God Emperor of Dune

608 pages

English language

Published May 26, 2019 by Penguin Publishing Group.

ISBN:
978-0-593-09825-7
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4 stars (27 reviews)

4 editions

Sheer disappointment cover to cover

2 stars

Aside from a handful of moments and dialogues that were somewhat intriguing, this entire novel was a major disappointment. Much of this is due to its relation to the Dune series. If this fourth book is an indication of what comes next, I would abandon reading the Dune series altogether.

I felt that this style and this storyline deviated from the previous books and all expectations so much that I wish it just wasn't in the series at all. Some have said that the book's defining moment is its ending. And as I approached it, I had a strong suspicion what would happen, and I was right. Not even its conclusion really made anything more worthwhile.

As this is my first time reading Dune I can't say this accurately but I will anyway: skip this book entirely.

Veel woorden, weinig daden

3 stars

Children of Dune beviel mij verrassend goed, dit vierde deel viel mij dan weer tegen. Het speelt zich af zo'n 3500 jaar na het vorige boek. Heel veel monologen en dialogen maar het ontbreekt aan actie. En zelfs de actie die er is wordt omschreven vanuit ooggetuigen verslagen. Het heeft soms meer weg van een filosofisch gesprek zoals Plato die schreef dan van een ScienceFiction roman. Evengoed drie sterren vanwege enkele filosofische doordenkertjes.

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5 stars

Somehow managed to make 15:40 of exposition with a closing 00:08 of action into a page turner. This series really goes off the deep end into a dreamlike wonderland, and I'm here for it. Never would have guessed the ending. Damn you Leto, you knew the whole time you sly sad worm. He was the predator humanity needed.

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3 stars

This was the worst of the Dune books to date. It felt like 80% of it was Leto Deuce talking with some other character about "The Golden Path" without ever really detailing what the heck it was... I was fine with some of that, but there was far too much of it...

Several times in this book we stopped the Audiobook and said to one another "wait, what the heck is going on" or "how did this scene start?". We never had that with the first 3 books.

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4 stars

L'Empereur-Dieu de Dune n'est pas le volume le plus facile d'accès mais c'est peut-être le plus beau, dans ce cycle de Frank Herbert. Leto II, fils de Paul Atreides et de Chani, a sacrifié sa vie pour préserver l'avenir de l'humanité. Trois mille cinq cent plus tard, son corps est transformé : plus ver des sables qu'humain, il règne sans partage sur son empire. Plus tout à fait humain, le Tyran va pourtant connaître l'amour avant de disparaître, non sans avoir laissé un dernier héritage à l'humanité.

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