- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz; New Ed edition (13 Mar. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575074906
- ISBN-13: 978-0575074903
- Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 2.8 x 17.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Children Of Dune: The Third Dune Novel Paperback – 13 Mar 2003
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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 !!
It is 9 years since the blinded and heartbroken Paul Muad'dib walked off into the desert of Dune to die. His weird little children, Leto and Ghanima, take after their Auntie Alia in so many ways – prescient, gifted or cursed with the memories of all their ancestors, nuts. Until now I thought the horrid little kids who sing the duet in Polar Express were the creepiest children ever, but Leto and Ghani have them beat hands down! Alia, meantime, has overindulged so much in the spice drug melange that she has become what the Bene Gesserit feared – an Abomination! No longer able to control all the voices of her ancestors inside her head, she has fallen under the influence of the strongest of them – the evil Baron Harkonen. Leto and Ghani look on this as a warning and are assiduously avoiding doing the spice drug conversion thingy that Rev Mothers do, as they think this is what caused Alia to become Abominable.
Meantime Jessica has returned to the folds of the Bene Gesserit and has now been sent back to Arrakis (Dune) for reasons that remain somewhat hazy. Basically she appears to be trying to protect the genetic line by persuading Leto and Ghani (9-year-old twins, remember) to mate and breed. It's always good to have a supportive granny, isn't it? And has Paul really died in the desert? Who is the mysterious Preacher who keeps popping up and calling Alia names? If he is Paul, why is he trying to undermine his family's rule? Why do Leto and Ghani want to get to Jacurutu? How come Leto is having prescient dreams if he's not taking spice?Read more ›
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.Read more ›
THE PROBLEM WITH THIS ONE IS THE SPELLING, ITS TERRIBLE.
IT ACTUALLY DETRACTS FROM THE BOOK. AMAZON SHOULD CONTACT THE PUBLISHER
AND DEMAND THE BOOK BE TRANSCRIBED AGAIN.
THEN ALL PURCHASERS OF THIS E-BOOK SHOULD BE GIVEN THE NEW BOOK FREE.
I HOPE THE NEXT THREE BOOKS ARE BETTER.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dune 1 is incredible, Dune 2 is pretty bad imo. This one's better than the last one, but has its flaws. Read it if you're addicted to Dune and you'll love it!Published 2 months ago by William Osborne
The product came in mint condition, however one of the pages was folded, and the print is very poor quality. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joe Bentley
All the great characters from the first book return after being missing in the second. Couldn't put it down. All the intrigue that made the first book great.Published 6 months ago
Good classic sci-fi novel. I found it's best read without leaving the book for more than a couple of days.Published 7 months ago by S Brown
Good. Obviously not in the same league as the grand Dune, but a good 2nd sequel. I'll keep reading.Published 8 months ago by Mr. Smeaton
My copy had slightly blurred text on every odd page, which made it even harder to read the tiny font, definitely didn't help with such a long book! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Hapijoel
Not one of the best of this series. Having just reread, on Kindle, the original Dune and Dune Messiah which had I felt reasonably stood the test of over 40 years , this one this... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Longshanks
This book shows a great return to form following the slightly tedious 2nd. Great pace, good science fiction with a smattering of politics thrown in.Published 12 months ago by J. Hall