- Series: Majipoor Cycle (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: Eos; Reprint edition (July 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061054879
- ISBN-13: 978-0061054877
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 64 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,645,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lord Valentine's Castle (Majipoor Cycle) Mass Market Paperback – May 24, 1995
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''The first installment of Silverberg's celebrated 'Majipoor Cycle' makes for relaxing listening. In an unhurried bass voice, Stefan Rudnicki calmly escorts the listener through the expansively descriptive world of Majipoor . . . Rudnicki ably performs a myriad of characters, most notably the whimsical Lord Valentine.'' -- AudioFile
''Robert Silverberg's writing and imagination soar with nary a false step. It is truly a extraordinary tale, well told. The story is enhanced by Stefan Rudnicki's nuanced reading. For a narrator with such a deep voice, Rudnicki is able to tweak his reading to provide a wide range of characters, from the dour Skandars to more delicate female characters…Highly recommended.'' -- SFFAudio.com
''[A] wonderful science-fiction tale . . . Rudnicki's excellent semi-voiced reading adds a great deal to the enjoyment of this tale. He has won numerous audiobook awards as a reader and as a producer, including a Grammy. He uses his sonorous voice effectively to capture the various personalities of Valentine and his multicultural friends.'' -- SoundCommentary.com
''A grand, picaresque tale . . . by one of the great storytellers of the century. Lord Valentine's Castle has everything.'' --Roger Zelazny
''A surefire page-turner . . . a brilliant concept of the imagination.'' -- Chicago Sun-Times
''[A] heady blend of rigorous SF worldbuilding and the poetic sensibility of fantasy fiction . . . casts light on a variety of pertinent social concerns.'' --Sci Fi Weekly --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Robert Silverberg has won five Nebula Awards, four Hugo Awards, and the prestigious Prix Apollo. He is the author of more than one hundred science fiction and fantasy novels -- including the best-selling Lord Valentine trilogy and the classics Dying Inside and A Time of Changes -- and more than sixty nonfiction works. Among the sixty-plus anthologies he has edited are Legends and Far Horizons, which contain original short stories set in the most popular universe of Robert Jordan, Stephen King, Ursula K. Le Guin, Gregory Benford, Greg Bear, Orson Scott Card, and virtually every other bestselling fantasy and SF writer today. Mr. Silverberg's Majipoor Cycle, set on perhaps the grandest and greatest world ever imagined, is considered one of the jewels in the crown of speculative fiction.
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Majipoor, it's size, varied population, exotic vegetation and back of beyond location has given Robert Silverberg an enormous opportunity for his imagination to bring us a true classic of science fiction. Just don't go dissecting Majipoor too much, but let your imagination float freely with his and enjoy the travels through a thundering good yarn.
The story takes you through Valentine's journey to take back his castle from a usurper. While there are a couple of times during the journey when he is challenged in some way or another, he is able to coast through most of his journey without too much adversity. While the story had all the elements of a truly epic adventure, Silverberg dissapoints by failing to give his character more than a small challenge every now and than. (There couldn't have been more than 2 battle scenes the entire book, and even those weren't very suspenseful). For the most part, Valentine and his friends have a free ride along their journey. They are always able to find everything they need and luck stays with them the entire way. Overall, this book was disapointing because it just didn't live up to its potential.