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The Broken God [Paperback]

David Zindell
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Dec 1 1995
When the Timekeeper dies, his adversary, Mallory Ringess, takes up his unfinished secret work, "A Requiem for Homo Sapiens". In this first volume of a trilogy, Ringess tells the story of his abandoned son, Danlo the Wild, brought up by Neanderthals. Only through him is hope reborn.

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Zindell's ( Neverness ) tale is a futuristic epic, but readers will recognize in it the archetypal myth of the hero. Young Danlo must leave the land of his birth when his tribe, the Alaloi, is wiped out by disease. Braving arctic cold and near-starvation, Danlo journeys to Neverness, the "City of Light," to fulfill his dream of piloting starships. He is sponsored for an interstellar academy by Old Father, a gentle alien tutor who has educated the teenager in the ways of the city. At the college Danlo meets Hanuman li Tosh, whom he views as a soul brother despite Hanu's dark side--later Hanu will murder a pimply-faced, mean-spirited upperclassman named Pedar. Danlo eventually confronts his destiny when he learns he is the offspring of incest between Mallory Ringess--a dead and renowned interstellar pilot--and his sister. This is no surprise, however, as references to mysteries surrounding his birth (such as his lack of resemblance to other members of the Alaloi) are dropped early on. Though the narrative is gorily replete with burst pustules and jets of vomit, Zindell's world is lively and credible. A final confrontation between Danlo and Hanu delivers a surprise ending.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In the follow-up to his critically acclaimed Neverness (1988), Zindell returns to the planet Icefall in a captivating and complex saga that showcases a breathtaking gift for conceiving entire cultures and their native philosophies. Zindell follows the growth and adventures of Danlo, a Caucasian teenager living among an isolated, Eskimo-like tribe until a fatal epidemic leaves only Danlo alive to seek a new home. After a death-defying journey across the ice, Danlo arrives in the city of Neverness, where he is taken under the charitable wing of Old Father, a wizened, alien philosopher-guru, and discovers an ambition to pilot starships. With Old Father's help and instruction, Danlo explores the ways and beliefs of Neverness' many immigrant cultures, trains for an elite order of pilots, and learns the fate of his true father, Mallory Ringess, a missing pilot of legendary renown. Zindell draws on sources as diverse as Eastern mysticism, Eskimo culture, and linguistics for a novel of unusual depth and scope. An impressive achievement. Carl Hays --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it more than anything else I've read Aug. 13 2003
Format:Paperback
After it had been sitting on my shelf for more than a decade, I only got around to reading 'Neverness' early in the year. I enjoyed it enough to do a search for further info, a search which led me to 'The Broken God' and (soon) to the others of the trilogy. My judgement is coloured not just by how well it fits into a universe as rich as Dune's but by my separate interests in fresh takes on deep philosophical questions and in coming of age stories involving exceptional talents and challenging relationships.
The Broken God confronts so many of my interests, that I can't pretend to know what it might be like for a reader with other interests, especially not in isolation from the rest of the series. What I can say is that anytime I started to think that Zindell's rich description was starting to feel a tad overdone, he hit me with a new thought which more than justified all the often almost poetic detail.
Potential interfaces between human mind and computers and their consequences are explored in depth, as is the tension between Danlo's wish to promote "halla", his vow of "ahimsa", and his ever increasing understanding of the essential role of pain and death in the appreciation and creation of life. Several scenarios are developing for collisions between great cancers of unchecked growth, setting the stage for the books to come. The importance of influence and interconnectedness on the shaping of humans is explored in detail, especially the fashionable hypothesis that some singular decision points can potentially set the world on very different paths.
As is appropriate to the first book of a preplanned trilogy, The Broken God leaves many questions unanswered, but for me none more than how can David Zindell remain such a relative unknown?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A True Masterpiece Jan. 11 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
David Zindel's The Broken God is a novel light years ahead of it's time. I read this novel first over a few wonderful weeks two or so years ago. Since then I have read the prequel 'Neverness' and the following two books in the trilogy 'The Wild' and 'War in Heaven' While all four are excellent novels, 'The Broken God' stands above. The city of Neverness holds a special place in Science Fiction writing. It is one of the most beautiful, well realised cities ever imagined. Zindel's philosophical insight, broad reaching imagination, and poetic prose combine for a fantastic reading experience. It is a novel that you will always want nearby for a quick visit to Neverness. I am reading it now for the fourth time, and it is the only book that I have read multiple times in the past five years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic March 13 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I tend to think of this book as the first of a trilogy consisting of The Broken God, The Wild and War in Heaven, with Neverness being the "prequel" (visa vis George Lucas, thank you). This trilogy is one of the greatest works of science fiction ever! Zindell is profound, intellectual and poetic with far reaching philosophical insight, and incredibly imaginative storytelling ability. This book is basically the tale of the realization of Nietzsche's Ubermensch and the ultimate evolvment of mankind to a higher level of being. It's rich with philosophical influences from all major religions as well as the likes of Nietzsche, Hesse and Crowley. It's an intense read with elegantly interwoven plot's and subplot's that mesh to create a truly visionary peace of work that really conveys a deep, clear and beautiful message. This book, along with the rest of the trilogy is a must read for all true fans of the genre as well as for any fans of philosophy and deep thinking. A true classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece Jan. 6 1998
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After thrilling intellectual scifi fans with Neverness, Zindell improves on his work with The Broken God. He seamlessly weaves together math, religion, science and philosophy, creating a beautiful tapestry of the journey of the young hero. Breathtaking and unforgettable. Shantih.
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