God Emperor Of Dune: The Fourth Dune Novel Paperback – 13 Mar 2003
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?A fourth visit to Arrakis that is every bit as fascinating as the other three?every bit as timely.? ?"Time" ?Rich fare?Heady stuff.? ?"Los Angeles Times" ?Book Four of the Dune series has many of the same strengths as the previous three, and I was indeed kept up late at night.? ?"Challenging Destiny"
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Leto II, who at the end of Children of Dune had accepted an irreversible and slow metamorphosis into a sandworm in order to pursue the mysterious `golden path,' is now thousands of years old, rules over the universe with meticulous despotism, and bears a more than passing physical resemblance to Jabba the Hutt. Bored and desperate for humanity to finally show itself capable of surviving on its own by escaping his prescient visions and deposing him, he is delighted to discover that the latest product of his Atreides breeding programme cannot be seen by prescience. This sets the stage for what is, essentially, a philosophical dialogue bolted awkwardly to a medieval courtly drama.
The latter provides what little plot can be found here, with a not particularly convincing love triangle between the autocratic God Emperor, a saintly young woman genetically designed to tempt Leto's increasingly diminished humanity, and the brash head of Leto's military - the latest in a long line of clones taken from the dead flesh of Duncan Idaho, the Atreides swordmaster that featured prominently in the first three books.Read more ›
However, having said that it does still contain some excellent parts: the ending, the test of Siona, and the whole Ixian 'no-room' concept are fantastic, but the book has too many flaws to be as good as the others. The fact that Dune itself is no longer Dune, but an earthlike planet destroys the majesty of the place Herbert created in the first place. But the most frustrating thing is that fantastic characters like Harq Al-Ada and Ghani from the last (best) book Children Of Dune were crying out for a book of their own. These just disappear as the story skips 3000 odd years to this date, leaving a feeling of frustration as new characters enter the fray who are, lets face it, not a patch on the first 3 books'.
A good, but -not- great offering. Writer's block, perhaps?
It's essentially an in-depth look at the Imperial inner circle established by Leto at the end of Children of Dune. As ever, Frank Herbert tells the story largely through little soliloquies while characters talk with one another, though in this novel the boredom factor is upped considerably because there's only a handful of characters and the dialogue is frequently ambushed by Leto's incessant philosophical musing. The intellectual/philosophical aspects of Herbert's scifi world are incorporated far less subtly than in previous books, though Herbert's ideas are still fresh and intriguing - this novel answers the questions raised in the previous three books about what the Atreides' "Golden Path" for humanity entails.
Unfortunately it raises more questions than answers - just like Children of Dune, this book has been deliberately set up for a further sequel. Quite unsatisfying when you consider the amount of explaining and talking that goes on - Herbert tends to indulge in a deliberate obfuscation of the facts in his stories that can become annoying.Read more ›
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The whole series can be considered a masterpiece, although this book and the first are my clear favourites.