But to achieve his final victory, Leto Atreides must also bring about his own downfall.
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"A fourth visit to Arrakis that is every bit as fascinating as the other three - every bit as timely." (Time)
"Rich fare...Heady stuff." (Los Angeles Times)
The story continues. The flavor remains Herbert, and he did not disappoint. The tangled narrative of Lato and his newest Duncan pushes your desire for some sort of resolve. For me, and my first read through, I couldn't help but wonder where Herbert was taking Arrakis and his beloved Dune. Never did I think I would miss the desert of old, but this entry into but a small period in that large expanse of time pushes the theme of human emotions and capitalizes in ways I didn't expect. All in all, the story continues and expecting Herbert style, Herbert came through.
It is a well constructed story, but it lacks characters to care about. It feels like watching at a far distance realising the overall premise and plot of the series. A bit like Tolkiens Silmarillion.
Serve Your God
I love how profoundly philosophical is this whole series. It's not just a masterpiece of science fiction but an astute commentary on the nature humanity.
I got so much out of the book that this is hard to answer but I felt perhaps a little more intensely the feelings of the Lord Leto. Simon Vance really was able to evoke emotions that are more intense than from reading print. The 'love' scene between Leto and Hwi was actually read by a different voice actor who also did a very good job.
I didn't like how raspy Simon Vance made the voice of Leto the worm, but felt that it forced me to face that the character was not a youthful human boy as we left in him Children of Dune.
I never thought it would be easy to serve God.
I'm listening to Heretics now also read by Simon Vance. Love it. Love the whole series.
I'm aware that Frank Herbert's opinions were formed in a different time (born almost 95 years ago). My contemporary sensibilities, though, made it hard to slog through the Duncan Idaho's homophobic rants or Leto II's incredibly narrow and incoherent philosophy on human sexuality and militarism. Yet many of Herbert's ruminations on philosophy and history are worth reading as they explore a depth so seldom found in SciFi today. Yes, I could spend a day reviewing his paradoxes (a god emperor who abhors absolutism, yet punctuates many of his observations with hyperbolic words like "always". But still, there is a richness that makes this work worth lingering over...
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
While a necessary part of the sequence of the saga, this is the most uncharacteristic novel in the series. Clearly the figure of the God Emperor is pivotal to the development of the series, but I found this installment merely a place-holder for the era of the Tyrant. I think the account of Leto II and his millennia-long empire could have been handled better as a brief retrospective in the next novel Heretics of Dune than it was executed here as a novel-length episode of its own. Herbert fails to impart the necessary sense of vitality and irresistible power that the figure of the God Emperor holds in the story. The dialog for Leto II is so feeble and mundane that it is a wonder that such an impotent personality could wield such megalomaniac power over all of mankind on many different worlds.
Simon Vance again handles the reading. He is excellent at enunciating each word perfectly so Frank Herbert’s words come through without alteration. I would have enjoyed it more had he played Emperor Leto II with a bit of campy melodrama—it would have been so much more fun.
Frank Herbert's novels are always known for intricate plotting and arcane philosophical points. However, God Emporer is probably the least accessible of his novels so far. Not only is the plotting confusing, but the characters, including Leto, the God Emperor, were just not engaging at all. I really cared little for any of the characters. Even the Duncan left me cold.
Herbert's abilities to analyze and predict human thoughts and actions in different kinds of government was amazing. It almost was freaky as to the commentary it made on our state of affairs and this was written years ago. Absolutely amazing!
The basic plot was what I expected from a Dune story but it was constantly interrupted with Herbert's philosophical drivel about life, government, morals, etc. (some I might agreed with some I didn't) presented as Leto's writings. What it did do was break the flow of the story into pieces. This is one of the few books where I wished I could have easily fast forwarded through these parts. If your looking for another book as fascinating and gripping as "Dune", this is not it. If you are a Dune'ie then the book is worth the read because it carries you further on the journey Paul "Maud Dib" started.
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