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The Chronicles of Amber: "Nine Princes in Amber", "The Guns of Avalon", "Sign of the Unicorn", "The Hand of Oberon", "The Courts of Chaos" (Fantasy Masterworks) Paperback – June 15, 2000
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In Amber, characters travel between these majestic locations like you and I might walk from one street block to the next. Zelazny is willing to show you -anything- he can dream up, and his imagination alone is worthy of deeming this collection a classic.
Almost as important is his reach. He's not telling a story of a kingdom surviving the attack of an enemy. Oh no. That isn't big enough. Imagine a million alternate worlds, and then run a black road through them all, spreading destruction as it grows to encompass every world, every city, every creature imaginable. In the center of all these alternate worlds is Amber, sort of like the pillar holding everything together. Should it fall, so does all else. Tolkien wanted to show the battle for one single Middle Earth. Zelazny wants to show a war to save billions.
The main narrator is Corwin (yes, it is first person, but don't worry, the writing is a masterful combination of beauty and down-to-earth jokes and grumblings). He wakes up in a hospital, with no memory of who he is, what happened, but my isn't it peculiar how his broken legs are healed so quickly? From there he encounters his family person by person. They backstab, deal, threaten, switch sides a hundred times, and all can walk through shadows to whatever realm they wish. I loved every second of it.Read more ›
The overall concept is brilliant. The characters are rounded and layered. Each plot twist reveals that the truth has yet another dimension you didn't expect. All seamlessly woven. Not everything Zelazny wrote is this good, but this is a master at his prime. It makes the majority of fantasy out there today look pretty lame. A must-read for any fan of fantasy.
Unfortunately his story "Damnation Alley" was made into a really awful movie, and Zelazny swore he wouldn't let anything else of his be made into a movie, because this would have made a great movie series.
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I love the story of Amber--the world building is truly fascinating.
That said, I don't much care for Zalazny's writing style. Read more
I love all his books. I bought this for my grandson, I hope he enjoys it as much as I did!Published 5 months ago by Sue Anderson
Terrific book, have not finished it... way too busy, but I am up to page 200, and I'm really enjoying it. Reminds me of the Rivalry my brother and I have always had... Read morePublished on February 8, 2014 by Zarathustra
I blame this more om myself than the seller, although the pic did show the wrong volume, I was looking for volume 1 and mistakenly got volume 2, but I eventually bought "The... Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by Kindle Customer