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The Broken God Paperback – Dec 1995

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  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra Books (Dec. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553762168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553762167
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 5.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,087,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘In The Broken God Zindell’s combination of adventure, metaphysics and intellectual debate works marvellously, leaving you ready for more’
Locus

‘SF as it ought to be: challenging, imaginative, thought-provoking and well-written. Zindell has placed himself at the forefront of literary SF’
Times Literary Supplement

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Book One of David Zindell’s new epic trilogy is set in Neverness, legendary City of Light, where inner space and outer-space meet … where

THE GOD PROGRAM IS UP AND RUNNING.

Into its maze of colour-coded streets of ice a wild boy stumbles, starving, frostbitten and grieving, a spear in his hand: Danlo the Wild, a messenger from the deep past of man. Brought up far from Neverness by the Alaloi people, neanderthal cave-dwellers, Danlo alone of his tribe has survived a plague – because he is not, as he thought, a misshapen neanderthal, but human, with immunity engineered into his genes. He learns that the disease was created by the sinister Architects of the Universal Cybernetic Church. The Architects possess a cure which can save other Alaloi tribes. But the Architects have migrated to the region of space known as the Vild, and there they are killing stars.

All of civilization has converged on Neverness through the manifold of space travel. Beyond Science, beyond decadence, sects and disciplines multiply there. Danlo, his mind shaped by primitive man, brings to Neverness a single long-lost memory that will challenge them all.

“In 'The Broken God' Zindell’s combination of adventure, metaphysics and intellectual debate works marvellously, leaving you ready for more.”
LOCUS

“SF as it ought to be: challenging, imaginative, thought-provoking and well-written. Zindell has placed himself at the forefront of literary SF.”
TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Sept. 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
No other book has ever affected me as this did. It is essentially a synthesis of Zindell's view of Oriental philosphy, set among wonderfully-created characters in a believable universe, and with a magnificently human plot. This is a book for those who enjoy having their beliefs challenged, and not something to read if you don't enjoy thinking at the same time. Definitely to be taken seriously - I was utterly absorbed the whole way through, and came out of it a little different from how I went in. Never before has philosophy been so brilliantly disguised as superb fiction.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Oct. 2000
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The Broken God, book one of a Requium for Homo Sapiens, is science fiction as it should be written. It is a soulful read, full of poetry and mystery, without getting bogged down in minute descriptions of gadgets. Having said this, if a snappy little page turner is what your after, this isn't for you. There is much to think about in this book, and it bears another reading every year or so. It revolves around two extraordinary friends, Danlo and Hanuman, who strive to understand the essential nature of the universe. Their respective journeys bring them to conflicting conclusions, so that one will affirm and one will reject what they find. This is a book brave enough to ask what it is to be human in a reality full of computer gods the size of planets and mad religions exponentially exploding the stars. If you liked Dune, buy this book now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ventura Angelo on 21 Aug. 2006
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Warning: this book is not for the all-action-no-thinking-sci-fi readers. You find here beautiful word construction, great characterization and splendid athmospheres. The characters of Danlo the Wild, tortured yet innocent soul, of his friend Hanuman,haunted by his own interior ghosts, of the falstaffian Bardo, will remain in your memory. Here you will find reflections on human destiny, the implications of genetic and cybernetics, reflections on humand destiny and of the universe. Echoes of Douglas Adams, Neal Stephenson, Iain Banks and Isaac Asimov reverberate through this wonderful novel.(Not to mention that the Borja School chapters have a distinct harrypotteresque feel...and Danlo finds himself with a lightning scar on his forehead(!).This novel is real food for the soul, and whilst it could have been a bit less verbose, and some reflections may verge on the obvious (religions develops in directions their founders didn't foresee ... what else is new?), this book will make you think, whilst entertaining you with a magnificent story. And some notations on human alienation and the perils of religious dogmatism are very prophetic and actual. A must read!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Jehangir on 12 Jan. 2003
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This is certainly the most memorable sci-fi novel I have read in the past few years (and one of the best novels in all categories). The plot-as described in the critics' reviews above follows the adventures of one Danlo on his journey to become a Pilot in the city of Neverness and his subsequent quest to find the truth about his father but it is the other detail in this book which rises it far above almost all other science fiction books I have read. (The only one I can think of which comes close is Dune). A fantastic cast of alien and human characters all wonderfully developed and different, whole new worlds described in great detail and an astonishing imagination as well as a wonderful intermingling of mathematical ideas into the story. Awesome. However for me the single most wonderful thing about this book (and its two sequels) is the quality of prose with which David Zindell writes. It is simply mesmerising and a sheer joy to read, something science-fiction is not noted for. Such beautiful language and a classical Homeric oddysey combined in one book. A must read!
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Your own, at that, fresh off the ... well, uncooked at least. This is how The Broken God begins. Danlo the Wild, 2nd to last survivor of his tribe goes through an initiation ceremony that almost costs him his life (small wonder the tribe died out) and ends up with the aforementioned meal. And that's just the start. It's a story full of pointless rituals, religious waffling, nose-picking, tortures, urinating to the south, mysticism, and boys contemplating the 'bulb' of their 'membrums'. I kid you not. It really is that bad - and the devil is in the detail!
I once read an absurd Amazon review where the critic lambasted 'literature masquerading as sci-fi'. One of the daftest comments I've ever come across, it never fails to twitch a smile from my lips. However, having trawled through the first 200 pages of The Broken God I suspect the reviewer might just have been venting his or her feelings having read a David Zindell.

Final comment: if you've any doubts about the book, why not borrow it from your local library first, rather than buying outright? Most counties now have an online system and you'd be surprised at the range of books held throughout the region - to order in a book costs about 25p. And yes, the author benefits from a small retainer too - what's known as a Public Lending Right program.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By shawn burnham on 31 Jan. 2004
Format: Hardcover
Sciece fiction doen't get better than this. Both thought provoking and sexy, "The Broken God" wins big time. Prepare to have your brain tweaked and your heartstrings tugged. My best friend thought Daniel Soli Ringess was too dorky but I thought him a model human being. And if it's evil you want, Hanuman's story will instruct. Plus, the secondary characters are all fascinating. Included free of charge: all encompassing philosophy of life.
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