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Children of Dune

(Dune #3)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  88,067 Ratings  ·  1,648 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 May 15th 1987 by Ace Books (first published April 21st 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!
Evgeny
May 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi
One of Paul’s twins is supposed to become an Emperor of the mighty interplanetary Empire created by great Muad’dib. The only slight problem is that nobody at all – and I do mean absolutely nobody – wants this to happen. This includes the twins themselves. Plots within plot within plots are brewing and in the game with such high stakes all means of winning are fine, including slaughtering innocent bystanders wholesale. Another interesting problem is that it is not exactly clear whether the abovem ...more
Markus
Buddy read with Athena!

”This rocky shrine to the skull of a ruler grants no prayers. It has become the grave of lamentations. Only the wind hears the voice of this place. The cries of night creatures and the passing wonder of two moons, all say his day has ended. No more supplicants come. The visitors have gone from the feast. How bare the pathway down this mountain.

Paul Muad’dib, god and emperor of a universe divided, is gone. The religiously pantocratic Imperium has been left with his two nine
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Lyn
Jul 18, 2011 rated it liked it
The third of the Dune and the slide away from the quality of the original masterpiece has begun in earnest.

Better than Dune Messiah, but only in that it is more ambitious and with a more cohesive plot. Herbert takes a more introspective narrative to prepare the way for Leto II. The concepts of shared DNA, collective memories and possession run astride a vehicle of rapid autocratic decline.

Some cool scenes, a few interesting new concepts, but ultimately Herbert's vision is starting to fray and th
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Manny
Dec 20, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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Timothy Urges
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And I stood upon the sand, and I saw a beast rise up out of that sand, and upon the head of that beast was the name of God!

Children of Dune follows the aftermath of Paul’s decision at the end of Dune Messiah. The planet is flourishing but this weakens Dune’s greatest resource. Chaos begins to breed in the Empire and a savior is needed.

The narrative moves between several characters and their motivations, choices, and conspiracies. The pacing of this novel is much slower than the previous two boo
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Megan Baxter
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Apatt
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
”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
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Michael Finocchiaro
In Children of Dune, we learn of the destinies of Paul Atreides-Muad'dib's two children, the two pre-born Ghanima and Leto and the tyranny of their Aunt Alia. I found the story to be beautifully written and the action kept the pace throughout. The appearance of the Preacher was interesting (if the identity was somewhat predictable) and I liked all the intrigue with the would-be usurper and his particularly out of control mother and their plots against the Atreides twins. The Golden Path which wi ...more
Drew Athans
Feb 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 decision...you 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
Apr 28, 2008 rated it did not like it
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Andrew Georgiadis
Feb 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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Aziz Varlık
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bilim-kurgu
“İyi bak, kuzenim Hâriku’l-Âde. Biz hep böyle olacağız. Evliyken de böyle duracağız. Her zamanki gibi sırt sırta duracak ve zıt yönlere bakarak varlığımızı koruyacağız.”

David
Oct 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
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Stephen
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
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Eric Allen
Sep 12, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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Efka
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Children of Dune" starts agonisingly slow, but despite the fact that those first ~40% of the book is used just to set a plot and explain, what is going on and who is scheming against whom, when it finally starts, it really starts.

Again it is a great tale of treachery, manipulation, politics and mysticism. And though "Children of Dune" are not as good as "Dune"- barely -, it's quality, vision and grandeur can be matched by only just a few books.

Beware though - "Children of Dune", as well as Dun
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Frogy (Ivana)
Deca Dine 5*
Božanski car Dine 3,5*
Muratcan
Dune serisi hakkındaki duygularım biraz karışık.

İlk kitap çok güzeldi, ikinci kitap güzeldi, üçüncü kitap içinse ortalama üstü diyebilirim. Ama bilim kurgudan gittikçe uzaklaşıyormuşuz gibi hissediyorum. Kitaptaki din/politika/entrika kısmı o kadar ön planda ki; bilimsel her şeyi kaldırıp büyüyle değiştirseniz, olay uzayda değil de fantastik bir dünyada geçse işlenen senaryo aynı şekilde, anlamından hiçbir şey kaybetmeden var olabilir. Gezegendeki iklim değişikliği ve bunun yarattığı etkiler dış
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Alex
Apr 05, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
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César Bustíos
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction, 2018
"Yo no debo ser lo que fue mi padre. Yo no tengo que obedecer las reglas de mi padre, ni siquiera creer en todo lo que él creía. Mi fuerza como ser humano es el que yo puedo hacer mis propias elecciones sobre lo que debo y lo que no debo creer, sobre lo que puedo y lo que no puedo ser."

Con esta tercera novela de la saga Crónicas de Dune, Herbert retoma la complejidad en la historia. Sigo pensando que el universo de Dune es uno de los más hermosos jamás creados y que, hasta el momento, se mantien
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Sara J. (kefuwa)
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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Some bits were amazing, most parts I liked, very few meh parts. So being a mash of like/reallylike/meh/amazing makes it... a 3? 4? 4.5? I honestly do not want to give a rating here! The series so far though has been nothing short of fascinating - what I really enjoy is the underlying culture/philosophy/world-building! Hoho. So... I guess I should give a it 4? Not as epic as the first book, not as heart wrenching as the second book - but well worth the read (for me) - although that s
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Skylar Phelps
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This series as a whole is mind bending. It is a tough read, with lots of complexity, an unprecedented amount of world/universe building and a tedious new vocabulary but it’s well worth it. I just finished Children of Dune and my brain feels like it’s cooling down from a hefty workout. In a good and satisfying way.

If you read the series, stick with it and prepare to be amazed.
Vanessa
Apr 02, 2008 rated it liked it
There are two schools of thought on the Dune series. One is that they are epic, revelatory scifi all the way through, one is that after the glorious first book you traverse a lonely, winding path of diminishing returns in the sequels. I'm going to throw in with the latter group. Herbert created a fascinating, fully realized universe with Dune, and it was a joy to dive back into it: the Fremen, the litany against fear, the melange, the Atreides Battle Language. The point of Herbert's whole series ...more
Steve
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
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
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Jakk Makk
Imagine Count Chocula raising his voice for the female parts and reading Dune aloud. "ONE, yes One Atreides, is nevah enough!" That's close to this 17 hour audioslogfest. However, I was ready to abandon the series after the searing ear dehydration that was book two, and now I'm back on the team, looking forward to the second most hyped book: God Emperor of Dune.
Ana
This needs no review, but I will share two quotes from it. The depth of this writing is why I consider Dune to be the ultimate SF.

When I am weaker than you, I ask you for freedom because that is according to your principles; when I am stronger than you, I take away your freedom because that is according to my principles.


And the second:

You aren't thinking or really existing unless you're willing to risk even your own sanity in the judgement of your existence.


That's all, folks.
Eray Çataltepe
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Beş üstünden altı vermek istiyorum, beni kısıtlayan sisteme lanet olsun.
Joshua Polk
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an unpopular opinion, but Children of Dune is my favorite of the Dune Chronicles so far. The politics, religion, and intrigue work together to create a thrilling and enjoyable read. I was absolutely engrossed from start to finish, and I could hardly put it down (as you can see from the "date started" and "date finished" numbers). I am excited to read book 4!
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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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  • Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1)
  • Dune Messiah (Dune Chronicles #2)
  • God Emperor of Dune (Dune Chronicles #4)
  • Heretics of Dune (Dune Chronicles #5)
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  • Hunters of Dune (Dune Chronicles #7)
  • Sandworms of Dune (Dune Chronicles #8)
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