God Emperor of Dune

God Emperor of Dune

by Frank Herbert

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ISBN-13: 9780441294671
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/15/1987
Series: Dune Chronicles Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 34,557
Product dimensions: 6.84(w) x 4.14(h) x 1.17(d)
Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Frank Herbert is the bestselling author of the Dune saga. He was born in Tacoma, Washington, and educated at the University of Washington, Seattle. He worked a wide variety of jobs—including TV cameraman, radio commentator, oyster diver, jungle survival instructor, lay analyst, creative writing teacher, reporter and editor of several West Coast newspapers—before becoming a full-time writer.

In 1952, Herbert began publishing science fiction with “Looking for Something?” in Startling Stories. But his emergence as a writer of major stature did not occur until 1965, with the publication of Dune. Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune, and Chapterhouse: Dune followed, completing the saga that the Chicago Tribune would call “one of the monuments of modern science fiction.” Herbert is also the author of some twenty other books, including The White Plague, The Dosadi Experiment, and Destination: Void. He died in 1986.

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God Emperor of Dune 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 121 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Taking place 3500 years after ther first 3 books and 1500 years before the last 2 books in the series'*', this book requires more thinking and offers a lot less action than the other books but, gives you a look at the 'Golden Path' chosen by Leto II and the sacrifices he made in order to save mankind from itself. At first look it appears Leto II seems to be a tyrant 'the nickname the Bene Geserit give to him in the future' and murderer but later you begin to realize he is only acting like a concerned parent towards the rest of the universe. This book gives you an idea of what life under the guidance of a living omniscent god might be like and how unpleaseat life might be like in a utopian society. WHile doing the peviously stated the story makes it possible to understand the evolution of man through the 5000 year period the series takes place in. * 'As written by Frank Herbert his son Brian and Kevin Anderson have witten 6 prequals and 2 sequals to the original series produced by Frank Herbert, the total time included with these new books brings the timeline up to 15,000 years long. All the new books are very good but written in a different style than the original with a less subtle, more 'action packed' style.'
DrewHappy More than 1 year ago
First, I absolutely loved the Herbert's original Dune trilogy, and never moved on because a good friend of mine didn't like this book. I guess it took a while for his warning to wear off, and I am glad it did. Admittedly, I love Herbert's writing because of the interesting ideas he weaves throughout his narratives, ideas about religion and belief, politics, what makes a person human, fanaticism and plenty of other things. While I was originally concerned because of the book's distance from the earlier storyline, a few millennia having passed, this was soon abated as I found the new characters very compelling. I recommend this book highly. This is still my favourite series when if comes to cerebral writing.
Ryan Levin More than 1 year ago
Fantastic read. The continuing adventures of the ghola Duncan Idaho bring him to the edges of loyalty and beyond. fans of Dune should not find themselves disapointed. fans of Clancy or Grisham might find themselves hopelessly unable to process the contents of this book.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Frank Herbert continues. Amazing insight and imagination.
Waianuhea on LibraryThing 5 months ago
WEIRD but good! I love how Herbert got around characters dying by having gholas around. I'm fine with that though, seeing as Duncan Idaho is my favorite character right up there with Jessica.
stvslayer on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Book 4 of Frank Herbert's incredible Dune series. Though it is necessary to read this title to understand the full scope of the series, it is a bit plodding at times. Herbert delves into philosophical commentary a little too much for my taste in this installment. Once again you do need to read this book (or a really great summary) to move on to book 5 in the series. Books 5 and 6 really pick up, so it's worth trudging through this one.
ebooker_ben on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I just couldn't be arsed in the end. Something about old characters being remade to over throw the God like slug, blah, blah, rubbish, blah ... sleep. The first two books are fantastic and so rocked my world. I should have known not to bother after barely limping through the third.
hume on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is the fourth in the Dune series. The god emperor leto II is beset by the machinations of IX, the bene gesserit and his once loyal guardian duncan idaho. In leto II we encounter a tyrant who is unable to enjoy the comforts, his rule should afford him. who is constantly reminded of his duty to humanity while he gradually loses his. the tragedy of leto's circumstance and the gholas he has created for himself illustrate the full desperation of his plight. The author could've compromised this novel and made it more reader friendly, less of a thesis on the human condition. Though, what work of literary excellence has ever benefited from playing to the crowd.
AndyWol on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I can't agree with the majority of 3-5 star reviews of this book. The first book is in a different league to this one - which seems to have less characters, who you care less about, scattered across what at times is a book that drones on for the sake of padding out the word count. I would go along with the first paragraph of 'shelterdowns' review; and don't have the time or energy to re-read this book when there is so much more better stuff out there - including the original novel (which I've re-read about 5 times). Trust me, stick with the first three.
Radaghast on LibraryThing 5 months ago
In this fourth installment of the Dune Chronicles, the world is under the thumb of a living god. This is a different book than the first three Dune novels, make no mistake. But that doesn't make it any less great.
danconsiglio on LibraryThing 6 months ago
The fourth book in the original Dune series takes a stark turn form the patterns established by Herbert in his first three installments. Set 4,000 years after the events of the last book, this story does not concern itself with the manipulations of multiple factions struggling for control over a scarce resource; rather it looks at a single entity controlling the culture of millions. Where he used to shy away from such things, here Herbert adds many descriptions of action sequence and the human body to demonstrate the horror and frustration of the humans forced to serve the monstrous and inhuman Leto II. While the imagery and narrative structure of the book is new, the themes presented are familiar. Herbert is constantly interested in the ways that history and sexuality (often unstated) feed human desire and how culture creates leaders. Good stuff!
DirtPriest on LibraryThing 6 months ago
The Dune series rolls along, not too many surprises in this installment, but simply a great tale. Actually somewhat plodding and there is very little action, but still...Individually, the sequels aren't as great as Dune proper as solo works, but I consider series books like this as one story in essence, and a awesome one at that. Dune as a standalone is exemplary, however.
mmyoung on LibraryThing 6 months ago
My initial experience of the Dune series could be graphed as a continuous downward curve -- from the high of the initial book through the slight disappointment with Dune Messiah to more disappointment with Children of Dune and so forth. When I initially read God Emperor I quite disliked it. Rereadings have made me wonder if Herbert was intentionally playing with the reader by starting with a book about a hero (albeit one about whom we have misgivings by the end of the book) through successive books each deconstructing what had been held out at the end of the previous book as what remained of "hero."
DCArchitect on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The chance to once again inhabit Mr. Herbert's universe makes up for the lack of momentum that 'The Chronicles' exhibit after 'Dune.' While 'Dune' is required reading for any Sci-Fi fan (and highly encouraged reading for everybody) only dedicated sci-fi readers will need apply here.
KevlarRelic on LibraryThing 9 months ago
I am first to review! Yay for me!God Emperor of Dune has to be the most depressing of Frank Herbert's series, not only is there the gaping hole left by the absence of all but two of the previous book's main characters, but the protagonist is no longer the hero we knew before: he has been transformed into a tyrannical anti-hero who is very difficult to sympathise with.This all being said, this is far from being my personal least favorite dune book. I found it to be very interesting at times, although the pace lagged alot in the middle, and there was enough emotional investment in the characters to make the ending pretty moving.
shelterdowns on LibraryThing 9 months ago
I hated this book the first time I read it. Hated every person in it, did not understand why anyone acted the way they did. Now its one of my top-ten comfort reads, and I see so much in Leto I want for myself. Dune was the perfect hero book, and then Herbert turned the perfect, clever formula of ¿boy becomes Messiah and saves the noble people¿ on its head with Dune Messiah and Children of Dune. In those two volumes, everything that was assumed and trusted becomes so much sand, and a son must destroy his father Messiah¿s legacy to save the universe from religious genocide and tyranny. We close on the boy becoming yet another saviour and have only a vague, yet very hopeful idea of what he intends to do next. Herbert could have left us there, many thought he would when he finished his ¿Dune Trilogy¿. Instead, he published his most difficult and daring book yet. In Emperor, we discover that the boy¿s plan to save humanity from tyranny is... to become the ultimate Tyrant, and Predator of humankind. Yeah, I¿m with you. Just say ¿huh?¿ and get it over with. I can¿t explain without giving a lot of plot away, and you really just have to read it to get it. Emperor is a masterpiece of philosophy, and the best book in the series, but I wouldn¿t blame you if you stopped somewhere in the middle and stuffed it to the back of your shelf for ten years before you gave it another chance. Who am I to argue? I did.
Adam_Gentry More than 1 year ago
For the sake of humanity he sacrificed his own. Dune has been transformed. Its once dry deserts covered by green, all thanks to Leto II. As a boy he bonded with the sandtrout skin. Now he guides humanity down the Golden Path, as he slowly transforms into a sand worm. Some worship him as a god, others curse his name and call him tyrant and monster, but no one truly understands him, until now. After three thousand years one person will succeed where countless weapons could not. They will pierce Leto’s armor, and threaten the Golden Path. God Emperor of Dune is simultaneously one of the more ambitious and subtle stories I have ever read. The opening encapsulates the whole with an excerpt from Leto’s journals, highlighting his own struggles with identity, a taste of the rich and sometimes contradictory language that fills these pages. Chapters alternate between half a dozen main characters; each on their own journey of discovery. Scenes are a mix of dialogue focused conflicts, and deep introspection. Perspective frequently drifts between the past and present, emphasizing the character’s thoughts and feelings over actual events. This gives the story a slow, meandering pace. Characters plod along, often making idle conversation as they wait for an opportunity. But through these conversations a plethora of topics are engaged. Some question the dichotomy between free will and safety (chaos vs order), others consider the nature of truth. Throughout the story audiences are encouraged to pause, and really consider the unspoken meaning behind what’s been said. Through it all misunderstanding sets the stage for the main conflict, which leaves audiences with one last question: Was this a tale of tragedy, or the difficult path of a hero? +Strong, Complex Ideas +Strong Writing +Strong Dialogue +Strong Perspective *Predictable but fitting plot 5/5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Still relivant views on current world/government issues.
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GrahamCDowns More than 1 year ago
This one is the best Dune yet! I've had a love/hate relationship with this series since I finally managed to finish the first instalment last year. Some of the books have bored me silly, but the ending has been just enough to make me want to read the next one.  God Emperor of Dune, however, had me hooked from the very first page, and didn't stop! It's the story of Leto Atreides II, some 3000 years after the ending of the previous book. Leto's transformation to sandworm is almost complete, and the book is full of his philosophies on politics, systems of governments and religions, formulated by him over the past few thousand years. I found God Emperor of Dune to be a gripping read, with characters that sucked me in and made me really care about what happened to them. I lost the plot somewhere in the middle, but picked it up again really quickly. If you're struggling through the Dune series, I urge you to stick it out until you've read book 4!
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This book is good and will satisfy you. I would however venture to say that it reads much longer than what it is. I love herbert but this book makes you think a whole lot more than the other ones. takes time to really dive into what this book is and understand its complex ideas and themes. Over all i loved it