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Children Of Dune: The Third Dune Novel Paperback – 13 Mar 2003

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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: 11.7 x 3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,893 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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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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Children of Dune rounds off a trilogy of what is still the best science fiction I have ever read. I re-read it every few years, always finding something new in this complex and cosmic narrative. However, this series of Kindle editions is just awful! There are terrible word substitutions on every page. 'Leto' frequently becomes 'Leo', 'morning light' becomes 'moaning light', 'Golden Path' became 'Golden Paw'!! Dune Messiah from the same series had the same problem. These are not simple books, dealing as they do with so many esoteric subjects, but these Kindle versions become almost unreadable with their idiotic and distracting errors. It's like trying to read YouTube subtitles in novel form. Don't waste your money on this edition or this series!
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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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(This is the third book in the Dune series and therefore the review will contain spoilers for the first two, Dune and Dune Messiah. And maybe even some for this one. You have been warned!)

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?
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THE THIRD BOOK IN THE DUNE SAGA IS AS ENJOYABLE AS THE FIRST TWO.
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.
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