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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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Top customer reviews
His imagination had no bounds and this it one of his very best.
We loved it when he was writing each of the ten books contained in this volume.
I still reread it again and again. I am no sure if the Amber series or Lord of Light is my favorite choice of his work. Everything he ever published has been wonderful.
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)
If you're a fan of the genre, then this book is an absolute must-have. The story line is brilliant. The characters are magnificent.
You get two epic stories with this collection. The first five books follow Corwin, a prince of of the one true city, Amber, of which all other worlds are merely shadows, including our own Earth. In the second five, the story follows Merlin, Corwin's son, who hails from the Courts of Chaos, Amber's only true rival. I have to admit, I liked the first five better than the second, but both stories are excellent.
This collection of books is, bar none, my favorite of all time. If you like fantasy, you have to read this.