Lord of Light

Lord of Light Earth is long since dead On a colony planet a band of men has gained control of technology made themselves immortal and now rules their world as the gods of the Hindu pantheon Only one dares oppose

  • Title: Lord of Light
  • Author: Roger Zelazny Ron Walotsky
  • ISBN: 9780380448340
  • Page: 129
  • Format: Paperback
  • Earth is long since dead On a colony planet, a band of men has gained control of technology, made themselves immortal, and now rules their world as the gods of the Hindu pantheon Only one dares oppose them he who was once Siddhartha and is now Mahasamatman Binder of Demons Lord of Light.

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    1. Prince Siddhartha attained enlightenment at the foot of the Bodhi tree and became the Buddha: his teachings swept across India, striking at the roots of decadent Brahmanism. The Hindu priests were understandably alarmed, but were helpless against the doctrine of the eightfold path as the stale air inside a room against the tempest raging outside. So they did the clever thing: after the Buddha's passing, they assimilated him and made him an avatar of Vishnu (in fact, they licked him by joining hi [...]

    2. People left the dying Earth and found a habitable planet. Thanks to their advanced technology they conquered or subdued local life forms and established themselves as dominant race. The highly advanced technology allowed some of them literally play gods using Hindu mythology as the basis. We all know the power corrupts, so the whole system became very corrupted very fast. Enter a guy who decided to change the way things work. His name is Mahasamatman, or Sam for short - this is how he prefers to [...]

    3. I first read this book back in the late 60s, when it was brand new and nothing like it had appeared in SF before. I found it brilliant and mysterious, the latter in part because back in my teens I knew so little about the Hindu and Buddhist religions and myths Zelazny was spinning off. I am at least somewhat less ignorant nowadays, if not hugely so.I still think the book is brilliant, but not nearly so mysterious. It's a bit like looking at faded pictures of your parents, and realizing you are n [...]

    4. 30Apr2014(ebook): I'm reading this with Sci-fi & Heroic Fantasy group/topic/show/& I like it better each time I read it. It makes far more sense after the first read, like so many of Zelazny's books, so I can concentrate more on the variety of flavors. Even knowing the ending doesn't hurt. Super ending, too.Several have mentioned that the story is confusing. If it's your first time reading it, be aware that he intended to publish it as a serial & wrote it in 7 different sections to f [...]

    5. I don't even know where to start on this one. Roger Zelazny solidified his position on my favorite authors list with Lord of Light. It's the best writing of his that I've come across so far. The Plot: Long story short, immortals from Earth set up shop on another world and assumed the guise of Hindu gods. Sam, aka Buddha, Siddhartha, Kalkin, etc opposes them in each of his lifetimes, reviving Buddhism as a tool in his quest. The final confrontation doesn't disappoint.As other reviewers have said, [...]

    6. “Why could you not have left me as I was, in the sea of being?""Because the world has need of your humility, your piety, your great teaching and your Machiavellian scheming.” Zelazny je u Gospodaru svjetlosti odlično obradio temu kolonizacije drugog planeta generacijskim brodom. Kolonisti sa umiruće Zemlje došli su na drugi planet, pobili većinu lokalnog (inteligentnog) života, a ostatak pokorili, kolonizirali planet svojim potomcima, a sebe proglasili bogovima temeljenima na hinduisti [...]

    7. How Lord of Light Didn't Get Written[Rainy, black-and-white movie evening. A 30s style cab pulls up next to a seedy entrance, where a hulking DOORMAN is on guard. A FIGURE wearing a trenchcoat and a battered fedora emerges from the cab and hands the driver a bill.]FIGURE: [Bogart-style growl] Keep the change, kid. Don't blow it all at once.[His trenchcoat falls open. Underneath he is dressed like THE LORD BUDDHA. Reaction shot of the wide-eyed DRIVER]DRIVER: You're the Mahasamat-FIGURE: Call me [...]

    8. 6.0 stars. On my list of "All Time" favorites. An absolutely brilliant novel by one of the masters of science fiction. This book is as good as SF gets and ranks up their with Dune and Ender's Game among the best ever. Unlike those other two books, I do believe that this book is MUCH, MUCH better the second time around. The reason for this is that the story jumps around and the background for the story is reavealed slowly so can be a bit confusing at the outset. Therefore, my advice would be to r [...]

    9. In my opinion, Lord of Light (LOL) called as science fiction because the author set the setting as far future, and using technology as the magic system. But the story itself mainly influenced by Indian mythology. But it was not a retelling of Indian myths. The author had done the researched well, based on my very-limited knowledge of Indian myth. The author mixed the myths with his own story. OK, in much harsher words: the author was using Indian mythology for the story. So please don't use LOL [...]

    10. Işık Tanrısı, şimdiye dek okuduğum hiç bir şeye benzemiyor. Çok farklı, bir o kadar da müthiş bir deneyimdi. Bittikten sonra çok sağlam bir kitap okumuş olmanın verdiği o hazzı yaşadım resmen. Ama söylemeden olmaz, bu eser herkese göre değil. Bilimkurgu kitabı olarak başlayacaksanız eğer oldukça şaşıracağınızı söyleyebilirim, zira bilimkurgu öğeleri yok denecek kadar az kitapta. Fantastik ağırlıklı bir eser, ama tam olarak öyle de değil :). Roman biraz [...]

    11. There are several elements to this 1967 science-fiction novel.One is Buddhism and Hinduism, about both of which I know little, but notice some influence. The order of the chapters, with the first chapter dealing with events that occur much later in the narrative than the following couple of chapters, means that the story is structured as a wheel. In the end is the beginning. There could be a continual cycle of death and rebirth in this world with individuals moving through lives and patterns of [...]

    12. Bez obzira što okosnicu romana čine religija i njen odraz na društvo, kolonijalizam, priroda mitova i slobodno mišljenje, da nije Sema, ovo ne bi bilo toliko ubedljivo koliko zapravo jeste. Snažno napisan lik koji narativno čudno konstruisanu priču sprovodi bez imalo problema do kraja. Sve funkcioniše bez većih problema i kao simpatično prepričan hinduistički mitos, ali jednostavno, ono što je ovde posebno, krije se u Semu, koji nikada nije rekao da je bog, ali nikada nije to i pore [...]

    13. [Originally read July 30, 2010-August 8, 2010]I've long been a fan of Zelazny's Amber series, and in the past, I've heard that he once penned a story that could be even better: Lord of Light. I just finished Lord of Light, and I have to say: I still give the title of "Best Zelazny Story" to the Amber series. But it was a damn close race.I'm not normally a science-fiction type of guy (fantasy and horror are more to my liking), so I was a little worried going into this book. Even though Zelazny is [...]

    14. 2.5I had a bit of a hard time following what was going on, at times, with this book. Not because of the so-called non-linear* nature of the story, but mostly just because there were a lot of characters, several of whom at multiple names, and some of which kept changing into other characters. Also, the general writing style made it hard for me to visualize what was going on in the action sequences sometimes. And there were long bits of dialogue where after the first two lines it doesn't say who's [...]

    15. The Good:So amazing! Great characters, great setting, great ideas, epic scope, and so well written. This is a science fiction story presented like mythology and it works. Did I mention it's funny too?The Bad:The only thing really wrong with this is that the story races ahead of the reader, daring you to try and keep up. It's not often that I think a book should be longer, but in the case of this one it needed more exposition.'Friends' character the protagonist is most like:Sam is cynical, driven [...]

    16. The front cover of this book labels Lord of Light "The Legendary SF Classic," and the blurb on the back cover begins: Earth is long since dead. On a colony planet, a band of men has gained control of technology From these two data points, I was sure I was about to read a straight-forward sci-fi adventure, possibly in the vein of Robert A. Heinlein or Ray Bradbury. What I should have paid more attention to was the gigantic fucking Buddha statue on the front cover, and the conclusion of the back c [...]

    17. Zelazny drops you right into the middle of this story, but if you refuse to be intimidated by the unknown names and tech/magic confusion, you'll be richly repaid. The book's nested layers of reality, paradigm and belief are challenging and beautifully baroque. It's intelligent, wildly imaginative, and daring. I already loved Zelazny, but now I love him even more.

    18. Nutshell: douchebags leave earth, acquire technological immortality, and then, completely reasonably and necessarily, re-enact Hindu mythology.This concludes my reading of Zelazny, and confirms the general pattern of prior books: chaotic presentation, no discipline, immortal protagonists, silly resolutions. This one tries to do something with Hindu mythology and buddhist theology, much like Creatures of Light and Darkness messed with Egypt and This Immortal flirted with Greece. Opening section h [...]

    19. 4.5/5 Fantastik mi Bilim kurgu mu olduğunu anlayamadığım bir kitap oldu ama emin olduğum tek şey zekice bir kurgu ve olay örgüsüne sahipti.Tek sıkıntısı okurken(benden kaynaklanıyor)Hindu mitolojisi ile pek bir alakam olmadığından karakterleri tanıyana kadar kafa karıştıran bir okuma oldu benim için.Dikkatli okunması gereken bir kitap olduğunu düşünüyorum çünkü bazı yerlerde yapılan geçişleri yakalamak zor olabiliyor.Fantastik ve bilim kurgu sevenlere öneririm [...]

    20. Oh wow! I'm not sure I can put into words how much I loved this book. Elements of myth, humour and science fiction combine to make this a truly original novel. Zelazny's use of language is sublimely poetic, and the twists and turns the story takes are breathtaking. Just amazing.

    21. I'm reading this with Sci-fi & Heroic Fantasy Group, although I know the book well enough that I probably don't need to. My current paper/lunch time read is a nonfiction book, The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2011. It's good, but I need something lighter & different. This is certainly different. Body changers pretending to be Hindu gods in a far future on a different planet complete with demons & politics.It's definitely science fiction, but the tone of the story is fanta [...]

    22. Işık Tanrısı'na başlamamın sebebi, KIRKİKİ (Bilim-Kurgu Klasikleri Okuma Grubu)'nun her ay içerisinde ortak okumaya aldığı kitaplardan en sonuncusu olmasıydı (ki şimdi okuduğum Sürgün Gezegeni o ünvanı aldı.). Her ne kadar grubun hızına yetişemesem de bu kitabı elime alıp okumamı sağladıkları için teşekkür ederim. Tabii onların benim bu çabalarımdan daha haberleri yok ama ileride belli başlı adımlar atacağım! Ve sevgili Işık Tanrısı'nın kelimelerime [...]

    23. (Original review date: 17 March 2009)On page one of Lord of Light, Zelazny drops the reader smack into the middle of an epic and eternal struggle, taking place on a distant planet in the distant future. It's an incredibly disorienting way to enter a story, especially one as bizarre and complicated as this one is. The structure of the novel is no help, either - it's divided into seven long and loosely-connected chapters, presented out of chronological order with no way for the reader to know, at [...]

    24. No one I know of is writing like this today, and no book in recent memory has inspired so much envy in me. It has novelty and nuance from its first to its final paragraphs. For an hour after going to the porch to finish it, people saw my expressions and asked me what was wrong, because I was so preoccupied with what I’d just read. Lord of Light, published in 1967, is ahead of the Science Fiction of this time in 2012. If you missed it, Lord of Light is about a space colony in which those posses [...]

    25. Ova knjiga je dobila hrpu nagrada i smatra se najboljom u cijelom autorovom opusu.Meni ne.Jednostavno ne mogu više dati od trojčice jer me uopće nije privukla, čak sam je rastezao od nemila do nedraga.I ta trojčica je neka mršava.Nekako mi se stalno čini da sam je čitao prije jedno 30-40 godina no izmiče mi kao u magli, a opet ima naznaka da je poznata.Očito mi se nije ni tada svidjela.Kad pokušam naći razloge nekako uvijek završim na indijskoj mitologiji koja je i osnova ove knjige [...]

    26. İlk sayfalar tam bir karmaşa, son sayfalarsa bitmesini istemediğim bir masal gibiydi. Harika bir kitap.

    27. I first read this book a good while ago, sometime in high school. I'm sure now that I didn't fully appreciate it. I just used this book in my AP English class, and I think that I'm closer to appreciating it now.Roger Zelazny is a writer who packs a lot into a story, yet makes it very easily readable. Zelazny said in some interviews that he was usually reading 6 or 7 books at a time, in fields from history to the hard and social sciences to mythology or religion to literature and speculative fict [...]

    28. "His followers called him Mahasamatman and said he was a god. He preferred to drop the Maha- and the -atman, however, and called himself Sam. He never claimed to be a god, but then he never claimed not to be a god.""Enig*ma (noun) : something hard to understand or explain." I have only read Lord of Light once, and I think a proper review would require a re-read. That being said, here goes. First the good news. I loved being dropped into the middle of Zelazny's incomprehensible world without so m [...]

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