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5.0 out of 5 stars woah.
This is the best, most engrossing science fiction book I have ever read. Truly a breathtaking experience from start to finish (with the possible exception of a few pages here and there). anyone who criticises it is most likely just jealous of Zindell's masterful abilities (or can't pick up the concepts, however well they're presented).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent world-building and writing--unfocused plot.
I pretty much concur with the other reader's raves--this is a very fine piece of epic, worldbuilding SF. Zindell's writing is miles ahead of most of the genre's writers. The book's structure has some problems, however--it reads like two or three tacked-together short novels, and not much happens for long stretches of pages towards the middle and end. Also, I must point...
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5.0 out of 5 stars woah., July 5 2004
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This is the best, most engrossing science fiction book I have ever read. Truly a breathtaking experience from start to finish (with the possible exception of a few pages here and there). anyone who criticises it is most likely just jealous of Zindell's masterful abilities (or can't pick up the concepts, however well they're presented).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sci-fi philosophy the way it should be done, Aug. 5 1998
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Hidden behind a poorly motivated story is a man's fascinating search for the meaning of life. His debates with various entities through the course of the story were interesting and smart. This book is certain to leave you thinking, and hopefully debating with your friends. On the downside, there is a large chunk in the middle of the novel where the characters live with some Fremen-inspired, Eskimo-like cavemen. Unless you enjoy reading detailed descriptions on the art of eating seal blubber, this could be a stumbling block in the otherwise smooth flow of the narrative.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent world-building and writing--unfocused plot., June 28 1998
This review is from: NEVERNESS (Mass Market Paperback)
I pretty much concur with the other reader's raves--this is a very fine piece of epic, worldbuilding SF. Zindell's writing is miles ahead of most of the genre's writers. The book's structure has some problems, however--it reads like two or three tacked-together short novels, and not much happens for long stretches of pages towards the middle and end. Also, I must point out the book's similarities to Gene Wolfe's "Book of the New Sun." Zindell uses several similar devices in the same way as that extraordinary work, and it bothered me. But don't take my word for it--read them both.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome., June 16 1998
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Neverness is definitely among the best SF books I have ever read. I think the world David Zindell has created is the best realised since Dune, and I think that anyone into SF should read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars David Zindell is a sci-fi genius, June 15 1998
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I am currently reading book four of the series of requiem for homo sapiens. I have had to practically pry my nose out of all four just to get things done. I love this serious and would recommend it to anyone interested in reading sci-fi. The characters are realistic, the writing is clear and fascinating, and I am amazed it hasn't been read by more sci-fi lovers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Neverness is brilliant, complicated, mind boggedly Sci Fi., March 27 1998
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I have not even read all the book yet. But it is brilliant.
I'm afraid I have'nt read much Sci Fi in my time. I usually find it far too technical for me. But, Zindell in this novel, manages to, not only tell a fantasic tale, he also explains rather detailed therioes in a simple way.
I would recomend this book to any Sci Fi fan, of course. But also, anybody who is like me and just loves an excellent read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars it rivals Dune!, Nov. 20 1997
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This is the only sf novel I've read that rivals Herbert's classic novel. A young man grows up in the city of Neverness on cold planet and only dreams to become a star pilot.This novel is lyrical, sweeping and sometimes even humorous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best sf books I ever read, Aug. 18 1997
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If you are a SF fan and enjoy "hard" reading. Then you are doing yourself a great diservice if you dont read this book. I have been looking for more books by Mr. Zindell and have finally found him on Amazon.com...
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best sf first novels of recent years, June 27 1997
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a long (500 pp) but involving book set on an original world where pilots solve math theorems in order to travel through "thickspace." especially good descriptions of the cold-climate culture of the planet. likable characters too. this is the first volume of a series; the sequel, Broken God, is supposed to be even better, full of philosophical insights
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry and mathematics, June 23 2004
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Science fiction is a crappy genre. It has potential, but unfortunatly the oly ones to write it seem to be spoty adolecents that never grew up (the author of neverness being an exeption) Nothing good has come out of it in the last 100 years, people who say differently should read joyce, beckett, proust, homer, dante, shakespear and the other greats. neverness, however is different. It is the only good science fiction ever written. Dune was fun by shallow, as was hyperion, ender's game and the rest. they will be forgotten in 50 years. neverness is brilliant. The use of philosophy from nietzche, russell, shophenhaure, and others is breath taking. He is the first science-fiction written to have any good grasp of great literature. the use of the 5000 year old "the Epic of Gilgamesh" as a representation of a literal caharcter was inventive, the use of the poetry of William Black's poem "the tygar" to highlight the eternal nature of human kind whilst the main character is piloting through an infinitly greater entity, and the quoting of the poetry of Emily dickenson by the warrior poets (also taken from the 700 year old "villand Saga" from iceland) is brilliant. The goal of all great writing is to comment profoundly on human life. Science fiction does not do this, but neverness does. the charcter realises, as we do, that humanity will never change, and reamins as barbaric as always, despite many increaes in other fields, we still remain clever apes. There is to much to write about in this review here, so i will leave the rest up to the intelligent and well-read reader. unfortunatly, this book will not last, because the science-fiction audience that its genre attracts claim it as "boring" and "a rip off from dune" (A chapter from Neverness has more to say about human kind that Dune ever has) and will not pick up what a brilliant work it is, because they have not done the real reading that creates a scholarly and well-read individual. Serious readers will not read it because of its damning place as a science fiction piece (a genre that at the moment no serious reader should bother with).
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