Lord of Light

Roger Zelazny
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Lord of Light


Lord of Light is pretty well representative of what I think of as Zelazny's usual kind of story, with a combination of aspects of science fiction and fantasy, an immortal, super-human, but likeable hero, and plenty of exciting adventures. The hero, Sam, is the irreverent founder of Buddhism, a faith that he chose to oppose the self-styled Hindu pantheon that controlled the populace through their monopoly on reincarnation technology. I enjoyed the focus on Hinduism and Buddhism within the story, though story was less about the religions themselves than about their use by humans. Overall, Lord of Light is my favorite Zelazny novel so far, though I should warn that it was a little confusing to get into at first!

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