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Children Of Dune: The Third Dune Novel [Paperback]

Frank Herbert
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13 Mar 2003 DUNE

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 . . .

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; New Ed edition (13 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575074906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575074903
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,995 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"

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The epic that began with the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic DUNE continues . . .

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11 of 11 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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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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 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
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating 23 Dec 2008
There's a great book in here somewhere. Dune Messiah had felt like a mis-step, a poor follow-up to Dune's epic mix of swashbuckling and pontificating, so Children of Dune's riveting early chapters come as an enormous relief. Within the first hundred or so pages, Herbert develops a genuinely intriguing and exciting set-up, stretching from political machinations in the courts of the deposed House Corrino to a jostling for control amongst the many personalities carried by the Atreides Regent, Alia. He even gives us a superb chapter of character development (never the Dune series' strongest suit) as he guides the reader through the mind of Stilgar, a Fremen ruler bred for tribal violence yet moulded into a diplomat. Children of Dune feels like the book Dune Messiah should have been - exploring the logical consequences of Dune, further developing characters, reflecting the grand conflicts of a religious empire in the believable interaction of recognisably human characters. Unafflicted by the exhausted stasis of its predecessor, Children of Dune seems like a re-energised return to form.

Then, a couple of hundred pages in, something goes very wrong. Herbert loses the thread of the various plots he has been developing. Storylines that had grabbed the reader's attention are relegated to the background, kept ticking along with a few pages every now and then, but never really developed - just skeleton outlines offering context to the narrative's new focus. Interested in the manoeuvrings between House Corrino's young heir and Jessica Atreides? Or how Alia Atreides is coping with being possessed by her schizophrenic inner lives? Or the civil war taking place on the surface of Dune? Tough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A brilliant conclusion to the first part of the Dune sequence.
Published 3 days ago by Dean Wilkinson
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful edition of a great book
A great and splendid story, nearly ruined by this appallingly bad edition. Typo after typo confounds the sense of the text and sometimes loses it completely. Read more
Published 4 days ago by M. Daley
4.0 out of 5 stars children of dune
I liked this more than dune messiah, which was a bit of a slog in the middle (picks up at the end though)!
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Published 1 month ago by KGPOORE
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 1 month 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 1 month ago by Paul J Wilkinson
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Still great after all these years
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Published 2 months 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 4 months ago by Tony Gosport
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