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Penguin Says

/ His followers called him Mahasamatman   \
| and said he was a god. He preferred to  |
| drop the Maha- and the -atman, however, |
| and called himself Sam. He never        |
| claimed to be a god. But then, he never |
| claimed not to be a god. Circum-        |
| stances being what they were, neither   |
| admission could be of any benefit.      |
| Silence, though, could. It was in the   |
| days of the rains that their prayers    |
| went up, not from the fingering of      |
| knotted prayer cords or the spinning of |
| prayer wheels, but from the great       |
| pray-machine in the monastery of Ratri, |
| goddess of the Night. The               |
| high-frequency prayers were directed    |
| upward through the atmosphere and out   |
| beyond it, passing into that golden     |
| cloud called the Bridge of the Gods,    |
| which circles the entire world, is seen |
| as a bronze rainbow at night and is the |
| place where the red sun becomes orange  |
| at midday. Some of the monks doubted    |
| the orthodoxy of this prayer            |
| technique…                            |
|                                         |
\    — Roger Zelazny, “Lord of Light”    /
|o_o |
|:_/ |
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3 Responses

  1. ian says:

    One of my favorite books from one of my all time favorite authors. Zelazny is highly underrated, better than PKD in my opinion. PKD reads like a meth trip, all chattery teeth and non-stop pounding thought. Zelazny’s more like opium, dreamlike, detailed but not exactly cohesive, but the imagery…goddamn!

    The Chronicles of Amber‘s a great series, if you can sit through all of the books, and A Night In The Lonesome October‘s probably my favorite by him, for pure entertainment value.

    Thanks for posting this. It’s been a while since I picked that one up.

    • Wow.

      Thank you for so much information. And what an apt description of PKD. You can’t let go of his stories, mostly because they won’t let go of you. I’m not familiar with Zelazny, the quote was from an e-mail a very good friend sent me. But the way you describe him, again – wow.

      I just had Focault’s Pendulum dropped in my lap, and I’m still sifting through a treatise on the theory of the Internet, but Zelazny is definitely up next on my list.

  2. ian says:

    Hey, sorry to take so long to get back on this, it’s been a hellish couple of weeks.

    Just wanted to add that some of Zelazny’s stuff is a little more on the bad side of pulp than others. The Amber series is great, Lord of Light is great, and Lonesome October is great. A couple other good ones are “Creatures of Light and Darkness” and “Jack of Shadows”. But some of his others aren’t quite up to the same level, in my opinion.

    Good luck with Focault’s Pendulum. Eco is great too, but there’s a lot of historical depth to wade through with him.

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