on August 13, 2003
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?
on January 11, 1999
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.
on March 13, 1998
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.
on January 6, 1998
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.
on January 1, 1998
Well, after all the above 10 out of 10's above I'm afraid that someone is going to have to put the boot in, and in this case, its me.
After reading Neverness, *the* perfect sci-fi novel, this book was a slight letdown. The main problem (in my opinion) is the more philosophical trend in the novel. I never felt that the novel was driving in any direction, and was disapointed when "The Broken God" ended with an unresolved air.
More of a whimper than a bang, but this book still ranks head and shoulders above other science fiction novels (but read Neverness first, eh? :).
on May 7, 1997
The Broken God can only be described as a tale of epic proportions.
This is a novel of ideas and philosophy so deep and rich in scope and imagination I needed to take breaks between chapters to think about and absorb what I had read.
It is the story of a young man's search for himself.
It is a tale of friendship and religion.
It is novel for and about humanity.
If you haven't read this --- DO!
on March 26, 1997
If sci-fi for you equals rebels flying to battle against an evil empire, or aliens ivading the Earth, then sadly, this book is not for you.
"The Broken God - Book One of a Requium for Homo-Sapiens" is set thousands of years into the future, humankind is spread across the galaxy, and there are aliens and they our "friends".
This book is not a shallow shoot-em-up however, nor does it dazzle you with technology, hoping to distract you from a story lacking in depth. This book is about the Human condition, compassion and truth, and a young man's struggle to come to terms with life.
Yes, there is technology, and yes, there are space ships. Zindell's theories however, are so vivid, so realistic, your mind will reel, as a virtual overload of information is thrust into your mind.
"Neverness", Zindell's first novel, just prepares you for the sheer story-telling brilliance that is "The Broken God".
A truely uplifting experience.
on March 22, 1997
The Broken God was the first book of David Zindell's that I read. It it is a mixture between original Sci-Fi and Philosophy, and it looks at the creation of religeons, the corruption of power and the prejeduce of world views.
It also asks the question "what is the truth?"