- Series: Chronicles of Amber
- Paperback: 1264 pages
- Publisher: Harper Voyager; 1st Avon Eos Printing: December 1999 edition (March 30, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780380809066
- ISBN-13: 978-0380809066
- ASIN: 0380809060
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 495 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Great Book of Amber: The Complete Amber Chronicles, 1-10 (Chronicles of Amber) Paperback – March 30, 2010
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Roger Zelazny's books have three things in common: a flawed hero who sometimes fails, endlessly surprising plot twists, and a blend of lyricism, literary allusions, and sly puns that makes the pages fly. The Great Book of Amber, collecting all 10 Amber novels, is vintage Zelazny. Despite some irritating typographical errors, it's invaluable for anyone who wants to read or reread the tales of Corwin and his son, Merlin.
Corwin is a prince of Amber, the "immortal city from which every other city has taken its shape." All other worlds, including Earth, are shadows of that reality. Corwin has spent centuries on Earth as an amnesiac. But when someone in the family tries to kill him there, Corwin begins a search for his past. He quickly learns that his family has some very unusual powers. They can travel between Amber, its shadows, and Chaos by manipulating reality; use magical playing cards to communicate and travel instantaneously; and are able to walk the Pattern that created Amber. Corwin regains his memory, solves the mystery of his father Oberon's disappearance, and fulfills his destiny--only to disappear into Chaos.
Merlin searches for Corwin and his destiny as a son of both Amber and the Courts of Chaos. His story parallels Corwin's, answering many questions about Amber, Chaos, and the next generation in the family.
Many readers have complained that the series goes on too long and the ending is disappointing. None, however, would deny that it's filled with fascinating ideas, complex characters, and action-adventure. Don't miss a chance to make up your own mind. --Nona Vero
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Speaking of bargains, this volume combines all ten installations in Zalazny's popular "Amber Chronicles" in one neatDand, even betterDcheap package.
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Exactly as the individual books were written. No added or subtracted features.
Imagine a Strider who is fully aware social values, truth, honesty, fair play, and continuously comments on why he can't afford them, that as much as he would like them, he'd probably die if he held to them.
"I'd kill a man for his shoes, if I needed them, and they'd fit. I know, because I did once." (paraphrased, not exact quote)