• 236 syf.
    ·8 günde·8/10 puan
    4/5 Stars (%82/100)

    As someone who is familiar with Zelazny's style, I quite enjoyed this book as well. Jack of Shadows presents a world which is half light (science-based and pretty similar to our world) and half dark (magic-based meaning it is closer to fantasy). In this world, there is a being called Jack of Shadows and often called Shadowjack as well. Jack has a unique power that makes him extremely powerful in shadowy places, and weak in absolute darkness and in light. Jack is wrongly executed and he starts his journey towards revenge. However, not everything is going to go according to his plan.

    I absolutely loved Jack as the protagonist because he is not the kind of a protagonist we, as the reader, are accustomed to see. He is morally gray, and often evil and despite being extremely strong, he has human-like qualities, like emotions. Throughout his journey, Jack's character changes and it was great to see how this man transformed from a villain, or an anti-hero to a hero. He is very well-written and reminds me of Sam from Lord of Light. I also loved the character of Morningstar even though he appears very rarely in the book. I loved the fact that world was split into two and how it is a great symbol for Jack's character and journey. I don't want to spoil it for you but you should definitely check it out. Since this is Zelazny, his writing style might be a bit challenging at first. However, when you get through some parts, it is absolutely genius.
  • Michael Shermer, lyi ve Kötü’nün Bilimi’nde (The Science of Good and Evil) bunu “tartışma sonlandırıcısı” olarak isimlendirir. Eğer Tanrının yokluğunda, “hırsızlık, tecavüz ve cinayet suçlarını işleyeceğinizi” onaylıyorsanız, ahlaksız bir insan olduğunuzu ifşa etmiş olursunuz “ve sizi gördüğümüzde yönümüzü değiştirmemiz konusunda oldukça tedbirli davranırız.” Diğer yandan, eğer ilahi gözetim altında değilken dahi iyi bir insan olmayı sürdüreceğinizi söylerseniz, Tanrının varlığının iyi bireyler olmamız için zorunlu olduğu iddianızı kaçınılmazca sarsmış olursunuz. Birçok dindar kişinin dinin kendilerini iyi birer birey olma konusunda motive ettiğini düşündüklerini biliyorum, özellikle de kişisel günahkârlığı sistematik biçimde sömüren inançlardan birinin mensubu iseler.
  • Due to their close relationship with science, these empires(European) wielded so much power and changed the world to such an extent that perhaps they can not be simply labelled as good or evil. They created the world as we know it, including the ideologies we use in order to judge them.
  • Perhaps Becker’s greatest achievement has been to create a science of evil. He has given us a new way to understand how we create surplus evil—warfare, ethnic cleansing, genocide. From the beginning of time, humans have dealt with what Carl Jung called their shadow side—feelings of inferiority, self-hate, guilt, hostility—by projecting it onto an enemy. It has remained for Becker to make crystal clear the way in which warfare is a social ritual for purification of the world in which the enemy is assigned the role of being dirty, dangerous, and atheistic.
  • Posed like that, the question sounds positively ignoble. When a religious person puts it to me in this way (and many of them do), my immediate temptation is to issue the following challenge: ‘Do you really mean to tell me the only reason you try to be good is to gain God’s approval and reward, or to avoid his disapproval and punishment? That’s not morality, that’s just sucking up, apple-polishing, looking over your shoulder at the great surveillance camera in the sky, or the still small wiretap inside your head, monitoring your every move, even your every base thought.’ As Einstein said, ‘If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.’ Michael Shermer, in The Science of Good and Evil, calls it a debate stopper. If you agree that, in the absence of God, you would ‘commit robbery, rape, and murder’, you reveal yourself as an immoral person, ‘and we would be well advised to steer a wide course around you’. If, on the other hand, you admit that you would continue to be a good person even when not under divine surveillance, you have fatally undermined your claim that God is necessary for us to be good. I suspect that quite a lot of religious people do think religion is what motivates them to be good, especially if they belong to one of those faiths that systematically exploits personal guilt.
  • 80 syf.
    “I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe. If I cannot satisfy the one, I will indulge the other.”
    -From the 1994 movie

    The worst thing about this novel is how distorted it has become by constant movie adaptations and misinformed ideas about the nature of Frankenstein and his "monster". For years, like many others, I thought Frankenstein was the name of that slightly green dude with the bolts in his neck. Nuh-uh.

    Did Frankenstein scare me? Did it have me staying awake and sleeping with the light on, jumping at every slight creak in the house? Was I terrified of the monster and technology and the dangers of playing God? No. Because the beauty of this story is that it isn't the one so many people think it is. Which is almost my favourite thing about it. This book is not a Halloween kind of story with Halloween kind of monsters. This story is heartbreakingly sad.
    “...once I falsely hoped to meet the beings who, pardoning my outward form, would love me for the excellent qualities which I was capable of unfolding.”

    The book offers many interesting avenues of philosophical exploration if one wishes to ponder such things. For example, allusions to religion and Genesis, possible criticisms of using science to "play God", and the relationship between creator and creation. All of these things interest me, yes, but it is the painfully human part of this book that has always so deeply affected me.

    Because the sad thing, the really sad thing, is that pretty much everyone has heard of Frankenstein's monster... but so many don't know how human the character is. Created as a scientific experiment by an overly ambitious man, he comes into a frightening and hostile world that immediately rejects him on sight. Even the man who made him cannot look upon his creation without feeling horror. It's that same thing that gets me in books every time: things could have been so different. If people had just been a little less judgmental, a little less scared, and a little more understanding.

    This being, created from different parts of corpses, seeks love and finds hatred, so he instead decides to embrace it. Fuelled by his own rage at the unfairness of the world, he gradually turns towards evil.

    He belongs in my own little mental category with the likes of Heathcliff and Erik (aka The Phantom of the Opera). Scared, angry villains who were made so by their own unfortunate circumstances. The kind of characters you simultaneously hate and love, but most of all hope they find some kind of peace.

    So call it science-fiction, if you want. Call it horror, if you must. But this story is brimming with some of the most realistic and almost unbearably moving human emotion that I have ever read.