The Broken God Paperback – Dec 1 1995
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From Publishers Weekly
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.
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.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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?
"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.
Most recent customer reviews
After thrilling intellectual scifi fans with Neverness, Zindell improves on his work with The Broken God. Read morePublished on Jan. 6 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. Read morePublished on Jan. 1 1998
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... Read more