Monday, November 24, 2008

Lord of Light

Currently reading Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny. Still about a third of the way through, but I am very much blown away. The language is enchanting and the concepts are just way out there. I don't know what Zelazny was taking when he wrote it, but the effect is certainly rubbing off on me.

"Lord of Light" takes elements from Hindu mythology and adds a scifi twist to it all. I first thought it was miscategorized because it read like fantasy; only later on did the SF elements come to the fore. Gods, reincarnation, karma -- all these get turned on their heads.

Buddha a.k.a. Siddharta a.k.a. Mahasamatman a.k.a. "Sam" is one of the more devious and intriguing characters I've read recently.


  1. Convert to Buddhism! (Just kidding.)

    Easily one of my favorite novels.