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God Emperor of Dune by Frank Herbert
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Dec 13, 2008

really liked it
Read in December, 2008

The plot of this novel is incidental, and I definitely wouldn't recommend it to anyone looking for sci-fi adventure. The real focus of the book is on Herbert's philosophical speculations, presented through Leto, the eponymous God Emperor. With both prescience and the shared memories of all of his human ancestors, Leto is nearly omniscient, which allows Herbert to speculate on the kinds of thoughts a god might have while simultaneously examining religion as the ultimate tool of social control. To enjoy the story being told, one must approach it as a parable, not a tale.

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