August 27, 2008

The Changing Land, by Roger Zelazny

This book answers the question "If Roger Zelazny had tried his hand at a pulp swords-and-sorcery novel, what would it look like?"

(Reposted from Goodreads, where I gave it two stars out of five.)

Posted by Shmuel at 9:11 PM

February 11, 2003

Amber 5: The Courts of Chaos, by Roger Zelazny

A disappointing finish to the original 5-book Amber series, one that leaves way too much open at the end. I think I said this earlier, but I'll say it again: Zelazny never should have been given this much room to play with in the first place.

On the bright side, I can now confidently insist that Lord of Light is his masterpiece, without having to worry about Amber being in the running. Because it's not even close.

Posted by Shmuel at 1:20 AM

January 23, 2003

Amber 4: The Hand of Oberon, by Roger Zelazny

Then again, this is Zelazny we're talking about; his modus operandi is to keep information from the reader at the outset, revealing important pieces of the puzzle only at the end, so that the reader can then go back to the start and see what had been going on in the first place. I think five books may have been too much space to allow him, frankly, but I'll reserve my judgment until I get my hands on Book 5. As for this installment, things are finally coming together. The revelation at the end was visible a mile away, but I'll take that as having been intentional.

Posted by Shmuel at 1:05 AM

January 22, 2003

Amber 3: Sign of the Unicorn, by Roger Zelazny

I begin to tire of the dei ex machina (Elaine? Is that the right plural?), but otherwise Amber Book 3 ain't bad.

Posted by Shmuel at 1:05 AM

January 21, 2003

Amber 2: The Guns of Avalon, by Roger Zelazny

The second book of the Amber series, which I'm finally getting around to reading only now, despite having been a Zelazny fan for years. A bit episodic and verging on overwrought, but good.

Posted by Shmuel at 1:00 AM