|Plot Summary of Lord of Light|
|"This is in my opinion one of the finest books ever written, it discusses the uses of religon, the inner thoughts of a messiah and the overthrow of a society that oppresses the technological advances and afterlife of everybody on the planet. "
Ron , Resident Scholar
Eos, May 2004, 12.95, 304 pp.
Humanity defeats the native “energy” beings who populated the orb and establishes a colony on the planet with a Hindu like societal order. Using advanced technology, the crew of the ship transfers their minds into a new body when theirs is near death. They also develop other advances that enable them to form a group with god-like powers. Beneath them are the colonists and even further below in this pyramid of power are the natives. No one bucks the leadership as not only can they reincarnate but can convert others into animals.
One of these techno-Gods, preferring to be called Sam rather than Mahasamatman, feels that the mistreatment of others is morally wrong. He thinks that he and his peers should share their technology with the lower strata. His peers insist those beneath them are incapable of dealing with godlike powers and need their hand to guide them. Sam never claimed the mantle and though he hates what he feels he must do, heads a revolt against his ruling brothers and sisters as he wants to establish a different world order.
This is a deep science fiction novel with religious and social overtones. The story line is loaded with action, but also takes its time to defend critical arguments set forth by author Roger Zelazny. The cast fosters the concepts of the plot so that development is targeted more towards an idea than a character. Still with all that this is a cerebral tale that will have readers pondering a host of subjects from comparative religions to white man's burden to fostering American style democracy in Iraq, etc.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Lord of Light|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 40%
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
Political power play
- factions fight within govt for control
- overthrowing govt/kingdom
Repressive society story
- controls your mind
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- long lived adults
If magical mental powers:
- fire/lightning/weather cntrl
A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:
- humans in a futuristic society
- humans in a primitive/fantasy society
- inhabited by friendly aliens
- unfriendly aliens
- neutral aliens
- big overbuilt futuristic city
- very controlled society
Planet outside solar system?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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