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Product Details

  • Series: Roger Zelazny Collection
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Ibooks, Inc.; Reprint edition (April 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596871075
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596871076
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.2 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #955,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Though SF "master of prose technique" and "paragon of the storytelling art" (in the introductory words of Robert Silverberg, himself a certified luminary) Roger Zelazny died in 1995, collections of his work appear on shelves with pleasing regularity. The Last Defender of Camelot, the fifth in the series of new Zelazny editions, offers readers 11 of what Silverberg has deemed his best stories, including "24 Views of Mt. Fuji, by Hokusai," which earned him one of his six Hugos, and 1992's "Come Back to the Killing Ground, Alice, My Love," which has not been previously collected.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Roger Zelazny was a three-time Nebula Award and six-time Hugo Award-winning author of science fiction and fantasy classics, including the short stories "24 Views of Mount Fuji, by Hokusai," "Permafrost," and "Home is the Hangman." Zelazny was the bestselling author of the ten-volume Chronicles of Amber series of fantasy novels, as well as the novels Lord of Light, and Psychoshop (written with Alfred Bester). Zelazny's novel Damnation Alley served as the basis for the 1972 cult film of the same name, starring Jan Michael Vincent and George Peppard. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Customer Reviews

Zelazny is a master and this is an amazing collection.
Paul E.
The new version omits all of Zelazny's forewords and, more damning, it actually omits some of the better stories found in the original collection.
H. Smith
I just wish I'd read the other review warning about this problem before purchase.
Paul Ryan

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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By H. Smith on June 25, 2002
Format: Paperback
As a huge fan of the author and the original release of this brilliant short story collection, I am extremely disappointed in the new release. HUNT DOWN THE ORIGINAL. The new version omits all of Zelazny's forewords and, more damning, it actually omits some of the better stories found in the original collection. Silverburg mentions "Horsemen!" in the introduction, then the story is strangely absent. This is a travesty.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Paul Ryan on April 12, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
NB: This review refers to the Kindle version published by ibooks in March '14.

Yes, the stories are great - or they would be if they were complete. One story has the end entirely missing, and I've spotted a couple of other places where things seem to be missing just browsing through. Until and unless someone does some serious fixing, don't waste your money on the Kindle version of this book. I just wish I'd read the other review warning about this problem before purchase.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 31, 2014
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Zelazny was one of the truly great SF talents from the last half of the 20th century and this collection brings together some excellent short material.

Unfortunately, I can’t at this time (31 March 2014) recommend buying the Kindle version of this book. After doing no more than skimming a few stories, I noticed that the end of one (“For a Breath I Tarry”) was truncated (probably missing the last few paragraphs) and part of the first sentence was missing from the very next one (“Engine at Heartspring’s Center”). I notified Amazon of the defect, but it makes me wonder just how many other such errors are scattered throughout the text.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By L. Stearns Newburg on November 17, 2003
Format: Paperback
This new collection of Zelazny stories, selected by Robert Silverberg, is a good one. It contains 3 of his stronger stories from earlier collections made by Zelazny himself: "For A Breath I Tarry," "The Last Defender of Camelot," and "24 Views of Mt. Fuji."

The book also contains several other worthy stories to create a collection that spans Zelazny's career. I suspect length issues caused the selection to be limited to only 11 stories. Still, as a long-time reader of Zelazny's work since the '60s, I think he would have been better represented if I Books could have made the collection bigger. New readers of Zelazny can't easily get a feeling for the magnitude of his accomplishments with such a small selection.

The absence of "He Who Shapes" and "Damnation Alley," for instance, is to be regretted. Still, the collection is good overall. New readers who wish to read more of Zelazny's work will simply need to scour 2nd hand bookstores.

Another, somewhat irksome problem is that the collection name, _The Last Defender of Camelot_, matches that of a collection that Zelazny published himself back in 1980. That collection was probably one of his 2 or 3 best, and it was also quite large. Giving this collection the same name seems an ill-considered choice, and it will result in some confusion that should have been avoided. Most regrettable, but oh, well. At least these stories are available again, and that is a plus.

Addendum 2011: The NESFA editions of the complete stories of Zelazny now satisfy the needs of people who want to read everything in the order that it was written in. Collections like this one are still useful for introducing readers to Zelazny's work.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By AllanL5 on April 18, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This used to be one of my favorite SF collections. Beautiful stories, very moving. Sadly, the Kindle version of "For A Breath I Tarry" is missing the last page of that story, and the first page of the next story. Extremely frustrating experience, to come to the resolution of a lovely story, and then have the last words missing. Here's a clue -- it doesn't end with "He laughed.". Don't people apply Quality Assurance to this sort of thing?
I sincerely hope this will be fixed, and fixed soon. I resent paying $7 for a Kindle edition which is incomplete, when for $1 or less I could have bought an old paperback having everything I remembered.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a great book of short stories that covers a whole range of subjects in fantasy and science fiction. The title story gives a hopeful continuation of the Arthur legend. The novelette, "And Now, for a Breath, I Tarry," is sheer poetry as it tells a Faustian tale using robots and computers instead of humans. It's definitely worth the time to find it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Bowerman on August 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
Back when my son was born, a friend of mine gave me a paperback version of this book. I knew right away that this would be one of those books that I would ALWAYS keep in my library. The stories are so creative and thought out, it is truly amazing. 'For Breath I Tarry' and 'The Stainless Steel Leech' are far and away my favorites. Back in the 80's when they were making the new Twilight Zone tv shows, they actually did a thirty minute version of the title story 'The Last Defender of Camelot'.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 12, 1998
Format: Paperback
Ihave owned several copys of this book , and given them as gifts, a practice that will stop now that this book is becoming hard to find. Filled with short stories, this book is wonderful to read. The only regret i have is that the story The last defender of camelot was not made into a full size novel. It really was a great book i highly recomend it.
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