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Roger Zelazny? (1 Viewer)


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I've heard of The Chronicles of Amber, and the premise does seem pretty interesting and original (and there's even a Merlin character). From what I gather, they're pretty humorous as well, but I haven't gotten around to reading them yet.

Mike C

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I read a bunch of Zelazny many, many years ago. Can't tell you what titles, but a spread of SF and fantasy. The SF particularly left a lasting impression.


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RZ is easily my favorite author of all-time.

His Amber chronicles are great, on any number of levels. Unique and interesting prose, great plot, deep and sympathetic character, excellent supporting cast. And above all, the ideas behind it are just fabulous. I've never been as inspired.

A lot of people don't know about his other works though. Lord of Light is pretty much his best work (IMO)... it's a sci-fi/fantasy story featuring a cast of characters on a new planet using technology to assume the persona of Hindu gods. An Excellent story.

There's a collection of his short stories gathered under the name 'Last Defender of Camelot' that are practically required reading. Major kudos for 'Manna from Heaven'.

The thing I like about him is that he has a unique gift for writing about very powerful (usually immortal) characters, and yet keeping them human, making sure they're not perfect. That, and his unique prose. Some of his metaphors make me realize how far I have to go as a writer.



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Damnation Alley, Roadmarks and The Changing Land are the only ones I remember reading -- apart from some of his Amber series.

I much prefer his Damnation Alley novel to the movie that didn't do it justice, in my opinion.

Roadmarks was also a wonderful story and the Amber series, at least the ones I have read, are very enjoyable. All in all I opine that he is a better than passable author :)