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Frank Herbert

Chapterhouse: Dune

Dune Messiah
Children of Dune
God Emperor of Dune
Heretics of Dune
Chapterhouse: Dune

The second and third books in the Dune Chronicles, Dune Messiah and Children of Dune, only when combined come close to the scope of the original, but continue threads begun in Dune and take place within years of each other. The fourth book, God Emperor of Dune, is easily the weakest book of the Dune Chronicles, but anyone who has read the first three books, should read this one to see how Herbert has continued the history of the planet Dune. It is set nearly a thousand years later and the main character, Leto II now the God Emperor, is disappointing, but elements laid out in the background are carried through in the next two books.

The fifth book, Heretics of Dune, picks up thousands of years after the time of the first four books, but deals with the threads of change from what transpired in the first few books. With this book, Herbert regains much of what seemed to be missing from the fourth book. The sixth and final book (although Herbert had begun work on a seventh book at the time of his death), Chapterhouse: Dune shifts away from the planet Dune, but continues its legacy. I feel that this book alone of all the sequels in the Dune Chronicles rivals the first book in epic scope and depth of story. Its quality made me glad that I had not given up after God Emperor of Dune.

Absolut Paradigm

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