo: "Sorry, Lord. I don't understand. Oh no, the Worm approaches!" [grovel, grovel, cringe, cringe]
Nayla: "This must be a test. But, I must obey the Lord."
I'm rating this book at merely and OK 3 stars out of 5, but I was leaning heavily towards a lower rating. What saved it is simply that it does give a sort of tie-up for Leto's sacrifice back in "Children of Dune." If Herbert had cut out a couple of hundred pages worth of waxing philosophic, put a sentence or two in Leto's mouth that actually made sense, and grown the characters toward some kind of reasonableness, this could have been a pretty good book. But, as it is, I'm not all that enamored of it.
And to help people find all the books in the original Dune series (i.e., when Frank Herbert was still alive):
1. Dune (40th Anniversary Edition) (Dune Chronicles, Book 1)
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Maybe 2.5 stars. Some of it was moderately interesting, though most of it was slow. Takes place something like 3500 years after "Dune," so it barely relates to it.Published 1 day ago by Glenn E. Smith
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The most "Dune-y" of the entire series. An absolute masterpiece. It may be my favorite book in the series.Published 1 month ago by Charcoo
Herbert's Dune is probably the greatest sci-fi series of all time. I have read it several times and am now adding it to my kindle.Published 1 month ago by Black Raven