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Creatures of Light and Darkness Mass Market Paperback – August, 1970


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books; Reissue edition (August 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380011220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380011223
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #558,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“He was a poet, first, last, always. His words sang. He was a storyteller without peer. He created worlds as colorful and exotic and memorable as any our genre has ever seen.” (George R. R. Martin ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Two gods, two houses, one quest, and the eternal war between life and death

To save his kingdom, Anubis, Lord of the Dead, sends forth his servant on a mission of vengeance. At the same time, from The House of Life, Osiris sends forth his son, Horus, on the same mission to destroy utterly and forever The Prince Who Was a Thousand.

But neither of these superhuman warriors is prepared for the strange and harrowing world of mortal life, and The Thing That Cries in the Night may well destroy not only their worlds, but all mankind.

As Zelazny did with the Hindu pantheon in the legendary, groundbreaking classic Lord of Light, the master storyteller here breathes new life into the Egyptian gods with another dazzling tale of mythology and imagination.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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This particular book is perhaps one of Zelazny's best works.
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The book kind of reads like a short story that's been stretched out somewhat, but it's really more of an epic poem written in the far future.
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Lyrical passages, subtle humor, complex and compelling characters, and a powerful story line.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 17, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Zelazny's classic "Lord of Light" told of a technological future world where humans had set themselves up as the Hindu gods. It is a tour de force, highly original work that takes science fiction so far it becomes fantasy and mythology.

"Creatures of Light and Darkness" takes all of this two steps further. The result is highly non-linear, sometimes hard to follow, with characters that are almost abstract rather than human. And it is all, incredibly, indescribably brilliant...so far beyond the general run of the mill science-fiction and fantasy writing to be outside the genre.

I can only imagine people either hating or loving this book. I happen to love it...
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Doug M on November 7, 2007
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Of all the Zelazny books I have read, this book definitely gets an A+ for creativity. The book kind of reads like a short story that's been stretched out somewhat, but it's really more of an epic poem written in the far future. The characters that Zelazny weaves are just so creative: Madrak the "non-theistic, non-sectarian" priest and his non-commital prayers, Vramin the poet with this green hair and beard, The Prince Who Was A Thousand and his ability to teleport anywhere in the Universe.

I think this and Lord of Light present Zelazny at his best: he's creative, very witty and not afraid to bend reality as we know it.

It's a short book but a great read. Take my advice: if you don't fully understand it the first time, read it again and you'll get so much more out of it.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By sunman42 on December 7, 1997
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The Egyptian pantheon, the lands of the dead and living, a Steel General, some very old shoes, prayers that apologize for disturbing a deity which may or may nor exist.... Only Zelazny could combine them all, and only Zelazny could bring it all off so brilliantly. What a loss that he is no longer with us, and what a tragedy that this book is no longer in print.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Simons VINE VOICE on November 22, 2010
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This isn't your every-day sci-fi/fantasy novel.

Roger Zelazny was arguably the greatest fantasy/sf writer of his era, and this was his first published novel -- his "Masterpiece" in the archaic sense of "his first work as a professional." He wrote it while he was still working at the Social Security Administration, and it's a *wildly* experimental book. The superficial plot is one of assassination and revenge -- a dead man is reincarnated by one calling himself Anubis, for a mission of assassination -- but that's almost no more than a framework Zelazny uses to display the novel's various experiments.

Different chapters are written in different narrative styles -- one chapter's a play, one's a lyric poem, one's a call-and-response poem. Some chapters mimic the style of the King James bible. Some chapters are hilarious; some are nonsensical and cryptic. Some are only a paragraph or two long. It's probably best known today for containing the "Possibly Proper Death Litany," popularly known as the "Agnostic's Prayer" ("Insofar as I may be heard by anything, which may or may not care what I say, I ask, if it matters . . ."), but that's just one wild verbal fling in a book of continuous bizarreries.

If you're looking for something like Zelazny's The Great Book of Amber: The Complete Amber Chronicles, 1-10 (Chronicles of Amber) -- high-quality, well-executed, popular fiction -- this is *not* that: this is something closer to a verbal experiment than a popular novel, something Zelazny wrote to help himself find his voice as a writer by experimenting extravagantly with voice, narrative, genre, and form.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "malchiatt" on September 17, 2000
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From the moment of first contact I was thrown into a dream. It is a rare gift to be able to write without relying on logical, straightforward and often boring prose. Zelazny shows us what it means to write with intuition, how to write textures, raw sensual input. I read this book a while ago, then I read more of Zelazny's work, in fact all that I could find. Then I came back and read this book again. It remains my favorite, if only because it is still inexplicable, incomprehensible, and unique.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 27, 2004
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This book made me read other Roger Zelazny books because it was just so good.The battles he portrays are monsterous with his descriptions of the characters thoughts and movements.I really couldn't stop reading.There really is no one writer like him.
I would also recommend Lord Demon by this author.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sergey Lenkov on February 21, 2006
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I can`t believe, that this novel by Roger Zelazny was never reprinted in the USA since 1970!!! It is one of his best novels.
Especially if you like "Lord of Light" and Ancient Egypt, because heroes of the novel and the poetical style of writing are borrowed from the Ancient Egyptian mythology and literature.
New Wave fantasy at its best. By the way, it`s hard to define the genre of this book. It`s not commercial entertaiment sci-fi literature. In the end of the 60s writers bravely wrote about the meaning of the human life and the destiny of humankind. "Creatures of Light and Darkness" was one of such efforts.
In Russia this book was reprinted many times in last 15 years.
So if you are fan of Zelazny and didn`t read this book - it is mistake - just read it!
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