Book Reviews of God Emperor of Dune (Dune Chronicles, Book 4)

God Emperor of Dune (Dune Chronicles, Book 4)
God Emperor of Dune - Dune Chronicles, Book 4
Author: Frank Herbert
ISBN-13: 9780425061282
ISBN-10: 0425061280
Publication Date: 11/15/1982
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 9 ratings
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Book Type: Paperback
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The book is like one huge monologue. It's not very entertaining. The main character mostly talks about how awesome he is and how everything he does is for the better. While this is all well and good reading the exact same sentence repeated over the course of 400 pages is not.
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Another of Frank Herbert's excellent series on a planet almost totally without water, and how the ecology of the place affects life there. Might sound dull, but it isn't.
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God Emperor of Dune is the fourth book in the Dune series, and my second favorite of the bunch. Only Dune itself is better.

In God Emperor we find ourselves following Leto Atreides's life something over 3000 years after Children of Dune. Yes, he lives that long and it's not horribly contrived that he does so. In fact it was setup during Children of Dune and Herbert is simply following the plan he laid out there. But ruling a multi-galactic empire for over 3000 years is not a simple thing, and Leto's got reasons for everything he does. Those reasons are impressive. I like what Herbert says about humanity here. Leto makes the ultimate sacrifice to save us from ourselves.

In addition to Leto we have a few other major characters: Moneo, Leto's majordomo; Siona, Moneo's daughter; and Duncan Idaho, the most recent in a long line of gholas with their memories restored from the first Duncan, who died in Dune.

I have to give Herbert credit. He can write with a huge scale in mind and pull it off. Sometimes I feel that Leto's words are a bit thick, but on reflection they're actually right for a character of his age and experience, and if I was a deeper reader I might not feel that way.

Another important point is that God Emperor isn't classic science fiction in the usual sense. Oh, it's a classic, but it's not a space opera full of ray guns and space battles. It's mostly conversation and description, as much of the drama is in relationships, so the interactions among characters are key.

If you liked the first three Dune books you'll probably like this one too. I know I do.
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Leto Atreides II...God Emperor of Dune and part sandworm...rules his empire with an iron fist. The major factions of the Dune universe concoct a scheme to end his ten thousand year reign. This is a bridge between the first Dune trilogy and the final series. It's a little surrealstic and doesn't seem to fit in...but it has important repercusions on the books coming out now.
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If you liked the original "Dune," you'll like this book.
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The Dune series is a must read for all Sci-Fi enththusiasts. Frank Herberts Dune novels are the best. Herbert paints a picture so vivid you live it.
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This is the fourth book in the Dune series.
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The final chapter in Frank Herbert's classic.
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Another link in this brillant science fiction adventure.
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Best read in sequence as part of the Dune series...but you can catch iup with the story fairly quickly.
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Not as good as the first Dune book, but the end is good.
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Loved Dune; read the second of the series; never could get into this one at all.
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Good book like all the Dune books are.
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If you like Herbert's stories of water-starved planet of Dune, you'll like this one too.
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Fourth book of Frank Herbert's great dune chronicles. Good condition