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The Great Book of Amber

de Roger Zelazny

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Sèrie: Chronicles of Amber (Complete, 1-10)

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"A storyteller without peer. He created worlds as colorful and exotic and memorable as any our genre has ever seen." --George R.R. Martin One of the most revered names in sf and fantasy, the incomparable Roger Zelazny was honored with numerous prizes--including six Hugo and three Nebula Awards--over the course of his legendary career. Among his more than fifty books, arguably Zelazny's most popular literary creations were his extraordinary Amber novels. The Great Book of Amber is a collection of the complete Amber chronicles--featuring volumes one through ten--a treasure trove of the ingenious imagination and phenomenal storytelling that inspired a generation of fantasists, from Neil Gaiman to George R.R. Martin. Includes: Nine Princes in Amber The Guns of Avalon Sign of the Unicorn The Hand of Oberon The Courts of Chaos Trumps of Doom Blood of Amber Sign of Chaos Knights of Shadows Prince of Chaos… (més)
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(This review is for the first book in the collection, Nine Princes in Amber. There's no inducing me to read any more of them, I'm afraid.)
Corwin is suffering from amnesia, which he thinks is a result of a near-fatal car accident, which he also thinks was not exactly an accident at all. As he fakes his way through conversations with one sister and a brother, he slowly puts together a backstory for himself, and it doesn't always feature Earth as the setting.

Hoo boy. This 1970s first-in-a-series fantasy has some issues. Honestly, I think Zelazny couldn't quite decide what he wanted his book to be: it starts out as High Fantasy suffering from memory loss and thinking it's a noir detective novel, and from there the inconsistencies pile up, including a waffling between 'normal' vernacular and the thees and thous of fantafancy speak. It's...grating. It also seems to fall (probably via one of the many plot holes) into the pit of writers who've read and loved Tolkien and decide that, "Hey, I can write a massive world-building epic series, too!" and who, tragically, can't. The plot just seems to be one part tagged onto another tagged onto another, with no real flow or logic between the episodes: "and THEN...and THEN...AND THEN..." with each scene more comically cartoonish than the last. Overall story-arcs matter, folks, and should be more than a flimsy excuse to attach weird worlds and underwater mirror cities and sex with green-haired ladies to the plot. Yoicks. ( )
  scaifea | May 10, 2021 |
I was still new to fantasy, having been a hardcore horror and sci-fi fan, then going through all of Zelazny's other works, when I decided to sit down to these stories.
Seriously, I was impressed with the easy progression into a multi-universe view delineated between ultimate order and ultimate chaos. Gorgeous magic system where you follow mandalas, epic battles, and the almost requisite tripe of amnesia. (Oh, sorry, i meant trope.) I loved the first 5 books better than the second 5, but Merlin's story did have a more epic feel, in my opinion.
It's still hard to find fantasy as good as what he wrote, although I'm still willing to keep looking. :) ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
I wanna be a Prince of Amber! (Suddenly have unrelated Queen song flashes!)
The way I fell in love with Zelazny, especially in the ballsy way he wrote the thing, 'let's just see what happens, shall we?'
Effortless. Stylish. The kind of poetic fantasy that mooshes every world religion and kitchen appliance together and *works!* --What DC and Marvel super Us wish they could achieve! ( )
  Loryndalar | Mar 19, 2020 |
Unique series. Extremely well written. But a bit... all over the place, redundant, often hard to follow, and in the end... meh. I liked the style, the dialog, the world, and the general idea behind it all... but the plot was tiresome and time again I said to myself "why am I reading this?"

Anyway. Loads of people love this series. I liked elements of it, but I am not really a fan. ( )
  ErrantRuminant | Mar 13, 2020 |
While the writing really doesn't hang together on a 2nd reading, the core concept of the series was rather interesting. ( )
  easytarget | Feb 6, 2020 |
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Glover, Elizabeth M.Dissenyadorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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To Bob and Phyllis Roxman (The Guns of Avalon)
For Judawin and his Demiurge, not to forget Kickaha. (Sign of the Unicorn)
To Jay Haldeman,
of fellowship and artichokes. (The Hand of Oberon)
To Carl Yoke, First Reader—

From Lucetania to Euclid Park,
Sarcobatus Flats to Cygnus X-1—
May you live another ten thousand years.
May your lair be safe from trendeltiles.
May the diminutive deities
break their collective leg. (The Courts of Chaos)
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It was starting to end, after what seemed like most of eternity to me. (Nine Princes in Amber)
I stood there on the beach and said, "Good-by Butterfly,"
and the ship slowly turned, then headed out toward deep water. (The Guns of Avalon)
I ignored the questions in the eyes of the groom as I lowered the grisly parcel and turned the horse in for care and maintenance. (Sign of the Unicorn)
A bright flash of insight, to match that peculiar sun... (The Hand of Oberon)
Amber: high and bright atop Kolvir in the middle of the day. (The Courts of Chaos)
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There seems to be some confusion between this great omnibus of 10 - that's right - 10 volumes and its 5 volume counterparts which comprise only half the content of this book. Reviews are here that clearly refer only to the first 5 volume collection and don't reference the second 5 volume cycle at all. Also, a couple of the covers - one uploaded by a member and one pulled in from Amazon.com - are not for the full 10 volume omnibus collection either.
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"A storyteller without peer. He created worlds as colorful and exotic and memorable as any our genre has ever seen." --George R.R. Martin One of the most revered names in sf and fantasy, the incomparable Roger Zelazny was honored with numerous prizes--including six Hugo and three Nebula Awards--over the course of his legendary career. Among his more than fifty books, arguably Zelazny's most popular literary creations were his extraordinary Amber novels. The Great Book of Amber is a collection of the complete Amber chronicles--featuring volumes one through ten--a treasure trove of the ingenious imagination and phenomenal storytelling that inspired a generation of fantasists, from Neil Gaiman to George R.R. Martin. Includes: Nine Princes in Amber The Guns of Avalon Sign of the Unicorn The Hand of Oberon The Courts of Chaos Trumps of Doom Blood of Amber Sign of Chaos Knights of Shadows Prince of Chaos

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