D devotion to pacifism that don t have him devolve into an annoying Pollyanna as was the case for me at least with Gene Wolfe s unfortunate character Patera
Silk Ah Bardo It s always great to see you even if I d probably want to punch you Ah Bardo It s always great to see you even if I d probably want to punch you the face if we ever met in reality I m still a little
"dubious about how "about how story of Old Father the alien Fravashi character who first mentors Danlo when he comes to Neverness concludes but to discuss this further would be a spoiler and we ll see if I feel any differently when I actually get there on a re read of the subseuent volumes Zindell Is Uite Good At is uite good at character through the uniue speech patterns of his characters esp Danlo Bardo and Old Father as long as you don t find these verbal ticks to be annoyingthey worked for me Hanuman li Tosh is an intriguing character both Danlo s greatest friend and his most adamant enemy a villain whose perspective often makes the most rational sense especially when contrasted with Danlo s seemingly unrealistic idealism and whose perspective is often uite sympatheticthough perhaps I m ust a cynic As Danlo himself says he is both cynical and sincere too aware of the darkness that everywhere permeated the universe and yet strangely innocent Hanuman wants all the universe to share in his suffering a suffering that he believes is the fundamental truth of life and so he rails against Danlo s idealism and uses all of his powers to ensure that he can give Danlo the gift of fire so that he would alwaysburn for something impossible to ever hold Danlo s great uest and initial belief is in the Halla nature of reality all things exist in harmony and are good but Hanuman with his twisted compassion teaches him the lesson that despite the fact that the universe is beautiful it is also deeply flawed with a deep crack of Shaida or disharmonyevil running through it Danlo comes to see that there is no escaping thi. T kind of man he will grow up into as he enters the Order of Mystic Mathematicians and Other Seekers of the Ineffable FlameHis ourney has only begu. .
I really enjoyed this book I thought it would be uite a difficult but I found myself pleasantly
"surprised now having "Now having that it not book for everybody Yep it s classed as science fiction but there no big epic space battles or zap guns It a book that you need to take your time reading It s not a uick read by any means and that not ust length of book The reader needs to think about what heshe is readingI would recommend this if you enjoy your science fiction with a bit of depth This had been sitting in my to read list for years I read over 300 pages less than half of the book It didn t meet my interests inclinations so I chose to drop it Before deciding I looked Online The Book S Wikipedia Page Only The book s Wikipedia page only to the first section of the book and the Publisher s Weekly review referred to earlier parts and then indicated there s an important twist at the end This didn t leave me with the impression I ust had to wait a little for the better stuff Even after 300 pages the protagonist is about 16 years old in his first year in an academyMy personal impressions may be biased by the the book not meeting my preferences but I felt the story of the protagonist s life was told in greater length than needed to convey the significant pointsReaders wanting science fiction The first 60 pages have a prehistoric like setting After that the setting is in a future city with a number of references to future aspects However there are many elements which don t seem futuristic and the basic story doesn t seem to reuire a science fiction setting Over the top but fun and occassionally deep plus grand scale world building Kind of Atlas Shrugged for existentialism Only you know good Don t let the distant planet setting fool ya This book isn t your typical sci fi If anything it would probably be at home in the philosophy sectionOf course it is uite usual for sci fi novels to tackle a big uestion or. Into the icy maze of the city of Neverness a wild boy stumbles spear in hand starving frostbitten and grieving Danlo the Wild raised by far off Alal.
Summary The Broken GodTheme The added scope of the setting
Allows For Some Extrapolationfor interesting extrapolation themes and ideas I knoweth of what I speak honest lol My dissertation and ideas I knoweth of what I speak honest lol My dissertation uni was on character development in sci fi and cult tvBut Zindell isn t content with playing with one or two big uestions He reaches out and grabs them all and blends them seamlessly into a narrative that should be one huge mess in its ambition but is far far from it It is in fact hallaThis should be incredibly difficult to read but isn t It s one you want to take relatively slowly certainly in order to take it all in fully but it s such a smooth easy read that this isn t a chore at allVery highly recommended and a well deserved 5 stars This was a re read for me and so to give you a general feel for my thoughts on Zindell s Reuiem for Homo Sapiens trilogy as a whole and the larger themes of the books I would simply point you here I ll restrict myself in this review to a few thoughts on volume 1 The novel is both a bildungsroman of Danlo s ourney from childhood to adulthood as well as from the primitive society of the Alaloi to the civilized one of Neverness and the story of the birth of a religion supposedly based on the worship of Malory Ringess but truly of humanity for itself and the desire for power and glory of its founders The Alaloi and their culture have grown on me uite a bit since I first read about them I wonder if I d enjoy those sections of Neverness now At times Danlo skims awfully close towards being a Gary Stu given his near supreme excellence at everything he turns his hand to but somehow for me at least he never uite steps over the boundary Perhaps this is because he is at heart such a likeable character Zindell somehow manages to create a character who is both an exemplar of human excellence in all he does without losing his fundamental human vulnerability as well as being imbued with an earnest morality an. Oi neanderthal cave dwellers survived a plague that took all of his tribe Now he must find who engineered the disease and how he can cure it And wha.