This classic shows why Zelazny's the master. Innovative and fresh, even almost 40 years after its initial publication.
This was a mistake, I guess. The audience for this one is apparently adolescents who are not easily put off by chivalric cliches strung together with vacuous dialogue. I probably would have enjoyed this at age thirteen, so it's a pity I didn't read it then.
This book contains two things I usually dislike in a novel; it is written in the first person AND it has a cliffhanger ending. Zelazny made me love it anyway. I originally read them as they were published and had to wait FOREVER for the multiple story lines to work themselves out...
A wonderful stroll down memory lane; and one that has withstood the tests of time.
Too goofy for me. Starts out trying to be a hard-boiled detective novel. I thought it was fantasy and never got to the fantasy part. Read like the author didn't know what he was writing and used a ploy like amnesia to figure it out as he went along. Unfortunately, that meant a lot of stilted dialog that made no sense. Couldn't get past page 24.
The first in the Amber series. I enjoyed this imaginative tale and am eager to read the rest of the series. It's a short book, only 175 pages, but so much happens.
The 1st book in the Amber series. The book cover features the art work of Tim White.
This is a rather interesting beginning. The vocabulary is a bit dated, since the book was first published in 1972. I can see why this series was published in an omnibus - this first book, though exciting as it went on, was hardly concluded by its finish. The narrator is sympathetic and interesting - and the royal family of Amber is even more fascinating as a whole. The magic involved is quite unique. In conjunction with the vivid writing I am very interested to see where Corwin goes next - and I hope to hear more about his past!
Great book. Enjoyed the first half better, and based just on the first half I would give it five stars, but the second half got a little bogged down in the fighting.
What a writer! This book flows so well that I felt like I was cruising down a river. Check out this novel and the nine princes and the princesses who hale from a mythical city called Amber. They can keep in contact through a specialized deck of cards with their images. The city is the center of the world with other worlds existing in shadow. The idea is original and creative.
Only one prince can rule Amber, however, while others may rule shadow cities. The key character is Corwin who is recovering from amnesia. He realizes that he is a member of a family competing to rule the city of Amber. The last half of the book focues on Corwin's conflict with his brother, Eric. The tale is first in a series written from Corwin's view and later, from his son's. If you like fantasy you will probably enjoy this series. I know that I did and plan to read more about Corwin's adventures in the following tales.
Superb book, a real classic that has stood the test of time. An added bonus I didn't know till it arrived is that the audio book is read by the author himself, zelazny. How awesome is that?!