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David Zindell
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The Broken God (A Requiem for Homo Sapiens #1)

4.23  ·  Rating Details ·  554 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Into the icy maze of the city of Neverness, a wild boy stumbles, spear in hand, starving, frostbitten and grieving. Danlo the Wild, raised by far-off Alaloi neanderthal cave-dwellers, survived a plague that took all of his tribe. Now he must find who engineered the disease and how he can cure it. And what kind of man he will grow up into, as he enters the Order of Mystic M ...more
Published (first published 1992)
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Nico Schneider Neverness carries the notion of a prequel, but it's not required reading. Take a look at David Zindell's Wikipedia page (…moreNeverness carries the notion of a prequel, but it's not required reading. Take a look at David Zindell's Wikipedia page ( for an overview of the series. I read Neverness and the trilogy, and then the rest after discovering that list - it worked out quite well!(less)
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May 26, 2013 Kalin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
От всички книги в живота ми, за тази съм говорил най-много... и ми е най-трудно да говоря.

Тук има есе-размисъл, вдъхновено от нея:

Ала... достатъчно ли е?

(Поне като начало?)
Dev Null
May 26, 2009 Dev Null rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who liked Neverness
This is an odd fish.

I really liked it. Big space opera and metaphysics of the soul all mashed up together around a chewey centre of some interesting characters and some intriguing concepts. At the core of this novel are questions like "What does it mean to be alive?" "What is conciousness?" and "When is it ok to kill?" but, to my mind, they're wrapped up enough in the story that you don't feel preached at. And Zindell's mystic style suits his somewhat mythical material. I'd definitely read it ag
Marshall Vandegrift
Over-the-top but fun and occassionally deep, plus grand-scale world-building. Kind of Atlas Shrugged for existentialism. Only, you know, good.
Feb 24, 2016 Clarita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Няма да е книгата на живота ми:), но получава пет звезди, защото буквално взриви емоционалната ми скала. Дали дадена история и нейното разгръщане ще ме издразни, разтърси, вбеси, пречисти, хвърли в размисъл или затрупа с още проклети въпроси не е толкова важно; важното е да ме докосне, а още по-добре - да ме сграбчи и да не ме пуска до края. Ето това ми причини "Падналите богове".
Странно е, защото не почувствах Данло като сродна душа. Имаше моменти, когато му се възхищавах, други, в които му съч
Jan 30, 2008 Ainsley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible Sci-Fi. Sympathetic characters, gripping plot, eastern-based phiolsophical grounding (for those who are tired of boy-saves-world tripe). Best of all, fantastic and new imagery. Wolfe beats Zindell, but only just. Zindell wins overall, as he's not trying to show off how clever he is. Very recommended.
Kenneth Hindle-May
I dived straight into this after Neverness, a distinctly oddball book that I enjoyed a great deal, but I never managed to get it finished. I think I got about halfway through, forgot about the book for a few years and then decided I'd rather donate it to charity than try and get back into it. It just seemed far, far longer than it needed to be. Maybe I'd have found it more interesting if I didn't already have a reasonable understanding of the world from Neverness?

Also, what's with the genital ob
Sep 02, 2015 Marni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me like forever to finish this book...and I liked it and I struggled to like it when I didn't like it because I knew there was something more to it. This book is definitely philosophical, not the usual sci-fi that one may be used to. After Neverness, this one seems kind of...broken. It is a great piece of writing that keeps up with the traditional science fiction and philosophical space opera. If you read this for the adventure, you will abandon it shortly because the pace it is extremel ...more
Martin Barbov
Jan 30, 2014 Martin Barbov rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Marto's Boolean Review

Интересен Свят: Да
Жив Свят: Да
Интересни Герои: Да
Развиващи се Герои: Да
Сиви Герои: Да
Адекватен Финал: Да
Интересен Език: Да
Лесно Четивна: Не
Интересни Идеи: Да
Спазване на Вътрешната Логика: Да

Оценка от ревюто: 9/10
Моя Оценка: 10/10

Свободни размисли: Тази книга просто няма право да е толкова въздействаща. Първото прочитане ме смаза почти физически, въпреки че на пръв поглед сюжета (бегло наподобяващ историята на Тарзан) звучи изтъркано. Жалко е, че в България най-вероятно ник
Dave Peticolas

Although set in the future, this book is more like high fantasy than sci-fi and technology is basically treated like magic. There are also strong mystical overtones throughout. I do like high fantasy, but that genre has to walk a fine line between earnestness and just pure silliness. I think this book is more of the latter than the former. The book is also told from the point of view of a single character and with 900 pages to get through the single reference point gets old fast, or at least it

Aug 26, 2013 Deepthought rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yes, it certainly keeps up with the traditional of philsophical science fiction of a space opera. Book that follows the brilliant Neverness. I am a sucker for the higher themes . When a book addresses the big questions, it has my attention. My imagination ran wild with the cybernetic alam -al-mitral. It reminds of what is happening currently with the cyber world being more a realm we continue to exist in. You realise with these books that our loving consiousness connects to form a living entity. ...more
Dennis Cooper
Aug 03, 2014 Dennis Cooper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I thought it would be quite a difficult read but I found myself pleasantly surprised. Now having said that it's not book for everybody. Yep it's classed as science fiction but there no big epic space battles or zap guns. It'a book that you need to take your time reading. It's not a quick read by any means and that not just length of book. The reader needs to think about what he/she is reading.I would recommend this if you enjoy your science fiction with a bit of depth ...more
Jun 11, 2012 Bibliognome rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great peice of writing that philosophically reflects the original writers of science fiction in that it addresses those existential questions that the first writers were chasing. There are some intelligent concepts in here that some might see as religion, but finfish the series before you fall into that trap...
Oct 28, 2012 Toyvo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Слишком много дешевой научной фантастики для дешевой религиозной философии, слишком много дешевой религиозной философии для дешевой научной фантастики. Что Желязны, что Херберт, что, к примеру, Хайнлайн, работали значительно, значительно лучше.
Aug 07, 2012 Jody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For a Universe that did not exist before this book, I was completely hooked in the story of Danlo Wi Soli Ringess.
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