The story follows the life of Mallory Ringess, a trainee enrolled at "the Academy" that was founded by a pseudo-monastic order of truth-seekers called 'the Order of Mystic Mathematicians and Other Seekers of the Ineffabl ...more
Nominee: Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1990)
Nominee: Locus Award for Best First Novel (1989) ...more
Let me first say; his book had many things going for it that I could love. Mathematics is a sort of magic, mathematicians use their abilities to calculate and navigate through a manifold (subtle enough poke at string theory possibly) which allows them to explore the universe at amazing scales. In this exploration they can have philosophical conversations with g ...more
Zindell definitely takes his own path though, inspired as he may ...more
An excellent blend of almost every science-fictional sub-genre out there: space-opera, horror, post-singularity and superhuman, apocalyptic fiction, military and anthropological science fiction and even a little bit of post-cyberpunk and time-travel.
Unfortunately, in 1998, Neverness was probably too much and now, after all its themes were overused in the last 25 years, its newness and shine have disappeared a little. Still, Neve ...more
This book starts in a universe where mathematics enable one to traverse the universe and discover the wonders and dangers our galaxy holds. Many disciplines are touched from the art of poetry to that of anthropology and philosophy.
Enjoy this first book with the knowledge that the best is yet to come.
- great world building
- some compelling and original ideas
- a good introduction to an (hopefully) epic story
- definitely makes me want to read The Broken God soon
- unlikeable hero
- the other characters aren't great either
- at times repetitive and could have used some editing
- for something so often compared to DUNE it's nowhere as brilliant nor as deep
Overall it was an interesting read and I'm looking forward to digging into the next book (although I'll try to lower my expecta ...more
The story follows Mallory Ringess, a young Pilot of the Order that finds himself in deep space on a mission that could have been entirely avoided if he wasn’t such a hot-headed, arrogant and stubborn man-child. Zindell expertly tells this tale in the first person and gives us the insight into Mallory’s personality necessary for us to warm to him. It’s ultimately this decision that allows the novel to succeed so completely. As a reader you find yourself sympathising w...more
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In a distant future a man tries to join an order of pilot/mathematicians who navigate though the galaxy by solving theorems.
The story starts on solid ground. The man, his surroundings in a faraway planet in a faraway future, his friends and family are introduced. The foundations of the plot and the world are built up a little in a few episodes where the man is learning/training to be a pilot in a kind of college town on an alien planet. This is all fi ...more
I don't regret reading it but I'm feeling relieved to be finished.
And yeah, pretty bad at depictions of women, and som ...more
The book takes place mainly in the protagonist head; Mallory Ringess(not Ringer, the description for this book on here is complete garbage.)
The semi-bizarre, thought-provoking mix of existentialism and stoic emotion had me re-thinking my view of the world.
I highly recommend this to anyone.
A very original world without most of the sci-fi tropes, interesting and imperfect (character wise) characters, a deep and interesting and compelling story.
A few very minor things that I would have liked differently, but not enough to sway me from giving this book a solid 5 star rating. Absolutely excellent!
Ultimately, it's pretty damn good. See you further down the trilogy, Zindell.
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