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Children of Dune (Dune Chronicles Book 3) [Hardcover]

Frank Herbert
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April 1976

The sand-blasted world of Arrakis has become green, watered and fertile. Old Paul Atreides, who led the desert Fremen to political and religious domination of the galaxy, is gone.

But for the children of Dune, the very blossoming of their land contains the seeds of its own destruction. The altered climate is destroying the giant sandworms, and this in turn is disastrous for the planet¿s economy.

Leto and Ghanima, Paul Atreides¿s twin children and his heirs, can see possible solutions - but fanatics begin to challenge the rule of the all-powerful Atreides empire, and more than economic disaster threatens . . .

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) edition (April 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399116974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399116971
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.7 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,329,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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?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" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The epic that began with the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic DUNE continues . . . --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book - poor Kindle edition 15 Oct 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Five stars for the book itself, 3rd in the series and an impressive bit of Sci-Fi, my favourite after the first book.

However, this kindle edition is very poor indeed. The conversion has been done very badly, and Gollancz have obviously not bothered to proof read the text at all. The spelling errors, incorrect words (bad character recognition in the conversion?), repeated or missed paragraphs is terrible and actually impinges on your ability to read the book properly. So at this point I would not recommend buying this version until they sort it out and do the corrections !!
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2.0 out of 5 stars VERY POOR EDITION 17 Mar 2012
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best in the series... 5 Aug 2000
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Dune was an excellent book - although 'Dune Messiah' was less in scope and flow, it was still good. This book captures the mood, feel and style of the original perfectly. I actually think that it is more entertaining in my personal view - Dune took a long time to get into the action as it were. This has many twists and the re-introduction of some of the first book's characters (Jessica, Halleck and 'The Preacher' - work it out) are amazing, worked brilliantly.
A fantastic read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book marred by a poor copy 15 Feb 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I thoroughly enjoyed Children of Dune, especially after Dune Messiah left me yearning for more due to it being all too brief.
However the Gollancz edition shown here is marred by a poor typeset (letters seem to be stuttered horizontally) and a large number of spelling errors which occur frequently, sometimes in the same sentence.
This leads to such faults as main character Leto being referred to as letoh or letoe in some sentences. A minor quibble I am sure but one which the publisher could have resolved before publication.
Sadly it appears Gollancz have the rights to the remaining novels and I only hope they are better proof read. Herbert's majestic epic deserves more than a tawdry cheap copy run.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Herbert's saga moves on in this disjointed sequel which suffers from its political complexity more than anything.
Paul Muad D'ib has disappeared into the desert, presumed dead, leaving his unstable sister Alia to start a religion in his name, although her sanity is being undermined by the memories and personalities of her ancestors. Paul's children, Leto and Ghanima, also became aware of themselves and their ancestral memories while in the womb, but determine to devise a solution to combating the threat of `possession'.
Paul's mother, the Reverend Mother Jessica Atreides of the Bene Gesserit, is sent back to Arrakis by the sisterhood to check the children and the rumours of Alia's state of mind.
A preacher has appeared, one who speaks out against Alia and her Muad D'ib based religion, and who may or may not be her brother, Muad D'ib himself.
Meanwhile on Salusa Secundus, the daughter of Shaddam IV, the previous emperor, is grooming her son Faradin for the throne, and devising a plot to kill the Atreides twins.
Frank Herbert must have felt a lot of sympathy for Muad D'ib since, if one considers it in that way. the Dune universe constrained him to his own form of preordained destiny and I do not doubt that publishers put a lot of pressure on him to continue producing sequels. Essentially, in the real world there's nothing wrong with that, and a working writer is obviously grateful for a success like this, but as Conan Doyle discovered, it can very quickly become an albatross.
`Children of Dune' is compelling enough, but for my money it reads like a first draft. There's little of the poetry, panache and descriptive beauty of the original novel and some puzzling plot-holes and dubious character actions which no doubt puzzled other readers long before myself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Children of Dune // Frank Herbert 6 Oct 2004
The continued story of the Dune saga follows, chiefly, the exploits of Paul Atriedes' sister, Alia, and his two children, Leto II and Ghanima, as the empire that he created begins to tumble. This is definitely a book about House Atriedes as its main concern is evidently the relationships between the surviving members of this family, their retainers and servants. There are sources of conflict from outside the family -- House Corrino's attempt to regain the throne, frex -- but these are dealt with early and it leaves the book at times feeling slightly off balanced.
Plot threads are seemingly forgotten for long stretches and it's only when certain characters are referred to that you realise you haven't seen or heard from them in a hundred pages or so. I can see why this happens; if it's not going to advance the plot, themes or characterisation in any way, then its pointless including scenes with these characters if they aren't actually doing anything. Unfortunately, this does mean that the last chunk of the book centres almost entirely around Leto II and what he's playing around with. This, coupled with the fact that sometimes months pass between scenes without much by way of comment, means that you do feel like you're losing track of what's happening.
That said, I liked this better than Dune Messiah, which I found to be just a little too short, a little too . . . easy. Whilst this book is a bit heavy and thoughtful at times -- I've read enough about Leto II debating the spice trance by now, thank you very much -- it's not enough to dissuade me or make me loathe to pick it up again each time I stop.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Copy ~ Don't Buy
Did anyone proof read this? This copy is horrendous. Frequent spelling and grammar mistakes. Stopped reading at page 213 were it degenerated into an entire page of meaningless... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Ally C
1.0 out of 5 stars Stupid typos
This is by far my favourite book of the dune sequence however my enjoyment of this phenomenal text (& the reason for a one star review) was marred by terrible typos at least 2-3... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Paul J Wilkinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 19 days ago by Magic
3.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating
First read the book about 30 years ago. Kindle edition was poor in that it needed far better proof reading.
Published 2 months ago by Tony Gosport
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
An amazing book of an amazing series.. Great concepts blend with the most fantastic characters in a play of logic and even emotions.. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pavlos
5.0 out of 5 stars Left me wanting to read more
A brilliant read, but it is essential that the previous Dune books are read in order! It just makes a better read when you can refer back and tie in the references made to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Katherine
5.0 out of 5 stars You need this!
I think I'm on my second or third time through the Dune series, and I recommend that anyone who reads, should read these.
Published 5 months ago by payneib
2.0 out of 5 stars Typo's!
Excellent book in the series but very very disappointed in way this book has been transferred to ebook. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr. M. J. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars good hardbook
This hardcover library book is in very good shape.
It will be a pleasure reading book 3 of the Dune saga
coming from a former library!
Published 10 months ago by Catherine Sharrock
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