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The Broken God

(A Requiem for Homo Sapiens #1)

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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
Paperback, 660 pages
Published 1998 by Voyager (first published 1992)
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May 26, 2013 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?)
Mar 15, 2020 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
(отзив на български)

Notes in progress:

~ For this partner read with Ani, I'm coming back to the series that has touched and shaped me the most as a human being. What will I see twenty years later? How will it touch and shape me now?

I've seldom felt so thrilled.

~ So ...

Set into the snow around a large circle were wooden stakes. Each stake was topped with the skull of a different animal. There were a hundred different skulls: the great, tusked skull of Tuwa, the mammoth; the skulls of Nunki and lon
May 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was a re-read for me and so to give you a general feel for my thoughts on Zindell’s ‘Requiem for Homo Sapiens’ trilogy as a whole and the larger themes of the books I would simply point you here. I’ll restrict myself in this review to a few thoughts on volume 1:

- The novel is both a bildungsroman of Danlo’s journey from childhood to adulthood (as well as from the primitive society of the Alaloi to the civilized one of Neverness), and the story of the birth of a religion supposedly based on
Dev Null
May 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don't let the distant planet setting fool ya... This book isn't your typical sci-fi. If anything, it would probably be more at home in the philosophy section.

Of course, it is quite usual for sci-fi novels to tackle a big question or theme. The added scope of the setting allows for some interesting extrapolation of themes and ideas. (I knoweth of what I speak, honest, lol. My dissertation in uni was on character development in sci-fi and cult tv...)

But Zindell isn't content with playing with one
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favourite book ever. A complex mix of hard sci-fi, philosophy and spirituality, this is a true epic. Why hasn’t someone gotten the rights to this series and made an awesome movie or tv series?
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.
Jan 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 24, 2016 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
This had been sitting in my to-read list for years. I read over 300 pages (less than half of the book.) It didn't meet my interests / inclinations, so I chose to drop it. Before deciding, I looked online. The book's Wikipedia page only refers to the first section of the book, and the Publisher's Weekly review referred to earlier parts and then indicated there's an important twist at the end. This didn't leave me with the impression I just had to wait a little for the better stuff. Even after 300 ...more
Keso Shengelia
The second book is not as startling, astonishing and remarkable as the first one, but this volume is great too
Dennis Cooper
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
The ambition in this novel pines for the greatness of Dune, but ultimately tells its own unique psychedelic tale. Though published in 1992, reading the book in 2019, some of Zindell's descriptions seems quite prescient as he illuminates a world of very tight human-computer interfaces, lab grown meat, and widespread gene-editing. That said, this is not an earthly story of technical sci-fi, this is more like psychedelic spiritual fantasy.

I give this book four stars for its ambitions, its heady exp
Arik Vlaanderen
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. This was one of those book that came at exactly the right point in time in your life and that feels as though it’s just one step further than your current mindset but with a clear manual to get there.

The inner struggles of consciousness and conscience were written beautifully and artistically. I felt as though this book was the perfect mirror to my own struggles with duality and choosing a path in life. I loved how eastern philosophy was used to clarify, direct and
Apr 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was very long. And for me, perhaps too esoteric or too clever. The beginning was interesting, the middle seemed to just stretch on, and finally it picked up at the end. There was a lot of roundabout explanations of things that never really explained anything - I don't understand why Hanuman turned out that way. And reading about the religion(s) and life and existence was interesting, but it seemed a bit overwrought. Too much lecturing.
There were some nice, clever, or witty turns of phrase. I
Ognian Stioadinov
Една от най-добрите фантастчни книги, които съм чел през живота си! :) Въпреки, че героят прекалено прилича на светец. За съжаление се оказа само първа част от трилогия, наречена "Реквием за Хомо Сапиенс". Засега няма превод на български език... Все пак "всичко, що не е хала, е шайда."
Russell Emmerson
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a rich and satisfying book. At times it’s difficult, but that is because it’s thought-provoking and intricate. However, this is all balanced on the beautiful world-building that Zindell has achieved; an effort that is both physical and metaphysical. And human. A wonderful experience.
Richard Matthews
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great read! Lots of interesting ideas and an immersive and deep setting.
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
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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
May 10, 2014 rated it it was ok

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

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
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
For a Universe that did not exist before this book, I was completely hooked in the story of Danlo Wi Soli Ringess.
Kristy Buzbee
Dec 13, 2008 marked it as to-read
Shelves: science-fiction
I think I'm supposed to read the book Neverness before this one, so I need to find it. D:
Ben Parer
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It will blow your mind.
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