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Roadmarks Mass Market Paperback – July 12, 1980


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey Books (July 12, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345253884
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345253880
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #998,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A mindbender of a book, and a treat for Zelazny fans."
ALA BOOKLIST
The Road runs from the unimaginable past to the far future, and those who travel it have access to the turnoffs leading to all times and places--even to the alternate time-streams of histories that never happened. Why the Dragons of Bel'kwinith made the Road--or who they are--no one knows. But the Road has always been there and for those who know how to find it, it always will be! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This is a fun book to read, and you'll find yourself wanting more at it's conclusion.
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Regardless, 15 years later, I have read the book cover to cover four times, and have opened it up to look around for a few pages at least a hundred times.
Jeff Suwak Author
Most books you remember how the story starts and how it ends and that maps to the first page and the last page.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Psychedelic Cowboy on March 13, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I recently reread Roadmarks. I had forgotten what a great (but short!) book it is. Highly recommended for all science fiction and fantasy fans, and even those who like a good road story.
It has lots of famous cameos - whom not all I could identify -- and some great twists and turns. I only wish it had been longer or had spawned a sequel! This is an extremely easy book to read, and has a great lead character with the requisite mechanical side-kick. It's so good you'll wish the book was twice as long.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Robinson on January 18, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The book tells the story of a highway, not too far from here, that doesnt take people to destinations....it takes them to the future and the past. Red and his Robot sidekick (who is hilarious) are trying to evade 10 Assasins sent to kill them as they travel through time in their old pickup truck while looking for the road exit that leads them where they want to go... A Fun little book that a person can polish off in 3 hours or so and will enjoy it more that a movie for the same investment of time.... If you are a slower reader, have no fear... the highway of time in this book is Forgiving and will be waiting as long as it takes..

Go to the Used bookstore/Online Auction and buy this Masterpeice!

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on December 4, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I first read this one in 1979, and was rather taken with it at that time. I truely enjoyed it. Recently, I came across it in a box of books in my attic, dusted it off (good grief, a mouse had had it's way with it - groan) and read it again. As with my first reading, I enjoyed it just as much. Now I do admit to being a big Amber fan, so maybe that is part of what did it for me. I also enjoy time travel stories. The book is written in a light fashion, a fashion meant to be enjoyed and to entertain and does this well. I suspect it may not be everyones cup of tea, but for Zelazny fans, it will be a treat. I very much recommend this one...if you can find it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Lovitt HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on December 1, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The late author, Roger Zelazny was the progenitor of some of fantasy's greatest parallel world stories, most especially his Amber novels. "Roadmarks" is a sort of `Amber manqué' without Corwin and the rest of Oberon's homicidal brood of magicians. We miss them, but Zelazny's new hero and his beat-up blue Dodge pick-up soon take up the slack.

The basic parallel world theme is present: history can be reworked and branched in a new direction by, say, the misfiring of John Wilkes Booth's pistol in the Ford Theatre. When "Roadmarks" begins, Red Dorakeen is running guns to the ancient Greeks at Marathon, so that they will defeat the Persians and set history back on its `correct' track. As you might have guessed from the beat-up Dodge pick-up, Time is a multi-branching Road in this book, designed by the Dragons of Bel'kwinith and accessible only to certain special humans such as Red.

Unfortunately for our hero, someone has taken out a perfectly legal contract for his death. The assassins get ten shots (so to speak) at him, and it is really this device that drives the plot forward, rather than Red's rather vague notion of learning his true identity. The various hit men are limned in gleeful detail:

"...he can turn over a car, kick down a heavy door, run all day. He has perfect night vision. He also has attachments---"

And this would-be killer is one of the clunkers.

"Roadmarks" is Zelazny in top form and you'll ride all the way to the Last Exit to Babylon with Red and his friends without even noticing the passage of real (out of the book) time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Bassett on February 15, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I wish that there was a series such as the Amber books that take up the stories of the road. I like a hero with out too many super powers. Its sad that with the author gone this can never be. But this book is a stand alone version of the best of Zelazny. You should definetly give it a read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By PowerManG4 on January 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A beautifully wrought tale of a mans spiritual journey to the realization of self.
I think sometimes people do not catch Zelazny's work because they do not see the undercurrents at work in his writing. In most of his best work there are two levels to read upon.
I hope, most fervently, that I can achieve that kind of greatness in mine someday.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Curtis Borchardt on June 1, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I thought that this was a wonderful book, and unlike some of his other books, it didn't have a weak ending. The only reason that I gave it an 8 was that I thought that it was a little hard to follow, because the viewpoint skip from character to character. The Road is a concept that only a great author like Roger Zelazny could think up. If you're a fan of his other books, you will probably like this book, which is written in a 'light fantasty ' style, in contrast to his other books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Camp on January 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
This novel is an example of good Roger Zelazny. Not great Zelazny. Nothing like _The Dream Master_ (1966), _This Immortal_(1966), or _Lord of Light_ (1967). But like the Amber novels. Like _Isle of the Dead_ (1969). Like _Doorways in the Sand_(1976). Like them. It is nothing to sneer at. Good entertainment should not be derided. The setting is a vast highway built long ago by a race of dragons. It stretches through time-- way back in the past and way on into the future. Not everybody can do it, but there are a few who can find this road and travel up and down it to different historical periods. There is an ex-Crusader fleeing from the Holy land, who seems somewhat bemused that nobody can tell him for sure who won the Crusades. There is a short man who is suspiciously like Adolph Hitler driving down the road in a blue Volkswagon. There is a Victorian gentleman who is appalled at the violence that he encounters at a wayside inn. There are cops who patrol the highway (though not always as quickly as you might like). Charles Baudelaire and Walt Whitman appear, though not in forms that you might expect. And there is a Frenchman who might be Antoine de Saint-Exupery giving this advice to another traveler:

"You have never been beyond C Seventeen? My God, man, you owe it to yourself to get as far as at early C Twenty at least once in your life! To fly, that is why! A man is not complete until he has known the freedom of the heavens! Not the big sky- boats that came later, where you might as well be taking your ease in a provincial parlor-- no! You must leave your petty bourgeois concerns behind and get up in a light craft with an open cockpit and feel the wind and the rain, look down at the world, the clouds, up at the stars! It will change you, believe me!
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