- Series: The Chronicles of Amber Series, Book 5 (Book 5)
- Mass Market Paperback: 142 pages
- Publisher: Avon (September 1, 1979)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0380471752
- ISBN-13: 978-0380471751
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.2 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,043,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Courts of Chaos (The Chronicles of Amber Series, Book 5) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1979
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About the Author
Roger Zelazny burst onto the SF scene in the early 1960s with a series of dazzling and groundbreaking short stories. He won his first of six Hugo Awards for Lord of Light, and soon after produced the first book of his enormously popular Amber series, Nine Princes in Amber. In addition to his Hugos, he went on to win three Nebula Awards over the course of a long and distinguished career. He died on June 14, 1995.
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- Most of the book consists of one long hell-ride interspersed with travelogue, Corwin remembrances, and philosophizing.
- The ending is basically setting up another book.
- Corwin's creation is NEVER explored. Not in this book, and not in the ensuing Merlin sub-series of five more books.
As I noted in my review of the first book, I love this series and have read it, possibly, a dozen times over the decades. But, this book has always bothered me. It's essential for the series, though, so I'm rating it at an OK 3 stars out of 5.
I bought the first four books in the series
9 princes in Amber
Guns of Avalon
Sign of the Unicorn
The Hand of Oberon in kindle format two years ago
Very glad the last book in the Corwin series was released a few months ago.
now if only the family would release the Merlin series of the Amber Chronicles in Kindle format.
I enjoy walking around with over 1,000 books in my pocket. When going to Dr. Appointments or there is waiting before a meeting. I can take my phone from my pocket open a book and start flipping pages!
This review is not criticism it pure praise and idolatry. The device of amnesia allowing a character to learn the rules of a world gradually has been used over and over in later sci-fi novels especially cyberpunk (Neuromancer). Roger Zelazny is a titan of readable sci-fi, and all of his works deserve to converted to kindle so I can rebuy and review them. May his spirit endure forever in heaven. Or May he reincarnate to learn aikido and creative writing again.
Mr. Zelazny did a good job reading the story he wrote, although it is sometimes hard to distinguish which character is speaking as he reads. The sound quality on these disks are much better than they were on the 4th book of the series; with very little noise and consistent sound levels. Having heard Mr. Zelazny read part of one of his books in person, it has been somewhat eerie listening to him after his death. Few series hold together as well as these 5 books do. I will listen to these again and again.