Monday, January 23, 2012
Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
Lord of Light was our Science Fiction Book Club selection for January. I like to post how everyone liked the selection. Lord of Light got two thumbs up and 8 thumbs down for the member attending. I was one of the thumbs up. What I liked was the Zelazny’s use of language and the way words flowed giving a vivid description of events, people and places. What the 8 thumbs down did not like was the story itself.
It is a strange story. The first part of the story is actually the last part of the story. You start when Sam comes back and then follow Sam into his past before coming back to the present.
Here is the description from the back of the book:
“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 no Mahasamatman. Binder of Demons, Lord of Light."
Lord of Light is an Hugo Award winning book. While the group as a whole did not like Lord of Light (this seems to be a trend with older award winning books) they did decide to add one of Zelazny’s Amber books to the schedule next year. One member said they were very different from the writing style in Lord of Light and worth a try.