- 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: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 359 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,924 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 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.
In the Dune series, the role of myth and the power it plays in the universe created by Frank Herbert is particularly strong. This book, the fourth in the series, gets straight to the heart of the matter by allowing the reader to witness the original inspiration in action.
Most would accept that the great novels of the world are reflections of their authors and of the realisations attained in their own lives. The truly great novels are replete with insights into life, death and all that exists in between. Yet what happens when such insights are coated in the guise of science-fiction? It would serve the reader well to see the discoveries and insights of this novel as those of Frank Herbert.
The plot of God Emperor, such that it is, is held together purely by the strength of the insights provided by its main character, Leto II, and his relationship with those lacking in those insights. These relationships provide much of the novel's movement as Leto II continues his husbandry role within the known Dune universe. Through Leto II, the reader becomes privy to the nature of self-awareness, its enlargening and at the same time isolating effect on the individual. From this, we see the reality behind original inspiration and the reality behind myth and legend. As such, God Emperor serves as the perfect novel from which to understand the rest of the Dune series.
As a work of science-fiction, the book offers less than it does as a book on the nature of self-discovery and creative insight.