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God Emperor of Dune (Dune #4)

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  46,254 Ratings  ·  912 Reviews
THE CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL SCIENCE FICTION SERIES IN HISTORY With more than ten million copies sold, Frank Herbert's magnificent DUNE books stand among the major achievements of the imagination. God Emperor of Dune is the astonishing fourth book in the series. Centuries have passed on Dune itself, and the planet is green with life. Leto, the son of Dun ...more
Library Binding, 423 pages
Published June 15th 1987 by Turtleback Books (first published 1981)
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Feb 06, 2008 Dufour rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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 ...more
Buddy read with Athena!

“I 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 Sandworm
Feb 06, 2013 Katrina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 29, 2007 John rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: masochists.
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 thinki ...more
Eric Allen
Aug 30, 2014 Eric Allen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
God Emperor of Dune
Book 4 of the Dune Chronicles
By Frank Herbert

A Dune Retrospective by Eric Allen

What 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 fail
Sep 12, 2007 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Reviews for this book have called it "heady" and "deep." I cannot concur more. 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 P
Athena Shardbearer
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Actual Rating: 2.5 stars

I was born Leto Atreides II more than three thousand standard years ago, measuring from the moment when I cause these words to be printed. My father was Paul Muad’Dib. My mother was his Fremen consort, Chani. My maternal grandmother was Faroula, a noted herbalist among the Fremen. My paternal grandmother was Jessica, a product of the Bene Gesserit breeding scheme in their search for a male who could share the powers of the Sisterhood’s Reverend Mot
6.0 stars. On my list of All Time Favorite novels. The Dune series is one of the most literate and beautifully written science fiction series ever and this novel certainly continues that tradition of excellence. In fact, this may be may favorite installment of the entire series. I find I may be in the minority with that sentiment based on other reviews I have read, but I found the contemplative and cerebral nature of the story and the many expository monologues and dialogues among the characters ...more
Lucy Black
Sep 25, 2012 Lucy Black rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 worl
Jul 25, 2008 Johnny rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Please, make it stop.
Jun 01, 2015 Lyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 b
Adrian Ciuleanu
Nov 22, 2012 Adrian Ciuleanu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, this was my second read of God Emperor of Dune. Honestly, it was quite an useful read because now I understand more precisely what was Leto's goal and the exact purpose of his Golden Path. To make a long story short the Golden Path is nothing more than the survival of the human race. At the end of the old empire (period described in the previous books) the human race has become doomed beyond hope with a corrupt and decadent feudal ruling system, stagnant and with an major addiction to subs ...more
Apr 02, 2009 Manny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Useful background book to read if you've ever thought you might like to rule the Universe. It's a really terrible job.
Feb 29, 2016 Jeraviz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Pues hasta aquí hemos llegado.
Avanzaba por la saga de Dune cual Indiana Jones por el Templo Maldito: esperando la trampa de pinchos en cualquier momento.
Y aunque el segundo y tercer libro son continuaciones muy aceptables, en esta cuarta ocasión a Herbert ya se le va de las manos.
Los acontecimientos los sitúa 3000 años después de lo que ocurre anteriormente: ni el planeta, ni la sociedad ni los personajes son los mismos. Y prefiere centrarse en las disquisiciones filosóficas más que en la propia
Greg Strandberg
This book sucked. Alright, there were some good scenes and some dialogue that was alright...but overall, this book sucked.

I don't regret reading it and I went ahead and read Book 5 (that one was also pretty bad), but you know...maybe I should've just stopped at Book 1.

Alas, the past cannot be changed, not at this late juncture, so I'll be forced to live with this choice to the end of my days.

You may still have that option. Choose wisely, my friend.
Melee Farr
Dec 03, 2007 Melee Farr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished this one and liked it almost as much as the first, which is really saying something. I have to say that Leto disgusted me at first ... gave me the willies just reading about him, kind of like squishing a snail, but by the end of the book, I felt dreadfully sorry for him, and had a reluctant respect for the lonely choices he made. I'd certainly have never made those sacrifices. I have a pile of quotes from the wise Mr. Herbert to add here ....
Yasiru (reviews will soon be removed and linked to blog)
A deep and unflattering meditation on the human condition and whether near absolute tyranny can free mankind from certain of these trappings, Frank Herbert's God Emperor of Dune is my favourite novel of what is a monumental series and one of the greatest in all of science fiction.
This review offers an excellent and concise summary of what the book does for the story.

Be warned however that this novel doesn't offer a smooth silk thread of a plot where characters are affixed colourful and appreciab
Jack Pramitte
Jan 07, 2016 Jack Pramitte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has changed my life. It's after I read it that I decided to become an immortal giant worm, and to travel across the whole universe to have sex with the most beautiful creatures (of every of the 17 existing sexes). Oh, and I've killed one trillion people but I swear they were annoying. What a wonderful life!
Jan 31, 2016 Jim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
God Emperor of Dune by author Frank Herbert is a religiopolitical novel disguised (poorly) as science fiction.

3,000 years after the events of Children of Dune, the planet Arrakis has undergone many ecological changes. It is becoming wet and green. The people live in tribal-like communities in relative peace by way of being forced to live the traditions of old, and not only on Arrakis, but around most of the galaxy. And it's all because of the God Emperor's 'Golden Path'. Who is the God Emperor,
Dave Johnson
Mar 10, 2008 Dave Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
when i first read this, i really didnt understand what Herbert said. this was such a departure from his first three books that i thought it was awful. in fact, at the time, i told a friend that i didnt like where Dune was going and that i was going to quit the series after this book. long story short, i didnt quit. and, although i didnt like the book at the time, i reread this book back in '06 and i really liked it. i guess you have to understand what leto went through for his "Golden Path". he ...more
Kyle Holden
Dec 14, 2010 Kyle Holden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
A very good read. Herbert's use of dialog and overall language forces the reader not to focus on what the author is saying but what the author is leaving out. I was a little disappointed in the ending; thought it could have had more detail or substance, but overall a very enjoyable read.
Feb 16, 2011 Kevin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Since the last hundred or so pages of Children of Dune, I have slowly seen decline in the plot of the Dune series. Or at least, from the end of Children of Dune throughout God Emperor of Dune. There was something quite over the top about Leto II's slow transformation into a sandworm and his eventual three and half thousand year reign over the Universe - as a sandworm/human hybrid. I think I found it hard to visualise the being he slowly transformed himself into - although the plot of God Emperor ...more
John Shumway
Nov 07, 2009 John Shumway rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Same review for the Dune Universe*
GREAT books! VERY time consuming! Worth the time!

Ok here is the deal. If your not sure about starting a series this big, here is what I would do.
1. -- Read the 1st one by Frank Herbert "Dune" if you like it...

2. -- Read the "Legends Of Dune" series. Its 3 books written by Frank's son Brian and a author I really like by the name of Keven J. Anderson. Its a prequel that is so far in the past that it doesn't spoil the Original Dune series in any way, and you could
Bob R Bogle
May 20, 2012 Bob R Bogle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: herbert, favorites
Having finished writing the third book of the trilogy, Children of Dune (first published in Analog, January-April 1976), Frank Herbert did not intend to revisit that imaginary universe. He had said all he wished to say about Paul Atreides and his legacy, and about the spice, and sandworms, and the Bene Gesserit, and the like. He would move on to other matters.

And so he did. The Dosadi Experiment followed hard on the heels of Children of Dune, first published in the summer of 1977. This was succe
Marcus Bird
Jul 01, 2013 Marcus Bird rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: frank-herbert
This is one of the best books I have ever read.

I don't say that lightly. There are so many layers to this book that work. Firstly, the idea behind accurately conveying a nigh immortal being's state of mind (a being with the memories of countless people) is no easy task, I found myself fully understanding the main character, the God emperor Leto.

Frank Herbert explores so much mental territory here, the ramifications of cloning people, sexuality and gender roles as it relates to war and peace, e
M. Ashley
Aug 15, 2009 M. Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Irving Karchmar
I think that God Emperor Leto II, the man who turned himself into a giant sandworm in order to save humanity, and thereby lived for 3500 years, is my favorite character in fiction, science or otherwise. Of course, a being with that long a life, and with "other memories" going back through the entire history of mankind to the first stirrings of cellular awareness, is a remarkable achievement. His insights are lucid and insightful, and one I remember, about all armies being rape armies, is especia ...more
Roddy Williams
The fans of ‘Dune’ and indeed the fans of Frank Herbert fall into two camps. There are those who are desperate for ever more tales of the universe in which Arrakis and its intricately structured interstellar society exists. Indeed, the likes of Kevin J Anderson and Brian Herbert are still churning out new ‘Dune’ material nearly fifty years after the first novel was published. Then there are those who feel ‘less is more’ and that ‘Dune’ should have been left as a quite extraordinary stand alone n ...more
Dec 23, 2008 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! Leto is my absolute favorite character of the series ! Without giving it away, Leto has acquired a half-humanoid half-sandworm form and the book begins over 3,000 years after Children of Dune, with Leto ruling the entire "known" universe. Leto has acquired tremendous God-like power through the course of his metamorphosis from human to worm. Despite such incredible prescient powers, Leto suffers from some of the same foibles as all humans do, (loneliness, boredom) perhaps even ...more
May 12, 2015 Grace rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Okay, so I adore the Dune series and have done ever since I read Dune for the first time as a teenager, which is why I was so disappointed by how bad this book is. This book is reeeeally bad. At first I thought bad in a fun, wacky sci-fi sort of way, but then it became both boring AND incredibly offensive, and by about 70% I was just powering through, hoping to get to the end so I could be done with it.

The book is ostensibly about Leto's attempt to carry out the "golden path" he foresaw at the
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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
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