God Emperor of Dune is one of those books you can measure inner growth and change by.As a child, I hated it I got bogged down in what I felt was a lack of story and plot I hated the characters which I felt were very, very one dimensional and boring I hated the protagonist, Leto II, who I thought was stuffy and pretentious.Then, as an adult, I rediscovered it and it is now my favorite book of the Dune series the original Dune is right behind it and indeed one of my favorite books in the world.I think it takes an experience of time and pain to be able to understand Leto The sacrifice he makes to save the human race is doubly painful because his prescient gifts make every nuance available so that he can see exactly what he is missing and will never experience He is the ultimate outsider staring in, in love with the human race, and completely reviled by them in return One wonders if they deserve the great sacrifice he has made for them and if they will ever understand or deserve the great words he leaves behind in his journals.Every time I read God Emperor of Dune I find new layers of meaning, new ideas to ponder, and new beauty to appreciate Frank Herbert was a genius ahead of his time Give the series a try and if you can not read God Emperor yet, set it aside and try again another time You may end up being pleasantly surprised and greatly touched. God Emperor of DuneBook 4 of the Dune ChroniclesBy Frank HerbertA Dune Retrospective by Eric AllenWhat do you say about the book that was so completely terrible that it so turned you off of the series that you refused to read the four books that came after it for over a decade This book is bad in a way that few things achieve Oh, yes, there are worse things than this book in human history, and I do not mean to cheapen the horror of those atrocities, but when it comes to complete and utter failures in fictional exploits, this is amongst the worst By this time in his career, Frank Herbert s Dune series had sold multiple millions of books He was a veritable gold mine for his publisher, and so, he had the power and influence to basically get anything he wanted from them As a result, God Emperor of Dune is pure and complete insanity Oh, but its not just normal insanity, oho no Its a special sort of insanity Its the sort of insanity that happens when you give crazy way too much money, power, influence, and creative license I like to call this kind of crazy, George Lucas Syndrome Allow me to explain In 1977 George Lucas, a rookie filmmaker, under huge budget constraints, and with heavy studio influence, managed to produce one of the greatest movies of all time Though Star Wars was well recieved by the world at large, his distributer still placed very harsh budget constraints on the following two films These movies were a great illustration of the concept Art from Adversity Despite all of the people telling him no, all the limitations of special effects technology, all of the problems with budgeting and studio executives trying to change his work, he managed to produce one of the most lucrative franchises in movie history He was viewed as a filmmaking genius by many and then he made the prequels He had unlimited funds, was no longer constrained by the limits of special effects technology, and most importantly, everyone on earth was utterly terrified to tell him no, because he could very easily take his goldmine of a series elsewhere and be just as happy When you take the adversity, the thing that CLEARLY created the art to begin with, out of the picture, you are left with a man who is completely insane, making movies that are also completely insane What does this have to do with Dune, you ask Plenty You see, having sold millions of copies of his first three books in the Dune series, Frank Herbert had enough clout with his publishers that he could have taken a dump on a blank piece of paper and they would have published it, because they were utterly terrified that he would take his series elsewhere And so, when he handed them the manuscript for God Emperor of Dune, NO ONE SAID ANYTHING ABOUT HOW TERRIBLE IT WAS TO HIM They published it because he wrote it, it had Dune in the title, and people would buy it, read it, and claim to love it because of it.So, this leaves the question, was Herbert balls out insane from the beginning, and simply constrained by his publishers and editors to create art for his first three books Or did he just do a crapton of drugs between book 3 and book 4 We may never know the answer for sure.Why is this book so bad Well, lets find out, shall we I can t put enough quotation marks around the word story here, so I won t even try 3500 years have passed since the events of Children of Dune Leto Atreides II has become a giant sandworm with a human face and arms Yeah, I ll give you a minute to wrap your mind around that You good Ok, moving on then The ENTIRE plot of this book revolves around Leto talking, and talking, and talking, and talking, and talking, and talking, and talking He talks about being a sandworm He talks about what it means to be a sandworm He talks about why it s important that he has become a sandworm He talks about how being a sandworm fits into his plans And through all that talking, HE NEVER MANAGES TO TALK ABOUT WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT TO THE PLOT OR WHY I SHOULD CARE And then he dies, easily killed by his utter arrogance in believing that mere humans could never possibly rise up against him And I get a lot of people telling me I ve got it wrong on this but try reading his last few bits of dialog after falling in the water with this in mind and tell me I don t have a point If this was not what Herbert meant to convey with this dialog, he sure failed at what he actually meant to get across to me.The Good Nada In fact, skip this book if you plan to read this series Your life will be better for it You miss absolutely nothing that the next book does not readily explain in a few sentences, and you don t have to wade through all the complete fail that this book embodies.The Ugly First of all, while Herbert s views on women were pretty apparent in his previous works, he is openly sexist in this book to a huge and offensive degree He has some extraordinarily strange views on the roles women play in society, what they want out of life, and how their thoughts and feelings differ from those of men He devotes a large section of the book to explaining in great detail why women are inferior to men, veiling it behind the guise of praising them as a gender Nice try Herbert, but you FAIL to hide your complete contempt for women in general Every woman that I know that has read this book has come away from it TERRIBLY offended Women beware, this book basically says that you re the scum of the universe and the source of every problem that man knows If this sort of thing offends you, and believe me, I m a guy and it offends ME, steer clear of this book.Not only does Herbert put forward some very offensive ideas about women, he also puts forth some very offensive views about homosexuals, soldiers, and pretty much all humanity in general Women get the worst of it here by far, but soldiers and homosexuals come close on their heels He seems to have great contempt for pretty much anyone that is not exactly like he is This is an actual line from the book I have not altered it in any wayAll soldiers are homosexuals at heartThere are so many layers of offensiveness buried in those six little words that I could write an entire essay on that alone Needless to say, it is offensive to every party mentioned in multiple ways It takes true talent and bigotry to imbue such a short sentence with so many layers of insult to so many different people And let me say right here and now, so that there is no mistaking Herbert s views for my own, though I may come from a strong Christian background, I have no problem with gay people My philosophy on life is that everyone should have the freedom to live as they see fit, and it is not my place to tell them that they are doing it wrong, regardless of my own personal feelings on the matter I have worked with gay people all my working life and you know what I ve learned about them They re people Just like everyone else Doing their best to live their lives in a world that is not very accepting of them They deserve to live their lives just like everyone else.Every character in this book other than Leto exists for one purpose and one purpose alone To ask questions that facilitate even talking from him Let me describe to you every scene in this book Leto rants for about thirty pages on his morality and plan for humanity Someone is confused by his complete insanity and asks him a question He then goes on at great length explaining the answer The other character is still confused and asks another question, which facilitates yet another long and boring rant from him These characters have no personality They have no motivation They have no plans or desires of their own They exist within the plot for one purpose and one purpose only, to give Leto an excuse to further explain Frank Herbert s insanity.Leto is still not a sympathetic character He has personality here than he did in the previous book, this is true, but here he is even loathsome because of it I m sorry, I do not sympathize with a grotesque mockery of humanity who goes on, and on, and on, and on about he s the only hope of said humanity, and as such has the right to severly subjugate all life in the universe under his strictures and rule He was not a likeable character to begin with, and here, he has become a loathsome tyrant that it is impossible to sympathize with So why should I care about a book that is, primarily, about him talking at GREAT LENGTH about his own personal philosophy I don t I really, REALLY don t He s a terrible character, and as an extension of that, any story revolving around him is also terrible.Herbert STILL does not seem to feel the need to explain what motivates Leto to do what he has done, and why I should care about it These are basic elements of the plot of this book and the previous one that are COMPLETELY LEFT TO THE READER S IMAGINATION IF you want me to care about your character and the story revolving around him, you have to tell me WHAT he is doing, WHY it is important, and most importantly, WHY I SHOULD CARE These are basic storytelling elements that Herbert completely FAILED to employ.In conclusion, this book is awful It s a special kind of awful, the sort of which you will rarely find in fiction It s basically a thinly disguised excuse for Herbert to give his own philosophies on life If you want to write a book of philosophy, by all means, go ahead and do so But don t try to tell me it s the next installment of your epic science fiction series This book gets ZERO stars, but since the rating does not show up here on Goodreads with zero, I threw one up there It feels FAR longer than it actually is It centers around a character that is completely and utterly loathesome, without a SINGLE redeeming characteristic, and I m supposed to feel for this character Yeah, sorry Herbert, but no I don t I really, REALLY don t This book is terrible in a way that few books are And worst of all, it s boring I can forgive bad writing I can forgive a bad story I can forgive wooden characters It is my opinion that one of the truly unforgivable things that a storyteller can do, is to tell a boring story Only the most hardcore fans of the Dune series will likely be able to find any enjoyment here, to any casual readers I typicaly recomend that this book be skipped over, because it really is THAT bad Check out my other reviews. Best Book, God Emperor Of Dune Author Frank Herbert This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book God Emperor Of Dune, Essay By Frank Herbert Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You It s not until the end of this book that you begin to understand Herbert s grand plan for his series DUNE is really about shaking man out of an evolutionary cul de sac, showing a frustrated civil society that despite its technological and social superiority is stagnating The inventions of the Bene Gesseritt, the Guild, the Mentats, all of these are bulwarks against the decline of man that are failing And the only one to understand this is Leto II, God Emperor of the Known Universe In his transformed state, he rules a bizarrely changed Dune, and through political intrigue and the continued centuries long resurrection of Duncan Idaho clones, we learn that Leto has seen this decline of man coming and his twisted machinations are an attempt to prepare the human race to evolve beyond this end Fucking BRILLIANT stuff here, even if it s not fully borne out until the next novel But wow They don t make em like they used to. The weakest of the original series, the fourth Dune book published in 1981 and Herbert s brilliant work begun in 1965 finally bottoms out Like many reviewers have said, the quality of the literature diminishes with each installment, but flashes of Herbert s brilliance shines through I can see the influence on the Star Wars films, is Leto the inspiration for Jabba the Hutt or Anakin Skywalker or both I became an instant fan of Dune after the original, but after reading this one I took a long break not just from Dune but from Frank Herbert. Buddy read with AthenaI am a collection of the obsolete, a relic of the damned, of the lost and strayed I am the waylaid pieces of history which sank out of sight in all of our pasts Such an accumulation of riffraff has never before been imagined More than three thousand years have passed since the events described in the Great Dune Trilogy, and everything has changed Arrakis is now a planet of running water and green growth, and the days of stillsuits and crysknives are gone The Sandworms and the Fremen remain only as legends from the Ancient Days of Dune Only one part remains from the old days Leto II, the God Emperor God Emperor of Dune is, logically, a book centred around Leto However, that is precisely its greatest problem The so called God Emperor who so valiantly sacrificed his human existence for that of an emperor doomed to serve his people by living through the ages and preserving the universe, has turned into a tyrant And everyone sees him as such, except for himself and his fanatically loyal Fish Speaker cult It seems as if though the book is an attempt to justify the government of Leto, and that is a task in which it fails miserably.Because of that, one should think that there would be other people to sympathise with People living under the oppression of Leto s rule joining together in rebellion against the monstrous tyrant Well there really aren t any The rebels on Arrakis are led by Siona, the last of the Atreides line descending from Ghanima, Leto s sister But in reality, Leto is allowing the rebellion to happen while secretly grooming Siona to become another of his instruments Siona knows this, and knows that the God Emperor doesn t want her dead That, of course, makes one wonder what the point is about the whole thing.Next to Leto and Siona, the rest of the characters are few and uninteresting There were a couple of them in particular that were a bit interesting in the beginning, but my interest in them quickly evaporated into thin air And when you don t have any characters that are fun to read about, the book gets terribly boring after a while.This book is actually not as bad as it sounds The story was intriguing at times not often, mind you , the great writing of Frank Herbert is still present, and the fourth book is just as much of a lesson in power and politics as the first three books But the point is that compared with Dune, Dune Messiah and Children of Dune, three of the greatest books ever written, this one is a disaster. God Emperor of Dune is the red headed stepchild of the series Frank Herbert delves into the mind of a near omniscient god creature Many people feel disturbed or bored by this book, calling it the most dull of the series From a philosophical point of view, this is probably the most advanced book in the series Definitions of humanity and morality are contrasted in very personal ways in this book Those familiar with Lovecraftian Cthulu mythos could well use this as a textbook to start thinking about alien motives and the human concept of evil. Reviews for this book have called it heady and deep I cannot concur Few books have mastered this combination of deep material with a hurtling plot, and this is one of them.Of the Dune Chronicles so far this is book 4 , God Emperor of Dune is my clear favorite This profoundly philosophical installment in the bestselling sci fi series of all time explores the now verdant world of Arrakis thirty five hundred years after the events in Children of Dune Leto, the nine year old son of Paul Muad Dib Atreides, has assumed control of the galaxy spanning empire described in the first three books, and has transformed himself into a grotesque synthesis of worm and human in an effort to avert a terrible catastrophe which would render all of humanity extinct To be sure, Leto s transformation is both disturbing and uncomfortable and yes, the full physical ramifications of this transformation are explored thoroughly , yet it feels quite naturally based in the mythology that Frank Herbert has laid out thus far in the series It is the logical conclusion of a mythology steeped in the surreal and otherworldly.God Emperor of Dune explores nature of despotism, the conditions under which it s called for, and the attendant concerns that such a dictator would have amongst them the nature of religion, government, trade, rebellions, mythology, armies, sexuality, war, family, duty, and sacrifice and depicts Leto s difficult near impossible choices and the poignant destiny which results from them.The portrait of Leto God, Emperor, saint, tyrant, martyr, human, sandworm is a portrait of one of the most complex, sympathetic, and lonely characters I have ever encountered I loved, Loved, LOVED this book Highly recommended. 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 it s 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 trope of boy becomes Messiah and saves the noble people on its head with Dune Messiah and Children of Dune In those two volumes, everything assumed and trusted became so much sand, and a son had to destroy his Messiah father s legacy to save the universe from religious genocide and tyranny We closed on the boy becoming yet another saviour and had only a vague, hopeful idea of what he intended 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 plot away 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. SPOILER ALERT if you never read Children of Dune STOP NOW Leto II is now the God Emperor after merging with the sandtrout and becoming a monstrous worm man powered by melange He rules the known universe with an iron fist not unlike his Aunt Alya did actually but this is of course because he is SAVING the human race from itself He has an army of woman, the Fish Speakers, that carry out his bidding spreading terror and, still, peace across his vast domain He has reigned for 3000 years and sees the end nearing There is a lot of philosophy here and it is interesting perhaps it gets a little slow I know several people that get fed up with the Tleilaxu ghola of Duncan Idaho s appearance and, yes, he is back in Heretics of Dune as well But overall, it was a good read.One thing I still don t understand and perhaps someone versant in the Dune universe will enlighten me is what was the threat to humanity that the Golden Path was initiated to alleviate Was it just infighting that he thought would exterminate the human race If so, just enforcing a brutal 3500 year peace was just postponing the inevitable Perhaps this will be revealed in Heretics or Chapterhouse Another puzzling thing was the tolerance of Ix Apparently, in the distant past before Dune, the Butlerian Jihad was raged against thinking machines which resulted in a world with human computers Mentats and Guild Navigators and a formal universal proscription of computers However, Leto II apparently allows Ix to wind up production again as he purchases machines for transcribing his thoughts among other things I found it a bit frustrating not to understand how the Ixians themselves I really love this series although I probably will not read the apocryphal 7 and 8 written after Frank died.
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