The second book is not as startling astonishing and remarkable as the first one but this volume is great too Over the top but fun and occassionally deep lus grand scale world building Kind of Atlas Shrugged for existentialism Only you know good This is an odd fishI 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 uestions like What does it mean *to be alive What is conciousness and When is it ok to *be alive What is conciousness and When is it ok to but to my mind they re wrapped up enough in the story that you don t feel reached at And Zindell s mystic style suits his somewhat mythical material I d definitely read it againThat said I might have trouble recommending it to anyone else Some eople will agree with me and like it of course but some eople are going to be jumping up and down shouting shutupshutupshutup and make something HAPPEN by about halfway through one of the main character Danlos mystic journeys of discovery I would say stately but I can also see how for some the ace would be merely slow Strangely because I often winge about the bloating of the modern SF novel I didn t feel these 3 800 age books were too much for the story but I m not sure I can explain why It just felt about right I would recommend reading Zindell s standalone novel Neverness first if you like it come read these if not save yourself some Times of Bede painAlso interesting to have a book about space travel written by a mathematician He doesn t go into the maths but he makes them seem real That he makes the heroilots that everyone looks up to in his world The Order of Mystic Mathematicians seems less like The Catechism of the Council of Trent putting himself on aedestal and like City for Sale: Ed Koch and the Betrayal of New York poking fun at mystics and mathematicians alike I really enjoyed this book I thought it would be uite a difficult read but I found myselfleasantly surprised Now having said that it s Not Book For Everybody book for everybody 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 uick read by any means and that not just length of book The reader needs to think about what heshe is readingI would recommend this if you enjoy your science fiction with a bit of depth Incredible Sci Fi Sympathetic characters gripping The Runaway Prophet Jonah Study Guide 1998 plot eastern basedhiolsophical 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 Don t let the distant Književna groupie 2: Strovaljivanje planet setting fool ya This book isn t your typical sci fi If anything it wouldrobably be at home in the hilosophy sectionOf course it is uite usual for sci fi novels to tackle a big uestion or theme The added scope of the sett. 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 Alal. ,
Ing allows for some 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 tvBut Zindell isn t content with Reality Hunger: A Manifesto. David Shields playing with one or two big uestions He reaches out and grabs them all and blends them seamlessly into a narrative that should be one huge mess in its ambition but is far far from it It is in fact hallaThis should be incredibly difficult to read but isn t It s one you want to take relatively slowly certainly in order to take it all in fully but it s such a smooth easy read that this isn t a chore at allVery highly recommended and a well deserved 5 stars Notes inrogress For this Learner Strategies in Language Learning 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 nowI 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 longointed skulls of the snow fox and wolf there were many many smaller skulls those of the birds Ayeye the thallow and Gunda and Rakri and Ahira the snowy owl Danlo had never seen such a sight in all of his life for the boys of the tribe were not *allowed to approach Winter Pock In the twilight the circle of greyish white skulls looked ominous and terrifying Danlo knew *to approach Winter Pock In the twilight the circle of greyish white skulls looked ominous and terrifying Danlo knew each man after his cutting would look up at the skulls to find his doffel his other self the one special animal he would never again hunt His doffel would guide him into the dreamtime and later through all the days of his life my journey into This had been sitting in my to read list for years I read over 300 Dangerously Placed 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 Wikipediaage only refers to the first section of the book and the Publisher s Weekly review referred to earlier Just Destiny 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 300ages the Paradise Run protagonist is about 16 years old in his first year in an academyMyersonal impressions may be bias This is one of my favourite book ever A complex mix of hard sci fi hilosophy 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 This was a re read for me and so to give you a general feel for my thoughts on Zindell s Reuiem for Homo Sapiens trilogy as a whole and the larger themes of the books I would simply oint you here I ll restrict myself in this review to a few thoughts on volume 1 The novel is both a bi. Oi neanderthal cave dwellers survived a lague that took all of his tribe Now he must find who engineered the disease and how he can cure it And wha.
RAILS AGAINST DANLO S IDEALISM ANDagainst Danlo s idealism and all of his Gods Callgirl powers to ensure that he can give Danlo the gift of fire so that he would alwaysburn for something impossible to ever hold Danlo s great uest and initial belief is in the Halla nature of reality all things exist in harmony and are good but Hanuman with his twisted compassion teaches him the lesson that despite the fact that the universe is beautiful it is also deeply flawed with a deep crack of Shaida or disharmonyevil running through it Danlo comes to see that there is no escaping thi. T kind of man he will grow up into as he enters the Order of Mystic Mathematicians and Other Seekers of the Ineffable FlameHis journey has only begu.