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.