Children of Dune (Dune Chronicles, #3)
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Children of Dune (Dune Chronicles #3)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  53,863 ratings  ·  873 reviews
The desert planet of Arrakis has begun to grow green and lush. The life-giving spice is abundant. The nine-year-old royal twins, possesing their father's supernatural powers, are being groomed as Messiahs.
But there are those who think the Imperium does not need messiahs...
Mass Market Paperback, 408 pages
Published April 15th 1987 by Ace/Berkley Publishing (first published 1976)
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Richard Houchin
The Dune series is remarkable in that each sequel gets progressively worse until it's unreadable.

The first book is truly excellent. It's mantra on fear alone makes it great.

The second book a very good sci-fi novel.

The third book is merely okay.

The fourth book is sub-par, but still interesting.

The fifth book is a pain in the ass to read.

The sixth book will leave you concerned about the author's health, so terribad is the writing.

But hey, the first book kicks ass!
Might work better as a version of Monopoly. Here are some suggestions for the Chance and Community Chest cards:






etc etc...
Drew Athans
The conventional wisdom seems to be that only the first Dune book is good and that the rest of them are awful, but I've found this to definitely not be the case. This 3rd book in the series was gripping and exciting...I literally couldn't put it down! Don't listen to what everyone else says, read these books for yourself and make your own won't be disappointed! This one focuses on the children of Muad'Dib, as well as his sister Alia, wife-in-name-only Irulan, and the return of his...more
Josh Cutting
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”I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing......Only I will remain."
If you have read at least Dune you must be familiar with the above “Litany Against Fear”. I don’t know about you but it gets old very fast for me. When it shows up in Children of Dune I read it l...more
The classic biblical conundrum - are the sins of the father really inherited by the son?
Yes, CoD went a lot further in analyzing religion and society than the previous book which I found interesting, but more interesting was the current day metaphor with society's "progress" without regard to the costs involved. Who is going to pay for our excesses today, and how will they go about fixing them?
The Preacher seemed a powerful figure at the beginning of the story, but by the end I almost felt sorr...more
Andrew Georgiadis
The anti-George Lucas.

Frank Herbert, that is. His science fiction universe has come to embody everything that another seminal epic of our time, “Star Wars,” cannot: subtlety and mystery. “Children of Dune” is the third installment in the series and centers on the vicissitudes of a power struggle involving Paul Atreides’ sister and his children. This in a vacuum created by Muad’Dib since his disappearance into the desert at the end of the second novel, “Dune Messiah.”

Arrakis will ever be the st...more
Eric Allen
Children of Dune
Book 3 of the Dune Chronicles
By Frank Herbert

A Dune Retrospective by Eric Allen.

This book is a bit of a hard one for me to rate, because parts of it are so good, while others are so not. Everyone likes to say that Dune Messiah is a bridge between the events of Dune and Children of Dune. However, most people do not realize two things about this series. First was that Herbert meant to stop after Dune Messiah. And Second, when he finally decided he had more story to tell, seven ye...more
5.5 stars. I am absolutely blown away by how good this series is. While I rated Dune slightly higher than Dune Messiah and this book (simply based on it beign the first of the series and therefore getting the nod for originality and the groundbraking nature of the narrative), I actually ENJOYED Messiah and this book even more than book 1. Definitely don't stop after Book 1. A must read for all science fiction fans. HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!!

Nominee: Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Nov...more
Man, I keep reading these things cause I hear number four is pretty f'd up in an entertaining way, but after this one I'm beginning to wonder if it's possible for Herbert to write an entertaining book. Well, won't that be egg on my face...

Also: You know how when you read any given fiction, no matter the quality, you manage to find one character who you like/can emphasize with/who you're sort of rooting for to not get totally screwed over by whatever's happening. Man, not the Dune books. I came t...more
Michael Tildsley
This one is officially my favorite of the series. Herbert's narrative style has been honed and refined in this sequel. The result is a novel with a lot more showing and a lot less telling. The telling that remains now is there mostly to help the reader bridge the nine year gap between novels.

What can I say about the plot without giving anything away? It was far-reaching, character-filled, and cerebral. There is a short slump in the middle where I felt like Herbert could have cut this into two n...more
May 04, 2011 Demerzel rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Science fiction fans, and to ones who seek an unorthodox way to delve into intensive philosophy.
This review won't make sense if you haven't read the book.

The problem with this part of the Dune series is the fact that a classic has evolved into a family story without much of a plot. Riding on the comfort of knowing that most of his characters are already well-established and well-loved (I do not add equally well-hated as all of the 'bad guys' tend to be wiped out at the end of every book in this series), Herbert proceeds to throw in another tale to preach to us more inspiring ideals. I wish...more
Benjamin Drucker
The Greatest Disappointment in the History of Literature
(described by me in an English assignment that I did at 5 AM while pulling an all-nighter)

Warning: Contains bad prose by a tired, annoying 11th grader from before he knew how to write well.

10/18/11 (22)
Children of Dune was a book that I wanted to read. Dune is among my most cherished novels, but I by and large disliked its first sequel (Dune Messiah) due to reasons that can be briefly summarized here for the sake of explaining why I looked...more
With a third of the book to go, I lost interest. The mystical (and often contradictory) mumbo-jumbo, the increasing sense that I was simply reading a recasting of Dune, the endless pregnant speeches that suggest more than they deliver, just drove me into the ground like a tent post. All of that said, I really enjoyed the first half of the book. Herbert's endless wheels-within-wheels plots, revenge, the weird cultures, etc., are pretty cool. However, by the end (among various outrages) I thought...more
The Dune books just got weirder and weirder and I didn't much like them. I LOVE the first one and have read it a bazillion times. I read each of the later books and never wanted to read them again. I didn't like what they did to the characters I loved (and hated) and I didn't like the new characters introduced.

I'm sure there are lots of Herbert fans out there who loves the rest of the series and think they are the most amazing things ever. I'm not one.
I was totally obsessed with Dune. I think it is an incredibly classic piece of literature, which is in fact getting better with time like a fine wine, and also just happens to be science-fiction. It’s really this amazing political thriller that it turns out is on another planet, and that is part of its charm. It accepts its setting as is, and it doesn't focus on it, instead expecting the reader to "keep up". Herbert's world creation is so thorough that you are quite aware you are holding an enti...more
Ahhh, Dune... the awesomeness of this series is overwhelming. Even for the writer, at times, methinks - he could get a bit carried away with the melodrama and a bit over-confident with the made-up facts about the universe that he created without ever explaining them to the reader, but that's all forgivable, because HELLO INTENSE AMOUNTS OF EPICNESS.

But I really would like an explanation of why future people are totally cool with twins marrying each other. Really, there's no "ick" factor there fo...more
wtf? This book got weird.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Mar 09, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Dune Fiends
This is the third novel in the Dune series, so you should at least read Dune and Dune Messiah before tackling this one--the question is if having done so you should continue on at all.

I loved the first book, Dune and rated it a full five stars. After the epic sweep of the first book, the immediate sequel might seem underwhelming. Even just looking at both books, the first looks very slender compared to the first book's doorstopper thickness. The second book is far more intimate really in its the...more
Jul 03, 2010 Bryan added it
A Masterpiece Revisited: ---
Why review a book in 2007 which originally came out nearly a half-century ago?

Because I just reread it this week, and now I remember why it has always been my favorite of all the Dune books.

In the unlikely event that you don't already know the story, herewith a very brief plot summary: About ten thousand years from now, on a planet that used to be an almost-uninhabitable desert but which is now slowly turning green, two nine-year-old children, a boy and a girl-- tw...more
Children of Dune are growing up in an endlessly complex word. It is suitable to call them children of Dune because their destiny is woven with those of this harsh and magical planet.

They are faced with a bloody heritage and their supernatural abilities are hardly enough for them to cope with the cruelty of the universe they live in. More will be needed than the power to look into the future...Prescience is not enough, because in that path lies the danger, as they can see by observing the fate...more
Megan Baxter
This may be heresy, but I think this is my favourite of the Dune books so far. I found Dune interesting, but oddly opaque. The second book was more accessible, but didn't really grab me.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.

In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook
I should never have started this book just before a day that was supposed to be filled with other kinds of business. I am always sucked into Frank Herbert's universe and no matter how many times I read these books, I still have a dreadful time pulling myself away from them to do mundane tasks, such as clean house, decorate the Christmas tree and buy groceries. In fact, all those tasks had to wait a day, until this book was finished (again). I do think the first book (Dune) was the best one, but...more
Oleg Kagan
Jul 30, 2014 Oleg Kagan added it
Shelves: so-sorry
I listened to two of the 14 discs and decided that I did not want to muster the resolve to sit through the rest of them. Finding Dune Messiah lackluster, I went into Children of Dune in a pessimistic mood and perhaps that sealed its fate. Or maybe it was that the first two discs (roughly 60 pages) were so full of Herbert's characteristic descriptions of micro-interactions that a plot barely peeked through.

I don't typically read fantasy because the genre tends towards unbearably long description...more
I post this review for three first books of the Dune series, since i cannot divide my impressions and comments among these novels. I want to write regarding Dune, Dune Messiah, and Children of Dune as a whole. No spoiling.

The main assessment is GREAT, it's must to read for everyone!

There were few small weaknesses, globally i can remember only one - sometimes the text looks monotonous: intrigues, conversations, reflections, intrigues, conversations, reflections... but they were almost all interes...more
Dear Frank Herbert,
I'm really quite sad that I will never be in the same intellectual or authorial league as you. In fact, I think you were taking some of your own melange to write some of these things, as that's the only possible way you could cram philosophy, religion, science, psychology and ecology into a science fiction book that is not boring and, even to those of us who are super glad it's fictional, presents a plethora of questions that should be asked and can sometimes be answered.
Having read Dune, a book that challenged my imagination, I thought that this novel, a sequel of that book, will be easier to understand. To my surprise, it was harder. In this novel, Herbert not only recreated the world of Dune, but he also turned Dune's already profound system to a bewildering world of religion, politics and desert ecology.

At the end of Dune Messiah, the book which precedes this novel, Muad'Dib - the blind emperor left his palace and ventured into the vast desert bled. By doing...more
Apr 10, 2011 Jing rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People already reading the Dune series and wish to continue
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Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in December 1998.

The third of Herbert's Dune novels marks the end of the first section of the series, with thousands of years now set to elapse before the next novel, God Emperor of Dune. With the exception of the classic first book, Children of Dune is probably the best of the series.

The psychological centre of this book is an investigation of what it would mean to be one of the "pre-born". These are three of the four descendants of Duke Leto Atreides and hi...more
Bob R Bogle
I'm no genre-ist.

What is a genre anyway? An abstract concept, not a real object or a physical thing. It's a meme pushed on the public and deployed as a precision marketing tool for cutting up segments of consumers of the written word into narrow categories. This facilitates the targeted selling of narrowly-defined flavors of books to customers conditioned to remain within their narrow pigeonholes. Like dropping smart bombs on selected communities target-rich with disposable income. Do you think...more
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Frank Herbert was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author.

He is best known for the novel Dune and its five sequels. The Dune saga, set in the distant future and taking place over millennia, dealt with themes such as human survival and evolution, ecology, and the intersection of religion, politics, and power, and is widely considered to be among the classi...more
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