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Children of Dune by Frank Herbert
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Aug 15, 2009

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Originally meant to be the final book of a Dune trilogy, it details the lives of the children of Emperor Paul Muad'dib and Chani as they negotiate attempts on their lives; scheming, megalomaniacal, and possessed aunts; emotionally overwrought quardians; skeptical grandmothers waiting to pounce; and the inexorable force of prophecy and "The Golden Path." Leto II, who will headline in the next novel, God Emperor of Dune, is introduced as an unnerving prodigy set on taking up the role his father could not, and thereby sacrificing his humanity. Ghanima (Leto's twin), like most of the women in Herbert's earlier novels, is one-dimensional and not a little insufferable through most of this book. The single interesting woman here is Alia, although her end is predictable and her power and charisma are ultimately recouped. In the end, the book still manages to deliver that complex wonder the original does, and therefore is worth the read.

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“Governments, if they endure, always tend increasingly toward aristocratic forms. No government in history has been known to evade this pattern. And as the aristocracy develops, government tends more and more to act exclusively in the interests of the ruling class -- whether that class be hereditary royalty, oligarchs of financial empires, or entrenched bureaucracy.”
Frank Herbert, Children of Dune

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